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5 Amazing Mumpreneurs I have met through my journey.

5 Amazing Mumpreneurs I have met throughout my journey.


Thanks to Instagram, I have been able to connect with some amazing mumpreneurs out there. Not only they are amazing at what they do but they also do an awesome job at looking after their kids. I have huge respect for these 5 ladies and I hope their stories will inspire other mumpreneurs out there.

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1. Soraya from My bebe Cadum
@mybebecadum / www.etsy.com/au/shop/Mybebecadum


Soraya is a busy mum who like to offer thoughtful gifts to make their loved ones feel special. Her tote bags and cosmetic bags can be customised to the littlest detail.


Tell us a little bit about you + your children
I am originally from Paris, and moved in Sydney 13years ago, I have  2 girls Naila (7) and Sofia (5) born here in Australia, but they have been going to France every year since they are 6 month old.


Being a mum boss:
Pros: Flexibility, being able to live a life by design.
Cons: Working whenever I have free time, which give no time for self care.


What is one thing motherhood has taught you?
Nothing ever go to plan, just go with the flow, oh and also breathe.


How do you balance creative life + mum life?
No balance happening here, one thing that works for me is to block uninterrupted times during the week where I can work 100% on the biz.


One product/ service you would recommend to mums out there?
I recommend getting the business planner from @greepeabooks if you are a mum in business.

 

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2. Kim Tran-Flores from Kimlligraphy 
 @Kimlligraphy  / www.kimlligraphy.com.au


Tell us a little bit about you + your children 
My motherhood journey was not what I had expected or visioned. After a 2.5yrs journey and 2 angel babies, I am now a mama of 3, 1 human & 2 fur babies.
I never pictured myself to be the mama who suffered from baby blues or who would be obsessed with eating and sleeping routines. People say to go with the flow and I tried but it never felt right, it wasn't until I figured out I was going with the wrong flow, instead of Hendrix' flow, I was trying to make him go with my flow, the moment I realised that everything changed for me. 

  
Being a mum boss:
Pros: Being able to do what I love and to share the journey with my son.
Cons: The most challenging aspect is time management. Learning to balance all the different jobs I have (mama, wife, daughter, boss, corp-life) is a skill I am constantly learning and improving on. 

What is one thing motherhood has taught you?
Being more present, I have never felt more present and in the moment that when I was giving birth, nothing else mattered to me at that moment in time, there was no past or future only the present moment. 
Hendrix is my greatest teacher in being present when he is playing or is observing something and I'm watching him I know that nothing else matters to him except what's then and there. 
His presence always reminds me to be present.


How do you balance creative life + mum life?
I had Hendrix during the early stages of growing my business. 
Balance for me is now all about delegating and letting go of control on certain things, I used to be a complete control freak which would mean I end up doing everything myself cause no one could do it the way I wanted it done.
I delegate when and if I can, I have put aside all ego of trying to be that superwomen that can do everything and be everything for everyone. 
The saying "you can do anything but not everything" now rings so true to me.  

 

One product/ service you would recommend to mums out there? 
Taking time out for yourself. In order to care for others in the best way possible, you must first care for yourself. 
I designed and created a range of products to help others with their me-time. 
'Mindfulness Me' includes products that invoke your senses it helps you to anchor yourself to the present moment and enjoy your me time. 

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3. Emma Parker from Squiggly Monkeys
@squiggly_monkeyswww.etsy.com.squigglymonkeys


Tell us a little bit about you + your children.
I’m a Sydney mum of 3 young boys.  I opened my first online shop 10 years ago when my first son was just 6 months old. 

 

Being a mum boss:
Pros: The best part of being a mum boss is I can work from home while the kids are little. 
Cons: I do most of my work when the kids sleep so it can be stressful if I have orders due and the kids are sick or have decided they are not going to bed!


What is one thing motherhood has taught you?
Definitely patience.

How do you balance creative life + mum life?
My main tip is to try and have set work hours and not let the business take over your whole life. I have always loved creating with my hands and love spending my evening creating something while watching my favorite TV, so my work hours are during the day while the kids nap and in the evening after their bedtime.


One product/ service you would recommend to mums out there?  
You cant live without a Sock Monkey of course!  I love making my fun and bright stripy Sock Monkey toys for kids. I love them all but I have to say my favorite is definitely my Rainbow Sock Monkey. 

 

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4. Kash O'Hara from The Style Doctor
@thestyledrwww.thestyledoctor.com.au

Tell us a little bit about you + your children 
I have two happy and healthy children that I love so much.  My daughter Charlotte is in year 3 at school and my son Max is in year 1.  They get along really well (besides the occasional sibling fight when they're tired) and really help each other.  When I have a lot of work to get through Charlotte will help Max with his homework and reading which is adorable to see and then he will help clean her room.  They are little negotiators already which my husband loves.

 

Being a mum Boss:
Pros: The best thing is the flexibility in my work and not having to be at a desk in the city by 8am every day.  I occasionally have early photoshoots but most of the time my personal shopping clients won't start till 10am so I can do the school run and get there without a huge amount of stress.  It also means I can go on school excursions, help with swimming carnivals and running carnivals and be present with my kids when it counts.
Cons: There is never enough time in the day and the worst part is never really feeling on top of your work.  I love the flexibility in my work but the more time I spend with the kids the later I have to stay up to get the work done. I work late most nights after I've put the kids down to try and get through the work and I get really tired at times.

 

What is one thing motherhood has taught you?  
Motherhood has taught me to be patient, be present and to feel really grateful.  I feel so lucky to have healthy kids when I know some parents have sick kids and have to go through so much heartache and some people can't have kids at all when they desperately want kids so I definitely don't take it for granted.  

 

How do you balance creative life + mum life?
I left the corporate world in 2008 just after i was married because I knew I wanted kids at some stage.  My sister and I actually had our own fashion label before I started The Style Doctor and I did this so I could build up a business that would allow flexibility with kids.  It turns out that fashion labels are your whole life and there isn't as much flexibility as I thought there would be which is why I started the styling business because I take on jobs and new clients and get paid for a service rather than creating new collections a few times a year with a risk of only part of the collection selling.

 

One product/ service you would recommend to mums out there?
I would definitely recommend to Mums to see a stylist at least once in your life because a stylist will teach you about the best styles and colours to suit your shape and colouring which will save you so much time and money in the long run.  A stylist can do a wardrobe audit in your home before a shop which goes far deeper than the Marie Kondo "sparking joy" method.  A stylist looks at each piece and tells you if it suits you and they also show you how you can mix and match pieces in your existing wardrobe and identify some pieces that you may need to add to maximise your wardrobe.  That's where the personal shopping comes into play where your stylist will put aside pieces before you arrive that are hand picked based on your hair colour, eye colour, body shape, skin tone, size, lifestyle and budget so that you walk away feeling confident and have so much knowledge to shop with going forward.

 

 


5. Jana Rushforth from Word Finders Club 
@wordfindersclub / wordfinders.club

Tell us a little bit about you + your children
I’m Jana, an illustrator and mama to Harry, who just started school this year. I’ve found motherhood to be a wonderful journey, which has led me to reconnect with my childhood love of drawing. 

 

Tell us one of the best thing about being a mum boss?
I would say the flexibility to work from home and set my own schedule and hours. I also love that Harry gets to see me working and creating. He loves to help collect order sheets from the printer, stamp bags and draw alongside me in the studio. 

 

Tell us about one of the worst thing about being a mum boss? 
I think the hardest part is setting boundaries of when I’m at work and when I’m a mum. 

What is one thing motherhood has taught you?
Motherhood has taught me to view life with wonder and curiosity. 

How do you balance creative life + mum life?
It’s always changing and evolving I think. With Harry starting school this year, I really try to utilise this time to get work done. Then when I pick him up, really be present and enjoy our time together. Also this year I’ve made the conscious decision to allocate time in the evening, after Harry is in bed to just draw and be creative.


One product/ service you would recommend to mums out there?
I love supporting small businesses. You are purchasing a product that tells a story, is often handmade and superior quality to mass produced items. You are also supporting a maker’s dream and maybe helping them to pay for their kiddo’s music lessons!

 

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