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Anne on motherhood

Prodjuice founder Anne Durham lives in Newrybar with her partner Doug and 5 year old daughter Edie Sunshine. As Mother’s Day approaches, we sat down with Anne to chat all things motherhood + meditation.

What do you enjoy most about being a Mum?

It’s incredible to watch this little being evolve and learn. She never ceases to amaze me.

What do you find is the biggest challenge and why?

Edie is incredibly headstrong, intelligent & outgoing so it’s full on 24/7. Constant chatter, movement, creativity, mess, expression. I think the lack of a break is the hardest thing, or was the hardest thing. School started this year so that’s been a big help!

What would you like Edie to remember most about her childhood?

How incredibly lucky she has been, and will continue to be. She’s already lived in some of the most spectacular locations in the world and been lucky enough to be exposed to some pretty incredible things already. I have tried to teach her the value of gratitude from early on, hopefully it sinks in one day.

How will you spend Mother’s Day this year?

Probably a quiet day at home, they’re our favourite days (…just hopefully I don’t have to cook dinner)

Do you have any advice for Mums-to-be or new Mums? Or, what advice would you give to yourself when you were pregnant?

 My advice would be to allow yourself plenty of space and time to go through the process and big changes ahead, go easy on yourself. And don’t feel you need to be like the Insta Mums on social media, that is not the reality of Motherhood! And talk to your Mum!

Do you have any tips for juggling motherhood and your own business?

Gosh there really is no magic answer, it really is just a big fat juggle. As long as you have plenty of support both physically and mentally you can make it work.

What does Edie need most from you at this stage in her life?

Boundaries & my time.

5 favourite things to do with Edie in Byron Bay?

Surfing/beach, farm visits, waterfalls, bike riding, hinterland walks.

What do you do when it all gets to much?

Meditate!

Hacks for helping kids eat healthily?

We eat pretty healthily as a family and I have never really prepared special meals for Edie.  For the most part she eats what we eat. We’re pretty strict that whats on the dinner table is the only choice, so if she’s hungry she’ll eat.

In lunch-boxes we are totally packaging free. We have a stainless bento style box so she can pick and choose each morning what goes in each section,  so it’s fun & mostly comes home empty.

What did your Mum teach you?

Work hard, she has done this her whole life. A lot of you don’t know it but she’s actually a partner in this business. She’s still working extremely hard on Prodjuice as we speak!

Book you’re reading right now?

The Book of Joy ( The Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu) – given to me by Mum and Volume 2 of The Mahabharata ( this one’s been a huge slog but such an incredible spiritual epic).

Favourite room in your home?

The kitchen. It’s always the heart of the home and the kitchen in this place is particularly lovely. It gets the most perfect morning light.

One daily ritual you could recommend to Mothers?

Meditate. How any sane parent (or business person for that matter) survives without it, I have no idea.

Go-to-outfit?

Overalls and jumpsuits at the moment. So easy!

Do you have a life motto?

Not a motto as such but I’ve come to realisation that life is just a big huge game, there really is no need to take it all so seriously. And family…..they are always there. x

Edie wears Daughter Co.

Images by Samantha Mackie.

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