We caught up with Kathrine of Little Kin Journal to talk about all things motherhood. Read our interview below.
WHAT DOES MOTHERHOOD MEAN TO YOU?
To love someone else unconditionally. To put someone before yourself in all aspects of life. To never being able to take a long shower without hearing mama being yelled out loud. To walk down the street with a little greasy hand in yours. To be woken up in the middle of the night because someone needs you. To have someone who’s always depending on you.
HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED YOU?
Becoming a mother has without a doubt been the biggest change in my life ever. My perspective on life and on how to live my life changed completely. Before I became a mother, I worked in the fashion industry, I travelled a lot, got to go to sought after fashion shows in Paris and New York, drank champagne and partied. My interest in all of that faded when I had my first daughter, and by the time I became a mother to two, I totally disappeared and by then I understood that I had to leave the fashion industry.
To me, motherhood is a constant challenge. To be patient and understanding and not always being able to do things when and how I want them.
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU?
Before becoming a mother, I never thought it would change me as much as it did and that it would totally alter my perspective on things. My values are different, the way I approach other people has changed and I see myself in another way.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE EVERYTHING & MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF?
I have realised that one of the most important things to make sure our everyday life works, is to let go of things and thoughts. I would love to live without any kind of mess in our house, but that just isn’t possible, and instead of stressing about it, I choose to accept it. I guess that’s also how I sometimes manage to get some me-time. Instead of doing the dishes or tidy up the kids’ room, I make myself a cup of coffee, sit down and write or read and accept that the dishes will still be there in an hour.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER?
For me, it really is all about the small moments. When my 4-year-old runs into the room just to tell me she loves me, or my 7-year-old takes my hand on the street. To feel that someone else loves you despite your mistakes and to see those tiny babies you gave birth to, grow into independent little humans.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?
Not to live by other people’s expectations, but to follow their own hearts.
AND FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW MOTHERS?
To take things as they come. As a new mother, you have some expectations and thoughts on how you want things to be. But the fact is that not much will turn out exactly how you wished it would.
With thanks to Kathrine X