I have met Mei on a number of occasions in the past few years. However, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I learned more about Mei and what an amazing women she is. She has 3 kids, a business and a rather large household to run. She is such an inspiring women, working hard and building a life and lifestyle from nothing.
So how did/does “she do it?” and still appear so serene and calm?
How do you juggle kids and working full time in your own business?
I have had an Au Pair in the last 6 months. This has been mainly to help with household chores. It has allowed me to do something outside of business and family. After working hard for the last 10years for the business and the family it was time to have some space and give back to me. I want to be a good role model for my children.
I feel I am a better Mum/Boss if I look after me first.
How do you juggle the different ages that your kids are in?
20yrs, 15yrs and 6yrs.
It can be very challenging. I love it though and wouldn’t have it any other way. They are all like only children really. They all look after each other. There is another adult in the house so more parenting as he gives us a different perspective.
You were a young Mum, do you mind me asking how old you were when you had your first?
Not at all. I was only 16 years old. I have found it has been different mum dynamics with each child. I was in my teens with my first, my twenties with my second and Thirties with my last.
How did you manage to keep it all together having started so young?
I knew no different. I have a huge gratitude for life. I never thought of myself as a teenage Mum. I was just so grateful that my child was healthy.
We all suffer from Mother’s guilt. What are your strategies and advice?
I acknowledge it. I break it down and work out what it is that I feel guilty about. I know I’m not perfect, I just tackle each fear at a time.
What would be your advice to young Mums?
My advice is to not be so hard on yourself and remind yourself that your expectations are a lot more. Not everyone is judging you, you’re judging yourself.
You and your husband run a very successful business –North Queensland Glass (NQG). How did this come about?
Trent’s dream was to have a glass company. We have been together since we were 13years old. We had nothing to begin with so we had nothing to lose. We always wanted to go after our dreams and have no regrets.
You obviously love renovating and have a flare for it. Pepperberry House is a true testament to this.
Absolutely love renovating and I enjoy it. Pepperberry House is one of many projects I have done.
What is something that no one knows about you?
That I was a foster child from the age of five through till eight.
What do you think is the key to your successful relationship?
We have been together since we were thirteen. Communication is so important. I strongly believe that we are best friends first and husband and wife second. We always tell each other when something is up.
What advice would you give to Mums heading towards the teenage years?
Don’t judge yourself too harshly and have fun with it.
What is your favourite movie?
Who do you admire?
Angelina Jolie, she does so much for this world. She is raw and honest, comes from a rough upbringing. I feel she is underestimated.
PS: I have to say we could have chatted for hours, as it was our tea was going cold. Mei Elsing has such an inspiring story to tell. One of the most compassionate women I have met.
Looking forward to many more “teas” with this beautiful soul.