I can hardly believe I gave birth to my third child almost two weeks ago. We proudly welcomed baby Kohen Ngaru into our lives on 22 September 2018 – a bouncing baby boy weighing a big 8.8 pounds of joy. I’d love to say I put my foot completely on the brakes and stopped everything to adore this new little baby.
But because of the person I am, I struggled the first couple of days to step away from business. My son was either feeding or sleeping, and I’m not used to having spare time. I couldn’t help but respond to emails, and take teleconferences. As time has progressed and thanks to my business partner Damien and the IPS team, I’ve been able to step back, and enjoy these precious first moments with my family as we bond with Kohen.
When I’m not adoring my son, I’ve squeezed time in for my preparation for the World Indigenous Business Forum to be held next week from the 9 – 12 October in Rotorua, New Zealand. I’m so excited about this event. I’m honoured to be one of only two Australian representatives invited to speak, on a topic close to my heart: ‘The power of Aboriginal Women in Business.’
I’m pleased to have my husband and son travel with me, for Kohen’s first visit to his fathers’ homeland to meet his Maori whanau (family).
This week we’ve madly juggled organising Kohen’s birth certificate and passport to travel whilst introducing him to my family in Sydney. Many people around us have been surprised by my efforts and organisation to get a passport so quickly. I’ve had people tell me it could be unsafe to take a newborn overseas so quickly, or others who think I should be caught up in a bubble of baby brain this close to having given birth.
I’ve found this really interesting - but what this last week and a half has demonstrated to me is, that like most working mothers, or mothers who run a business, life doesn’t stop when you have a baby. We continue to be the backbone to our households, juggle multiple projects inside and outside the home, and basically just make things happen even whilst we care for children.
In the lead up to this event, knowing I was due to give birth close to travelling never once wavered my decision to participate. I’m not saying I’m a wonder woman, but when I commit to do something, I find a systematic approach to get it done. This time has been no different.
I spent hours researching online and speaking with people on the phone to understand the process for birth certificates and passports for newborns. I investigated the airline requirements for newborns travelling overseas, and I even planned more than a month in advance the particulars for my presentation for the forum - which I’m proud to say has had some contributions from some amazing Aboriginal women sharing best practices, and has been creatively directed and prepared by two members of the IPS communications and branding team, Nina and Aimal.
I’m counting down the days until we leave for New Zealand. I cannot wait to meet, share and connect with the array of speakers and delegates from across the globe attending the forum. I can’t wait to catch up with my Indigenous business peers travelling with the Australian delegation. And of course, I’m nervously excited to share my presentation on the ‘Power of Aboriginal Women in Business’ on an International stage.
I’m honoured by this opportunity and hope my presentation provides inspiration and insights to the delegates from around the world.