Hi, I’m Katy! I’m a mum, a wife, a business owner, an educator, a student and travelling Australia full time for 2018.
This is a little snapshot of my world as a mum!
To some my life seems chaotic, at times I feel like I overcommit and underdeliver because I’m trying to do too much, and then there are days on our travels when I feel I’m not doing enough.
As a Mum over the past 10 years I feel I’ve ridden a roller coasters of achievement, guilt, chaos and pure happiness. I have a ten year old daughter Zara, and for many years was a foster parent. I’ve always worked full time, even when a newborn baby arrived from child safety they came to work with me (luckily I manage my family’s child care centre). Whilst working full time in my child care, my husband I have owned our own Plumbing business, and were renovating houses on the side. At times I felt our fostering was doing a good deed for these children, but detrimental to our own. I felt my work made me less of a Mum as my time with my children was so limited. At other times, I loved the freedom our businesses gave use to scoop up the kids and travel. My little tribe of unique people and their personalities brought so much light and laughter to our lives.
This year we are travelling our great country for the year.
I’m homeschooling Zara for Year 6. Almost everyone we meet has reinforced what a fantastic opportunity this is for us, and for Zara. I feel supported by a community of people I don’t know. The check-out lady at Woollies, the Museum curator in a one horse town, and fellow travellers. So many positive interactions that relate to seizing the moment, learning in the real world – life experiences that will be unforgettable. Surely these positive comments, adoration for our “courage” to take the leap should not be simply because we chose to pack up and travel.
Can this community of support rally around all mothers? All families? In all circumstances? I’d love to see more positive interactions, in person and online, for families. I’m an advocate for sharing of knowledge and experience. Parenting is a tough gig! Let’s celebrate the trials and triumphs together as a community. Let’s laugh and cry together. Connected!