Introducing…Claire Robbie from Wake Up and Jack & Olive Retreats
I’m the Mum for 2 year-old Jack. I am the CWO of a wellness centre start up called Wake Up, a yoga teacher and also run a surf/yoga/clarity retreat company called Jack & Olive Retreats.
My days are beautifully full and I couldn’t do any of it without the help of my Mum, Jack’s Dad (we co-parent together) and my incredible friends.
What’s your favourite thing about being a Mum?
The kisses, the cuddles, seeing him evolve and grow. I love listening to him talk and express himself and how he sees the world and what’s in it. And most of all the pureness of the love I have for him.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself as a Mum / how have you changed since you became a Mum?
I found the first 1.5 years after having Jack really, really tough. I was completely unprepared for how intense and life-changing it would be. Breast-feeding, exhaustion, the physical changes and the level of Mama-lion that kicked in, all flipped me on my head. I learned a lot about not being so hard on myself, and also to let the emotions of it all just wash over me and out of me. I also learned to trust my own insticts and not Google!!
I’ve become more focused and careful with myself. I also feel like I have realized the futility of comparing yourself to anyone else, we all do our best and as long as you’re authentically yourself and do your best to come from a loving place, all will be ok.
What’s your favourite way to spend time with your children?
We travelled to 22 countries filming a documentary series before Jack was 17 months old and those were some of the most amazing memories with Jack. I love taking him on surfing trips, to the beach and on adventures. The more he experiences and the more people he meets, the better.
What’s your top tip for keeping happy and positive as a Mum?
Rest when you need to. Eat well, keep fit and active and don’t be too hard on yourself. A regular meditation/yoga practice has helped me the most though. I recently stopped drinking coffee and it has changed my life (no exaggeration) I had no idea the strain I was putting on my adrenals (eeek).
Also, don’t feel guilty for wanting to spend time away from your kiddies and having your own stuff going on. I think it’s really important that Jack sees me experiencing the life that makes me happy and all the things I love doing – the things that make me, me.
How do you carve out some ‘me time’ into your life?
I’m very good at making time for myself. I prioritize my health (mental and physical) as I know it makes me a better person, Mum and everything in between.
Aside from your family, what makes your truly happy in life?
Yoga. And surfing.
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When I was pregnant I started doing pre-natal yoga and my first teacher was Claire. She doesn’t know this (unless she’s reading this right now!), but she is a big part of why I fell in love with yoga. She’s got this amazing energy and pure passion for yoga and is so inspiring – I mean, who packs up their 6 month old and travels around the world to remote places?! If you ever get a chance to practice with Claire – do it!! Thanks so much Claire for starting my journey into yoga – I’ve truly found my place in the world, and it all just makes sense xx