Chanelle O’Sullivan is passionate about helping rural mums who are struggling – so passionate in fact – that she took over the Farming Mums NZ page and turned it into a Facebook group for like-minded people to chat, share experiences and go to for advice. Chanelle’s work recently received recognition from Federated Farmers who fully support her drive for greater recognition of women on the farm. Impressed? We are.
MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you? Well I suppose I’m not quite a ‘new mum’ anymore so perhaps – Young Mum (a mum at 23), SAHM in some ways. I work 1-2 Saturdays per month at a vets, on farm where needed, I study via correspondence and run my Facebook Page.
Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? Dribbling, Crawling, Walking, Throwing a Tantrum, Messy Bedrooms (My 2 year old has just moved into her big girl bed – which means when she doesn’t want her afternoon sleep – she empties her drawers out).
List three things that have changed since you started the Farming Mums NZ group. I have developed a passion. I never really had one or two things that were really at the top of my list – Now I really believe FMNZ is important to people – It’s become a huge part of my life (I think my husband believes that it is the 3rd person in our relationship). My life has become really quite busy. I find I work best under pressure so this is generally a good thing. People want to talk to me! Reporters, The heads of other related organisations – It’s been very exciting and I’m flattered, I can’t wait to see what FMNZ will evolve in to.
What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle? I’m not sure how well I am jiggling the juggle at this stage… Dinner gets cooked, washing gets done, the house is just passable. Something I would advise – and need to do myself is turn off your phone/computer after 5/6pm! Also I try to make sure I play with Izzy during the day (Trampoline, painting, drawing etc) It’s all about balance…this is something I haven’t mastered yet – but in an ideal world. Balance! Family, food, exercise, work, study, gardening, the house etc. I can usually do 3 of those a day where I would like to do all of this, each day, well!
What three words would your friends use to describe you? I asked some friend so will use my favourites – Motivated, Passionate, Ballsy! (My Dad said - ”pushy, demanding, impatient, In a good way”) Continue reading →