Hey Sarah! We met as I fell in love with one of your necklaces as I was forming a minimal wardrobe and picked it as my statement piece as a mum with a new baby! Please tell our audience about what you do!
I'm Sarah, a mum of two little ones aged 3 and 1 and I also run my business Halia Rose.
When I had my first baby I wanted to feel like me again and being able to wear gorgeous jewellery was part of this. I also noticed that colour really affected my mood and I recognised other mums were in the same boat. Halia Rose is a baby-safe jewellery collection that is stylish but also practical and durable for modern and busy mums. Not only are all the accessories chewable if you have teething tots but you can pop them in the dishwasher to clean them and they are heat resistant, which is perfect if you’re on holiday or out and about.
I have previously worked in the corporate world for a healthcare company and am also a trained massage therapist with a passion for wellness and people (especially mums) feeling good about themselves.
I lived in Singapore for 7 years where I had my two children and the inspiration for Halia Rose jewellery was born (in fact the brand name is a mix of these two lives – Halia is the Malay name for ginger, a predominant flower in Singapore and the Rose symbolises my English roots).
What advice would you give 21 year old self?
I don’t believe in regrets as I think you learn from every experience you have and every choice you make but one thing I have learned over the years is that everyone will have an opinion about what you are doing and how you are doing it. This never changes as you get older but try to believe in yourself, focus on the things you love and accept help along the way if you need it.
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
1. Time management: It’s certainly not easy but you become quite good at carving up your time and I have lists for everything so I don’t forget things but it also helps me to prioritise. If I’m really busy with work then I quite often set my alarm for hour long slots to focus on getting things done within a set time frame rather than being distracted or procrastinating – I work better under pressure!
2. Meal planning & preparation: I quite often write a meal plan for the week which saves me time thinking each day what to prepare and it generally means less trips to the supermarket! I also tend to make big batches of food staples so I can mix and match through the week or pop it in the freezer for a later date.
3. Focus: I try to keep my work separate so when it’s a work day, it’s work and likewise the days when I have the children it’s our time. This is really important to me but also something I’m still trying to fully do - when you have your own business there is always something that needs to be done so it can be tricky to manage!
Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!
In one way I thought it would be easier than going back to full time corporate life but actually I think it’s harder on some days. I know every working mum has a hectic life and tries to fit everything into their day but sometimes I miss the clear split between work environment and my home environment. I generally find I am more productive when working from home though and can fit the housework around my work (it becomes a useful distraction if I need a break!) although I do find that my work days are a lot longer as I tend to get the laptop out again once the children are in bed in the evening – when you have your own business you never really switch off! I also sometimes miss the comradery of colleagues and ability to bounce ideas around with others.
What is the best thing about being a WAHM?
I love that my work is flexible around my children and I can be there for them when they need me. Without a team around me, I also love the sense of achievement knowing that what I am doing is down to my hard work and passion for my business.
Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?
I’ve really been trying to stop working late into the evenings as it starts affecting my sleep (which is obviously never good!)
My husband has a busy work schedule too and has been travelling a lot recently so we schedule date nights in to make sure we check in and spend some quality time together rather than both collapsing in front of the TV!
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
Be kind and be true, to yourself and to others.
What WAHM has inspired you lately?
I always find it inspiring and motivating meeting other WAHM's who are managing businesses around families. I am part of a couple of great networking groups which I love to attend – not only for some adult conversation with like-minded people but it’s also reassuring to know that you’re not on your own trying to juggle everything!
I also have a very good friend who now lives in America and has her own business, which she manages around her 2 young children. Whenever we Skype, our chats turn into part business, sharing ideas on managing work and home life but still aiming to achieve the dreams we have set for our businesses.
What are you reading right now?
I love to read, more so than watch TV as I get absorbed in the storyline.
I have just finished “Mountain Shadow” which is the sequel to “Shantaram” – one of my favourite books. I lived in Asia for several years and love books that are based in that part of the world as it brings it to life again for me. I’m currently reading a fictional book about a family experiencing Alzheimer's disease which is fascinating although emotional!
How do you practice regular self care?
Rather than waiting until January, I set myself some resolutions in September to do a yoga class and go for a run at least once a week. It may not seem much but it always seems to be the thing that slips first if I'm busy! Exercise is my way of relieving stress and I really feel it if I don't do it so I’m a much better person (and mum!) if I make the time to do it. I also love a great deep-tissue massage to relieve any knots or tired muscles.
Sarah, thanks so much for stopping by! I am in love with your whole collection and your elephant teethers are just adorable!
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