How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?
What is the Juggle to your Hustle?
I lost my husband to cancer in September 2014. I have an 11 year old daughter and 2 and a half boy/girl twins.
Tell me more about your business?
TinyTalk classes are an hour long and are great fun! I use classic nursery rhymes such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat and The Wheels on the Bus, integrating signs (and a bit of gentle bouncing!) in a fun way. Each week I introduce core signs that are relevant to the family and home – such as mummy, daddy, food and milk, which can ease the frustration of communication difficulties before your baby can speak. We also develop their communication skills through Sensory Activities that involve bubbles, voile scarves, tactile rubber shapes and many more! The 2nd half of the class is a great time for everyone to recharge their batteries, talk and play with the toys provided over some refreshments and biscuits.
What is your Hustle and Juggle story?
When my husband died in September 2014 I didn’t know what to do. Time stopped for a long time. And then I realised I needed for it not to stop. I needed to work, to provide for the children and pay my mortgage and bills. But what I needed was something that I had passion for. Something I believed in and something that I knew I could put my heart and soul into. Something that would not only earn me an income but something that would make me smile whilst I was doing it!
Cue TinyTalk baby signing! There was no major overthinking on my part. I wanted to buy into the franchise. I needed to buy into the franchise. I needed to throw myself into something that wasn’t my husband’s death. I needed to keep busy and laugh and smile whilst keeping busy to fill the void that he had left in my life, in my heart. I also needed something that was for me, if that makes sense.
It’s not always easy. There are days, weeks, like this week, where I’m so fed up. I’m sad, I’m lonely and I crave the life I once had. There are dates, anniversaries, reminders all the time that I have to get through. But I don’t stop and I don’t give up.
Teaching these classes, sharing laughs, stories, seeing the babies grow and sign and the enthusiasm from the parents as they learn to sign and communicate with their baby is amazing. It’s fulfilling and it’s what gets me from week to week.
I pride myself on giving 110% in my classes. I leave my troubles for that day at the door and I LOVE every moment that I’m running that class and it leave me on a high for the rest of the day. But the truth is that these bad days are less and less lately. For every bad day there are 20 great days where I sit down and think, it’s ok! And I try to remember this to get me through the bad days. TinyTalk has been a lifeline for me and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?
Believe in yourself. Find something you love and give it your all. Be the best you can be! Believe that you can be amazing, even on the days when you don’t feel like it. If you get knocked down then dust yourself off and get up again. Go with your gut, it will always be right. Make sure that what you’re doing is making you smile! Surround yourself with positivity and stay away from negativity. You have the passion and the determination to make it work! Love what you do whilst living your life, we only get one life and it’s too short not to give something you feel passionate about a go! And Lastly.. Don’t be afraid to Laugh at yourself! I do genuinely do this most days.. To myself! It helps! A lot!
If like Annemarie 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.
Lastly if you are ever feeling like giving up please remember Annemarie’s advice – Believe in yourself. Find something you love and give it your all. Be the best you can be! Believe that you can be amazing, even on the days when you don’t feel like it..