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Karina, motherhood is a whirlwind.
Brace yourself.

This is what I wish somebody would have told me.

Funnily enough, when you become a mother, it’s not the external things that
matter so much — not the noise, the sleepless nights or the threat of a stray
LEGO brick, hidden in your shag carpet.

It’s the change to your inner world that can really set you off balance because
it’s inescapable:

“Should I work full-time? Part-time? Or stay at home with the kids?”
“What if I’m doing this all wrong?”
“Am I being a good wife, mother, daughter, friend?
“Why do I feel so guilty?

“How do I fill my bucket while looking after these special people in my life?”

Sound familiar? If so, I think we’ll be fast friends.

I’m a mother of three — two boys and a girl. My journey as a mum began in 2014 when my husband and I relocated to New Zealand from Dubai, and I had just become a full-time mum for the first time.

The universe had thrown me a lot in one go: A new country, a new role in life, and a gorgeous new baby boy, who was looking to me and his daddy for all of his needs…

Let’s take a moment to appreciate what an enormous responsibility that is

Our babies rely on us 100%. For everything.

And yet, they don’t come with an instruction manual.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lot of time figuring out the rules of parenting as you go along, and that’s okay! Parenting can be both messy and beautiful, confusing and enlightening all in the same moment. It’s enough to give any woman whiplash, which is why it’s essential to have a  community with which to commiserate and celebrate the small wins.

Additionally, while finding our feet as mothers, many of us also need to find ourselves and restore balance to our lives. This has been my journey anyway. It’s taken me time to reconnect with the woman I was before having my first child, and every day I am excited to discover the new woman I am becoming.

Here’s what that journey has looked like for me

I wanted to rekindle my love of movement

I was a ballerina for 14 years, so fitness was always important to me. After sustaining a knee injury, I knew I would need to look for new ways to keep connected with my love of movement.

So, when I was pregnant with my first child, I studied the anatomy of the body and the principles of pilates. Through pilates, I was able to revitalise myself and start bringing more energy to my interactions and daily experiences.

I wanted to nourish my body.

As the child of expatriate parents, I was fascinated by the delicious, healthy cuisines of different cultures. When I lived in the middle east, I was surrounded by fresh produce and farmers selling fruits and vegetables at your door. In Canada and France, I loved the fresh locally sourced food we would eat. The time I spent in the kitchen with my mother, preparing clean, healthy meals, fundamentally shaped my eating habits as an adult…

But you know how it goes.

When I became a parent, the healthy habits that had been ingrained in me since childhood began to fall by the wayside. I soon realised that if I wanted to bring my best for my friends and family, I would need to listen to what my body needed and allow myself the self-care I deserved. This meant taking the time to nourish myself with the nutritious food I’d always known.

I wanted to end each day feeling like I’d flourished.

Previously, I had been in PR and Events. I was surrounded by creative, inspirational people, and at the end of every day, I felt more enriched at having
learned something new.

Now, I was experiencing the ups and downs of motherhood in isolation. I yearned for connection and to hear other women’s stories, yet I had fewer people I could lean on and learn from.

I soon realised what I was feeling was a sign that I needed to build more connection and enrichment into my experience of being a mother. And if I was craving more kinship and community, I was sure other mums must be, too.

And so, Balancing Act was born.

Through Balancing Act, I wanted to see mothers equipped with the tools to do away with negativity and flourish. It was my dream to create an environment where women could achieve balance together and share their stories. And it was my vision to see a world full of mothers who could be proud of themselves and adored by their families.

Personally, I’m still figuring out how to fit everything in that I know is important — things like self-care, time for reflection, therapy and meditation.

It’s a learning process. But one thing’s for sure.

Even though our children may not always do what we say, they copy everything we do. If I want our children to grow into happy, secure and confident people, I have to show them what that looks like.

My mission for Balancing Act is to help women reconnect with themselves through productive, nurturing and inspiring conversations with leaders and experts in well-being. But also conversations between ourselves.

If you are still reading, thank you. I’m so excited to take this journey toward balance with you. The best way to stay up to date is by signing up to my mailing list. When you do, you’ll receive fresh content and handy wellness tools direct to your inbox and never miss the memo about an upcoming workshop.

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