Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to have both, but it does require careful management and invisible boundaries.
The drive: What challenges have you overcome?
Finding the balance between work and family is always the biggest challenge for any working parent. For me, my business has to fit around my family life, rather than the other way around. It takes a lot of time and energy to have both thriving and I believe my reserves keep coming from my complete and utter enjoyment of both.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
For me, the pros by far outweigh the cons. I have created myself a source of income by doing something that I really love and I get a lot of happiness from doing it. Having a job that fits around our family life is hugely beneficial for all of us. I get to set the pace and the hours and this allows me to be there for our children.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
I believe that now more than ever, New Zealanders are learning to appreciate the value in something that is handcrafted from quality materials and the long lifespan that that item has. I hope to continue to grow my small brand by creating pieces that will still be worn and used in many, many years to come.