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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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Mama Journeys... with Laksmi of Copper and Cross

Welcome to our second instalment of the ‘Mama Journeys’ series, a homage to the wisdom that women can glean from one another’s journeys and a celebration of our ‘Little Nourish and Nest’ range.

We hope this series inspires Mamas to honour their unique motherhood paths and remember the importance of finding realistic, soul-filling ways to nourish themselves along the way.

If you don’t already know her, allow us to introduce Laksmi of Copper and Cross.

 

Laksmi is the creator of luxury handcrafted homewares, made in Byron Bay. The aesthetic of Copper and Cross focuses on textures, tradition, culture and quality. Planter baskets, chunga rounds, crosses, wall baskets and much more. Go and see for yourself and you’ll see what all the fuss is about!

 After discovering La’s swoon-worthy, handcrafted homewares range through Instagram, I ended up visiting her beautiful home in the Byron hinterland a few years ago to buy one of her pieces. I was taken straight away with her warmth, authenticity and lack of pretension. We shared tea while our kids picked fresh mulberries and chatted the realities of small business, motherhood and staying true to our own business paths.

It is a complete treat to have La on the blog, sharing a glimpse into her own journey as a creative business owner and mother to her son Illy. I particularly love her family rituals. 

Enjoy!

 

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

It’s changed me immensely! Feeling more connected to the world. More relaxed to self questioning - like those “what should I be doing in life?!” questions just kinda go out the window! Mostly, far happier - with less time spent self-obsessing and more time spent caring for someone else. It’s also been the catalyst for other amazing things like starting my creative business, “Copper + Cross”. 

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

I remember the huge shock those first few days of just realising how incapacitated I was to do things I had taken for granted before. Like shower, get myself a glass of water, call someone etc. I remember looking out at my verandah and just imagining myself sitting out there with a glass of wine and feeling this weird sense of loss. I also felt apprehensive when night time approached knowing this stretch of waking, cries and tiredness was coming for me. Sometime it felt a bit bleak. 

How do you practise self-care?

What’s that? Ha ha. No, but really. I’m trying to imagine what I do that someone would call that? I shower, is the first thing that comes to mind? But most people do that I guess … I honestly can’t think of anything. Sometimes I have a bath! That’s just like showering I guess. Gah. In my ideal fantasy life I would go get every therapy under the sun! Massage, Acupuncture, Kinesiology … Yep. One day. 

What is one of your favourite small rituals?

Making a cup of tea to sit down to work. I work from home so that is VERY exciting as it breaks up the day! 

Do you have any family rituals?

Nothing major. 
My son and I have weird little songs we sing together that we’ve made up or act out some routine we have come up with every few days. 
We have a bit of time in my bed every night before he goes to bed where we just lie next to each other and ask each other questions and cuddle. 
My partner and I try and play golf together every Thursday afternoon. 
We all usually sit down and watch Masterchef when we have dinner at home! But that doesn’t always happen (it took us 8 months to finish one season haha).

What do you find your greatest challenge in motherhood?

Hmmm. I hope this doesn’t sound too “whatever" but I honestly feel like I thrive through motherhood. It was challenging when I was sleep deprived the first year but actually being a mother is the best feeling in the world. The challenges I have faced are honestly more to do with I guess social aspects. It isn’t natural for me to make friends easily with other mothers, get involved in school activities etc. And there is a juggle that comes with living with your child and partner (when your partner is not the dad!), mostly in trying to manage everybody’s feelings. Oh and coming up with dinner every night! Blah, just let me eat some toast and lie in bed one night! I guess I do have challenges!

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

Spending time with my beautiful partner. Having that amazing intimate, emotional, sexual connection with another adult. I’m not a very girly girl. I only very recently became the proud owner of some moisturiser. I don’t really adhere to things like “girls night” or gender specific activities. I like to surround myself with friendships that aren’t exclusive of other friends no matter the day or activity! In saying that, I play soccer every year on an all-women’s team and it’s such an awesome environment and SO fun! 

What piece of motherhood wisdom has served you well?

I’ve always just followed my instincts with raising Illy. We spend a lot of time exploring ideas and thoughts. I try not to impose any beliefs or norms on him and see how he feels about different topics he brings up with me. I answer his questions honestly and always have (within the scope of his understanding). We are really weird and quirky with each other and there’s a lot of mate-ship and extreme love and respect there. 

 

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Mama Journeys.. with Nicole from Little Willow Vintage



We're excited to launch a new blog series interviewing some fabulous friends of Nourish and Nest. Different women, staying true to their own paths, who also happen to be mothers. 

Nourish and Nest seeks to inspire small daily moments where we nourish our bodies and souls. Simple rituals of self-care that let us check in with ourselves, practice gratitude and find everyday beauty.

Since the launch of Little Nourish and Nest, I have wanted to hear from other mothers about how motherhood has shaped their journeys, the challenges, the rituals that benefit them and the simple ways they nurture themselves as women.

Our first interview is with Nicole Nicol from Little Willow Vintage.

If you've ever found yourself on Instagram looking for some children's room inspiration, chances are you've stumbled across Nicole's beautiful feed and much-loved brand.
Little Willow Vintage is a baby homewares brand inspired by its 'less is more' philosophy. Nicole hand-stitches the sweetest custom linen cushions and heirloom baby wraps, inspired by simpler times. Her range also includes beautiful linen bedding.


I love that her brand really honours slow design and ethical crafting of pieces that are to be treasured for years to come. 

I am lucky enough to know Nicole in 'real life' (she's a complete delight) and she immediately came to mind when I started putting together this series. 

What are the ways in which motherhood has changed you?

I’m so much more empathetic to other mothers and what they’re going through. I didn’t really spend any time around kids and was one of those parenting experts that have no kids..you know the ones!! They have all the best answers till they actually have them.

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

Initially I felt quite anxious about having my first, especially as I was an older first time mum (geriatric mother they call it ! Seriously! )  I realise looking back that I found it difficult to accept I may not be able to control everything and was fearful about how my life might change.  

How do you practice self care?  

I think it's often hard for mothers to find time for self care, especially when the kids are young. Just even taking five minutes out on my balcony alone is sometimes hard to achieve but I try to do that each morning to have a cup of tea and breathe in positive affirmations for the day ahead.  I’ve recently blocked off half of one of my work days for a regular yoga class and walk before I go to the studio in the effort to schedule non-negotiable self care.
I also enjoy lighting a candle and making a pot of tea after everyone has gone to bed .. just to enjoy some quiet time.

What is one of your favourite small rituals? (a simple act that brings you joy) 

My favourite thing is to light a beautiful high quality scented candle, while working, reading or sewing. It smells delicious and I feel like its a bit of an everyday luxury. 

Do you have any family rituals?

Simple things like sitting down at the table to eat for dinner or breakfast is something I think is important. Even if it's a weet bix for dinner kind of night!

What do you find to be your greatest challenge in motherhood?

To keep things simple.. sometimes there is a push to be busy and over-schedule ourselves and our kids.  
We learn who we are in the quiet times and the space we make for ourselves. Sometimes we need to say no.. not because we are too busy but so we don’t become too busy.  
 
Is there anything that helps you connect with yourself as a woman? 

I think coming to motherhood at 37 I had a pretty established sense of myself and who I was.  I probably went through a few years feeling like how does this new role fit with who I am.. should I act or dress differently etc.  In the end I think that you need to remember the things you enjoy and connect with..and if you haven’t found that yet you must allow yourself some peace and time alone to find it.

What piece of motherhood wisdom (whether shared with you or learned) has served you well?

As the mother of kids just turned 4 and 9 who are increasingly independent, I think the saying ‘the days are long but the years are short’ is the most fitting of all.


Want to know more about Little Willow Vintage? Head to the website or Instagram 

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