For someone who’s supposedly on maternity leave right now, Alice Brooking sure seems to have a lot on her plate. Besides caring for her nearly one-year-old baby and five-year-old son, you’ll find the Auckland, New Zealand native doing sponsored posts on her Instagram for everything from activewear to skincare to cocktails. Plus, did we mention she’s a drywall finisher?
Right now, Alice is limiting herself to smaller jobs and finding balance in her finishing work (or, as it’s known in New Zealand, “plastering,” even though Kiwi tapers use pretty much all the same gypsum materials as they do in North America). This scaling back in her work is the result of learning her limits the hard way. A few years back, once her first child was able to start going into daycare, she went back to work full-time, and found herself in a place countless mothers know all too well — totally burnt out.