Category Archives: Work

We’re saving the children, aren’t we Mummy?

STCcrop-20160425085724456The advert for Save The Children has just been on.

The one where they say they are helping every last child.

It’s Saturday night after a tough day flying solo with tears, emotions and play dates.

I’m on my third glass of wine.

And the 399th time one of them has said Mummy today.

When the 400th ‘Mummy’ was ‘Mummy, we are saving the children aren’t we?’

Everything just crumbles.

Kids just have that ability.

To just break down any walls you have built up.

Any stress level that is combusting.

They can smash it down with seven words.

The power of seven words.

I’ve instilled kindness from a young age.

We sponsor Faraja from The Small Things orphanage.

We send money to children who have no water.

I’ve shared my new business idea with the children.

An idea which helps people here and overseas.

Mothers.

Mothers who can then help their children.

Kindness is everything and I’m going all in with that.

They are all in.

Starting a new business can induce wobbles.

Lots of them.

Then you hear your six year old tell you that we are going to save the children.

Then you know you are on the right track.

Especially when you are on that edge after a bad day.

That kind of bad day when the wine bottle looks good at 12.30pm.

I want the power of a six year old.

I’m going to harness that and go all in.

A Brand New Ride

Things have been so busy since we got back from our lovely family holiday.

I want to blog about that but not had time.

We’ve moved into our new fabulous office.

Want to blog about that but not had time.

I’ve never got enough time.

I’m used to that by now.

Well, I thought I was.

Changes are afoot.

Scary ones.

Big ones.

Don’t know what they are but I can sense it.

I got on a roller coaster when I started Baba+Boo.

It was pretty hard to get used to, but I did.

The ups and downs became so comfortable, not so scary any more.

After a few meeting with some very good people last week.

People who know what they are doing.

Who aren’t here by accident like me.

They made my realise that the time has come to get on a new ride.

It is much, much bigger.

I’m about to embrace new challenges and it’s been quite hard on my brain.

I knew this drive inside me was never going to go away.

But I never knew it would burn so deep.

And here I am.

About to enter the world of proper growth strategies and employing lots more people.

Being a boss.

Wow.

Scary.

But yes.

Exciting times are afoot.

 

My Children Make Me Brave

I went to a high school to be interviewed by pupils today.

It is National Careers Week and I was invited along by Naomi from Enterprise Lab.

There was a social media newsroom set up and I was interviewed by the You Tube team.

I was pretty nervous as I had no idea what I was going to be asked.

There was a girl who was going to interview me along with 3 other pupils.

She looked petrified.

It was like looking at me when I was her age.

I was painfully shy and my lack of confidence was crippling.

I told her I was more nervous than her but it didn’t help.

Like it wouldn’t have helped me.

Looking at her made me realise how far I have come.

Since I was that shy schoolgirl.

My children made me brave.

You can’t be shy when you have to speak up for your little babies.

I left my comfort zone to take them to baby groups.

You have to face new situations all the time when you become a mum.

I need them to be brave and confident.

I need to be everything I want them to be.

I make sure I do things that scare me all the time.

In my business Baba+Boo.

And outside of that too.

I showed the children the video interview I did today.

Boo was concerned about why there was only one girl and three boys interviewing me.

The boy cried.

He was proud.

He didn’t know how to tell me that though.

It was a new emotion for him to understand.

He said he was happy I was talking to the school children.

He said he was happy I was his Mummy.

I made him proud for the first time.

It’s come full circle.

They gave me my confidence.

My children.

Thank you for making me brave.

Every day.

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No longer a stay at home mum…

Sept 5th 2013

Almost 4 years ago, I had two children under 2 and was a stay at home mum.

This is not something I ever thought I would or could be.

But I felt blessed I could experience their every move in their formative years.

I always had one eye on today. This very day.

When both my babies were at full time school.

I didn’t want to be unemployable after taking 5 years out of my career.

I didn’t want to be scratching around for any job that was in school time hours.

So the twinkle of Baba+Boo starting forming in my eyes.

It was mean to be something small, a slow burner, something I could just do at nights and weekends.

Then when the children were at school, I could really go for it.

My ambition and drive had other ideas.

It decided I would be working harder than I ever thought imaginable.

Being with the children all day, then working until the early hours.

And here I am today.

Sat at MY desk, in MY office working on MY business.

My little successful business that is not so little any more.

With so many wonderful customers making all this possible.

And I am so ready to really ‘go for it’.

Hard to believe that I am no longer a stay at home mum or a work at home mum.

I am now a businesswoman.

Surreal doesn’t even come close.

Ready to really go for it.

Let’s do this.