Hey! I’m Klara, and I want you to know you’ve found a safe space for your tired mama brain here.
Pour yourself a cup of tea (or reheat that coffee that’s been sitting on the bench since this morning), and let’s have a chat.
When I started this site, Every Minute Mum, I was trying to sell the idea that you could get it all together. Your family. Your home. Your routine. Your brain. Wrapped up in a nice little bow.
Doesn’t that sound wild? Like, completely glorious but also ridiculously unrealistic?
The kicker… I have never had my life together myself. So how I thought I could educate mothers across the globe, I don’t know. Good one, Klara. It’s very humbling to me, imagining the eye rolls I must have elicited when people came here to this “About” page and were met with those kinds of promises.
As a stay-at-home mum, I know the struggle. My husband works long hours, and I’m juggling our three young kids, our home, my business, and like fifty house plants. I feel like I hit the ground running from the moment I wake up, and when I close my eyes at night, I imagine it’s a similar feeling to the moment a tri-athlete crosses the finish line. I have to be on top of my game all day, every day.
But the truth is, I’m not. I’m not on top of my game all day, every day. Some parts of some days, sure. But I’m no unicorn. Things slide constantly. I’m generally performing at around the 60% mark most days.
I did okay after my first child was born. I kept my head above water. I managed to launch my business, keep my family fed, and occasionally attack the piles of dog fur floating across the floor with the Dyson. Not thriving, but not flailing either.
The year my second child was born officially tipped me over the edge. I just COULD. NOT. GET. IT. TOGETHER. The more my life spun out of control, the more mojo I lost to do something about it. And the more mojo I lost, the more it spun out of control. If that’s not a vicious cycle, I don’t know what is.
By the time baby number three came along, all bets were off. Everything felt like a scramble. If I could get my son to school before the bell rang, have dinner on the table by five, and ensure that we never ran out of toilet paper or clean underwear, I was pretty much kicking ass. Sure, there were toys on the floor and a ring of scum around the drain in the bathroom sink. But somewhere along the way, I realised that despite my many shortcomings, our family was happy. We were healthy, we were fed, we were clean, we were content.
And that was actually enough.
And gosh it feels SO FREAKING GOOD to accept that things aren’t perfect, and they never will be. These days, I feel like I can breathe. I feel like contentment is always at my fingertips. I feel like my family is chugging along. I feel like my home sparks joy. We don’t need the immaculate house, the rigorous routines, the textbook-style parenting, the perfect little cherry on top of anything.
And I don’t think you need that either, do you, new internet friend?
You’ve come here looking for something, and I’ve certainly got plenty to offer you. As you read my blog, I hope you find some inspiration. I hope you find some real strategies to help ease you out of the scramble. But I also hope that you remember that pretty words written in a blog post, and the writer’s actual ability to follow her own advice and do everything perfectly, as written, rarely align.
You want your family to thrive.
You want your home to be a sanctuary.
You want to be the queen of your routine.
You want to feel GOOD about your life, and the way it’s running.
You want to be able to look back on the way things are now, and feel proud of how far you’ve come. How much you’ve grown.
I’m no longer out here in internet-land, trying to sell the idea of a life wrapped up in a neat little bow.
But if I can help you beat down the overwhelm that can creep in and rule your life and your family, brilliant. I have achieved what I’ve set out to do here.
Every person on the planet has wildly different lives to each other. But we each have the same number of minutes.
And I believe that every minute is an opportunity.
If you’re ready for those opportunities, I’m ready to help you make the most of them.
A bit about me…
I’m a Christian stay-at-home mama and blogger living in Perth, Western Australia with my Californian IT nerd/grill master/handyman legend husband, Chris, and our three out-of-this-world gorgeous kiddos, Jackson, Everley and Rosalie. We met when I was working at a pie shop. We were friends for a year, but then I kissed him on the cheek and made things awkward, and well… here we are!
I love cooking, and I love eating even more. I love the rain, although sometimes the sun gives me unexplainable happy feelings. I sing constantly, so my kids think that’s a normal thing that people do (their lives are basically a sub-par musical). I am obsessed with ASOS, vegemite toast, cups of tea, having a clean kitchen, crochet and dark chocolate.
Oh, and writing. I can’t get enough of it.
I’ve made it my mission to inspire, encourage and challenge women to live their best lives, and I’ve been doing this for a while through my other blog, Her Happy Heart.
One of these days I’ll actually finish writing a book, but for now I’m pretty happy writing here, over at Her Happy Heart, and also occasionally for Mum Central.
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