Through Bright Eyed Blog Hearted (blog course with Rachel MacDonald from In Spaces Between) I have been introduced to some amazing women and mums. One of these is Amanda Clark. I absolutely love her blog – Life in Review. She is on a mission to live her life. She wants to be ridiculously happy and be the best that she can be.
Grab a cuppa and sit down and enjoy our catch up with Amanda about being a working mum.
Name: Amanda Clark
Where do you live: Brisbane
Who do you live with: Husband and 3 children.
Favourite Colour: Orange
Favourite Food: Anything with chocolate (but no hidden things like cherries!)
Favourite item of clothing: Flannelette pyjamas
Favourite quote/saying: The difference between school and life? In school you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett
Finish this sentence – I cant start the day without… my cup of tea!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Amanda and I am a 29 year old mum of 3 from sunny Brisbane. I have a 6 year old daughter, 3 year old son (threenagers, yeah!) and a 1 year old daughter. Plus 3 cats. And a dog. And 1 fish.
I love being creative. I enjoy writing my blog, doing some painting when I can, playing around with my photos or just good old arts and crafts with the kids.
Reading is also something I love to do, but don’t get much time to read these days. I do try to read in bed sometimes, but I usually only get through a couple of pages before I fall asleep.
What do you do in your professional life?
I have just recently changed professions. I worked in the banking and insurance industry for 10 years but after having my son, decided that my heart wasn’t in it and it was time for a change. When I was pregnant with my daughter I studied my Certificate III in Children’s Services and am now working part time as an Assistant Educator at an Early Learning Centre. I absolutely love it and enjoy spending my day with the children, watching them learn and grow.
What does an typical day look like for you?
Hectic! Haha. Usually mornings are your average family morning.
Getting breakfast organised, kids dressed, bags packed and into the car on time. On a work day, my husband will usually do the drop off because I leave a bit early but I will do the pick up in the afternoon as I finish earlier. Then as soon as we get home it’s homework time and then talking about everyone’s day, an afternoon snack, a quick play outside if it’s not too late and then showers, dinner and then at bed time we all jump into one bed and our oldest daughter usually reads us her school book and then my son will choose a book for either my husband or myself to read and then it’s lights out.
If we are lucky, our 1 year old will nod off to sleep soon after but sometimes, she gets a second wind and likes to play anywhere up until 9pm which is when we will give her some milk and pop her in her sleeping bag so she can no longer escape, haha.
Once all the kids are in bed, I like to have a cup of tea whilst watching one of my favourite TV Shows (Yay for Offspring being back on). I know I should really use this time to catch up on anything that needs to be done but by that time, I’m tired and just want some time to unwind before bed.
Who is your cheer squad?
Definitely my husband. He is my rock and my ‘positive’ voice in times when I’m beating myself up. Of course my kids are my cheer squad as well but more on the physical stuff, like when I bake something yummy or when I managed to do a cartwheel in the backyard without hurting myself. I also have a couple of close friends who always know when to say the right things at the right time and are always there when I need a cuppa and a chat.
Do you have any tips for other working mums/mums about to return to work?
Mummy guilt will kick in. It’s completely normal to feel it and it’s ok to run into the bathroom and cry if you need to. Going back to work can be overwhelming at first. But then, don’t feel bad if you completely love it! Getting out of the house and doing something for you is awesome. You get this wonderful feeling of independence and feeling like you can do something other than 3 loads of washing. High five!
What do you do for ‘me time’?
My shower is my daily me time. I have an iPod dock set up in my bathroom, so I usually light a nice smelling candle and turn up my favourite music. Other than that, I try to head out with some friends every now and then to watch a movie, lunch or just a coffee date.
What is your biggest struggle in being a working mum?
Mummy guilt is a big one. I feel guilty when I leave home to go to work and see those sad little faces at the door when I drive off. It just makes me want to turn around and go back home and squeeze them.
Another is time management. It’s hard when you have been home for so long and then your routine changes. It took me a few weeks to fully get used to the new family routine. Of course, there is still never enough time in the day to get everything done though!
Do you have any multi-tasking secrets you would like to share with us?
Calendars work wonders for me so I don’t forget things that are coming up or bills I need to pay etc. I try and organise as much as I can the night before so mornings run a little smoother.
I also try not to sweat the small stuff. If there is a pile of washing to be done but the day is crazy enough, I know it can wait until tomorrow. Or the next day.
You can find Amanda at the links below. Check our her blog – I know you will love it!
Here is a link to one of my favourite posts from Amanda – Permission to Shine – I think it will be relevant to all of you and I encourage you to read it.