Traci, you are such an incredible woman, designer, photographer, brand owner, and Mother of two gorgeous boys, tell us a bit more about @phoenixandtheocean and how it came about?
I started my brand after my first baby, Phoenix was born. I knew for a couple of years prior that I wanted to start my own business. One day at the beach with Phoenix, it just hit me. I have such a love for him, and also the sea. And that's where my brand started. I wanted to create a space online to share my creativity and our lifestyle with others.
The biggest challenge for me is time. Finding time to do anything is tricky with a newborn or young children. But ironically enough, time is also the reason why it was possible to start. I knew that I needed to work in a way that allowed me to plug in-and-out of work throughout my other responsibilities as a wife and mother. Sitting down for a full 8 hour day isn't always possible, but I'm certainly amazed at what can be achieved during the cracks of the day.
It's pretty wild running a business with two kids around, but I know I wouldn't have had it any other way. It really excites me that I can support our family financially, without feeling like I'm missing out on their early childhood.
My favourite way to pause is to visit the ocean with my boys. Listening to their laughs, feeling the sand under my feet and smelling the sea always feels like a reset to me. It reminds me that the little things in life are what's important.
The PAUSE journal resonates the most with me. Motherhood and running a business can be busy. I love the questions and prompts in the PAUSE journal because they help me be present, reflect on where we've been and manifest the future for myself and my children.
Phoenix and Cruz loved sitting down with me chatting about topics in the journal. I think it's a great way for them to practice mindfulness and learn more about themselves.
My favourite thing about Motherhood is the joy that my children bring into my life.
My favourite thing to do with mum is paint pictures and have picnics.
- learn how to surf
- visit a magical castle
- ride a hot air balloon together.
I moved to Australia when I was 20 years old when studying the bachelor program at Bergh's School of Communications in Stockholm. I was fed up with the cold and wanted warmth and an adventure. I fell in love with a surfing hipster a year after the move and that was it, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Brett worked with climate change for the local government when we met up in the city but he is a farmer's son and together we moved back to the family farm eight years ago. It was the best decision, I lived in Stockholm when I moved overseas but I'm a country girl at heart, having grown up next to a farm in a beautiful old clergy house in the countryside. I love living close to nature and I feel so fortunate that after years of not quite knowing what I would do for work in the middle of nowhere can do my photography and writing through insta and while working with companies I love, making me feel like I'm using my communications degree.
I absolutely adore that we have so much space. I love the fresh air, beautiful nature and magical sunsets. I love that my girls are growing up in the middle of nature, surrounded by animals and beauty. We love the ocean and my girls are so happy that we live close to the beach! We are so lucky to have endless white beaches in the little coastal town close to the farm and we love it so much we are building a house overlooking our favourite slice of beach paradise this year. It will be so lovely for the kids and I to be able to split our time between two places that we love so much. Country air and ocean time is good for the soul.
Without a doubt going to the beach! It just brings so much joy and energy! But it also tires the kids out and they sleep better haha.
I love that I am sharing my life with two hilarious, beautiful and kind little souls. I love that they are part of me and my husband and that we have created our own little family together out of love. It's so wonderful how being a mother makes me grow and that I have learnt so much about myself and others. Being a mother is a dream come true and every time I look at my darling girls it fills me with endless happiness and love. It's not always easy and some days sure are long but it's always worth it.
I love how these beautiful journals make me pause and reflect. I sit down and take a breather while thinking about my hopes and dreams and actually write them down, making it easier to work towards my goals. Be it the goal of finding more stillness or goals regarding parenting, travels or work.
I love the "Pause" journal. It's such a good reminder to slow down and soak up the small, but magical, moments in our week. I am trying to be more mindful in my everyday life and I really think this journal holds me accountable to slow down with my little girls. It also helps me feel more calm and aware of what I daydream about or feel challenged by.
It's so easy to get lost scrolling your phone when you take a little break and I love that with the journals I actually feel recharged and organised after taking some time for myself. I also love reading the interviews with inspiring people.
I want to go and see the snow and reindeers in Mormors house (back home in Sweden).
- Bake bullar (swedish cinnamon buns)
- Picking flowers
- Going to the beach
- Read books
- Eat sprinkly cookies
That she is kind and knows lots of things!
While travelling the world running my first two businesses (one a mobile hair company for weddings @nadiabullockhair & a music management company @musosent with my hubby) I began sharing my journey on my personal Instagram and instantly fell in love with the community & connection it organically was creating for me, connecting with other like minded women. As I was sharing more about our digital nomad & adventurous life I noticed I was getting the same questions all the time “how do you do this” “How can I create this lifestyle” etc. Then after going through my own transformation and becoming a mama, I was now getting it more from moms asking me the same. Stepping into motherhood I found a deep passion for connecting, supporting and helping other mama’s. As a lover of personal growth and always learning new ways to better myself and business, I realised Along my journey of entrepreneurship I didn’t have the supportive community I was looking for, when Covid hit and our business room a massive hit due to restrictions, I reached out to my close badass female founder @ouiwegirl and we began sharing ideas etc. We noticed many people were hit hard with covid and craving a place for connection, support and growth. That’s where Seachangers was born. A monthly gathering and coaching program where women come together to up-level their life and business focusing on both the inner work (personal growth) and business tools (professional growth) it’s important to grow a conscious sustainable business that suits your life and ideal lifestyle and that’s exactly what we mentor and support women do! Turn their passions into profits and creative freedom 💫
Aw thank you! It’s been my dream to continue travelling when having kids and I’m grateful we’ve been able to take Kaleo on 13 flights his first year. My bucket list is ever growing with - an ethical safari to experience the animals up close in Africa, - to put him in a term program at Green School in Bali & visiting my family in Italy at the top of my life
While I love the pause journal for my “me time” I love using Bucket List with Kaleo creating our growing list of bucket list experience we want to do together as a family
I wish I figured out how to balance it all but I haven’t! Motherhood and life is ever changing, I find that truly listening to what your mind, body & soul needs in that moment and to be able to create it for yourself is how I try to balance it all. Sometimes I need an ocean dip, bath or a walk in nature in the middle of the day and I allow myself to take it. I have a 5 min breathwork ritual I’ve been working on doing 3x a day and oh, essential oils! I LIVE off those!!!
My fave thing about being a mother is experiencing life together! As life changing as it is, I’ve never experienced such joy and love in the everyday then when I had Kaleo. He makes everything better! Experiencing life through his eyes and being able to be a part of his journey, I’m forever grateful for!
Thanks, really it was our dream. We wanted to travel as a family, and we wanted to do it in a kombi, so we set out to find our perfect car, which we did - and set off back in 2017. My son Riley (4) is our free spirit! He is a born traveller, a lover of people and just such a happy soul. Alba (1) is our flower child. She is cautious and protective, she loves “her” people, and she is always ready for a new adventure! Mix in two crazy parents and we make a joyful travelling family. We are currently in New Zealand after jumping on a flight as soon as the bubble opened last week to catch up with family and friends. This is mid-way through our second lap of Australia that we have been on since July 2021.
I was always captivated by the stories my aunty Pauline shared with me about her flight attendant daughter. Following that I had my first trip overseas to Disney Land in 1997. We flew to LA on a “jumbo jet” known then as a “747”. Back then they invited children up to the flight deck to say ‘hi’ to the pilots and look around – that is when the seed was planted. I was fascinated from the first moment and dedicated to fly. I then became an international flight attendant and later married my husband who is a pilot - continuing our adventures around the world together.
We are definitely wild! :) But after our years living as expats in Tokyo, I can say the decision was easy. Truthfully; we struggle to sit still and crave adventure so when my husband Lachlan was grounded from his career as a pilot with the news of Covid hit - we had a great chance to continue our travels full-time. A month in lockdown gave us time to re-map our lives
We live in each other’s pockets, so we definatley need to make time for ourselves and have learnt to manage time better and ways to navigate around it. We also struggle with space, which means that we have reduced, reduced and reduced more - but we always find this the hardest part! Especially with colder destinations and extra winter gear. But despite any struggles - it’s all beyond worth it!
I’ve documented all of Riley’s travels in your journals, they will forever be a monumental item of ours. We started by documenting our world travels in your “Wanderlust journal” . I remember finding it in a little store on our travels and falling in love with it. I wrote about the 34 countries Riley had travelled to in his first 12months. Our highlight was Turkey when Riley took his first steps while the balloons floated above him.
It blows me away how children have un-conditional love and how on my bad days they are right there to give me a better day. I love how much I have grown through them too.
My car is so cool, we can sleep in it.
Riley 5: Making pizza with a fire.