Rebecca is one mum who I admire. Rebecca is a plumber (you will find out more in her story). I am always in awe of ladies who rock the traditionally male industry. I used to be an engineer in a water treatment facility for a semiconductor industry. And it's not easy being a female engineer in a male-dominated industry. So, I have a high level of admiration for all ladies who are kicking ass in what has been stereotyped as the men's career.
Come and listen to Rebecca's story and be inspired.
1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s).
My name is Rebecca Senyard and I am married to Jacob. We live in Brisbane and have three little girls, Esther who starts Prep this year at age 5, Magdalene who we nickname Maggie or Mags who turns 2 in February and Phoebe, the baby that changed my life who is 18 months old.
I have worked as a plumber since 2006 and stopped working when I found out I was pregnant with my third baby. Phoebe’s conception caught us off guard and was part of the catalyst to closing our family plumbing business, so that I could be a stay at home mum and my dad could retire.
In 2011, I started my plumbing blog The Plumbette, as I was known as that name when we advertised on a local family radio station. I now make an income from blogging by writing on my own blogs ( I also write on Styled by Bec) and as the editor of two larger blogs owned by Mums Media Group. I juggle quite a few balls but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I really love what I do. My work situation fits in perfectly with the mum I always wanted to be. I’m with my girls during the day, and when they are in bed I work at night to get my work done. I love the flexibility and I love that my plumbing career took me on an unusual career path.
2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey?
When you have children, you realise how much of your pre-kids life you took for granted. The most challenging part of being a mother is maintaining the balance of motherhood and work and creating a happy family environment.
I also didn’t realise how much I enjoyed time by myself until I had my girls, who love to be near me. all. the. time. Right now my younger two girls are quite dependent on me so it’s hard to find time to do things for myself. But I remind myself that under 5 is a tough season with little kids because it’s quite busy and exhausting.
"Another challenging thing I’ve faced is realizing I can’t do everything" - Rebecca Senyard
#Brave Mama in my family
Another challenging thing I’ve faced is realizing I can’t do everything. In some ways it’s frustrating and in other ways it’s liberating. I don’t know why my entrepreneurial spirit kicked in after I had children, but that motivation to work and start on a work idea plus being a mum can often be at logger heads with each other. In the last year I’ve come to accept I can only do so much and my kids are a priority (they always were and will be).
3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?
I think giving birth is a brave thing to do. Whether you do natural or c-section. While it’s normal for a woman to give birth, it can be incredibly scary. And then the moment our baby arrives and is placed on our chest, we think ‘we did it. Thank GOD.’ And then a year or two later we bravely say we’ll do it all again. Haha.
I’ve had an interesting couple of years being a mum. I think one of the bravest things I’ve had to do is realise there is only so much I can control in my life. When I found out I was pregnant with Phoebe, it took us by surprise. I’d only been back to work for 3 months and was now going to be off again to have another baby. I was quite fearful of how 2014 was going to look for us, but it turned out to be one of the best years of my life with Phoebe being born and my blog growing in readership and winning awards.
"I think giving birth is a brave thing to do."- Rebecca Senyard
#Brave Mama in My Family
4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?
I’m always inspired by mums who work and balance motherhood. They will all tell you they don’t do a great job at it, but from the distance, they look like they have it together. I can’t really think of one mama who has inspired me because many mums inspire me – ones at church, friends, and bloggers – there are brave mamas all around us.
"There are brave mamas all around us."- Rebecca Senyard
#Brave Mama in My Family
5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?
Being a mum is one of the hardest jobs in the world and you need all the help you can get to bring these little ones up and maintain a good relationship with your husband and all the other responsibilities you may have. Spend time in prayer and pray for your children. Don’t let frustration of not getting work done become bitterness. It’s so easy to get frustrated when the kids constantly yell ‘mum, mum, MUM!’ or the house is messy or they won’t sleep or they do ALL of the above. All at once. Let yourself off the hook for a while and do things for yourself, because if you don’t, that bitterness will set in. If by some miracle all of your children nap at the same time, read a magazine or have a nap yourself. The chores can wait. One of the greatest analogies I was told in relation to maintaining a house with children is, children are a full time job. If you worked full time away from the house, you wouldn’t be cleaning or washing. So don’t pressure yourself that you have to do all the things when you’re home with your kids. Do what needs to be done when you can. Enjoy the early years, because it is true, those years fly fast, even when the days feel slow and chaotic.
"Let yourself off the hook for a while and do things for yourself."- Rebecca Senyard
#Brave Mama in My Family
I cannot agree with Rebecca more. There are brave mums all around us. Mums, you are braver than you think you are. And even if your life right now seems chaotic, and at times you may lose your sense of identity as an individual through all the chaos, know that you are loved and valued.
You can find Rebecca at:
Instagram: @styledbybec or @theplumbette