My name’s Annette and on July 29th, 2010, after working in Media & Advertising for over 10 years, I finally landed my dream job – motherhood!
Now I have 2 gorgeous boys, Tyson (born 29th July, 2010) & Jack (born 22nd February, 2012) and along with my husband, I run a boutique advertising agency called Blue Box Media.
Now, I balance 3am feeds with 5pm deadlines. I make cold calls and packed lunches. And I do business while cleaning up ‘business’ – the ultimate multi-tasker.
I don’t have it all together… au contraire! But what would be the fun in that, anyway?
Amongst all the tears and tantrums (sometimes my own), the busyness and messiness, it’s a great honour and privilege to be a mum. These are some of my stories along my motherhood and faith journey and in particular, the delicate balancing act that it is to be a working mum.
For 15 years, I’ve served in Kids Ministry at different churches and denominations. For 15 years, I worked almost solely with 2-4 year olds and for 15 years I wondered the impact it had on their lives (if any), apart from providing a child-free environment in which their parents could enjoy the sermon.
In the midst of a conversation about toilet training with another parent, a childless friend walked over to join in and we realised, this isn’t something you talk about in front of people without kids. Poorly timed bowel movements isn’t something we wanted to talk about before we had kids. How things have changed. It caused me to pause and with surprising ease, I came up with a list of things that have become my ‘new normal’ since becoming a parent…
What I’ve come to realise is that life is no longer ‘just’ about me. And every decision I make doesn’t ‘just’ effect me. It’s not a matter of being ‘controlled’ by someone but rather surrendering myself to something bigger than myself.
Ever felt completely overwhelmed and underqualified for motherhood? Me too! In this interview with Focus on the Family, I talk about my journey through post natal depression and discovering indescribable joy in parenting…