“Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.”
— Alan Cohen
I’ve taken some time out and gone offline for a few weeks. I leaned in to my OCD tendencies and cleaned the house… a lot. I also went on a girls weekend with my crew to Byron Bay where I laughed more than I’ve done in a long time. I also ate my body weight in cheese and drank several too many cocktails served by heavenly looking men named Diego and Luca.
During this time, I’ve come to believe that growth, not just as a business owner, but also just generally as a person and a mother, requires that we understand that mistakes are fertile ground for learning. And that we need to forgive ourselves, and others to move forward.
It’s also become abundantly clear to me that during these challenging times we need to remember to take time out to breathe and look after our personal wellbeing and mindset.
It has always been a MUMOKI mantra that your family will be at it’s best when you are at your best. Basically, you will be able to help your kids better if you’re coping. Children will pick up on your own response to the news, so it helps them to know you’re calm and in control. And that is the case for the current pandemic, but also every other day of the year when life returns to normal.
A MOTHER’S CALL TO ARMS
I recently became aware that during the devastating bushfires around Australia, PANDA’s National Helpline saw a 5% increase in calls from distressed expecting and new parents. Recently, that pressure has gone up again with a 10% increase in people wanting support due to the coronavirus pandemic. For a service that was already running at capacity, this increase has added to the strain. Sadly, this means that parents who are struggling with their mental health are not getting the support when they need it. And in a time when the economic landscape is looking particularly grim, it’s hard to ask people for money. So I’m going to do it for them.