Artist Kayla Gale in her studio
How do you handle the more challenging parts of being a mother?
I call my mom! Haha! I really do believe that it takes a village, and I am so blessed to have so many strong women in my life that I can look to for wisdom and advice.
What is your favourite thing to do together as a family in Canada?
Our children are water babies, and my husband is a highly technical SCUBA diver, so we spend as much time as we can near the water and when we plan vacations it is usually centered on how close we are to any place that we can snorkel, dive, or swim. We spend regular time together doing a bible based volunteer work in our community, and those are often the best days because they are rewarding, fulfilling, and we can see our daughter feel good about what she is doing. Other than that, we try to keep family time really simple and old-fashioned. I think we make the most memories together when we are doing something as easy as going for a stroll around the neighbourhood, reading our favourite books, having a campfire outside, or making a tent over the kitchen chairs. My husband and I can’t wait to teach our kids how to fish and garden.
What is your definition of self-care and how do you make time for it?
This is such a timely question for me because self-care is something I tend to neglect right now and I am working on changing that. For myself, I’m a bit of an introvert and I feel that when I am around people or in social situations, I expend myself quickly. To recharge, I need quiet time alone. Sometimes this means saying no, sometimes it means asking for help. That’s not always easy for me – but it is important!
Is it difficult working in a creative field when you’re restricted by baby schedules and routines?
I can see how it could be for some, but it works well for me. I feel most motivated and inspired in the evenings after my babies are in bed, and so creative work is a great way for me to relax and unwind after being a busy mama all day.
What is your attitude towards social media, do you have any personal rules or restrictions on how and when to use it?
My personal rule with social media is that it has to work for me and not the other way around. Right now it offers me a way to share my work and connect with other artists, but social media can often be a means for comparing, and that is one of my weaknesses. I try to keep my own Instagram presence very genuine, authentic, and positive, and I make sure it is doing more good than harm for me. Otherwise, I shut it down for a few days.
Complete this sentence: Motherhood is…
Hard, messy, beautiful, confusing, full of doubt, and fulfilling. And there is nothing sweeter.