The latest in my inspirational parents series features Kate Pinson, the brains behind brand new, ethically sourced flowers subscription box, Grace and Bloom. Kate set up Grace and Bloom earlier this year, after her daughter Grace became critically ill. Kate needed to spend more time caring for Grace, so she followed her passion to set up her own business. Thanks to Kate for taking the time to answer my taxing interview questions!
1. Tell me about the most unexpected change to you as a person or to your life since becoming a parent?
Becoming a parent changes everything. Anything you previous thought is different, and you don’t realise it until you’re holding your children. So much has changed since having children, not only because it had to, but because I wanted it to. My world now literally does revolve around them, from the moment you open your eyes in the morning to checking on them in their beds before you fall asleep. I never knew I could be so selfless, as I would give my children anything, including my last breath. I was also surprised at the change in myself. I have become much more cautious, and I think over things much more now it’s not just me to worry about.
2. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced since having children?
Balancing life in general. My partner John works long hours, and we’re trying to make a little time for us as a couple, a date more than once a year would be great! And we’re also working on spending more quality time as a family actually doing something, going on an adventure.
3. What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
Being a mom to my two children Harry and Grace for sure, but I’m pretty sure all moms say and think that! Besides the children, I’d have to say completing my specialist nursing degree in Equine. It was something I’d always wanted a career in, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was an equine nurse right up until getting pregnant with Grace, but decided to take a break from it as it was not an ideal job with two children. The wages were not covering the childcare, I was just doing it for the love of it, and I was having to do too many on-calls and was missing out on too much.
4. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What hasn’t killed you?
Definitely our daughter Grace becoming critically ill. We were told to expect the worst, and family members were asked to come in and give her a last cuddle as they did not expect her to be coming home. To be told that about your beautiful 10 month old little girl was just horrific, when only days previous she was a normal, full of life baby. Grace contracted two viral infections and a bacterial infection, which her body just couldn’t cope with. This was due to beating bacterial Meningitis when she was six months old, her immune system was significantly weakened.
5. Who inspires you?
This of course has to be Grace! She is such a fighter and tough cookie and has been through more in one year than most people have to face in a lifetime. The doctors feared she was severely brain damaged due to her reflexes and co-ordination after coming off the life support. But every day, she meets new milestones with a smile on her face, which they didn’t think she would. She truly is an inspiration to me and our entire family.
6. I have just invented a time machine (and you thought you’d achieved something great). You can now go backwards or forwards to any point in time and deliver any message to any person, what’s your message and who is it for?
I’d go forward in time and just check that my children are okay and just let them know I’ve always got their back and they can achieve anything! If for any reason they are not happy, I can hopefully stop it before it happens!
7. You have the opportunity to influence the entrepreneurs of the future. What life changing invention would you like to see on the drawing board?
Your time machine would be pretty handy!! A united place where there is so much information, advice, support and a bit of funding would be an amazing resource to help so many new business starting out. Especially like myself who is not so current on social media etc.
8. I have waved a magic wand and all of your responsibilities have been taken care of for 24 hours. What are you going to do?
Go to a theme park with the whole family and have a great day having lots of fun!
9. How can parents best be empowered to properly balance a career and a family life?
To have the backing and support from someone to just say it’s okay, give it a go, its your time to shine and have a chance. If it doesn’t work out its okay – you tried, which is more than most! Nothing ventured nothing gained. I think if there was more support, or funding out there to help parents, that would make a huge difference.
10. You’re off for a night out tonight. Where will you go, what will you drink and what will be the topic of conversation?
It would be nice for this to actually happen! But I’d say out for a meal with my partner John to a place called Panana Hatty’s. It’s a fab Mexican restaurant near to where we live, that also makes the most delicious cocktails. I would definitely be sampling a few! As Grace and Bloom is so newly launched, I’m sure that would come into conversation. But we are also getting married in October, so the majority may be talking about that and filling John in on what’s been booked etc!!