What do you do? How would you describe your working life?
I am the owner of Nurturing Mums (nurturingmumsuk.com), a popular postnatal course in North London for mums with babies 0-9m where they can get expert advice, friendship & lots of coffee!
I have also started running a new community focussed website - Barnet & Whetstone Mums (www.barnetandwhetstonemums.com), a website where families can find out what to do, where to go & the best of what Barnet, Whetstone & surrounding areas have to offer.
Last but not least, I'm a lawyer by trade and plan to continue doing some legal consultancy work from home. I’d describe my work life as busy. I wear a lot of hats, but am very lucky that I get to work from home around looking after my son.
Did you show any early signs as a child that indicated that you would end up where you are today?
I’ve always been a confident little madam, so I think it’s no surprise to my parents that I run my own businesses nowadays.
Describe your morning routine
I wake up at 6.30, which is usually half an hour before my son wakes up. I jump in the shower, dress, grab a coffee and check my emails before my son wakes up at 7. From 7-9 my son and I play, eat our breakfast and read stories before getting on with our day!
Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from and when do they arrive?
I’m lucky that I get to meet lots of new people through my job, so I’m able to get lots of ideas from new people al the time. They can arrive at any time, especially as I feel that as a mum and business owner I don’t really switch off - but that’s how I like it!
When motivation wavers, how do you get back on track?
I just give in to relaxation - usually an episode of trashy tv and a long bath. If I feel like I’ve had even a brief chance to relax, I’m usually ready to jump back in to work!
What is the best thing about your job/lifestyle?
I’m lucky that I get to spend so much time with my son and that my work is very flexible. As he has been unwell, it’s been pretty necessary - but I also realise how lucky I am!
If you could do something else for the day- what would you do?
I would love to be involved in a creative industry, like in fashion or writing, as I don’t see myself as a ‘creative’, I’d love to see if I could give it a go!
How do you overcome any challenges in your working life?
I am not afraid to ask for help. I’m surrounded by a lot of wonderful and helpful people, who are 9/10 willing to go the extra mile to help with either running classes, childcare or be a sounding board when I have a new idea.
How do you celebrate your successes?
A glass of fizz is almost always the answer to making me happy!
Do you have any tools/resources or rituals that you couldn’t live without?
As I am a business owner, I make a real effort to network on social media or at local events - and think they are vital in order to keep going! Lots of inspiration is to be had when meeting other mum-bosses!
Which books from your bookcase would you recommend?
I’m afraid I have very little time to read as a mum! I have made time to read the ‘Unmumsy Mum’s first book - a hilarious account of raising 2 little ones. She says what the rest of us are all to scared to write down!
What are your daily essentials to make you feel ready?
As long as I’m armed with my iPhone and a large cup of coffee, I’m all set.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Relax and have loads of fun.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
Most importantly I’d like my family to be happy. Oh and Nurturing Mums to have rolled out nationally… is that too much to ask?!