From being a children’s chiropractor to launching her own online subscription box company for organic baby products, Carrie Rigoni has managed to find different ways to express her passion for children in a number of ways, as well as be an attentive mother to her toddler Quinn. Read on to see how she manages her many different hats in her busy life:
Name: Carrie Rigoni
Website/blog: Wild & Free Boxes
Social media: Instagram
Tell us a bit about yourself and your child/children….
I am a children's chiropractor, and a mother of a gorgeous toddler Quinn. Our family of 3 lives in Melbourne and we live a very natural lifestyle.
What is the name of your business/blog and what does your work entail?
Well I have been a children's chiropractor for 7 years now, my business is called Bebe Chiropractic. While on maternity leave, I have launched Wild & Free Boxes, which is an online subscription box company for organic and natural baby products! We have monthly boxes for those who love the surprise of not knowing what they are getting each month, and also monthly boxes that cater for pure convenience - you choose the items and we deliver! We also have some organic pregnancy and Mama-focused gift boxes available. I started Wild & Free Boxes because as a mother I was tired of running around to different organic stores to get all the products I wanted, and having to search high and low to find new organic brands. I am inspired to share with other mothers the convenience of having all their organic baby needs delivered to their door, and also share some of my new and exciting finds! My blog is all about educating mothers on the quality of products they use during their pregnancy, on their babies, and also on their entire families. I love to support Australian businesses, especially other mums in business.
What made you decide to be both a mum and a career woman?
I am the type of person who needs to be doing something all the time. I'm constantly getting new ideas! I love my pre-motherhood career as a children's chiropractor, but found I also wanted something to work on while I'm at home with my son. My passion has always been in the children's area, as well as in natural and organic living. Hence Wild & Free Boxes was born! While I absolutely love being a mother, having my own personal purpose adds a lot of value and meaning to my life.
What challenges do you face balancing both roles and how do you overcome them?
Oh balance, does it really exist? It's something I struggle to achieve, that's for sure. Particularly in those busy work weeks! I work a lot while my son is napping (thank goodness for daytime naps!). I'm thankful that my closest mama friends are also very driven, so often we meet up and while the children play we brainstorm business ideas together. It's easy for the business to take over your entire mind, so I ensure that when I'm spending time with my son, I'm present with him. I like to carry around a notebook so if I have any ideas, I can write them down and get back to them during my 'work hours'.
What is one tip you have for unwinding after a stressful day?
We are lucky enough to live right near the river, so I find making time to go for a walk along the river calms my mind after a stressful day. I'll leave my phone at home so I have nothing to do but enjoy the walk.
What is one fun weekend activity that your family enjoys together?
We enjoy heading to the farmers markets and local markets to take a look at all the local produce! It's amazing what is being created right on your doorstep!
What is one time-saving parenting tip you can recommend?
Make lists! Us mothers are so busy! It's so easy to forget things. I love writing lists, planning weekly goals, even monthly goals. Everything goes onto my list or it gets lost into the abyss of my mind.
What benefits do you think there are to being a career mum?
Being a career mum has given me a sense of purpose, for myself. I believe it has helped me cope with motherhood, and being at home so much with my son. It has enabled me to make connections with other like-minded mothers and form new friendships. I love when my son notices I'm working, and will try and help me. Children learn through modelling and I feel I'm providing him with a sense of work ethic and, more importantly, curiosity. Being raised in a house with a chiropractic clinic in it, he has developed strong empathy towards other children and it is beautiful to see that my choice of career is moulding my son's experiences and behaviours.
Lastly, what do you do to ensure you maintain a strong bond with your child/children, despite having numerous responsibilities?
I ensure we take time each day to hang out, without technology or work distractions. Simple things like making eye contact with him when he wants to interact (rather than constantly working and looking at a phone screen), showing interest in what he is doing, and teaching him new things. I notice a negative change in his behaviour when I have busy work weeks, so try to keep myself in check with only working during his naps or once he's in bed for the night.
So never forget to take time to unplug and spend time detached from your phone and worries about work. Those precious years when your little ones are toddler’s only last so long - so make the most of it just like Carrie does!