Brave Mama in My Family Story #12 - Chloe Watts

April 18, 2016

Brave Mama in My Family Story #12 - Chloe Watts

Chloe is an Insta mum that I met since starting Heart in Box. Chloe is a landscape architect and the founder of Blueberry + Co (Talk about woman of many talents!). She designs and illustrates and one of my favourite creation of hers is the awesome Monochrome Baby Book, where you can fill in the colours and be creative, while journalling your journey with your little one. 

Chloe's story echoes the brave journey of many mums in business. Leaving their 9-5 job and starting a business, all while wrestling the toddler and being a "mum-bie" (a mum + a zombie) at the same time. Join me as Chloe shares with us her brave journey. 

 

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

 

Who am I? I'm a creative mama with a passion for adventure. I regularly get an urge to create something, usually crochet, sewing or some sort of paper craft, and often I don't finish it. I'm trained as a Landscape Architect and run a business with my husband in the Southern Highlands working as a Landscape Architect, but my passion is with my baby business- Blueberry + Co. 

I'm based in the Southern Highlands of NSW but my heart will always be by the sea. I grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, so sea side living is where I'm most at home. I'm mum of Rosie, my sweet happy 13 month old little girl. She just started walking, so our house just got VERY busy!

 

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

 

The fatigue. Definitely the bone crushing, lip numbing fatigue. It's permeates into everything you do and affects the type of mother and wife you are. For me, it's been the biggest challenge and the most ongoing one (I'm quite tired as I write this!). When Rosie was a new baby I started to dread bed time. I dreaded going to bed because it meant being woken up, sometimes 4-6 times a night. I started feeling sick and anxious about the whole process, and it affected the way I could handle any of the normal disruptions (like a late dinner or if Rosie woke up outside her usual patterns). 

 

"(The most challenging thing about motherhood is..) Definitely the bone crushing, lip numbing fatigue. It's permeates into everything you do and affects the type of mother and wife you are."

- Chloe Watts

 

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I really had to force myself out of it, and I found the trick was to a) ask for help when you need it, and b) talking myself positive... Telling myself that everything was going to be ok and that I could sleep late (who was I kidding??) really helped me calm the anxiety that came from fatigue. I still use this technique! One of my biggest lessons is to make sure I have time for me. I know now that I can't keep giving indefinitely. I need a little recharge (a silent cup of tea, a walk, a bath or if I can manage it an early bed time). My mum said today "15 minutes to yourself as a mum can sometimes feel like a week long holiday"... thats been pretty spot on for me.

 

"I know now that I can't keep giving indefinitely. I need a little recharge."

- Chloe Watts

 

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

 

I am so very lucky. My daughter hasn't been sick (not even a minor cold), so I haven't had to confront some of the terrifying things some mums have to. For me, the bravest thing I've done was to resign from my job and go out by myself as a Landscape Architect and Illustrator/Designer for Blueberry + Co. The thought of driving 1 1/2 hours to and from work every day to do a job that I was good at, but didn't love, made me feel sick. I knew it was the right decision to make, but it was a big one. I'd worked so hard to push my career before having my daughter, and while that is still important to me, the reality of that job just didn't fit with me and my new identity as a mum. I still feel nervous about that decision, but I'm finding my feet and the confidence to talk about my businesses and my goals as a mother without excuses. I as so lucky to be able to chase my dreams, so if all I have to do is put myself out there a bit, I've got a pretty good life.

 

" the bravest thing I've done was to resign from my job and go out by myself as a Landscape Architect and Illustrator/Designer for Blueberry + Co "

- Chloe Watts

 

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

 

I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing mamas, but I often think of my aunt (who is more like a sister/cousin because we're only 18 months apart in age- crazy family, I know!!). Sherie is a mum of two, wife, business owner/maker/designer herself, and we have pretty similar interests so we're close. She is inspiring because she makes the crazy hectic journey of motherhood/creating/designing look so good! She always reminds me to take a deep breath and try and be the best person I can for myself, for my daughter, for my husband, for my business. She never judges me, and is the best listener/advice giver. She inspires and challenges me be a more compassionate and loving person, and I feel that coming through in my parenting. I am so very thankful for her friendship and support.

 

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

 

Take a deep breath. Go for a walk, or better still a run. Burn off that anxiety and come back with a bit more clarity. Write a list and chase your dreams. You can achieve anything.

 

"Write a list and chase your dreams. You can achieve anything."

- Chloe Watts

 

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I hope Chloe's brave journey to pursue her dream inspired you! 

We all have dreams. And being a mama doesn't always mean that we cannot pursue that dream. Maybe it just means writing it down on the list. Perhaps circumstances may not allow you to work on it right now. But having it on the list means you will not give it up. But work towards it slowly, but surely. 

Have a most wonderful week ahead. And as Mother's Day is coming up really soon, don't forget to check out our store for gifts that will uplift and pamper any mum. 

x Meng

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow Chloe at:

Websitehttp://www.blueberryco.com.au/

Instagram: @blueberrycobaby

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blueberrycobaby

 

 

 

 




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