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MEET KATARINA AND PASQUALE

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Cleo and I sat down with the lovely Katarina and Pasquale at The Eatery in Camperdown to chat more about their busy schedule over two cities.

Katarina is the Luxury correspondent at the Australian Financial Review and Editor of Life & Leisure Luxury magazine … with currently one 16 month old son, Pasquale (who definitely lives us to his charming name!). Her fiance owns and runs restaurants in Canberra (one of which is aptly named Italian and Sons) ...  which also means this little family commutes between the two cities. Oh and there’s another bubba on the way.  We chatted to Katarina to understand a bit more about the motherhood journey for her.  


HAS PASQUALE'S ARRIVAL CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON WORKING / CAREER?

He’s changed my perspective on life generally, and although it sounds like a total cliché, having kids teaches you not to sweat the small stuff. As long as my family is healthy, I can deal with anything.

Even before Pasquale came along, I knew I’d be back to work very quickly – I started some new projects when he was five days old, and went back to the Financial Review full time when he was five months old.




I certainly haven’t lost my ambition and drive, and I’m still a perfectionist. In fact I’m probably prouder of my work achievements now than ever before. You can only do what you think is best at the time, but I hope one day he’ll be proud of his multi-tasking mum.


WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGE OR SURPRISE SO FAR WITH YOUR NEW ROLE OF MOTHERHOOD?

How quickly our mood can change: from being grumpy at 6am when he wakes us up, to being completely besotted at 6.01am when we pick him up from his cot. He is utter perfection, and his cheeky little smile lights up the room.

AS A WORKING MUM, DO YOU FIND IT A JUGGLE? HOW DO YOU PRACTICALLY COMBINE WORK AND MOTHERHOOD?

All my life, I’ve worked long hours so it’s just a matter of segmenting the day in different blocks, so to speak. I have help from family, in-house nannies, a fiancé who has flexibility as he runs his own businesses, and my boss who’s incredibly understanding (as long as I deliver the goods!), so I am fortunate to be able to arrange my day as suits the circumstances best. 

I breastfed until he was 12 months old, so I am basically the queen of scheduling. I won’t lie, I now work more hours and more intensely than I’ve ever worked before, but I love what I do and not many people are privileged enough to say that in this day and age.

WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGE FOR YOU AS A PERSON SINCE MOTHERHOOD?

I’ve sadly become a bit of a hermit, which is very unlike me as I was a total social butterfly before the little man came along. I’ve had the extra challenge of commuting from Sydney to Canberra, as my fiancé is based in Canberra, and while it’s only short-term madness to try and maintain a two-city existence, it has resulted in a bit of social isolation and neglect of friendships. That’s been incredibly hard to take actually. A lot of my girlfriends have had babies and I haven’t been able to make their baby showers, or meet their bubbas, or have play dates, simply because I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I feel like I’m constantly letting my friends down by not being able to see them as much as I’d like and be part of their lives. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, of course, there always is. But that’s been the toughest adjustment to make and I hope that when I re-emerge, all those friendships that I’ve nurtured and valued so much over the years will still be salvageable… with the help of copious amounts of champagne, if need be.



WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FAMILY?

Our little family is about to become a medium family – we have another bambino on the way, joining us in January next year. So that’s two boys under two years of age. While I’m extraordinary blessed and grateful, I’m also a little terrified of the testosterone in the household. My fiancé has promised to teach the boys the value of housework when they’re old enough, but I’m not holding my breath. I reckon all three will be out on the golf course while mum’s doing the mopping.



Katarina wears Grande Diamond Monogram P Necklace


ANY ADVICE FOR MOTHERS?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received was probably about ten years ago, from Quentin Bryce, the former Governor-General of Australia. She said to me, “You can have everything. Just not at the same time.”

And she’s so right. We can have everything. There is no reason why we can’t – just not ALL at the same time.

Things take time, and certain things take priority at certain stages of our life. It’s given me an incredibly calm outlook on life where even if I’m making sacrifices now, I know it will pay off in the end.

Photography: Besotted Grace
Jewellery : Katarina wear Diamond P Necklace by Bambino Diamonds

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