How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?
I’m too tired to remember!
What is the Juggle to your Hustle?
I have three kids, 7, 4 and 2. I gave up ‘traditional’ work after number 3 to focus on writing, blogging and now, The New Mum’s Notebook, a 304 page colour journal I’ve just launched for new mums.
Tell me more about your business?
The New Mum’s Notebook is a sanity saving journal to help new mums through that first 12 months of motherhood. To support and inspire them in the choices they’re already making. Because no new mum needs more advice she can’t process. She just needs to know she’s already enough and if today was hard, tomorrow can still be better.
What is your Hustle and Juggle story?
I used to be a PA so I was incredibly organised. These days my level of organisation is chaotic at best. We do always seem to get where we’re supposed to be (not always with the right stuff or at the right time) but I’ve learned to accept that this is how it is for us now. That third child and now running a small business has definitely tipped me into a new stratosphere, one where we make do a lot. But, between us, I’m quite glad to have shed my perfectionist tendencies, most of the time. And I quite like having an excuse for always being a) late b) dishevelled and c) slightly confused.
What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?
If you have an idea just get on with it. I’ve had a lot of ideas in my life (just ask my poor parents) and I’ve always looked to someone else to validate them. It’s like I’ve wanted someone to say, ‘Yes, that’s a GREAT idea!’ before I get on with it and essentially invest loads of time (and possibly money). But actually, the only thing that makes an idea ‘great’ is doing it. And turning it into something with sheer, hard work and lots of late nights. We can all talk until the cows come home but you’ve just got to get your head down, put one foot in front of the other and believe in yourself. (It’s also good to have one other person who believes in you too, so you can ask them why you’re doing what you’re doing when you haven’t slept for a week and you’re wearing last week’s pants.)
If like Amy you are Hustling & Juggling and would like to share your story with others please find out how you can do so here. I would love to hear from you, these interviews really are inspiring others.