I know Lisa who you are about to meet through hundreds of mutual friends, a quick meet once at a conference and then a lot of chatting over our social media sites. I feel like these things combined make us pretty good mates hey Lisa!
A few months ago she along with a couple of other girls I know and love brought over a U.S initiative called the Kind Campaign. I won't explain it here as you will read all about it but if you have girls or hate bullying or just want your kids to grow up confident with high self esteems then press on with this article because this coming over to Australia into schools will be amazing! What can you get out of this interview as a busy mum apart from learning about this campaign? That whatever dreams and passions you have for your kids and your community, you absolutely CAN do something about it. No matter how busy you are or what life swings your way. Just like Lisa and her team, start small with your achievements and grow as your capacity widens with head space and time flexibility. Even posting encouraging quotes on your Instagram page before starting a blog or working for or starting up a company all goes towards something you can do with your passion outside motherhood. And I am a big advocate for mixing the two together. I wouldn't have this blog without my kids!
Read, enjoy and spread the word!
You are one pretty special mum with an enormous heart to care for others. Can you share with us what the Kind Campaign is and what brought you to be part of it?
Kind Campaign is the genius idea of somebody else! It's a movement in the US that is gaining huge momentum, with the focus being to put an end to bullying in high school aged students,
predominately girls. They did this by putting together a documentary called Finding Kind which is shown in school during an assembly that specifically targets girl to girl bullying. The curriculum combined with the doco not only helps the students identify where they are in pain/ causing pain, but also provides the next step with " Kind Club" where for a term students meet in small groups and help each other heal. The success of the assemblies held are incredible and it leaves no student the same. It's a privilege to be able to bring that program Down Under!
I have had such a dream to be able to somehow teach students how to care for each other. Like most people, I experienced bullying in primary and high school and also, I was part of the bullying problem. I came across Kind Campaign three years ago and instantly fell in love with the heart and vision of the movement. 2017 brought with it an open door into becoming an ambassador for KC and I'm so excited to see how it takes off in South Aussie.
So what do you do with all the free time you don't have?
Haha! Ain't that the truth. Free time is not a thing once you have kids.
We are actually in a season at the moment of not being pastors in a church ministry for the first time I think...ever?! Wowsers.
So actually if I'm honest, there has been a fair bit of Netflix going on.
When I get a few moments at night I love to sit at the piano and write songs, singing is my way of getting the emotions of the day out and have a creative outlet.
We love a good board game or game of cards. Really livin' large.
Quite partial to karaoke.
How did you see yourself as a mum before you became one?
Oh wow. I worked in a kindergarten for six years before I had kids so I had high expectations and imagined days full of craft, singing, reading, listening, vegetable eating...
Now it's eating (nuggets), sleeping (all squished in one bed by morning), butt wiping, boogie eating, food throwing.
Kids are awesome, you have to have fun along the way and let them be kids.
Can you give us three rules you made pre-mum that you have now broken? Have you stuck to any?
1. No video games. I grew up with one television and that was it. We did crazy things instead like build tree houses and bike ride around Port Adelaide. We live in a different world now! iPads for life!
2. Dinner at the table every night. Darn it I so wish we did this one every night, we try. We've done it a whole lot more in recent times. Life of a pastor's kid means you can tend to be on the run *insert Happy Meals here*, but I wouldn't change the life we live. It's a good one.
3. Food as a reward. Yeah right. Not it's just currency. "Here's four Freddos if you don't scream in Woolies."
Something I did stick to was giving my kids the freedom to be exactly who they are (Which I decided before I met Bella- who has enough sass to run the world).
What do you love most about being a mum?
I love that these kids are two actual humans that have been trusted to us. They have their own thoughts, own talents, own humour. I get so much enjoyment out of watching them develop into the little crazy nuggets that they are. Both so different and so very weird ( haha that probably has a lot to do with us being their parents), so unique. They make me laugh.
What are some of your challenges as a mum?
Time management. Prioritising can get tricky when you introduce after-school sports and dancing and instrument lessons. Add in dinner and work and meetings.
My own limitations- I have a blog about my journey through post natal anxiety and depression. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to admit it or talk about it and no one else should be either
Who are your mum people and how have they influenced you as a mum?
I am lucky enough to have friends who became mummas at the same time. So we have an awesome village of school pick ups and drop offs, just doing life together. I think we were made to live together instead of keeping to ourselves.
My sister had kids the same ages as mine which is so cool. My own Mum has been the best example of a Mother I could ever have, she's an even better Nanna.
Can you share some tips on how to be organised for your week and day whilst juggling work and home life?
-I try to organise the week in advance with my husband. He does shift work so each week is different which can get tricky! Planning ahead seems to get us in a good routine for the week ahead.
-I've found only committing one of us to meetings at night has been helpful, to keep the kids night routine in tack.
-Getting them to bed on time is a game changer, same time every night. I find that night is when I can get most work/planning/ study done.
Tell us a mum moment of yours (funniest, grossest, sweetest etc)
Oh boy, too many with Bella!
A lot of poo related stories. Boogie eating.
Lately wiping after a number 2 has been optional, so I said " Bells, did you wipe?" She replied:
"Nope, Jesus did it for me."
....... oh boy.
How can we be involved or help with the Kind Campaign?
Kind Campaign is a not for profit organisation and the assemblies come free of charge to the schools. Buying any of their merch goes directly to expanding the program. Spreading the word into any schools you are part of is a great way of getting the word out.
Head on over to instagram to username : @kindcampaignsa to follow our journey into schools in Adelaide and book your school in there for the doco viewing and free assembly.
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