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Meet this weeks Super Mum… Jacintha Akkerman, aka, Mouse. A nickname she was given when she was just two years old because she squeaked like a little mouse. Life for Jacintha only truly began when she had her son, Axel. He taught her that love is the only thing that mattered. Life prior to Axel was not easy. She was lost, she drank and she partied. She always wished she had a place to turn to while in the dark and now she has foundered ‘Jacintha Ackerman’. A blog for people to come to for inspirations to change their lives for the better. What a legend. Thank you xx
You’re Mum to?
My baby boy Axel who is almost 3. He really is a shining light in this world. I am one very lucky mumma that he chose me.
What has been the most challenging age thus far?
I would say now has been the age that has been the most challenging but also the most fun. Things change when toddlers find their voice haha
Is motherhood what you envisioned it to be?
It has far outweighed my expectations. I absolutely love being a mum. I truly believe my life only really started when Axel was born. Axel (and Jesse, my hubby-to-be) are my absolute world. Axel has taught me so much and that nothing else in the world matters but love. All the small stuff we stress about is so insignificant. I certainly don’t sweat the small stuff like I used to (meditation has helped a lot with this also).
You have your own business “House of Mouse”. Firstly, can you tell us the reasoning behind the name? And what is your business about?
I have had the nickname Mouse since I was two years old. I used to squeak like a little mouse and it has stuck ever since. For so long people didn’t know my real name haha.
House of Mouse is a social media agency. I have always loved helping small businesses and I am obsessed with social media so I combined both to concentrate on the ever-evolving digital world.
You have just launched a blog Jacintha Akkerman. Can you tell us more about this?
For so many years I was so lost. I used to drink a lot. I used to party a lot. I was single for seven years. I wanted a better life for myself, but I just didn’t know how to get there. I knew I was put on this earth to make an impact. To make a difference in the world (like we all are) but I just didn’t how to make that change.
Almost two years ago I completely gave up drinking alcohol. For me alcohol was my trigger point to a downhill spiral. My site is a place of inspiration for people who want to change their lives for the better. During my darker days I wish I had a place to turn to.
The website has books, recipes, podcasts, TV series to watch. Inspirational things you can do in your own time and when you are ready. I also LOVE hearing about people’s journeys so I interview the legends that have inspired me. And I will take you on my journey of how I changed my life for the better. Everyone is wired differently so it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s about teaching people to look inside themselves to find the answers.
How do you juggle mum and work life?
I'm not going to lie. It is a juggle at times. I have learned to prioritise what is important. I am very grateful for my beautiful husband (to-be). We very rarely go out at night - that’s family time and time to do my social media posts for clients. Ideally 9pm is my bedtime. My social catch-ups are now breakfasts and lunches. For me to be the best mum I can be, I ensure that I have time for me (you can never feel guilty for that). So I make exercise, yoga and meditation a priority. Although we are superwomen, something does have to give so I worked out what were my priorities lie. I am certainly not as social as I used to be. Our babies are only little for a small time in our lives so I feel like I need to dedicate as much time to Axel as I can while he is still so little.
Health and wellness is a big part of your daily life. What is your favourite daily exercise?
Yes, it’s a huge part of my life and what keeps me sane. Four times a week I box at Tribute Boxing. It’s functional fitness as well, so I get my weight sessions in. I do yoga once a week, which is so good for the soul. Ideally, I like to do yoga at home daily but that is not always possible. I love running because I love being in nature, so I run 1-2 times per week (5km is plenty). If i'm having a busy mum week or work week, I pull back because I have learned (the hard way) how important rest is, otherwise I end up burning out.
What is Axel’s favourite snack? Or one that you allow him to have.
I am a firm believer in healthy eating so I encourage Axel to eat as many fruit and vegetables as possible (being a toddler this is not always possible of course). If he does eat healthy 80-90% of the time, I treat him. I can’t control what Axel eats when he is not with me (or at parties) but I can educate him on food and the effects it has on his body. I know he doesn’t understand now, but hopefully one day he will. Axel LOVES popcorn as a snack and just like many kids, he loves sugary foods (he is a sugar monster like his mumma) so we make healthy snacks together. There is a bunch of healthy recipes on my website www.jacinthaakkerman.com.au.
If you could teleport anywhere for 24hours, where would you go?
Definitely a tropical destination. My happy place is the beach (and nature). Bali is our family holiday of choice due to a short travel time and the most beautiful nannies. But if time wasn’t a consideration I would love to go to Peru. I'm not sure why, but it is a destination that has always resonated with me. As does the spiritual path of India and Mexico.
What is your present state of mind?
I am very grateful. I have a beautiful family. A roof over our heads and food to nourish our soul.
Your perfume is?
This is an interesting question for me at the moment. I have always used Bvlgari rose but lately I have switched to essential oils. I feel they add a sense of calm to my life.
What is your favourite fashion label?
I pretty much live in active wear haha. Lululemon is my absolute fave. But if I had to choose a fashion label Steele in totally up my alley, as is Auguste the label.
Describe yourself as a mum?
I am not a big fan of labels, I believe in trusting your intuition rather than parenting “styles” but I would have to say present. I am very in tune with Axel, as he is with me. I spent a lot of his life so committed to my work, I lost our sense of connection so lately I have been very mindful to his needs. He is a growing boy in this world and he needs his mum’s guidance. I spent most of my life hiding from my feelings, so I try to get him to express his. Every night before bed, I ask him five things that made him happy that day or things that he is grateful for. His first response is always toys haha. If I feel uneasy about leaving Axel in childcare, generally I will acknowledge that and have a day at home with him or get out in nature (the Botanical Gardens is the best spot for this) and have fun together. I truly believe that kids are put on this earth to teach us, so I am constantly learning from Axel. He is my world. I am so grateful to be a mum.
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