Today I’m bringing my second interview in the Inpirational Women series all the way from San Diego. Unfortunately there’s only a few more days left of my holiday here but I’m trying my best not to think about it…although there’s no place like home, right?
I’ve shared a little bit about my relationship with Nicole from The Builders Wife on the blog before, if you haven’t read about the sort of creepy way we met eachother and discovered we were pretty much neighbours you can read about it in Nicole’s ‘How To Style a Side Table or Buffet’ post. I hope you enjoy this interview and get to learn a little more about this wonderful, creative, caring and postive woman!
Tell us a little bit about your blog (or business)
My blog and my business are rather connected, I blog at The Builder’s Wife and my husband (aka The Builder) and I own a construction company Fernbrooke Homes. My husband has been a builder for just over 20 years, and in 2011 we decided to take the leap and open our own business. We build mainly residential homes, and specialise in Queenslander renovations and extensions. The blog is an extension of the business in the way that it is my passion to empower women through the building process. We aim for the blog to be a placed of education and support, while also sharing our own renovation of our 100 year + Queenslander.
What do you love most about your blog (or business)?
For the business it’s helping to create someone’s dream, it’s a wonderful process and if I can play a small part in reducing the stress, and helping achieve what they have been dreaming of, I’m very happy.
For the blog, it’s connecting with readers, answering questions and empowering all manner of people to tackle their building project.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
Because we work from home, it’s leaving work in the office. If we are not strict and disciplined, work slips into our regular conversations, and this is really not good for any relationship.
What’s the one piece of golden piece of advice you could offer other women?
Make time for yourself, every day! It need only be 10-15 minutes to meditate, or have a coffee on your own, however you find your time, you must make it. For me it’s getting out of bed at 4am to go for a run, that little bit of space, keeps me centred within myself. Afterall who is going to look after you if you don’t?
Do you believe women can have it all? Why or why not?
Interesting question, I think we can go close. I suppose it depends on how much you want? For me, every time I strive for a new goal, something else has to give a little. When I am working really hard on my blog, my part in the business starts to suffer a little and visa versa. At the moment we are working hard to get a second business off the ground and that means that the hours I have in a day are rather compromised, so it makes it a little hard for me to have it all right now.
Top time-management tip?
Keep a diary and make lists. Turn off social media when working, and concentrate on one task at a time.
What makes you happy?
My family, friends and making my clients happy. Knowing at the end of a week I’ve done the best I can as a Mother, Step Mother, Wife, Business Partner and Friend.
If I were prime minister of Australia for a day, I’d…
I am a strong support of equality especially in the building industry. If I were prime minister for a day I would find a way to put laws in place to ensure women are treated and paid equally and were given the same opportunities as our male counterparts.
Describe yourself in five words.
Efficient, Reliable, Friendly, Organised, Passionate
Fave app: Instagram
Last person/page I followed on social media: Bindi Irwin on Instagram
Three things in my bag I can’t live without: Sunglasses, my phone and my lip balm
Last book I read: Girl on a train
Quote I love: “She thought she could and so she did”
CLICK HERE to visit The Builders Wife blog
CLICK HERE to visit the Fernbrooke Homes website
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