A mother’s love is unconditional, immeasurable and fierce. While this might sound like a cliché, no one gives it more validity to creep into our vocabularies than Table of Plenty founder Kate Weiss. The truth of these often-used expressions hit home for Kate when she prematurely gave birth to a beautiful, disabled daughter in 2000. Kate describes the time surrounding her complicated birth and pregnancy as “challenging her optimism”, despite normally having a very optimistic nature.
After the birth of her daughter, Kate became very disillusioned with the challenging life set out before her and her family. It came to a low point which she describes bleakly:
“There seemed no light at the end of the tunnel and after hitting rock bottom, I had to make a choice, to be a victim or to turn adversity into opportunity.”
And turn adversity into opportunity is exactly what Kate did. Taking inspiration from her extensive world travels, Kate decided to begin her own fine food brand that could be made available to the masses. With restored optimism Kate set about creating a business that would nurture her creative side, fit in around her busy schedule and nourish her daughter.
Now, Kate ranks among the most successful businesswomen in Australia, her family has grown and thrived alongside her working successes and she gives regular inspiring addresses to businesspeople around the country. Kate’s advice to other aspiring mums is:
“Always have a motivation that is bigger than yourself and never stop believing, you never know where your next breakthrough will come from.”
When the overwhelm of balancing life and work kicks in, Kate Weiss is one of those inspirational career mums we can look to and remind ourselves that it is possible move forward with balance, poise and integrity in our values. Thanks for being such an inspiration, Kate!
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