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.
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.