MM Q+A : The #hipstermum, Jade Warne.
Jade Warne aka Hipster Mum is a writer, photographer and mum to six children both natural and adopted from all around the world. Oh wait! That last one's not her, it's Angelina Jolie… but it’s easy to get the two confused! (Hipster mum is the s̶k̶i̶n̶n̶i̶e̶r̶, r̶i̶c̶h̶e̶r̶, crazier one) A former workaholic now lumped with a messy house and non-sleepy children, she aims to navigate the rare joys and repeated pointlessness of parenting with an unflinching eye and nice big glass of wine.
Jade calls Sydney's Northern beaches home and has two adorable daughters. Her always honest, zero judgement approach to parenting and motherhood is hilariously documented here on her blog, Instagram and over on the Mum life project.
Learn a little more about Jade below...
Who inspires you?
Barack Obama, Rosie Batty and Kermit the Frog. Barack for his charm, Rosie for her inner strength & Kermit reminds me that when I’m losing my shit (with cranky kids in Sydney traffic) it’s ALWAYS better to stay cool.
What is the best piece of advice you've received?
“Pack nappies.” Seriously, I’m one of those mums who has had to take their baby home from the park wearing a garbage bag because I forgot to pack extra nappies.
Also, “it’s natural”. I remember crying and crying to my girlfriend about a particularly shit time at the pool with the kids, and how I’d given my boyfriend such a hard time after and she just responded with those words: “natural, natural, natural”. Suddenly I was able to let it all go.
Who makes you laugh the most?
Abbey and Ilana. Bret and Jermain. Tina and Amy. Oh, and the two tiny maniacs who live in my place. Damn, they’re funny.
Favourite time of day?
Early in the morning, working on my computer when no one else is awake.
Dessert island meal?
Coffee. With a strong coffee under your belt, you won’t be stuck on a desert island much longer right?
Best gift you've ever recieved?
If by gift, you mean thing I bought myself on holiday… Pema Chodron’s ‘The Places that Scare You: A Guide To Fearlessness in Difficult Times”. People talk a lot about self love for mums and for me that doesn’t mean a massage or buying something. For me, it means showing compassion to myself when I make the biggest mistakes, when I feel so churned up with fear or sick with self-loathing. Pema gives guidance on how to do that through training, breathing and no holds barred honesty with yourself and others.
“Transformation occurs only when we remember, breath by breath, year after year, to move toward our emotional distress without condemning or justifying our experience,” she writes.
The next place you want to visit?
Dream: Sri Lanka. More likely: local play park.
The last thing you did for yourself?
One vice you'll never give up?
Staying up late & pinning like mad on Pinterest 💪
Your go to weekly meal you cook?
Basil pasta: onion, bacon, tinned tomato, cream, basil, done.
Favourite coffee spot?
Roseberry Street, Manly Vale.
What brings you back down earth?
Putting on my swimmers.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5 years? With another 5 children at least!
Thanks Jade for the glimpse into the @hipstermum world!