There is little about Janine Hall’s approach to being a ‘career-mum’ that is conventional. The 43-year-old is the founder of Escape Haven, and a mum to a 8-month old daughter.
Hall was was never 100% sure if she wanted children, but it was important for her to keep an open mind. When she met Trent she realised it was what she wanted, and they decided it was time to grow their family. “I didn’t really feel the need to tick the box of getting the man, settling down and having the baby,” she said.
As for her entry into being a career-mum, this is something else that she crafted to fit her lifestyle. We work remotely, she says, so again we sort of defy convention. “We’re kind of an amalgamation of the two, of working and staying at home.”
“[I] approached motherhood as something unexpected…I was never bound by a clock that was ticking. I was very much focused on a life, of creating my dream life. And I was very fulfilled by that.”
“We are fortunate that we can be with Indii the majority of the time as we balance a lifestyle of living between two different countries – Bali in Winter and New Zealand in Summer. With that comes challenges of creating two different bases and a lot of travel with a little one.”
Spending a lot of their time living Bohemian lifestyle, Hall admits there has been little judgement to her decision to have a child later in life or to live a unique lifestyle. After all their family car is a golf buggy, something Hall says would send some people into such a tizz. They call it ‘lifestyle architecture’. “When I left the corporate world eight years ago, I thought, ‘what lifestyle do I want?’ And that was very much a bohemian one, where I wasn’t bound by convention and I wasn’t bound by restrictions of a 9 to 5. But rather, I work when I want to work.” Janine and Trent integrate their work into their family priorities and shape their workload around this and Indii.
It may seem like the perfect solution for any career-mum, being able to work when and where you want. And for the family it does work well, however, when it comes to the perfect life Hall is adamant that it is a case by case basis. “It comes to understanding your core values, [then you] create a lifestyle that’s on purpose.”
“I thought, ‘what lifestyle do I want?’ And that was very much a bohemian one, where I wasn’t bound by convention and I wasn’t bound by restrictions of a 9 to 5. But rather, I work when I want to work.”
This unconventional stay-at-home/career mum situation that Hall has going on works for her because she understands her values. “My core value is positively impacting women. I love doing that. Whether it’s speaking or that it’s running a workshop at retreat. So my work very much is a large part of what defines me…And then being a mum, it’s just fun. I get so much happiness from it. It’s sort of an amalgamation of all of that, rather than one or the other.
It hasn’t been easy but it’s through this deliberate lifestyle architecture that we discussed when we decided to have Indii, that its been possible. Trent being very hands on dad has helped immensely with this and having a wonderfully supportive team. ”