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How motherhood changed my business

Written by Kate Reardon | Wednesday, 27 January 2016

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How naturopath and natural health visionary Kate Reardon tapped into a new force after the birth of her daughter to take her Bali detoxification retreat to another level.

Since welcoming scrumptious daughter Ruby into the world eight months ago, naturopath and natural health visionary Kate Reardon has tapped into a new force to take her Bali detoxification retreat to another level.

It was really hard for me to let go of the reigns when I stepped out of the day to day running of the retreat seven months into my pregnancy. Yet when I surrendered it felt so good to be supported by an amazing team, and by the time Ruby arrived I was well into ‘mama mode’ and so excited to have the time and space to just be with her in those first few sacred months.

Coming back to work hasn’t been easy. There is no magic formula – I just try and find the balance in each day. At this very moment Ruby is crawling around my feet and drooling on my legs! I have realised working and doing what I love increases my vital energy and makes me a better mother.

Since taking a step back from ‘running the show’ I have been able to really get in behind the scenes and work some magic.

As a business owner when you reach that milestone of stepping out of the business to work on the business it feels really exciting. I am definitely in my feminine flow a lot more than ever before. If something doesn’t feel right I just let it go now. There is no pushing or fighting unless it is totally worth it.

I have also learnt to really master my time. When you only have 20 minutes it is amazing how much you can achieve in that time. I am also spending more time out of the retreat and connecting with other businesses which I love. I am also doing lots more writing and filming to produce more content.

My outlook is more visionary now. We’ve built Natural Instinct Healing from the ground up and I’m now putting all the pieces of the puzzle together for the ‘what’s next’ phase which is so exciting.

Ruby is teaching me more about mindfulness than I ever knew, and I’ve been studying it for more than a decade! I used to spend so much time agonising over the past or worrying about the future, especially when it came to business decisions. Now I find deep pleasure in the art of simply being present in any situation and because of this I feel like I am ‘showing up’ as a better version of myself for my clients and team.

The first thing I realised about calling for help was that I was really bad at it. It can be hard being in a foreign country and away from family with a new baby, but I find a way to connect with them almost daily.

The good thing about living in an expat community is that everyone is in the same boat. The Balinese culture deeply honours and respects children, and I’ve never felt so nurtured and held since having Ruby. My biggest support though is my husband Pat – without him nothing would be possible.

Finding time for myself is a constant challenge. I have learned if I meditate everything around me flows better, especially my own mental state. I believe to be in this game and perform well you have to be constantly working on your own stuff. So I will call on my ‘super team’ when I need them – which includes a business coach, energetic healer, massage therapist and an acupuncturist.

I have also learned to be gentle with myself. I watch my own thought patterns and should any harsh criticism, high expectations and feelings of failure arise then I remind myself I’m doing the best I can and I’m doing enough. Laughter is also a necessity in my house, and we make a huge effort to laugh everyday.

I think it is good for Ruby to watch her mum following her heart and building something she really believes in. I hope I inspire her to go after her dreams one day with her whole heart, whatever they may be.

Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon is a naturopath, nutritionist and intuitive healer who owns an Ubud transformational retreat called Natural Instinct Healing. Kate is a graduate of Endeavour College of Natural Health.

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