Carly Helgensen, Mt Beauty, VIC
After visiting over 25 countries Carly returned to her roots in Victoria to make a humble home in the High Country with her partner Sam, their Kelpie Pete and chicken, Yoni. From running an organic skincare business from home to the exciting arrival of their baby boy, Carly gives us an insight into her nature-fueled life.
What is the date today and where are you currently?
The date is 20th of December 2021 and I am currently sitting in our house on a sunbed that my partner and I built out of ply as an extension to a large bookshelf that we also we made together. It has big brown corduroy cushions we up-cycled from a couch that was gifted to us. It’s in our living room under a window that looks out over the treetops and gets the most amazing sunshine all day. It's pretty much become mine and my partners second office because we love sitting on it so much!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you spend your days!
My name is Carly Helgensen and I'm 31! I grew up and went to school in Melbourne. As soon as I finished school, I completed my hairdressing apprenticeship and headed overseas. I lived in the UK for 2 years and Mexico for 2 years as well. I can still speak basic Spanish! I have also studied hotel management, science, chemistry and last year, social media marketing. I have visited over 25 countries, thanks to my parents giving me the confidence to go and explore the world! I made my way back to Melbourne after my travels and ended up in the Victorian high country where I met my amazing partner and baby daddy Sam! I try and keep my days balanced between work, social and nature. I've finally gotten to the point where I feel I have a great equilibrium of everything I do, so every day feels amazing! In saying that, I've had my fair share of mental health days, but it takes time to figure out what's right for you and everyone is different! Our lifestyle is very active, and I can vouch for Sam when I say that it's so amazing for your state of mind and clarity to be active and get some nature time!
Where do you call home and what do you love about it?
Our families are in Melbourne and Aireys inlet, so I feel safe and at home in the house we live in as well as where our families are! We are blessed both getting to work from home most of the time and enjoying the Snow, hiking, mountain biking and nature around us. I hope my son feels the same as I do about going back to my family house and he always feels a sense of home, love and security!
You're currently 34 weeks pregnant, congratulations! How are you feeling about welcoming your first baby into the world?
Thank you! We are both so excited! What an amazing journey it has been so far! Even the
early emotional roller-coaster rides! I have felt so supported this whole time, the excitement
keeps growing each day closer to meeting our little man, of course there are nerves too as a
first time mum but mostly excitement!
How have you prepared for bubs arrival in terms of setting up a space in your
Our bedroom is a big open space with lots of light. We haven’t done a nursery, but we have set up a space for our little man on one half of our bedroom for now as he won’t need his own room for a little while! We only set this up in the last few weeks as we have been so busy coming up to Christmas! But I think the best part is it makes it feel so official, when we were putting the cot together we couldn’t believe that soon our little person would be sleeping in it!
What are you most excited for, and nervous about, when it comes to becoming a mother?
I am so excited to embrace all the changes that are about to happen, meet our little man and see what he looks like! I think what I’m most nervous about is slowing down, I’ve always led a very active and busy life and soon it will be busy in a very different way, but its all for the most amazing reason!
You run a beautiful skincare business from home, tell us about how this works with your lifestyle. What does a typical day look like for you?
Alabasta was my first baby that I have had for a few years now! It’s been amazing to watch it grow. I try and balance my days as much as I can, so I’m not stuck inside for too long, but this always depends on my daily orders! I must keep a constant eye on stock levels as everything is small batch to ensure freshness and long shelf life. My days consist of checking what has been ordered when I wake up, then after my morning routines of yoga or a swim I get to work hand making your items here in the Kiewa valley! After my post-office drop I always come back and check all my stock levels and respond to emails and organise socials.
What has been the most surprising part for you so far in your journey with pregnancy?
The most surprising thing for me is watching my body adjust to support a little human inside of my belly and being comfortable with my newfound curves. I often must remind myself that I'm pregnant and that it's okay to slow down, my partner Sam has been amazing at reminding me to take time out and embrace all the changes that are happening.
Do you have any self care rituals you live by?
Self-care shows itself in so many faces for me. My mother and father taught me from a pretty young age that if it doesn't feel right, don't do it, and listen to what your body / emotional / relationship needs are in the moment as they can change from day to day. It was such a valuable lesson I hope to pass on to my own son and it's something you should never feel selfish about either because every human deserves a little self-care.
I'm a very active person so my biggest rituals are getting nature time each week, and I'm so grateful to live in a place that I can do that. My veggie garden and my chicken Yoni bring me so much joy, if I ever feel off all I need to do is go outside and soak in my surroundings and everything feels at peace again. Yoga, Pilates and swimming most days over the last 9 months have also been ingrained into my self-care rituals and of course lots of cuddles with my partner Sam and Pete the kelpie! If you stick to everything in moderation you will sense when an unbalance happens and know how to address it, whether it be eating the right foods or having some self time. Peace within yourself is peace with your surroundings, that's true self-care.
What are you most looking forward to as a family in 2022?
Meeting our baby boy and our friends and families meeting him too! Embracing the change and growing together. Creating new memories as a family of 4 (That’s Pete the kelpie included!) Adventures and taking each day as it comes!