I’m Going to Ghana!

I have organised a special event to help me get to Ghana to empower woman to become leaders! It will be a funfilled night with a panel of speakers, raffle prices, auction items, networking opportunities and so much more! Bring your friends, families and colleagues and help me reach my fundraising goal!

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A note to my 9 year old self!

Yesterday was international woman’s day #balanceforbetter, a day to celebrate woman having equal rights and a voice to say, feel and act freely, just like men.

Some may be thinking why should we have a day for this?… but we need to remember that it wasn’t too long ago that woman could not vote, and in some organisations, men still get paid far more than women in the same role. So there is still a little more work to do on getting that balance but we are getting there, and besides, why not have an excuse to praise all the amazing females of the world! Men also have a day (19th of November), so don’t worry, they get their chance to celebrate too!

Keeping with the theme of saying, feeling and acting freely, I often think about the things I would have done differently in life especially as I reflect on certain behaviors of myself and even my children.  Pete and I often ask each other what we would have done differently, so I thought I would put it down in some words and share some of mine. So this one is a bit of a self reflection post!

PS I have no regrets, in fact I would not have it any other way. But some of these traits do come back to haunt me in my adult life, whilst being totally aware of each, I do need to work extra hard at each of them.

Share your feelings

Growing up in the 80s was harder in many ways different to today. As a child who was eager to please and always (99% of the time) doing and feeling what I was told. It was implied both at home, socially and at school that by showing feelings other than what I was supposed to or expected to, was wrong and not welcome. While this may have be been my perception of the situation, my internal voice told me that doing otherwise was total disobedience. As a result of this, I rarely revealed my true feelings to anyone other than myself and most of the time I used to bottle them up inside. I was able to speak with my sisters at times, but due to this perceived view I never spoke to my parents about this. As a mother, sharing feelings both to my kids and vice versa, are encouraged at all times. I even cry in front of my kids and explain to them why. Whilst at times I try to over comfort the children by assisting them to overcome their ill feelings especially, I try my hardest to allow them to feel everything, and talk to us about how this particular situation makes them feel. There are some great children’s books about feelings that normalise all feelings, but I think what’s important here is creating that environment that your children are comfortable to talk to you about anything and everything with you, and that you are prepared to listen. I wish I just opened up to my parents, because I am sure they would have been more than receptive and helpful.

Commit wholeheartedly

Pete was a really great soccer player and I was not so bad myself at tennis. Both of us better than our fellow school mates at the time, and I even got chosen to play for Victoria when I was 12. While this was the case and I trained and played comp most days of the week I was never really 100% committed. My mind was always elsewhere or dreading the next day, coaching session or game. I never ate well to play or did I commit to the training game plan required or certainly what my oppositions were probably doing. My parents never forced me either, although they spent an enormous amount of their time and money carting me around. And that I am sorry for. But it has taught me when I commit to something, I commit 100%. Otherwise I don’t do it at all. Time and money is too precious these days, so there is no reason to throw your energy to something that doesn’t serve you. Pardon the pun. In the end tennis was not for me, and I finally quit. I remember forcing Kristina at the age of 4 to go to ballet, as I dreamed for her to be that gorgeous ballerina that I was not! She cried before EVERY SINGLE lesson. Finally I got over it and listened to her wishes. Sometimes if we are committed, but others are not, we have to accept that too.

Be confident with yourself

For those who know me well may find this one a little surprising. On front I come across confident and strong in nature. Inside I am actually quite introverted and shy. I put this down to being the quieter of twins, with my beautiful twin sister Nic always being the loud, more vibrant one of the two. She made friends way easier than what I did and still does, and she still turns many heads walking into a room, and I shared in this glory walking in right behind her. Growing up, with Nic by my side, I was always protected and had comfort with her being there to answer questions and respond. She spoke for us and she chose for us, and I loved it! But as we started to do things separately, as we got older, I remember struggling with confidence. Whilst I quickly managed to find my feet I remember having to find my individual self and one that people could learn to like, love and enjoy. Being individual is so important in life it helps you learn about you and what’s important about you and for you. You don’t have to be the same as others and sometimes it’s fine to be different. Recogising your differences and being proud of them is key to confidence and is definitely something I will be sharing more with my children. I was so proud when James came home late last year telling me that the boys in his class teased him after school swimming lessons for having hairy legs and a hairy back. He said mummy I told them that this is who I am and that we all have hair, just some more than others! This made me proud. #goshboysaremean

Challenge rather than accept

Being one to sweep things under the carpet is something I have learnt from young. Avoidance of conflict is a major strength of mine! But we all know this does no one favors especially yourself. If you are unsure say no or ask more questions. Failure is to do this can put you and any relationship with your kids and loved ones at risk for too many reasons to document here. I remember as a young girl running into my room and slamming the door shut and staying there for hours thinking and chewing on thoughts and ideas that were so different to what was actually going on. Totally linked to number 3, being confident to voice your beliefs and opinions is the key to a healthy and happy life. Creating an environment for this to occur and teaching my children this one is a difficult one but definitely a work in progress and one I am committed to.

What would you say to your 9 year old self?

CMP xxxx

Meditation for Kids


I did a short 2 hour course today on mental health awareness for Managers and whilst the stats were alarming 1 in 5 woman suffer from depression and 1 in 8 woman suffer from anxiety (it even made me stop my negative self talk during the session), one thing that stuck with me was the answer to the question: what am I doing as a Manager to cope with these type of situations where a staff member or colleague is not coping i.e. what are my coping mechanisms?

Recently I have started meditation and yoga. I love my exercise but I also should take more time out during the day and take a walk during lunch at least. What are you doing?

I have also recently started meditation with the kids before bed, mainly due to the fact there is not a lot of time between me picking them up from grandparents houses and them going to bed. 

I used to find that when they saw me at 630-7pm for the first time since before school, they would both get super excited and charged up again, which then in turn made their wind down super long. This was also so exhausting for me!

We have always had a night-time routine, pjs, lights dim, teeth, toilet, no screens (well sometimes I give in to that 😫) from around 7-730pm but I felt that I needed something extra for them and the meditation has worked well so far.  They still are not asleep by 8pm, but at least now it’s closer to 830-9pm and far more relaxed.

All I get them to do is to take a few deep breaths, close their eyes, and then relax each part of their body starting from their feet until we get to their head! I.e relax your toes, relax your feet, relax your ankles… you get the drift.

It literally takes 2-3 minutes each child and they are both super relaxed afterwards and so am I. Sometimes we need to go over it again, because they decide to tell me everything that has happened that day, even though I have asked them about their day in the hour prior and the answer was “nothing”!

But, linking the course I did today, the presenter spoke about meditation tracks that are great for kids called Blissful Buddies.  Click on the image above to go straight to their website you can also find them on Instagram. The kids and I haven’t tried or listened to them yet, but I have already downloaded the album into my Spotify account.

Apparently great to play to kids that struggle with the wind down and also to go sleep.  I will give them a try tonight!

Welcome to the Journey of The Corporate Mum

Hello! My name is Petra and I am so glad you have come to visit. I hope you enjoy the stories, juggles, ups, downs and learnings of my journey of motherhood and working full time in the corporate world to date. I often get asked what it is like to come back to work by first time mums and how I juggle the two and appear to have so much balance (not!!!) so hopefully we can all learn and grow from what we experience from here. My love for work, family, children, fashion, good health and wellness will be the focus of what I share. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any question that you would like me to answer or a topic you would like me to cover. I hope you enjoy the ride just as might as I have and do!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton