Brave Mama in My Family #8 - Nicole Ward

March 07, 2016

Brave Mama in My Family #8 - Nicole Ward

Nicole is an amazing mama. She juggles 4 children and runs Shalimar Baby Box. A brave business mum. And did I tell you she is superb at flat lays? She is able to make her flat lays convey happy emotions. Don't ask me how that happens but they do. (go check out her Instagram!)

This week, I'm really honoured to welcome Nicole into our #Brave Mama in My Family tribe. Nicole is funny and authentic. And just putting this feature together put a smile on my face. Join Nicole as she shares about her journey. Her brave mama journey. 

 

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1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s).

I live on the sunny Gold Coast with my childhood sweetheart husband and our 4 (not so little anymore) children. My boys are 15 & 14 years old and my girls are 10 & 7. We've had every imaginable pet (from snakes to puppies) but they either die or run away!  Currently we have one goldfish and one cat (and  fingers are crossed).

 

2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey?

Apart from the obvious everyday challenges of a chaotic house with four children, I think right now with my boys being teenagers it's very challenging. I'm fairly strict with social media and we clash about this sometimes. I'm conscious about bullying and raising them to be respectful, independent well rounded young men which takes a constant amount of work. Working outside of the home and also running my own business means I need to organise my time effectively and not let my role of being a mother come second and loose focus of what I want my family life to be like. This is a challenge and on a number of occasions I think I've made a few mistakes.

 

"Running my own business means I need to organise my time effectively and not let my role of being a mother come second and loose focus of what I want my family life to be like"

- Nicole Ward

 

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3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?

The bravest thing I've had to do is go back to work after being out of the workforce for a very long time.  I went back and studied but I was still terrified I'd be looked at as being "just a mum" by the professionals I was be working with. It took a lot of courage to drop my children off at school knowing I'd now miss out on class assemblies, swimming carnivals and award days. I had a few days of tears (from me). Although now I feel my children respect what I've done and I hope I've shown them how capable women, especially mothers are.

 

"The bravest thing I've had to do is go back to work after being out of the workforce for a very long time........I feel my children respect what I've done and I hope I've shown them how capable women, especially mothers are."

- Nicole Ward

 

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4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?

My own mum of course, she's a Wonder Woman, but in the business world I'd have to say Tracey Harris from Mums With Hustle @mumswithhustle. Tracey is so committed to her business and offering as much advice and help to not just mums but all women. Her motivation and dedication to Mums With Hustle is inspirational and she does it all with a baby in tow.

 

"they (the children) are constantly on your mind and you are always thinking ten steps ahead."

- Nicole Ward

 

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5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?

I'd say "you've got this" Everyday is hard when you're a mum. Whether you've got one child or seven, a newborn or a teenager, they are constantly on your mind and you are always thinking ten steps ahead. It can be very overwhelming and sometimes lonely (even if the house is full) but we are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for and sometimes we need to tell ourselves that!

 

"we are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for and sometimes we need to tell ourselves that!"

- Nicole Ward

 

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Going back to the work force after a long hiatus is hard. But somehow, mamas find it in them to pick themselves up (after the tears at drop offs) and go at it with all their best. 

Do not forget that we are smarter than we think. Braver than we believe. Stronger than we seem. Have an awesome week ahead!

x Meng

 

PS: And don't forget to download our FREE A4 Inspirational weekly Print HERE to remind each of us that We are worth loving.  Or send it to a friend to let her know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow Nicole at:

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/shalimarbabybox

Website: http://www.shalimarbabybox.com.au/

 

 




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