We chat with a bunch of busy mums in the lead up to Mother’s Day this year and learn how they balance their busy lives as well as what they love about being a creative mum.
Hi! I’m Nina, marketing professional in a past life, now creative lady and mother. I really like taking pictures and I live for colour. I combine these passions over on my Instagram page @nina.c.sees. I also create colourful content for lots of gorgeous businesses and sometimes take photos of lovely families too. My favourite places include my cosy colourful home and the ocean. I’m blessed with an amazing network of supportive friends, a husband who always has my back and three gorgeous kids. I’m a work in progress but at the moment life is pretty darn good. I’m doing my best to take the lessons from last year into this one by living in the moment and taking things slow.
My first Mother’s Day was in May 2012. Eva was nine months old and to be perfectly honest that first year is such a blur in my memory. Full of growth, learning, surrendering and getting used to interrupted sleep! But a hazy, love-filled blur. I have no doubt it was spent like all the subsequent Mother’s Days enjoying a cup of tea and toast in bed and spending the day with my people.
What would be your ideal Mother’s Day this year?
Ideally, the sun will be shining and we’ll spend the day in the garden together, perhaps a picnic, puzzles, Uber eats for dinner (and a sleep in of course!) But if mother nature has other ideas I’ll be happy snuggled up inside at home in my dressing gown all day. I might even be lucky enough to get a manicure and pedicure by my three year old!
What’s your favourite way to wind down at the end of a busy day from being a mum AND an all-around superstar business lady!?
Call me a Nanna but after I tuck the kids into bed I love having a shower, putting on my dressing gown and sitting down on the couch with a hot chocolate or cup of tea. Heaven!
What have been the major changes and challenges of becoming a mum while also balancing a busy work life?
think one of the challenges is accepting that you can’t do everything and sometimes you need to say no. Before kids, I hated the idea of disappointing someone. Now I accept that sometimes this is inevitable and at the end of the day I always prioritise my family. I am getting better at prioritising myself too.
What is your favourite creative pastime to do with your kids?
You name it! Baking, painting, crafting, getting out the fabric scraps and sewing machine to make teddies, looking up our origami book and trying some new creations, making flower crowns in the garden. It really just depends on the level of mess I’m willing to put up with that day, ha ha!
How would you describe your style?
Has this changed since becoming a Mum? If so how?
The fun part hasn’t changed but my style from a practical point of view has definitely changed as I made the transition from five days a week in ‘office’ clothes to seven days a week ‘mum’ clothes. I quickly realised I didn’t have enough comfortable house clothes. You spend a lot of early parenthood sitting on the floor!
What’s your favourite W+M piece?
I absolutely adore my river print pieces. They are like works of art that you can wear. Hands down one of my favourite prints ever!