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Working-Travelling Mum: One year on the road with #LittleLiam


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Our son Liam turns one today. One incredible year, likely as intense (or even more so) than many of my wild travel years before his birth. And what an exciting road it has been! So much that we’ve learned from and through him. For one, it’s that clichés (don’t) hold true. Some do, yes. But many don’t! In any case, what Georg and I have experienced is that all of a sudden, all of society seems to be adding their two cents on “how to deal with and raise a baby”. It reminds me of my mum, a retired secondary school teacher, who likes to say: “It’s like school. Everybody has been to school, so everybody has an opinion about it.” The tidal wave of well-intended advice guaranteed to wash over young parents … it naturally hit and rocked us a bit, too.

To this end, there is one phrase I’ve been holding on to in my first year as mum of baby Liam, one that makes complete sense:

Each mum is the best for HER child.

… Each dad the best for HIS child. Powerful words that always helped to make us feel calm again. And confident. Because they are true. Babies do actually “choose” their parents a little: Liam is after all quite similar to us in many ways, such as his innate curiosity for the world, his good sleeping and eating habits, his happiness about literally going anywhere with us! He was just shy of two months when we took him on a trip to Falkertsee lake, a high alpine lake in Carinthia, Southern Austria. Followed by a week of a Taekwondo camp in Styria, a weekend in Prague, a month on the road in Portugal and Spain before he even started to crawl. He was always just as curious about the world as we are as his proud parents. Add to that countless day trips, many hours spent at friends’ houses or at the Dojang (watching mum, dad or granny doing their Taekwondo thing!), as well as sleepovers at the grandparents’ house. I suppose much of his smiley calm of being at ease with the world around him comes from the fact that we’ve always “handed him around” in all confidence, introducing him to people and the world literally from when he was but a few days old.

So why should travelling, something that my parents absolutely love, be something troublesome or terrifying for me?, Liam would likely be saying if he already could.

Unser kleiner Schnuffel mit knapp sieben Monaten in der "größten Sandkiste der Welt": Am Strand, an der portugiesischen Algarve.

Our sweet little son playing around in “the greatest sandpits of all”: The beach. In southern Portugal, that is. Coincidence (or destiny?) that there happens to be little blue plane behind his back …? 😀

 

A word on “empowerment” …

… meaning the quality to support each other in life and business, be it the working out of a new life balance as a young mum, the life of an entrepreneur, or the life of a travel blogger – or all at once, as it is for me now. There is no one, right way of being a mother, an entrepreneur, or a blogger – there are as many as there are mums, and mum entrepreneurs! Networks can be a great support, as well as some inspiring books, blogs or other creative products of travelling mums, but I do admit that there are not that many role models to choose from, unfortunately. As in all tradition and likelihood, it’s still mostly women who give up their jobs for a few months or even years when the children come. As one whose creative ideas and entrepreneurial thoughts always flow, it has not occurred to me once that I should now “stop travelling or working because of Liam”. Like, what?! It would be like switching a part of myself off, impossible in my opinion if you love what you do.

So just how do you do it, combining work and travel with baby in his first year? Is it possible after all: Working, travelling, blogging, writing, doing sports, taking couple time, even recreational, quality time on one’s own ..?

Als Mama (dennoch) Zeit für sich finden? Einfach super wichtig. Dank meiner Familie konnte ich jüngst ein ganzes Wochenende eine Ausbildung in der traditionellen Kampf- und Heilkunst des koreanischen Kimoodo absolvieren. Es hat mich ungemein beflügelt: Auch Liam profitiert, wenn seine Mama wieder frisch, inspiriert und glücklich zu ihm nach Hause kommt.

Finding quality time for one’s own creative pursuits as a new mum? YES, please! Super important, I believe. Thanks to my family, I have recently managed to spend a whole weekend away on a teacher instruction course in the healing martial arts of Korean Kimoodo. I loved the inspiration it provided me with: Liam, too, deserves and benefits from a happy mum returning to him.

 

Five honest answers to the question of being able to “make it all work”: Family, working time, time for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

"We Are Family": Vier Generationen beim allerersten, öffentlich erlaubten Taekwondo-Training auf der Donauinsel nach der Corona-Krise.

“We Are Family”: Four generations (almost the entire in-law family!) during our very first, officially allowed open air social distancing Taekwondo after the Corona crisis. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my incredible family. After all, what could possible go wrong with a granny sporting a black belt in traditional Taekwondo? 😀

 

Heißer Tipp: Ein Baby-Jäckchen aus Merino-Strickwolle. Liam hat selbige von unseren lieben Freunden in Neuseeland geschickt bekommen : Die Wolle temperiert wunderbar und gleicht Hitze wie Kälte am Berg perfekt aus.

Happy first birthday, my sweet little darling boy!

 

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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