Have you ever heard the saying “no man is an island”?
I never really understood it until just recently.
For as long as I can remember, I was so determined to do everything myself and I couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t ask for help. It was lots of hard work and I still felt like I wasn’t moving forward, felt like something was “off” – like I wasn’t where I ‘should’ be. It’s a weird feeling that’s hard to describe…stagnant, a bit ground-hog-day (am I showing my age?!) and sometimes a bit lonely. Have you ever been there?
Fast-forward a decade or so, and I now know that where I am is exactly where I am meant to be – it’s such an amazing feeling! And the only difference? MY TRIBE.
I truly believe that “it takes a village” not only to raise children, as the old proverb talks to, but in all aspects of life. Any success I’ve had, is directly related to the contributions from my “village”, my “tribe” and so this is a shoutout to them all – especially Mum and Dad, who have always been there for me, who babysit our little monsters and drop off home-cooked dinners so I don’t feed my family takeout LOL – I 💓 you all, I know don’t tell you guys enough!
The thing is, nothing in life is any ‘easier’ so to speak. In fact, there are even more aspects thrown into the mix now. BUT there so many people around me who are just as determined as I am to see me succeed, they are literally there to jump in and help at a moment’s notice. My husband (tehe husband <3), my siblings, my parents, HIS parents, our friends, our colleagues, the company we work for…
And then there’s the Playgroup Mamas.
Hands down without a doubt, I would not be able to juggle everything that I do, without these wonderful women in my life!
It’s been a whirlwind since I started working at Barfoot & Thompson with Kieran.
The time I have to dedicate to “work” has been very restrictive because we’re still on the waiting lists for our preferred ECEs for Mika, so I’m still currently her primary carer during the day. I work around both kids, or with them in tow. I tend to get most of my work done late into the nights, making sure Kieran and I are on the same page with our clients. Our ‘schedules’ can be very unpredictable and we often have to make things happen with very little notice.
The days and weeks have flown by – training – hustling – meetings – hustling – appointments – hustling – family life – and you guessed it – more hustling.
My Playgroup Mamas have been full of encouragement, to the point of taking on some of my weekly letterdrops for their neighbourhood streets! They welcome my kids with open arms, even when I’ve only called minutes before needing their help. During the cyclone weekend, when the washing had been blown all over the back yard, even more washing piling up and with no time to do it, one of the Playgroup Mamas (seeing we’d already been flat out all week) offered to take the whole lot off my hands and sorted it all on her laundromat shift 😲 It’s the little things – the things that they don’t see as a big deal, but are HUGE to me. THANK YOU. I’m really lucky to have such an amazing support network ❤
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