Hey JoJo! Thankyou so much for agreeing to feature for a Mamaview! I cannot wait to ask you some questions about how you thrive in Motherhood and Business! Please tell us a little about where it all began and how you are currently managing life and biz!
Hi! So I am recently a single Mum to an 18 month old gorgeous little boy and I am a Business and Life Success Coach for Mums in Business. I work with Mums to feel Rich in every area of their life, Money, Happiness, Relationships and Life, because that true success right?!
I have always been so passionate about business studying it in school from the age of 14 and then going on to get a Degree in Business, however my entrepreneurial journey started 3 years ago. From being the business academic and then actually being in business I can say you will not learn anything until you actually go and do it!
I started a Network Marketing business first of all part time while I worked full time in a bank job I had since the age of 16 and I knew this was my ticket out of the bank! Within 3 months I left that job after 8 and a half years, but enough was enough. I had a taste of freedom and took the leap even though I wasn't in a financial position to do so, I needed to take away plan B to go all in.
I replaced my full time income and left where I was living at the time in Cardiff to London, the city of opportunity! I was 25 and FREE!! Or so I thought… as shortly after moving I found out I was pregnant! This changed everything and my WHY got so much bigger and my purpose to not only change my life, but also the lives of others became huge. I continued to create success in network marketing, I put on a lot of self development events with my then partner with our biggest being for 800 people but something wasn't right. I wasn't really living MY passion and the once positive me became miserable. That's when I stepped into my true purpose as a coach and haven't looked back. My life has absolutely transformed as that's because I truly do what I love and I'm changing other peoples lives beyond explanation.
So here I am, writing this interview as I get ready to head out to LA to celebrate generating $40k within 7 months and to also further my growth as an entrepreneur and coach. If you asked me at the beginning of this year where I would be right now it would not be here! I feel very blessed on totally on purpose!
What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?
At 21 I had just graduated from Uni, I had also split up with an ex partner, I moved myself from the small county I lived in to a new city where I knew no one to progress in my bank career. A lot changed this year for me and was a poignant point in my life where I started to realise I was in total control of my destiny and my happiness. The advice I would give to that girl would be to dream bigger. To have confidence in myself to do big things and look beyond the job I was in. I would also have given her a few self development books as I didn’t know that world existed back then! Self development has changed my life and I have never felt so full of useful knowledge we actually need in life.
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
Tip 1. Work your business around your baby. When Noah was first born I found it difficult because I had to adapt to running my business and he didn’t fit into the old routine. So I stopped and looked at where I could work in the time I had and started fitting it in around him. I tuned in to his nap time, I left a lot of work to the evening when he was down for the night (even though he did need feeding every 2 hours) and he came along to a lot of meetings/events. Even now I know I have nap time in the day and then get to work when he's down in the evening. If it means hustling till 1am, so be it.
Tip 2. Keep Perspective. Chances are, you're running your business around your baby either from home so you can earn an income and be that stay at home mum, or juggling meetings out and about. What ever it is for you, the common denominator is you want freedom and choice to be with your little ones. So don’t let your work take over! Every Mum is different, so do what matters to you and your family. If things slack in your business because your little one needs more of your attention, ITS OK!!! Be with your baby when they need you as your business will always be there, but you will never get these moments back. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Tip 3. Keep To Do Lists. Baby brain is real. If you want to forget to pretty much function as a human being in mother hood, DON’T write to do lists. If you want to boss every day as a business owner, a mum, a sister, a daughter, a friend….KEEP TO DO LISTS!!! Every morning as part of my morning ritual I write out a focus list for the day and I work my way through it. I keep it to 3 really important tasks which I prioritise, and anything else is a bonus! There are only so many nap times in a day right?
Something no one warned me about being a work from home mama!
How isolating it can be. I don’t have much of a social life because I am so in my business and motherhood, and because I love what I do so much, baby groups never appealed to me. I felt I was wasting that time talking to other Mums totally not on my wave length when I could have been home growing my business or spending that time connecting with like minded people!
Best thing about being a WAHM?
The freedom! I can literally wake up every day and do what ever I want!! If Noah needs to go to the doctors, I can take him without asking permission. If its a lovely day I can take him to the park. If its a rainy miserable day, we can stay home and play. Its the best and I am so so grateful for this lifestyle as I have never missed a moment with Noah.
Tell us something you are working on to improve work life balance!
I always listen to my body and am really self aware. If I am exhausted, feeling drained, feeling emotional, this is my body telling me to slow down! Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up so I take that nap, I take a day off, I watch something that has no relevance to my business. I have learnt it's ok to recharge yourself. You can't give what you haven't got. Fill your own cup up first so it overflows because your baby needs their mama 100%!
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Enjoy every moment with your baby because it goes too fast. We have all heard that right? We take it with a pinch of salt at the beginning but these 18 months have gone in the blink of an eye and I mourn my newborn so much. Being in the moment and enjoying that time with your children is the best advice we can be given as it can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of business.
What WAHM has inspired you lately?
It has to be the beautiful Angie who has asked me to do this interview. Angie is one of a kind juggling being a mum to 6 children, home educating, running her awesome business helping other mums, dedicated to her self growth, an absolute powerhouse who will change the lives of so many!
*blush* Thankyou!! What are you reading right now?
I'm listening to The Science of getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles. I like audio books and this is what I put on at bed time right now.
How do you practice regular self care?
I take time each week to pamper and have a lie in once a week too when Noah is with his dad!
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