The journey of motherhood is a momentous one. How did becoming a mother change your views on the world?
Becoming a mother flipped my world completely. Everything else in my world literally stopped and transitioned into motherhood becoming my one and only focus for some time.
It was a very quick learning experience (that still continues) about prioritising selflessness, new values and intentions. As with each child, each experience is unique in itself, but the underlying force of love for doing everything that you can to be the anchor for them in the best way possible for them to blossom in this world becomes first instinct and never fades.
Nature and motherhood are two concepts that are often entwined; both seen as grounding influences that nurture and grow us. To what extent do you feel living in the abundant natural beauty of the Byron Bay Hinterlands has influenced your approach to motherhood?
You know I could never be here for more than short visits prior to becoming a mother. Now, I just can’t imagine raising my children in these early years in any other way. Slowing down from such a fast-paced life happens a lot more naturally being surrounded by nature and immersing in its natural rhythm.
It provides a grounded base for natural exploration to grow from as well, being able to get right back down to the basics of what I feel makes life important, and part of that is connection to nature. You do also sacrifice other conveniences by making this choice however I keep seeing proof that I have chosen this lifestyle for a reason. As a mother, my children’s education — especially through navigating such changing times — is a priority, so I was very pleasantly surprised that a progressive conscious K-13 school opened in this region in 2020.
All my values for my little family are really just enhanced by being here. It can feel isolating and community-rich simultaneously, so it has shaped me as a mother by creating even more resilience and drive, as well as a sense of harmony. It’s allowed me the sense of space for contemplation and even healing. Both are huge aspects of the journey into motherhood.