I had a few weeks off from the #showtherealyou segment on my blog, I really missed it. I love that I get to interview women around the world that we can all relate to or learn from. Not only do the woman I have featured, inspire me daily to be the best version of myself , but they teach me that it’s okay to fail as long as you pick yourself back up and work hard to chase your dreams.
This week I choose to feature a dear (Insta) friend of mine – Candice Williams AKA @theworkingmumma. I followed Candice, after she would continuously write kind, meaningful words on my posts daily. She constantly lifted my spirits when I needed and I would see her spreading continuous encouragement to other mummas and fitness bloggers that I followed. She has a huge heart and she bares all across her social media platforms.
I love watching her journey, I know you will to.
Here is my 10minutes with Candice…
Firstly, can you tell us more about your Instagram name Instagram and how you chose it? I love it, I think it totally suits you.
Oh thanks! Well when I decided to a blog, this name instantly came to me. ‘The Working Mumma’ describes me and what kind of mummy I want to be. Before having William I worked 60-70hrs per week, slowing to a 35-40hr week at 33weeks pregnant because I fainted at work and my DR requested I ‘slowed down’ so working is important to me and I am lucky that I absolutely love my job. It also describes what my blog will be about one day too.
Can you tell myself and my followers a little about yourself and what your page/blog is all about?
Well, I am a 27 (nearly 28!) year old who’s from Melbourne, I absolutely love the beach and would LOVE to move to Queensland one day, even just for a year. I love the sunshine and hot weather. One of my favourite places to visit is Port Douglas, I have been there upwards for 20 times in the last 14 years. I am a first time mummy to a beautiful little man, William who I call turtle. I am recently engaged so I am adding “party planner” onto my job description! I am a nurse and LOVE my job. I often find myself dreaming of overseas holidays, I want my family to be well travelled. I am a people person, but also have anxiety, so I am either really out there or quiet depending on how I am feeling. Family is so important to me and I want twins one day! Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with Nikes, Disney and the rainbow.
My blog right now is about my journey from pregnancy to motherhood but ultimately what I wanted to show with it, is that I CAN be a mum and work at the same time, I want mums to know that if you have a dream, you can achieve it. No matter what your dream is, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, I had SO many people kept telling me while I was pregnant that I couldn’t have both of labels, career women and mother, so my goal is to show that you can. You can do whatever it is that you want and be a great mummy too. I will share how I juggle my life, the triumphs and the down days. And to keep sharing my life as a mother because I love the supportive mummy community that IG offers. It is honestly amazing.
As a busy mumma what is your go to workout? How often do you find the time to move your body?
I have the Ashy Bines Booty Program app on my phone and that is my go-to workout! I love it because I can do most of them at home! I aim for 3 workouts per week and 3 walks per week as well. I would LOVE to do more but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and set myself up for failure. I try and do 1 or 2 yoga sessions a week as well, for me, moving my body is essential to keep my mental health in check.
Hands down – Lorna Jane! I walk into her store and just want one of everything! My goal for my work out wardrobe is to have one in every colour of the rainbow of tights, crop tops and singlets, my fiancé thinks I am crazy, and he’s probably right! I am obsessed with Nikes as well!
When you are having a rough day, what do you believe helps you to pull through?
Good questions because today is one of those days! I actually wrote a blog about how to cope with a bad day not long ago. I find the best way to cope is to have acceptance that it is happening, I then just keep telling myself that the day will end, he will eventually settle and everything will be ok again. I also throw all the rules of being a mummy out of the window, if he wants to be held all day – fine, if he wants to watch tv on the couch with me – fine, if he wants his breastmilk in the bottle instead of from the boob – fine. Anything goes when having a bad day! Reaching out to other mummy friends for support is also a great way to cope and get through it.
Favourite quote or mantra?
“You can’t keep doing the same things and except to get the same results.”
This has been essential for me and my personal growth. It’s so important to re-evaluate all aspects of your life, if something isn’t making you happy or you’re not getting the outcome you want, you need to find out why. I have, at times, really needed to reflect on myself and see that I need to change my plans, change my eating, change my attitude, whatever it may be, to get the result I am after.
“Never look back” is another one. I actually have a tattoo of this on the back of my leg. It got my through a really tough period of my life when I hit rock bottom personally and needed to pull myself back up. I had to stop looking back on my past – I couldn’t change it, I had to keep looking forward.
Do you ever get a chance to share date night with your man? If so where do you go?
Yes I do! Ever since Will was about 2 weeks old we have been having date nights. I LOVE spending time with just Kyle and I, we really enjoy having a few hours away from Will. It makes us such a better parents, better people and allows us to feel like the ‘old’ us again. It gives Kyle and I a chance to reconnect and gives our parents some bonding time with the baby. Kyle and I have grown so much closer since having Will, we feel like a new couple just starting to date again. I was told that a baby changes your relationship and luckily for us, it has made it 10 times better!
Proud mumma moment since Having william?
When he learnt how to giggle! The day he learnt how to giggle, I sat on the floor with him for a good 2 hours sitting there laughing with him, I have never felt so proud in my whole life!
Something you do for yourself?
Working out! I love exercising and I use it as my time to unwind and get all my frustrations out. I am always happier when leaving the gym, it also makes me feel accomplished and that I am nailing mum life! I also feel guilty about going and spending money or doing other things for myself – mother’s guilt bah! But going to the gym not only benefits me, it benefits my family and it will one day show William a healthy way of living.
Who inspires you?
My 3 best friends inspire me. They are 3 very different, but totally amazing and beautiful people; one is a business owner and she inspires me with her achievements and dedication to her profession, one is a mother of 4, she is the best mother you have ever met and she is also working really hard to start her career and the other is a intensive care nurse who is just doing amazing things in the nursing field, she is also the most kind hearted person I have ever met. They say that you become who you are because of the people you surround yourself with, so I am pretty lucky!
Ashy Bines and Chontel Duncan inspire me as well, they are hard working business women, they want to help people, they live and breath healthy living and appear to be such beautiful women, they are my working momma crushes!
I want to own my own business one day, I have done a post graduate degree in cosmetic nursing and would love to open a business doing Botox and Fillers! I’ll get there eventually – watch this space
Love Candice as much as I do.
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