Meet Lup Wai...

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Hi everyone! I am Lup Wai. I am a mother of 2, a parent blogger and a parenting/educational coach. I started homeschooling my children when they were at a young age and started journaling our journey for memories and it leads to where we are now: a parenting and home learning blog.

Although children now are in school, we still continue with our home learning journey. We focus a lot on learning through play and out of the classroom style of learning. As a parent, I do focus a lot on their character building because I want my children to grow up to be a useful, kind and responsible adult.

We love nature. Any chance available, you will find us in the forest or out at the beach!


What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?

Come out and explore instead of cocooning myself in a corporate job.


Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?

Time management is the first thing we need to learn.
Meditation to keep our mind and temper calm and steady.
Self care. We need to take care of ourselves so that we have better health to take care of our children.


Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!

No one told me that I need to be super highly-disciplined!


What is the best thing about being a WAHM?

Able to spend time with children and work at the same time. Not forgetting showing the children that’s how work looks like.

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Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?

Setting up flexible time table for the whole family.


The best advice anyone ever gave you?

You are who you are!

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What has inspired you lately?

To always be motivated and not give up easily.


What are you reading right now?

Parenting Hacks in 5 Minutes!


How do you practice regular self care?

Nightly meditation and morning jog.

Where can we find you?

My website Young Smarties

On FB: Nurture Curious Learners and Be a Happy Parent

On Instagram: Lunchbox Mommy


Meet Amy...

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Hi, My name is Amy and I run Freedom Mamas from my house in North East Scotland. Here’s a random fact for you: I met my husband when I was 20 working on a Roller Coaster in Wildwood, New Jersey.

I used to have a career in retail buying but once my son was born I wanted to stay home with him and be available for him.

It’s pretty tricky to have an extra (little) person to pay for and to suddenly be living on just one income instead of two. We managed for a few years and once my son started playgroup at 3 years old, I set about looking for a part time job. It became very apparent that there are so few jobs available to suit the needs of mums who need or want to be around for our little ones too.

It was at this moment that I realised that starting a business was probably my best bet for being able to bring in an income and still be available for my son. I also thought, that a lot of mums would be in the same boat as me and would probably also decide to become self employed.


What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?

I would tell my 21 year old self to have kids sooner. It took us two years to have my son and I would love to have another but it has not happened for us yet.


Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?

Plan in advance. Know what you need to do each day then when you have time you can just get on and do it.

Be flexible - I created a flexible system to move jobs from one day to another when something unexpected crops up or your child is off sick.

Be kind to yourself - Don’t beat yourself up on the days where you don’t get stuff done. It happens to all of us - we’re trying to balance a lot. Instead celebrate what you did achieve, even if it’s getting to the end of the day and everyone has been fed - it’s still an achievement!


Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!

That people around me wouldn’t take my business seriously and respect the fact that I’m working. My family all phone me for a chat even though I have told them I am working.


What is the best thing about being a WAHM?

Being able to take my son to school and pick him up every day as well as spend time with him in the school holidays.

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Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?

I created a course to help mums create work life balance. It’s called Focus Pocus. The course helps you get clear on what your personal goals are and then helps you to break that down further and focus on the right tasks for you. Those tasks are then plugged into a tool to help you get through your tasks each day with an element of flexibility in the system.

I just ran a live challenge in my Facebook Group to launch my course, I am planning on repurposing this content in an evergreen automated format to free up my time to work on providing value in other ways but only once I have tweaked my existing project so I am happy with how all elements are working.

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The best advice anyone ever gave you?

Don’t give up. We all fail, it’s how we react to those failures that is a measure of success. I love the saying. “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”


What WAHM has inspired you lately?

I really love Nikki Elledge Brown, she is so down to earth and I love her podcast.


What are you reading right now?

I am listening to ‘The Confidence Code’ by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman.


How do you practice regular self care?

I go to Yoga once a week and try to go for a walk each day once I drop my son at school.

Finally Amy, where can we find you?

Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/freedommamascommunity

Facebook page www.facebook.com/freedommamas

Instagram www.instagram.com/freedom_mamas

Website: www.freedommamas.com


Meet Hayley...

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I’m mum to two gorgeous boys with our third child due November. I worked for ten years as a Primary Teacher but when the work life balance became too much of a juggling act I stopped work to focus on my family.

I now tutor occasionally, teach children’s yoga classes (I’m a qualified kids instructor) and spend my spare time writing and publishing my own books.

I wrote my first picture book when my first son was born and refused to sleep, hence the title Charlie Bear Won’t Go to Sleep! Two more followed in this series and since then I haven’t stopped.

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I’m a huge bookworm, as are my six and one year old boys and I love the thought of someone somewhere smiling as they read one of my stories.

Currently I’ve started publishing journals. My first ‘My Little Growth Journal’ is geared towards encouraging a growth mindset in primary age children. As I write this I’m also awaiting delivery of my new title, “My Little Life Journal’. This is aimed at supporting teenage/preteen girls with anxiety and the pressures faced by picture perfect social media.

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What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?

I wouldn’t. My life is far from perfect and I’ve made many mistakes, but I firmly believe that everything has led me to where I am today.

Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?


Routine works well for me. I’m probably the least strict person I know when it comes to this, but still, particularly on school days, we have a daily routine that keeps everything ticking over and avoids that ‘I can’t possibly do it all’ feeling.

I also try not to compare myself too much to others and worry about whether I’m doing things ‘right’. I do what works for me, my family and my business. If that means the children sit in front of Peppa Pig for half hour whilst I work, so be it.

Prescheduling social media posts is a must for me. Once a month I try to sit for an hour or so and schedule as many posts as possible in advance. That way I don’t feel I’m staring at my screen all day, distracted from the moment right now.



What is the best thing about being a WAHM?


For me it’s being able to do the school run. I love being there to hear how my sons day went and kick a football around the park on the way home. It’s the little moments that pass by so quickly that being a work at home mum allows me to treasure.

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Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?


I’m working on giving myself a bit of me time (something I plan to write about in my next journal!) I’ve just cleared my conservatory of junk and am slowly turning it into an office/yoga room just for me. Somewhere I can take a time out and relax.


What WAHM has inspired you lately?


I think in general it’s the admins of the various Facebook groups that inspire me. I love that despite being crazy busy they still make time to offer a support network for other mums. It’s so important to give back when you have success.
 

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What are you reading right now?

I’ve just finished The Lido and have started Why Mummy Drinks. I love the confessional writing style as it is very similar to my own. I hope to write an adult fiction book one day!

How do you practice regular self care?


Yoga! I took it up on the advice of a friend after my first child was born and although I may not be a natural, I find it really helps me to stop and switch off for a while. That’s part of the reasons I included it in My LIttle Life Journal. I wanted to give that same sense of inner peace to young girls.

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You can find Hayley at My Little Bear Books and here to view her range of books.

Hayley thankyou so much for stopping by for a Mamaview.

Join us in A Homegrown Biz free FB group to meet a diverse range of mamas homegrowing a life and biz on their terms.

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Meet Shari...

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Freedom has always been a huge motivator for me. When I was 18 I decided I would have a company called Green Jelly Marketing and this would be how I would build my freedom and be rich. The same year, I also decided I would have a baby boy called Archie after I was told at 15 that I would never have a baby.

Fast forward through a more traditional track of A-levels, a degree, a corporate job and an MBA to the day I found out I was pregnant - 10 years after the decision and 2 months after I was told I needed a hysterectomy. My manifestation worked and I was pregnant with my miracle baby, Archie.

6 months into the pregnancy, Archie’s Dad left and I found myself alone, 200 miles from my family and friends and working in a job I was counting days until I could leave to welcome my little bear into my life.

When Archie was born, I worked throughout my maternity and travelled a 400 mile round trip, leaving Archie with my parents 3 days a week and working a pub job to make ends meet. In this moment, I knew it was also time for Green Jelly Marketing to be birthed. I did not have this beautiful boy to spend all my time away from him in a job that did not light me up.

And so Green Jelly became a thing, around working many hours, juggling lots of things and living on very little, because I had a vision. I did all the things that I see so many other Mama’s in business do - I was overwhelmed about where to start and began consuming blueprints and proven 6 figure strategies like they were oxygen itself. When I didn’t get the answers, or the 6 figure business I was promised, I bought the courses and the programmes and coaching.

Now with credit cards piled high with debts, even more overwhelm and even less time, the business was still not moving forward and I was flagging. The inevitable happened and I burnt out - hard and very fast. It was scary to be ok one minute, a little run down, and then not be able to move the next. My hands cramped up and I genuinely believed I had had a stroke. I couldn’t even put a dummy in Archie’s mouth. I was broken and alone. I knew things had to change very fast. Luckily I have a super supportive network around me always and so in the enforced period of rest that followed, I stripped back marketing to the basics I knew it was.

I grew Green Jelly Marketing by doing very little that most would recognise as actual marketing, but the company is still thriving and growing from the work I did back then.

Through my journey, I recognised that marketing and business is nothing like I had learnt in the classroom or experienced in the corporate world, yet everything I saw was still speaking to that. I became really interested in how marketing was actually about showing up as you and sharing what you passionately believe. How it is connected to alignment and even deeper than that, energy.

I began exploring marketing in a women’s world, emotional intelligence and all things energy and spirituality. I brought it into play in my business and created the hugest shifts, mostly in my life and that then turned into business goals being met.

The last year of my business has been focused on sharing this message - my obsession with making marketing easier, basing it in our own desires and energy and using all of the laws of nature to support that. This is Gentle Hustle.

In the last few months, I have also stepped into world schooling Archie - we are currently living in Bali but we have plans in place to visit an additional 6 countries this year alone. This is my version of freedom and the lifestyle I designed.

I am leading by example and have a big message to share for all the women now, whether they know they want to be in business or not. Even bigger than that, I am doing it for the children, the next generation. The more women step into Gentle Hustle, the better they are able to show up and support their children. I am living proof of this and I believe this is the ripple effect that will contribute to raising the vibration of the whole planet for generations to come.
 

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What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?

To embrace the rebel inside me and know that the key to my success will be about breaking the rules and questioning the “norm”. To have faith in my ideas and trust in the process.

Maybe the most important piece of advice is to be aware - no matter how difficult the lesson is, how frustrating or non-sensical, be aware and open to what it means for you.


Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?

At the risk of sounding cliche, look after you first. You cannot show up for anyone if you don’t. That means your children as much as your clients!

When we are in business, it is tempting and exciting to be looking ahead. Forward thinking and planning all the time - this is what I will launch, this is what I will make, this is my impact in the world. And it is your passion so enjoy that … step into it even so that you can call it in sooner. But remember to also be present. Your little ones grow up so fast. The things I missed in the beginning have been a reminder to be more present and to make time to enjoy them too.

Trust in yourself - you don’t need to have a blueprint or a guide that actually leads to overwhelm. The more you rely on the things outside of you, the more you feel overwhelmed and burnt out. I learnt the hard way that this meant I was working longer hours and sacrificing time with my bear. The more I trusted I knew how to connect, what the way forward was and had faith that I was always supported, the less I worked and the more money I made.

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Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!

How tempting it would be to become a domestic goddess when really I cannot stand housework! You know when you have tasks that need to be outsourced or ditched pretty fast when you find yourself reaching for the bleach instead of working!


What is the best thing about being a WAHM?

Freedom!

I have never compromised on being able to show up when Archie needed me. Never asked permission to see his plays. Never missed a drop off or pick up time unless I choose and never had to feel guilt if Archie was poorly and needed time to heal.

This is bigger now too because I never have to feel that we are living a life we are not in alignment with. We get to choose where we live, what we do and how his education looks.

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Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?

On the whole, I have pretty good work life balance but it definitely has been dedication to have that in place. Every day I honour the feminine energy by taking care of my body, mind and soul and my masculine energy (in that order too) by being visible, connecting and making sales.

Having said that, I am definitely working on being present more. Whilst I am better than I was, travelling adds a new dynamic where it is easy to look forward to the next adventure instead of basking in the journey where we are.


The best advice anyone ever gave you?

Don’t rush!

It is very easy to fall into the 6 figure in 23 minutes trap and push so hard to have that happen. The reality is, when we lean back and allow, we speed up. Appreciate where we are now and how we can move forward without the push.


What WAHM has inspired you lately?

Danielle LaPorte - I have kinda a girl crush on her and can relate to her words so much. A lot of my work echoes hers before I fully immersed into her world. Her energy is very soft and gentle. I also appreciate that right now she is in a controversial position and that makes me love her a little bit more because even our idols are allowed to be human!


What are you reading right now?

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson to step more into the teachings from a Course in Miracles and Pussy by Regina Thomashauer to step more into the feminine. I can never only read one book :)

 

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How do you practice regular self care?

Every day I honour my body, mind and soul. Through things like journalling, yoga, swimming, nature, meditation, dancing, visualisations … I don’t have prescriptive approach because my inner rebel would, well, rebel.

I also like to set an intention about how I would like to feel and then have actions for how I can make it a reality. I am working a lot on femininity at the moment so things like body work, reflexology, nourishing my body, personal training, pampering, shopping, sexy underwear and great perfume feature heavily now. For me, knowing what I desire in that moment is the key to self care.

You can find Shari at Gentle Hustle Movement - her Facebook community. 

Shari I have enjoyed absorbing your wisdom and flow immensely and I am honoured you stopped by for a Mamaview xx

Meet Laura Helen...

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Hey Laura Helen! Welcome to the Mamaview and thankyou for being here! Please tell our readers about you and your wonderful family!

Hi my name is Laura Helen aka worlds best mummy, together we are Forever Family Forever Free. We travel the world schooling our children as we go. We are from the UK, though we have no home, we travel always, exploring the world, learning and growing together as a family, currently in Costa Rica.

We are also 831 Designs, we help people become best selling authors, with our 'you speak we create' service.  

I am happily married to David and we have two incredible kids, Tyler David, who is 5, he is and an inventor and best selling author of the series “3 Tips for Aliens”.

And Tegan Helen, award winning best selling author and speaker, who is already out in the world making an impact .

We as a family have faced many challenges, overcome them and created life on our terms.

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What advice would you give to your 21 year old self ?

To my 21 year old self…….. After a long think I would say go to a Tony Robbins event, so I can start opening my mind and thinking much sooner, and put more money away into a high interest savings account.

 

Can you give us three tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?

We created this life so we are able to play all day with the kids, and work in the evenings. 3 best tips….

1, make time for you (very important or you will go crazy)

2, make time for you and hubby (date nights, grown up time)

3, take your kids to self development events, tradeshows, and business events, teach them while they love to learn!

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Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home Mama!

I never realised how quickly kids can make your place look like you’ve been robbed lol, I LOVE travelling, ROOM SERVICE!

What is the best thing about being a WAHM?

I Love being a homeschooling work at home mummy, I get to spend all my time with my hubby and kids, we play, learn and grow together. I get to watch the kids create, and have breakthroughs, we have incredible adventures together, we are always creating fantastic memories.

I feel so lucky and blessed and for this amazing life, we my incredible family.

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Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?

To improve our work life balance we are currently recruiting a new sales team, new editors and proofreaders, this is so we can take on a lot more business without losing our fun family time.

The best advice anyone ever gave you?

Best advice is a tough one as we read a lot of books and attend a lot of incredible seminars, best advice is a quote we now live by..

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

By President Abraham Lincoln.

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What WAHM has inspired you lately? 

Sabrina Ben Salmi, she is am incredible mummy to the “Famous Five” I really don’t know how she does it. She inspires me so much, a great lady with a true heart. So happy to call her a friend.

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading two books, “Blossom and Become” by Anna Garcia, a really incredible read, it has you both  laughing and crying. It is a fantastic book, teaching many lessons in to our personal relationships, most importantly with ourselves. Highly recommend a must read for mummies.

Also “the mothers Manual” by Liu Yang, a great book for Mummies, it answers so many unanswered questions throughout, it answers questions you may not know who to ask about. Awesome books for mums.

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How do you practice regular self care?

My kids keep me super fit! We swim run and play everyday. We are a very active family, we are also Vegans, who eat mainly fresh fruit, and i ensure i make time for me. Whether it be a hot bath, a walk or a power nap. I need to be at my best to be all I can be for my family.

 

Thank you so much for having me, happy and honored to take part and inspire.

Laura Helen thankyou so much for sharing with us how you make it work! Totally inspired by you!

You can find Laura Helen over on Facebook for more inspiration!



 

Meet Katie...

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Hello Katie, please tell our readers a little about yourself, your motherhood and your business!

Hi ladies, I'm a business mentor working with female entrepreneurs to help them overcome the overwhelm, get clear on what they want to do and help them with the systems they need to become visible online. I started my first business at 18 and have started numerous since then too. I have had 6 figure businesses that I have started from scratch and businesses that I have built up and sold a few years later.

I've had local businesses as well as product and service based online. Right now, I feel more aligned than ever helping women who want to try and create a better balance in their lives by being self employed, but don't really know where to start. I naturally attract mums in business being a mum myself.

I have two children aged 10 and 8, three step children aged 20, 17 and 15 and just the one husband! We are based in Newport, South Wales. I love to travel and adore the sun so whenever we can try to get away for holidays and mini breaks where I eat too much amazing and drink too much great wine.

What advice would you give to your 21 year old self ?

I'd tell myself that I could do anything I wanted and and to not let the lack of self belief hold me back. I would tell myself to get into self development and work on me more. I would tell myself to get into YouTube and video. Oh, and most importantly,just to start!

Can you give us three tips for juggling motherhood, life and business? 

Make sure you actually take time to switch off and spend time with your family. Otherwise, if you were always working and don't switch off, you'll burn yourself out and resent spending time with family if you are always thinking about business.

Set a morning routine. I am a big fan of sticking to a routine. For me, I start with gratitude and affirmations. I find it helps keep me positive when the kids start arguing about who's reading the back of the cornflakes box! (Don't even ask!!!)

Try to create boundaries with your clients and with yourself. You are probably working for yourself to give you and your family more freedom. I don't take work calls at the weekend as that is when I am with my family. I make sure clients know they won't be able to reach me at the weekends or after a certain time in the evening.

Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home Mama!

People call you up and say 'are you home?'

I'm not a at home watching Loose Women, I'm working from my home office.

Some people struggle with getting their heads around this!

What is the best thing about being a WAHM?

That I can be there for my children. I take them to school, pick them up, never miss a school concert and if they are poorly, I don't have to stress (too much) about them being home with me.

Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?

I don't think there is 100% perfect balance, but I try not to get sidetracked by house tasks when I should be working. So I try to have clearly defined times when I am in work mode and house mode.

The best advice anyone ever gave you?

Just start. If we all took action, we'd achieve so much more.

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What WAHM has inspired you lately? 

I'm inspired daily by the WAHM's that I am surrounded by in my Facebook group. Also the work at home mums in other Facebook groups that I have connected and bonded with.

What are you reading right now?

Just finished 'The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck' by Sarah Knight and I've just started Unleash the Giant Within' (Tony Robbins) and I am also reading Richard Branson's latest autobiography alongside.

How do you practice regular self care?

This is something I was aware I needed to improve on for 2018, as I was always putting myself last. I am commited to drinking more water this year, practicing yoga more, and taing the time for some weekly epsom salts baths.

Additionaly, I have collaborated with a beautician, where we do a skills swap, so I am having various treatments regularly too, which is amazing!

I also love reading and try to read daily.

You can find Katie on Facebook or via her website here