Mama Journeys with Naomi of Billy Button Photography

We are back with our next glimpse into the life of another Mama friend of Nourish and Nest. Thank you for the feedback on the 'Mama Journeys' interviews so far (catch up here if you haven't read them). We all have so much to glean from one another and I so appreciate the honesty of each of the women contributing to this series.

Today I would like to introduce you to Naomi Mackie. You may already know Naomi from her Instagram (@boys_run_free) where she shares glimpses of her life on an old dairy farm (not too far from Nourish and Nest HQ!) with her husband and four sons or from her photography business Billy Button Photography

Naomi has such a sense of adventure and freedom in both herself and her parenting that has long inspired me, I'm excited to share this interview with her. 



Are there any ways that you have noticed motherhood has changed you?

Motherhood has changed me so much and still is every single day. Being a mother has helped me to become more patient and resilient to any situation that comes before me.


What were the most difficult transitions for you when becoming a mother?

Baby number 1 and 4 – baby number one because I had no idea on what I was doing, and baby number 4 because life is now so busy it’s hard to find time to stop.

How do you practise self-care?

Taking a shower or having a cup of coffee.


What is one of your favourite small rituals?

Early morning coffee is my most favourite start to my day and trying to sit down through the whole cup together with hubby.

Do you have any family rituals?

Our family rituals are always eating meals together, this is a wonderful way to chat about life and read the bible together.

What do you find your greatest challenge in motherhood?

Finding time to balance spending time with each of the children individually as well as personal time with my husband.


Is there anything that helps you connect with yourself as a woman (beyond your role as a mother).

Lately trying to wear more dresses, rather than daggy mum pants, as this makes me feel more feminine


What piece of motherhood wisdom has served you well?

Let the children play to their hearts content, let them climb, let them stumble, allow them to explore their world around them without too many no’s.


Naomi and her family are embarking on an exciting adventure next year.. check her out on Instagram if you'd like to follow along.


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