PWL Work&Motherhood

Mum Life, Work Life… The Future of Planted With Light.

  • May 18, 2016

Before becoming a Mum I thought, surely it isn’t THAT hard to work and be a great Mum?

I knew that life would change, but I didn’t realise how much.

Being a Mum pushes you to your limits and tests you in more ways then you can possibly imagine. It’s a hard, rewarding, wonderful, perspective altering, roller coaster ride.

In times past, where I might have quietly judged a Mothers choice to slow down with work, or stop all together, becoming a Mother has taught me to replace judgement with compassion and understanding.

Now I’m blessed to be a Mother, I know this to be true: Your career isn’t everything. Motherhood changes the way you view life and your work, and that’s okay because it’s meant to change!

Which brings me to Planted With Light.

I have to be honest, I was seriously considering throwing in the towel. I’ve been absent from here, and (probably naively) said the podcast was going to be back early this year.

I needed this time to adjust to being a Mother, finish my 2015/16 wedding season, and figure out what I wanted to continue with.

While I was contemplating giving up on Planted With Light… new ideas, dreams, hopes and plans for PWL would creep their way into my mind. I began to realise the excitement was back.

The spark which had momentarily dimmed, had returned.

Possibly helped by the fact Ava was finally taking longer naps and sleeping at night, my mind was suddenly brimming with new ideas of all the potential this platform has.

I knew it was a sign I had to keep going with Planted With Light.

I believe in the power of community. The power of story.

Isolation and loneliness are dark places. Especially when you run your own business (or you’re a new Mum!).

I want this space to remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I want you to feel encouraged and inspired by amazing creative women entrepreneurs, who are just like you.

Whatever stage and season of life you’re in right now, it’s possible to find deep meaning and purpose in your life and creative work.

My hope is that Planted with Light will encourage and motivate you to live your BEST, most AUTHENTIC life.

So, my perspective may have shifted a little since becoming a Mum, but I believe it’s for the better and I hope you’ll continue to support me on this journey!

Going forward, here’s what to expect from Planted With Light.

SEASON 2 is going to be starting at the start of next month, Wednesday JUNE 7th (NZST)!

New podcast episodes are going to be released MONTHLY, on the first Tuesday of every month.

I have some incredibly inspiring, talented people lined up, and more Aussies this season! Starting with beautiful Georgie from Georgeous.

Is there anyone in particular you would love to hear from on the podcast? If you’re a working Mum reading this, I would LOVE to know how you balance work life and Mum life (if a balance is even possible?!)

Please comment below, I’d LOVE to hear from you.

I can’t wait to share more stories with you soon. Until then, I hope you have an amazing day. x

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Katie Horrocks

    Every day battle work / life / me balance. I am still learning to let go of things that really at not a priority. The more I stay off social media the better I feel. I always wonder how does every one do it!? Pretty full on time hey. But what a gift x

    1. Kate Robinson

      Thanks so much for your comment and honesty Katie! It is an every day battle!! Yes to the social media balance 100%. And you’re right, it’s such a full on time, but also the most wonderful privilege and gift. xxx

  2. Clementine

    im loving your perspective and could mirror everything you have said.

    .. It would be lovely to have an episode about you!

    I had my son 2 years ago and stared my business about 6 months after. I found your podcast a wonderful wonderful companion … I’m so happy you’re back xxx

    Congratulations xxxx

    1. Kate Robinson

      Aw thanks so much Clementine! I really appreciate your words! Maybe I could do an episode from me, perhaps if enough people were interested?! So glad to hear you’re loving the podcast! xx

  3. Bron

    So glad to see you pop up in my inbox, have missed your podcasts! My boys are 10 and 12 and I still feel like I am adjusting to motherhood. 😀We physically give birth to our children but I believe they give birth to us in so many ways, and birthing can be hard and messy, but also exciting and creative. Embrace your new journey as a mother, the good and bad, God has chosen you to be Ava’s mum because you are the best person for the job! Sending you lots of love!

    1. Kate Robinson

      Hi Bron, thank you for your amazing, lovely words. It’s so encouraging thank you! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the podcast, and can’t wait to get back at it!

  4. Michelle Sokolich

    Oh yes…I found myself nodding along with so much of what you wrote. Having a baby is the most incredible, amazing and hard experience. I have three kids and run my own business which I’m super passionate about, and I struggle with getting the balance every. single. day. I was in tears just this morning about it.
    So I don’t know the answer…it’s a daily work in progress! Some weeks are much easier than others, so I just try and ride the wave and hold close the values that are most important to me, and use them as a kind of a compass to stay on the right path.
    Kia Kaha!! x

    1. Kate Robinson

      Such wise words Michelle, thank you!!! I agree, it’s a daily work in progress and challenge! I hope that PWL will continue to encourage you going forward xxx

  5. Nadine Canestri

    Kids / family / work life balance is a daily struggle because with kids every day is different…. they might have a bad nights sleep, get sick, go through another ‘stage’ of behavior struggles, just generally need more from you…. The more I stay away from getting caught up in endless social media browsing the better…. boundaries here are SO key! Also list writing… I cant get through a day without writing down what needs to be done… ticking things off makes me feel like I’m not drowning haha.

    1. Kate Robinson

      Yes, yes, yes! My mood is very often dictated by how Ava slept/or didn’t sleep! Yes to boundaries, they are so so important. I love list writing too, it feels so good to tick things off!

  6. Lucy Oluve

    Ohh so true, so true. I was one of those naive women who, without child, wondered why mothers always seemed to be out of time. I also thought that I’d be out of action for two months before I started taking on new freelance design projects here and there – ha! My baby is now 2 months old and I can’t even comprehend taking any more work. As you have, I have gained new perspective and new patience, and I’m thrilled to take time out to help my little one grow. Returning to work will happen when the time is right. Love your work, Kate! Lucy x

  7. Niki

    Yay Kate, I have missed your podcasts! I was just recommending your podcast to someone yesterday and wondering when/if you were coming back.
    I have two little girls, 4 and 2, and 3 businesses. There is no such thing as balance I believe, and I think that trying to find balance is like going down the rabbit hole. It’s like trying to create the perfect routine for your new bub – maybe you will get it perfect one day and then the next there will always be a new stage coming up which will force you to rethink things.
    So I try to practice constant prioritising, making sure the most important things are done each day, forget the rest and embrace the chaos! Can’t wait till the next podcast x

  8. Cheyney

    Thank you for your honest & open sharing. I am not yet a mother but have a lot of friends who have new babies & it’s tough. How they talk about motherhood is how I feel about running my business sometimes. A challenging rollercoaster of ups & downs. I can’t wait to be a mother one day & I’m sure that my perception will be challenged too. At the end of the day, it’s all worth it. Congratulations on becoming a mother – One of the toughest jobs on the planet. I love your podcasts & am glad you didn’t throw in the towel. I look forward to the next season. Cheyney x

  9. Lesley Webb

    Some awesome comments here, agree with them all. It’s a changing landscape from day one… I didn’t really get back to work properly till my youngest was 4, prior to that it was a bit of this and a bit of that – but I was OK with that, I felt lucky to be so available for my little people. My two children are close in age, and it’s hard work! It does get easier as they get older, you get more time back, but their needs are constantly changing and family time becomes more and more precious. Boundaries are key – when you work at home keeping work and life separate is key (still working on that!). Looking forward to the new series – but be kind to yourself – you’ll look back in 10 years and wonder where your baby went!

  10. Jodie Cox

    Kate!
    This has me grinning from ear to ear – you are completely right, motherhood is such a rewarding, loving, unreal, HARD, but fulfilling experience! And you just don’t know how or what you have to deal with until you are there :)
    I’m so glad that PWL will be continuing – it’s such a fab place to find inspiration, and listen to other women who have experienced such similar feelings/situations. It makes you feel like you aren’t alone and to keep powering on.
    Work/Family/Life balance is difficult… I hate to say it, but after nearly 3 years I feel like I’m finally getting there in terms of fitting it all in without feeling exhausted. I think it’s so important to take the time you need in the beginning to adjust yourself to your new way of life before taking on too much.
    xx

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