Folks We Love with Kristin Shorten
Tell us a little bit about your journey and how you’ve come to arrive here.
With intention, a string of generous mentors and a bit of luck.
I was motivated by a turbulent childhood to make something of myself.
Getting my career break as a print journalist at News Corp seven years ago changed my life. I’d finally found my vocation. It was my dream job and really exposed me to the world, amazing experiences and opportunities, and incredible people.
But the best thing that’s ever happened to me is my husband. We’ve been friends since we were 13 and together for almost five years. In December we welcomed our precious daughter into the world.
Who’s in your family? Ages? Names?
My husband Brady and I are both 32 and Matilda is almost eight months old.
How did you choose your kids names?
Matilda is derived from the German name Mahthildis meaning “strength in battle” which for us is meaningful as her daddy is a former soldier.
Northern Territory, Australia. We moved here recently for my husband’s work and an adventure for our family.
Mama, wife & journalist/assistant night editor
What’s on your manifest board?
Our daughter growing into a healthy and happy toddler
Creative work that fits around raising our daughter
Quality time with close friends now that we live so far away
Tell us some of your most loved ways to spend the day with your clan?
Having an infant, our life largely revolves around her so we love just being together at weekends and sharing the little things as we go about her routine.
We always start the day with family cuddles in bed, which is the best, and take our daughter swimming, to the markets or somewhere fun for her.
An ideal day would also involve catching up with friends somewhere family-friendly, good food and red wine.
And after Matilda goes to bed we stay up crazy late (10pm!) to share some couple time.
What are some silly/fun things that the kids do or say?
Oh gosh, Matilda is only eight months old so does blowing raspberries with a mouth full of food count?
When you were a teenager what did you dream of? Do things look different?
Being a rock star, so yes! But frankly, having my family exceeds any dream.
What are some things you really believe in?
Honesty and hard work.
Where do your passions lie?
I’m most passionate about motherhood, my marriage and my family. I want to be the best woman, wife and mama I can be. Our friends and health are also high priorities. Writing is my creative outlet and profession so I’m starting to indulge in that again if/when I can. I’m passionate about quality journalism and innovative storytelling. The little loves in my life are healthy food, yoga, reading and podcasts. And being a new mum, I’m obsessed with sleep.
Has your relationship with your other half changed since having kids?
We’ve changed, in some ways, as individuals and as a couple.
For starters, our topics of conversation are now different!
Having a baby has taken our teamwork to a new level. We now support and depend on each other more than ever.
This parenting journey has deepened my love and appreciation for my husband. He was in the trenches with me during the early months, literally helping me through the long days and nights, and is an amazing hands-on dad.
In saying all of that, we feel the pressures of a new baby and sleep deprivation – on top of everything else – so try to cut each other some slack when we inevitably don’t always show up as our best selves.
What do you wish you could’ve told yourself when you were a teenager?
Put down the Tim Tams! And you are enough.
What do you find most challenging about being somebody’s parent?
Caring so deeply about my daughter’s emotional wellbeing.
What do you want your kids to learn about the world?
That it’s a beautiful place filled mostly with good people.
What are 4 things you can’t live without as a parent?