NAME: NICOLA KNOBEL: http://www.myinnercreative.com
JOB TITLE: SAFETY AND WELLNESS MANAGER BY DAY/DESIGN NINJA BY NIGHT
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: BULLET JOURNALING/INSTAGRAM MANAGEMENT
MiMi: How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
Nicola: 1, he is 5, and his name is Quinn.
MiMi: Do you feel the roles of women have changed in regards to work and family through the years?
Nicola: I think the premise of role bias is the same, “It’s a woman’s job to raise the kids”… but I think I am very lucky to be working in New Zealand, where families are more important than work, and women have had equal rights for a very long time. We were the first country to give women the vote, so equal rights in family, and work for women; is a pretty common practice in New Zealand. Our prime minister just went off to have a baby, and is still running a country, with a brand new little bundle to keep her on her toes!
MiMi: What are some of the challenges you have faced as a working mom? How have you manage to cope?
Nicola: I’m a single working mom, so often I have to juggle a sick little human and not be able to go into work, as I don’t have family to rely on. It’s just me to do school pick-ups and drop-offs. It’s now standing arrangement that the earliest I can get to work is 9:15 a.m. I juggle time management with school care programs and I have the capacity to work from home if needed.
MiMi: When you find the time, what activities do you like to engage in as a family?
Nicola: We take trips to the zoo. We enjoy picnics, walks, and beaches…always on the weekend, beca
use I need to unwind too, and I like the outdoors and Quinn loves it too!
MiMi: What does meal time look like for your household?
Nicola: I use a food company to deliver food to me, so I can save time; instead of inventing recipes and having to go to the store. It’s an awesome time saver and they have such great healthy options. It arrives on a Sunday and we usually make dinner together, but often it’s just me; and Quinn plays or talks.
MiMi: If you had 1 piece of advice to give a mother who finds it a challenge to balance career and family, what would it be?
Nicola: Schedule time for yourself. You were a human before you had kids and you will be a human when your kids leave home. You need to be selfish with your time, sometimes; and do something to recharge your batteries. I often see moms burnt out because they give all their time to their families…you need to fill your battery too! You aren’t giving them the best of you with a flat battery!
MiMi: Thank you Nicola for being apart of my Working Moms Series!