Meet Lisa, mother of two and works in finance
How would you best describe yourself?
Organised, energetic and evolving
How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?
I place more importance on my work now than I did prep kids, I’m spending time providing for our family and that’s important that it’s not for nothing. I also from a day to day perspective take it less seriously and myself less seriously…kids keep you grounded!
What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?
Probably … start sooner, save more than you think and it’s unlikely that you’ll be as supported as you need, so lower your expectations.
What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?
Keeping some kind of focus on myself to ensure that I am still a whole person independent of those that I care about and I love.
What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?
Buy multiples, water bottles, hats, comforter, have things packed so you can grab and go, set me up Sundays, tomorrow’s dinner the night before, automate, online orders, and fierce protection of quiet space at home.
What do you do for self-care?
Mostly trying to label simple things self care, like a nap, a lone walk, getting to down tools and break the routine, hoping these will become more selfish as our kids get older.
Anything else you wish to add?
A little preparation goes a long way (stay organised) and the sooner you get used to the chaos of working and parenthood the sooner you can find the peace.
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