Inspiring women-Planning with Kids-Nicole Avery.
Inspiring women -Planning with Kids -blogger Nicole Avery.
I had the pleasure of watching Nicole in action at Problogger event last year in sunny Queensland. If you are not familiar with Nicole and her blog please head on over and visit Planning with Kids . I have just finished reading her article about wants and needs and this article had me ticking lots of boxes !
Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged seven to 17. She is the master organiser behind the popular parenting blog Planning With Kids and the author of a book by the same name, where she shares tips and tricks for organising the chaos of family life. She is slightly addicted to spreadsheets, tea, running and, of course, planning!
I wanted to share Nicole with you all because she really resonates time management to a tee. You see Nicole manages a house hold of 7 and finds time for herself and her hobbies .
Exercise sees Nicole through the day. Exercise is her go to place. I would love to know what you do to manage your day and how you fit exercise in. Let me know via the comments below .
When did you decide to start a blog and why ?
Nicole-I started the blog in 2008 for two key reasons. Firstly I had been out of the paid workforce for 7 years and I felt like I wanted to learn some new skills. But with 4 kids at the time, I didn’t want to lock myself into a course that meant I would have to leave the house and run to someone else’s time lines. Secondly I had started to read a couple of blogs and could see what a wonderful medium they were to share knowledge. I figured I had accumulated some knowledge over the my nine years of parenting that others might find helpful, so decided to give it a go. The blog has been going for eight years now!
What have been the highlights of your blogging career thus far?
Nicole-Blogging has brought so many opportunities to me and my family. Some highlights would be:
• My book
• Taking the family to Hong Kong and then another trip to Japan through opportunities on the blog
• The fact that I have such a lovely reader base who I can share my learnings with and who take the time to share with me so I can learn.
How important is exercise to you ?
Nicole-Exercise is the foundation I build everything on! It makes me feel better, it gives me energy and gives me an outlet that is away from the family. I love my family dearly but it is also nice to have some time out on my own too.
Over the years I have increased the time I exercise as it does get easier to fit in when the kids are older. I do however happily sacrifice television watching, to get to bed earlier, so I can get up to exercise very early in the morning. I generally have some sort of plan for what I am doing. I do a combination of running and CrossFit. The coaches at my CrossFit gym are brilliant and one of them has written me up a running plans, one of which I am following at the moment as well as the 5.30am CrossFit classes I do. I find having a plan, takes the thinking out of it for me. The only decision I have to make is to get up and then follow the plan!
What is your got to meal when you are pressed for time ?
Nicole-If it is for the family then it would be homemade tacos. I always have mince in the freezer and a jar of homemade taco seasoning in the pantry. I get the kids to all chop up a different veggie and we can get the meal whipped up in no time. The rest of the family has tortillas while I have lettuce wraps.
If it is just for me, it would be sweet potato, avocado mash, fried eggs and kimchi. I do a weekly food prep session every weekend, so always have roasted sweet potato in the fridge to heat up. I make my own kimchi which tastes amazing and is super good for your gut.
How do you find time for you ?
Nicole-Exercise is my main time for me even though it is most often very early in the morning before any one in the house is awake! Working from home means I have greater flexibility than most. I regularly catch up with friends for walks or lunch during the day and myself and two of my best friends have a monthly dinner which I make sure I never cancel on. We found we were going for too long with out seeing each other, so decided to keep to a schedule with out dinners so they actually happen.
I am not a big one for things like hair and nails, but I have started having a regular myotherapy appointment each month to help with those little niggles. I have also started taking time out every day to meditate – only 10 minutes but I am finding that short amount of time makes a huge difference to how I cope through out the rest of the day.