So I can’t really call this a new series any longer and I am so happy to say that going by your comments and emails you are enjoying 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.
Direct from the sunny beaches on the Gold Coast, Queensland meet Krissy.
Krissy has a lot going on and sounds like she enjoys having a lot of balls in the air. She is a beautiful human being, both inside and out, who I was lucky enough to meet in person at last weekend ProBlogger event.
The once sugar addict has now turned healthy eater and inspires others to go on their own health journey at her blog Pretty Wee Things. When Krissy isn’t in her kitchen drinking almond milk lattes, she is spending time with her little and big loves, working part-time and studying to be a certified nutrition and health coach.
Balls – air!
Tell me a little bit about yourself…
I am first a wife and mother, and then everything else.
My family are the most valued little (and big) beings there are, and almost everything I do is for them. But, I also give myself more than just ‘wife and mother’ credit. I am a part-time worker at a job that challenges me every single day (well, Monday to Wednesday at least), where I use that psychology degree I have stashed away. I am also super passionate about everything healthy living (hence Pretty Wee Things) and every spare second is used to make the space inspiring to anyone who visits.
Call me crazy, but sometime when my son was sick, my husband was out and I had a pile of knee-high washing, I decided to start studying to become a certified health and nutrition coach too. Yip, totally crazy.
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What is the roster you work with?
Two weeks on and two weeks off.
How did you get into the FIFO lifestyle and do you enjoy it? Why?
We have a very specific goal and we want to make it happen. We are both driven and determined and I think that is what makes it work. Our goal is our very own first house. And we know that the best way to have us ‘living the dream’ is to make some sacrifices now. So FIFO it is.
How do you keep upbeat when your partner is away?
Having no time to dwell. This is an area I need to improve on, as filling time with activities and tasks can quickly become overwhelming. I also try to exercise, even if it is as simple as a daily walk. It helps.
Is there a key motivation to keep your spirit?
SKYPE! Every night. It’s what keeps us going. That, and planning activities, date-nights or just something small for the R and R break. It’s the little things, and the big picture, that keep us motivated.
How do you take time for yourself?
This one is a hard one as I don’t have any family around most of the year (my mum travels and visits for a few months each year). So, for the time that I am at it alone with a toddler, routine is key. Routine gives me an hour or two most days to get everything I need to done.
Who or what inspires you?
I try to draw inspiration from everywhere. Even the most difficult of situations can be inspiring when taken the right way. It’s all about perspective.
3 things you are… 3 things you are not…
- Tired, most of the time
- Grateful every single day that my husband makes sacrifices for our wee family
- Excited to soon own our very first home (motivation right there)
I am not:
- Just a FIFO wife
- Able to handle mess…it’s a problem
- Very good at baking. Like, really not very good
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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