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Celebrating Mother's Day
with Georgie Abay

1 May, 2018

Georgie Abay

We sat down with The Grace Tales Editor Georgie Abay to talk her plans for Mother’s Day and how she is raising her two daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives.

Forever New: How will you be spending Mother’s Day this year?

Georgie Abay: I always get to sleep in on Mother’s Day and then my husband and the girls will bring me coffee and pastries (almond croissant) in bed around 9am. We’ll then have lunch with my own mum and hopefully my beautiful nan will be there too. I might even have an afternoon nap! I’m basically off duty on Mother’s Day!

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Shelley Jacket

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Stella Coat

FN: What's your favourite Mother's Day memory?

GA: Probably my first Mother's Day. I'd wanted to be a mother for longer than I can remember, so to finally be celebrating being a mother was very special. For me, getting to share my children with my own mother is also something I’m so grateful for. I don’t know what I’d do without my mum – she's my sounding board for everything and my girls adore her as much as I do.

FN: How are you raising your girls to lead confident, fulfilled lives?

GA: I always go back to the word ‘kind’. Are you being kind? I repeat it over and over to them. I want them to be kind, generous and confident. They're still very young – 4 and 5 – so it's early days but I do think that a child who feels loved and safe will grow into a confident person – I smother them in love! I tell them how amazing they are all the time but equally, I try and toughen them up. I also can't wait to pass on my love of travel to them – I've travelled a lot and it has made me a very fulfilled, content person. Particularly now that I've settled down and not able to travel as much as I once could – no regrets. I hope to inspire them to see the world before they settle down.

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Tasmin Coat and Emerson Dress

FN: Describe what motherhood means to you in 3 words.

GA: An extraordinary love.

FN: What would you tell your 18 year old self?

GA: My gosh – my 18-year-old self had the time of her life (can I go back, please?). I took a year off after school to travel and it was one of the best years of my life. I sometimes read my diaries from that time and laugh – pages and pages of feelings! Clearly, I had a lot of time on my hands. I can barely manage my diary these days. Diary management is not my strength! Ok, I'd tell my 18-year-old self not to worry so much about what people think of her; to know that her hard work will take her places; to enjoy your travels because one day soon you're going to be a mother and while it’ll be the best thing that ever happens to you, you will never be as free as you are before kids arrive; and to spend time investing in the friendships that matter the most to you. A lot of people will come in and out of your life, but hold on to the best friends – the lifers.

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Stella Coat

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Brielle Top

FN: What did you want to be when you grew up?

GA: I've always been creative and wanted to work in fashion magazines. As a teenager, I would run into the newsagency when a new issue of Dolly or Girlfriend (and later Cosmopolitan and then VOGUE) hit the shelves. I knew the entire script of the 90s movie Clueless from beginning to end (my teachers weren’t so impressed by my dedication to this movie). I just never thought I could make a career out of fashion. I went to a very conservative, academic school. After I took a year off, I did a degree in media and communications and later a semester abroad at the London College of Fashion. I started writing about fashion and discovered I was quite good at it. Writing for women's lifestyle publications takes a certain style – it’s a very colloquial, chatty way of writing and it suited me perfectly. It’s almost like you're talking to a girlfriend. I'm proud that I ended up as the deputy editor of VOGUE Australia. I adored my job. When my girls came along, everything changed and I left VOGUE. I haven’t looked back. I now pinch myself that I run my own website – thegracetales.com – which covers everything I love – motherhood, fashion, beauty, interiors, travel and more. More than anything, I love the connections I make with other women through my job. Honest, real women are my favourite! They’re my people.

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Stella Coat and Nora Top

FN: What's next for Georgie Abay & The Grace Tales?

GA: This is a big year for us. We turn five in September and if I look back at what we've achieved, I almost can't believe it. I never launched The Grace Tales as a business – it was just a hobby. I created the website because there was nothing else like it in the market and it was what I wanted to read. There was nothing out there for style-conscious mothers. There was just a lot of bad mumsy stuff out there – who wants to look mumsy?! We've profiled some extraordinary women around the world and now have editors everywhere from Singapore to LA to London. Our audience continues to grow and it's turned into a global family. We are holding our next GRACE TALKS event in Brisbane on May 16 with Dame Quentin Bryce. We're very excited about this one as she’s a woman who I have admired for years. I live by her quote "you can have it all but not all at the same time". We’re also about to launch a very, very exciting membership platform called Grace Collective. We can’t wait to share this with our community of GRACE mamas. It's a big year but when you love what you do, it never feels like work.

FN: Tell us about a typical Sunday in your household.

GA: My husband usually goes cycling on Saturday so Sunday is my chance to sleep in. Although lately I’ve been doing yoga. Juggling work and kids will often send my stress levels to an all-time high so I really need exercise to make me feel balanced and basically, to chill me out! Coffee (decaf now – I went off caffeinated coffee after listening to Dr Libby Weaver at our last GRACE TALKS event), yoga, then running around after the girls all day (in-between cleaning the house, washing, prepping lunches, etc. – #mumlife). Come Monday and I need a break!

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Stella Coat and Maggie Bag

Georgie Abay

 

Georgie wears Stella Coat and Maggie Bag