Welcome to my new series, Not Just A FIFO…
Not Just A FIFO (fly in fly out) is all about sharing our stories. My motivation starting the series is to encourage others to not be bound by the FIFO lifestyle. For some it is just a way to make ends meet, others are chasing a dream, ultimately for all it is just life and we have to adapt and curve with it.
We are all more than just FIFO wives, girlfriends, mums, dads and workers. We are from all over Australia and around the world! We don’t sit around twiddling our fingers between shifts at home or away. We get on with it.
This series shares what people touched by the FIFO lifestyle do to motivate themselves, make it work and attempt to keep all their balls in the air.
Meet Marcelle or Marcy to her friends, that’s now us. Marcy lives in little ol’ Adelaide. She is a mum to one groovy little dude and soon to be a FIFO wife with upcoming nuptials to her man in October.
Tell me a little bit about yourself…
I am a FIFO mother first so juggling school drop off and after school activities is always hectic, on top of that I work part-time as a Beauty Therapist. We are forever on the go. Organising my soon to be FIFO wife big wedding day over in Hawaii (Aloha). Heck, lets just add to the chaos a blog on the side.
What is the roster you work with?
My partner works 4 weeks away and 1 week home. It is the only roster we’ve ever had.
How did you get into the FIFO lifestyle and do you enjoy it? Why?
We took the risk and have never looked back. It suits us this lifestyle, I know it’s not for everyone but it is for us. There is no until, when or in the mean time. We are rolling with FIFO so why not embrace it, the good, the bad and the ugly.
How do you keep upbeat when your partner is away?
I accepted that it’s going to be hard and learnt how to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. The small things like seeing a movie or (going to) a quirky new coffee shop. Netflix and snacks are my all time favourite in this winter weather.
Is there a key motivation to keep your spirit?
Support, I’ve found my tribe and I love them hard. I’ve come to realise this FIFO lifestyle is tough but so are we. My son is my biggest motivation, he’s my little homie that brings out the best in me. He always has wise words of cheeky wisdom but reminds me to ‘ditch the tech’ and not capture everything on my smart phone.
How do you take time for yourself?
My time out would be playing sport, I play rugby union, netball and touch. I love team sports not just for the contact but the social side of meeting people. I still need a little reminder to be gentle with myself and know I’m doing the best I can.
Who or what inspires you?
Lisa Messenger – Is a huge inspiration, her girl boss attitude how she encourages women to lift each other up instead of tearing them down. If you’re not following her on Facebook I’ll wait here while you do.
I’m constantly surrounded by strong independent and empowering FIFO women and mothers everyday online. That inspires me, pushes me to do better, so here’s to knowing them, being one and hopefully raising my own one day.
3 things you are… 3 things you are not…
- I am honest and authentic about this relatable FIFO lifestyle.
- I am leopard print obsessed.
- I am the person who backs the team playing against whoever my partner supports. Love a bit of rivalry.
- I am not a smoker.
- I still can’t handle goodbyes. I may shed a few tears on fly out day.
- I have still not mastered the art of leaving the gym without looking like a hot mess.
Also keep your eye out on my Instagram tonight for a special competition in conjunction with Life of a FIFO Mum.
Thanks so much Macy for helping kick off this series.
If you would like to share your story about living with this FIFO lifestyle please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
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