Jo Fitzgerald

Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

I’m Jo Fitzgerald, I’m originally from Kent, I lived and worked in the Middle East for 17 years – where I brought up my two gorgeous children, Sam and Anya. We now live in West Sussex, where I am blessed to be the MIBA Coordinator.

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 What is your business about?

My company is Tiny Sponges. I have always been a teacher, in very many roles. I have been a Deputy Head in a Pupil Referral Unit, I ran a Nursery in Muscat, Oman for The British Council but my real passion is Early Years. I started Tiny Sponges two years ago, I wanted to help parents teach their children wellbeing and resilience skills. Mental Health is hugely important to me, I have lost close family members to suicide, my mum was an alcoholic and I have Bipolar Type 2 – and was recently treated for PTSD. Quite a mixed bag!! I have seen first hand, how more children have anxiety issues and mental health conditions, and how little help there is out there for them and their families. I believe that, if we teach our children well-being and resilience skills from an early age, they are better equipped to cope with life’s obstacles.

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 What made you get into this line of business?

I have written two children’s books, one of which is now in schools across West Sussex, along with a Scheme Of Work for teachers to teach Mental health and safeguarding to their pupils. We have also been in collaboration with a leading Danish educationalist, and are now the sole distributor of her resources in the UK and Ireland. These positive mindset resources are used in schools and families across Denmark, and have had amazing results with both wellbeing and learning outcomes. We are exhibiting at The Education Show in London this year, and our aim is to get all of our resources into as many schools as possible in the coming year. I also have two more books ready for publication, and am collaborating with a couple of other people on two more. I write a Blog, published by the Pre-school Learning Alliance and Early Years Matters. I speak at conferences on Child Safeguarding and Mental Health. Our online courses go live this year. The huge Childcare insurance company Morton Michel have bought my ‘How To Keep Safe … in a sometimes crazy world’ book in bulk, and are about to start selling it on their website … things are on the up!

 What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

My morning routine consists of a walk with the dogs, a green juice and straight into the office (at home). My ‘to-do’ list gets me up in the morning! The best advice that I have recently been given is from Leona Burton, CEO of the ‘Mums In Business Association’ who recently spoke at one of our West Sussex meeting. One of her golden nuggets of advice was to block your time every day in your planner – and stick to it – i.e. one hour for social media, one hour for emails, one hour for writing … I often compare myself to the dog in the film ‘Up’, constantly distracted by “squirrel” “squirrel.” I really need the discipline of blocking time!

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What is a book you would say everyone must read?

One of the resources that we have brought over from Denmark is about strengths of character – and how they help with our general well-being and quality of life. I would really recommend reading the ‘Mumprenuer On Fire’ series of books (especially MOF 4, as I am one of the co-authors). My reason is this – women in business are all on a similar journey, we all know how difficult it can be to juggle business, family and life, the stress and the worry is regular and familiar. In these books the stories of women battling through huge adversity, HUGE adversity, are a real lesson and can teach us a lot about ourselves. We all have strengths – bravery, perseverance, grit, gratitude … and we should recognise them in ourselves and use them. We need to have a realistic and positive love for ourselves and our strengths, instead of focussing on our weaknesses – what we don’t know or don’t have, and berating ourselves.

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What One thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

The one thing I do to change my mindset in an instant, is to practice gratitude. I have so very much to be grateful for in my life. I am blessed.

What do you love most about helping others?

Two of my top strengths are kindness and social intelligence. I love going into schools, and seeing how my books make a difference. The feedback I get is gratifying and quite wonderful – it feeds my soul! I get a huge buzz from my work as a MIBA coordinator too. Watching people on their journey, meeting them, supporting them, getting them help – watching collaborations and friendships form. I use my strengths to help make a difference – and the Universe always responds by sending great things my way, and placing them in my lap!!

Your favourite quote?

My favourite quote, though I have so many, is by Dr Seuss – it’s what my teaching is all about:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

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If you would like to see more from Jo you can at FacebookInstagramTwitter, or her websites TinySponges and JoFizgerald

Have a wonderful day.

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Estelle Keeber

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is Estelle Keeber and I am one of the co-founders of Mums in Business Association. I am based in Leicester and I’m a mum to my 2 amazing boys Jed and Obi.

2.What is your business about?

MIBA started as a FB group in June 2017. Since then we have grown a social media following of over 50k! We help to support and empower all women In business whether this be through our child friendly networking events, our online community or in 1:1 sessions.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

We knew that as mums in business ourselves that there was a huge lack of support from other women. We needed to bring women together and show them that together we stand stronger.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I always like to wake up before the boys so that I can have time to take a look at what I have going on that day. I always write out my to do list the night before so that I can settle in bed that evening and know that I’m going to wake up with a plan and purpose. I use to meditate in the mornings but find it enjoy it more and can relax when I meditate in the evenings. I think it’s all about finding a routine that works best for you!

  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To never give up on a dream. Work hard and anything is possible!

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6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

The whole of our mumpreneurs on Fire series…which have now all become #1 best sellers on Amazon. Perfect for anyone who is needing some inspiration.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

We have so much going on! Right ow we have the VIP which is open, over 20 hours of training’s and expert tips, we also have our MIBA Guide to Growing your Instagram out which is the 1st Instagram book MIBA have created! 2019 is going to be crazy with new products and launches so watch this space!

8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Music is great for lifting my mood!! Blasting out a bit of James Arthur always makes me smile!

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  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing that we have helped thousands of women is pretty incredible. Knowing that just 1 person has been able to become more confident or feel more included is more than enough for me. To see our followers growing not only their businesses but their whole self is truly humbling and makes all the hard work worth while!

10. Your favourite quote?

Teamwork makes the dream work…as soon as you realise this life becomes much easier!

Thanks Estelle for sharing your amazing business and story with us if you want to see more about Estelle and Mums in business association then please go to Twitter , Facebook GroupFacebook Page, or their website

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Have a wonderful day x

Our Book Is Now Available On Amazon!!

Hey everyone,

It has been ages since I sat down and wrote on this blog myself, as I have been featuring so many amazing women on this blog and some of the ladies where my fellow Co-Authors in our book Mumpreneur On Fire 4 which came out for Pre-Order today on Amazon.

I am so excited we were all getting ready for it to drop on the 17th but today we have been told it has come out today. EEEKKKKK!!!

It was a very weird and super cool feeling to see a book which I am in on the Amazon website, it is a dream I have had for ages as you all know I love to write. Not only did our book go on Pre-Order today but the last book Mumprenuer On Fire 3 which I reviewed on this blog has hit the number one best sellers on Amazon again.

So well done ladies, I would love as many of you who read this to help us to hit the number one spot on amazon by sharing our posts, sharing this blog post and ordering your copy Order Here

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This is going to be a crazy month, and I can’t wait here we come No 1 bestselling authors!!

This book is full of very brave, emotional and inspiring stories. Also if anyone would like to help us by interviewing any of the ladies on their blogs, podcasts etc then please let us know via shestepsupblog@gmail.com

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your continued support.

Michele x

Denise White

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

I am Dr Denise White. My business is Dr Denise White Consultancy and Training Ltd, of which i manage ‘Children Who Thrive’ and ‘The Music Doctor’. I am from Ireland.

2. What is your business about?

‘Children Who Thrive’ is where I coach and mentor parents of children and young people who have special or additional needs so they can put in place strategies, interventions, and plans that will see their child thrive. ‘The Music Doctor’ I am about to launch my new website. I offer consultancy and training to parents, professionals and students allowing them to discover specific music and creativity techniques and new interventions that develop and enhance a wide range of skills and capabilities among children, young people and adults.

3. What made you get into this line of business?

My uncle Dessie. He was special. He had Down Syndrome and we were best friends. His reaction to me playing the piano triggered me going into the line of business.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I am totally passionate about helping, coaching and mentoring parents and sharing my 25+ years experience and knowledge. My systems work and therefore I have helped transform thousands of lives. It is incredibly rewarding. I should pay more attention to my morning routine. I tend to get stuck in and never really take a break. I plan to start my days off with meditation in 2019.

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Believing is achieving! Anything is Possible! and No strength like courage!

6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Mine, The Music Doctor, Book 1 (of 5) coming out in March 2019.

7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Plenty of offers coming in 2019. Free coaching call. 30 day challenges. Personalised play lists.

8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

Music.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing them succeed and thrive.

10. Your favourite quote?

‘Where words fail, music speaks’ Hans Christian Anderson

Thank you so much Denise for sharing your story and business with us if you would like to learn more please go to Children Who Thrive Facebook GroupTwitterInstagram or her Website

Have a wonderful day.

 

Rhian Kivits

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name’s Rhian, I’m from Looe in Cornwall, UK and my business is RhianKivits.com

  1. What is your business about?

I’m a Conscious Dating & Relationship Consultant, Love & Intimacy Mentor and Founder of The Soulmate Success System.

I work with clients (mostly women and couples) from all over the world online using my unique blend of psychotherapeutic techniques and mind-body-soul wisdom.

My mission is to help successful, ambitious women become just as fearless, magnetic and lucky in love. I believe that we all deserve to enjoy purposeful relationships that add value to our lives, supportive partners who desire to learn, grow and expand alongside us and intimate connection that helps us feel fully self expressed on every level.

I work 1:1 with clients on a bespoke basis under my Love Lessons service or Soulmate Success System. This might involve solving specific sex or relationship issues, learning how to enjoy intimacy more, navigating the dating game or heavier issues, like recovering from a painful past, divorce or abuse in order to move forward.

I also run holistic group programs for women online on topics like women’s sexual healing, sensuality, self love and orgasmic manifestation! We need to learn how to heal and love ourselves because ultimately we are our own Soulmates as a starting point.

  1. What made you get into this line of business?

If you wind the clock back on my own life about 12 years or so, I was living a city life stuck in unfulfilling, demanding jobs and trapped in a dysfunctional marriage with no compatibility or true connection. I was carrying so many burdens from my own past and struggling to be a good mum to my children. Although I had a level of professional success and on the outside it looked like I had a good life, underneath I was struggling to cope. My mental health was suffering, I felt lonely, numb and empty and I’d chosen a partner who was never going to be able to meet my needs.

I woke up to the fact that things had to change. Essentially I knew that it was my responsibility to change my situation and my emotional state. I started to become interested in holistic healing and quit my miserable job to start my own spiritual business as a complementary therapist. As I learned new skills and started to open up to the world of emotion and energy, I was on my own personal journey of healing and awakening which helped me learn the value of inner work and personal growth.

Eventually, I qualified as a psychodynamic couple therapist and took training in sex therapy. I knew my mission was to help other people enjoy better relationships, not only with partners, but with themselves too. I explored alternative approaches to relationships like Tantra and Taoism. I began to combine all my knowledge so that I could work on every level – mind, body and soul.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I’m a busy mum with children so my mornings usually start with them. We live by the sea, so I always take some mindful breaths of ocean air when taking the children to school – it’s informal, but this really is a power routine! I also try to do something to motivate and balance myself each morning too. This can vary – it may be a spot of self-healing with Reiki or Egyptian Seichem, it may be a meditation, it may be journaling or gratitude practice.

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  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I love the Reiki principles, which each start with ‘Just for today’. I feel we put a lot of pressure on ourselves as entrepreneurs to improve and perform and sometimes this can be stressful or cause anxiety. But when I remind myself to do the best I can in my life, my work or as a mum, step by step, ‘just for today’, I know that I can be present in the here and now, and that I can trust myself to take care of tomorrow when it comes. As I’ve struggled with anxiety from a young age, I find this approach really supportive. I believe in being kind and compassionate with ourselves.

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This is a fabulous, powerful book filled with inspiring stories of feminine strength. Plus it’s written by a psychoanalyst – so it speaks to my soul and my love of symbolism as well as my professional side.

  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I have a free download I’d love to offer: bit.ly/soulmateguide

It’s my simple system that shows you exactly how to harness the emotional power of chakra affirmations so that you can attract soulmate love.

The guide is ideal for any woman who’s looking to find a new soulmate partner or who’d like to deepen her connection with her existing partner.

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I’ve learned from my experience of tantric bodywork and taoist approaches that when we activate our Chi (our life force energy) we create a positive, helpful body chemistry that can make us feel more energised and banish those negative thoughts that make us feel sluggish or demotivated.

I raise my Chi through shaking meditation or 10 minutes of dancing to uplifting music.

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

I absolutely love seeing the impact of my work on my clients. They tell me how I’ve helped them turn around failing relationships, find freedom from their past abuse or discovered confidence after a lifetime of hiding away. This really makes my heart sing – it’s such a fabulous feeling to know that you’ve touched someone’s life and they’re happier or more successful as a result.

I also appreciate that I’m constantly learning from my clients because human beings are so diverse and my work is so fascinating. It’s a true privilege to get to know people so well, and to understand more about myself in the process.

  1. Your favourite quote?

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere – they are in each other all along – Rumi

I adore this quote because it creates such a beautiful image. Love is meant to be and I really believe we all deserve to experience it. I believe when two people form a deep, loving relationship what they create together is bigger than the sum of its parts and that it is through experiencing love that we can expand into our highest potential. And the journey to finding love is also about finding ourselves. Be it to see it, as they say!

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If you would like to see more of Rhian then please go to Facebook or her Website

Jennica Collado

1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?
I’m Jennica Collado, a Confidence + Visibility Coach from the Philippines.
 
2. What is your business about?
I work with introverted, intuitive women in business who are afraid to rise and show up in their businesses because they feel like frauds, they are worried about being accepted for who they are, they prefer to hide than to shine and be visible. I help them think better, see themselves as guides, be who they truly are un- apologetically, and be confidently visible.
 
3. What made you get into this line of business?
What made me get into this line of business is a decade of unconsciously working on myself as I move through life. In retrospect, every decision, twist, and turn I committed to led me to learn more about how to be more open and expansive. In the past several months, I deepened my inner work by working on a lifelong struggle with problematic eating. I was very resistant as I prefer to invest time, energy, and money on business coaching instead of therapy. But I trusted my intuition enough that I allowed myself to be led by it. After 4 sessions with my coach/therapist, looking at the mirror is mindblowing. What I previously saw as distortion and ugly is now beautiful, acceptable, and well… Thinner than I’ve ever seen myself. And mind you, I didn’t lose a single pound. That says a lot about the illusion we allow our minds to believe.
 
That experience, one that I’m continuously working on until now, has led me to see myself differently. So different that it uncovered the light and confidence that I innately knew is already in me. And yes, all these self love, self worth, and certainty led me to leave a business of pure strategy to one of healing and transformation. That’s how my confidence and visibility coaching business was born.
 
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4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
Ooh yes, I love morning routines! It is an evolving set of activities for me but one that’s structured enough for me to commit to it but flexible enough for me to not beat myself up if each activity isn’t done perfectly. I start the day by enjoying my comfy bed and placing my hand on my chest, feeling so much gratitude for where I am and where I’m going. I then prepare my celery juice, bring it to the balcony for some wealth consciousness reading (currently reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill). Since my apartment is near the pool where my neighbors’ kids play in the morning, I go back inside to peacefully journal my morning thoughts. After elevating my vibe, I prepare a cup of tea and grab my yoga mat for yoga with YogaGlo.
 
5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
“Whatever you do or say is filtered through the lens of others’ experiences. What they say about you is about them.” I saw this on Instagram at the perfect moment and thinking about it every time I need to has helped me stay on my own lane, shine my light, and live unapologetically.
 
6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?
“The Law of Divine Compensation” by Marianne Williamson.
 
7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
Yes! I am currently offering a program to jumpstart 2019! It’s a 30-day private coaching program with me where you would walk away with activated of ease, expansion, and confidence with online visibility. This includes mindset work using the cognitive behavioral approach, bespoke strategies on social media, email list building, and content creation, optimization of Facebook and Instagram accounts, and strong support through weekly 60-minute calls and unlimited Voxer support.
 
If you book a slot by December 31st, this will be USD500. Then the price goes up once we hit 2019. If this resonates with you, feel into the energy… We’re meant to work together.
 
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8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?
Play with my hamsters. Being with nature and creatures as cute as my hammies instantly change my focus and elevate my vibe, making it easier to choose better feeling thoughts.
 
9. What do you love most about helping others?
What I love the most about helping others is it fulfills my soul purpose. I believe I’m here to guide and teach people, and live my life as a positive example for them.
 
10. Your favourite quote?
Be un -apologetically extra.
Thank you so much Jennica for sharing your story and business with us if you would like to see more please got to InstagramFacebook or her Website
Have a wonderful day x 

Michelle Blake

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi, my name is Michelle Blake. I own Making you Look Beautiful and I’m based in Bromley in Kent.

2. What is your business about?

My business is all about empowering women to feel confident about the way that they look.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I was introduced to this amazing opportunity back in April 2017 and I jumped at the chance of joining other women to become a UK founder. I’ve always loved wearing makeup anyway, but being trained as a colour assessment advisor was something that other companies don’t offer.

4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

My WHY POWER makes me get up and go in the mornings. I want to have time freedom and financial freedom to do what I want, whenever I want. Everyday I wake up at 5am and do my personal development (listening to an instructional cd or watching a training video). This helps to ensure that each day starts in the best possible way.

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is ‘don’t compare yourself to anyone else” we are all on a different journey.

6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

A book everyone must read… I have two: ‘The compound effect’ and ‘Get over your damn self’

7. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

At the moment there are Christmas offers taking place weekly, called the twelve weeks of Christmas.

8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I use affirmations to empower myself and to encourage a positive mindset. I also create positive posts to uplift others and by doing so, I uplift myself.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

I love the feeling of giving to others. I feel that by helping others, I’m sharing a bit of myself.  My grandad  was known as ‘Brother Help’ because of how he treated others and I think he may have passed some of this attribute to me.

10. Your favourite quote?

My all time favourite quote is ‘don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!’ No matter how I feel I make sure that I continue to shine.

Thank you so much Michelle for sharing your business and story with us if you would like to see more from Michelle please go to FacebookInstagramFacebook Profile or Website

Have a wonderful day x 

Ellie Jackson

 

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

My name is Ellie Jackson and I am a children’s author, beach cleaner, environmental campaigner and mother of four young children. I write children’s books for primary and preschool children about the problem of ocean plastic and inspire them to get involved in helping their communities to tackle the issue.

2.What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

As a mother of 4 little ones, I am still in the throes of early morning starts yet as a self-employed mumpreneur I am up often up working late. This naturally leaves me with several challenges – mainly lack of sleep, chaotic routine and stressful mornings. My children have adapted beautifully to this way of life, mainly because it suits them to ignore everything I ask and leave everything until the last minute at which point I am glad for the peace and quiet when they are finally off to pre-school and school. This is the time where I can get most of my creative work done and I relish the empty house to focus on my work.

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3.What made you get into this line of business?

I have always had a strong love for nature and the environment, studying Environmental Science at University and then going on to teach Geography at secondary school. It is only recently however after writing my true books on ocean plastic, that I have developed my passion for campaigning and raising awareness amongst others.

4.Your favourite quote?

It is a famous quote “Do what you love and  you will never work another day in your life” that has finally found resonance with me after many years of battling in jobs I have not been truly inspired by. The books have brought all of my interests into one place as I am combining education, nature and children into one and I now have such strong motivation to see these reach as many children as possible.

 

A lot of my time is spent visiting schools and delivering free assemblies – I have spoken to over 10,000 children in the last year, doing a book reading and follow up discussion. There is nothing more fantastic for me to see than a whole hall full of 450 children all cheering for paper straws and beach cleans. I firmly believe that our best chance in helping save our planet from the many environmental challenges we are facing is to educate our children and therefore I would recommend everyone to use these books to teach and encourage the next generation before it is too late.

5. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I have just released my third book, Nelson’s Dangerous Dive about a humpback whale who gets trapped in ghost fishing nets and this now completes my set of three books on ocean plastic. I have three more exciting and true stories which will be released in 2019 where the focus will shift to consider the issues of palm oil, pesticide use and climate change.

6. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I am incredibly lucky to live by the sea in beautiful Cornwall where there are so many people in the beach cleaning and conservation community that by surrounding myself with these local heroes I find amazing inspiration for the books and to reach out into primary and preschools. If I am ever feeling like a change in direction or if I need a break I head out into nature for a walk either on the beach or along the river, usually ending up picking up plastic along the way.

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7. What do you love most about helping others?

The knowledge that I can do something to help tackle the issue, even if it is just a few pieces of rubbish, helps me to focus on what is important and reminds me that our individual actions can collectively make a difference. I love the quote “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step” or as I like to say “To clean the ocean of plastic starts with picking up just a single piece.”

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Thank you so much for sharing your amazing business with us Ellie I can not wait to see what 2019 brings for you. 

 

Have a wonderful day x 

 

Emma Bowyer

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi I’m Emma and I’m from Cheshire but now live on Waiheke Island just off the coast of mainland Auckland New Zealand. I have been here 14 years and love it. I have 3 beautiful children Mr I’m a Ninja 7 and 3-year-old twinadoes.

I am a copywriter Emma Bowyer-The Word Whisperer NZ and am working on developing my own writing and blogging into my full time business. I have had a couple of articles published this year  and  launched my blog  Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose written from the point of view of my twins all about the things they do and the silly big people getting in their way.

  1. What is your business about?

Writing a funny and light hearted blog that will make other mums roll their eyes in recognition and laugh snort at some of the crazy antics the twinadoes and their brother get up to. Occasionally I’m allowed to chip in but that’s not that often usually I’m just a figure to be ridiculed or escaped from.

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  1. What made you get into this line of business?

I regularly perform comedy and improvisation, with the occasional bit of stand up thrown in. When my kids came on the scene I couldn’t stop talking about them and realised they were comedy gold after telling a few stories friends about their antics like when my 9 month old daughter threw herself out of her cot to escape the tedium of nap time and gave herself a black eye, and they told me I should write that stuff down, so now I do.

  1. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

I get up as soon as my alarm threatens to ring and slide out of bed like a SAS sniper to get to the bathroom and into the shower before my twinadoes realise it’s morning and start screaming for me and if I don’t move quickly enough tearing their room to pieces. Then if I’m really winning I have time to make a quick cup of decaf tea (I know I’m a saint)  lol. Before the morning wars begin.

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  1. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To ask myself when I’m stressed and at freak out point (so that’s about 23 times a day). Will this matter  in 5 years or even 5 months time? Will I even remember it? And if not to ‘Let it Go! Let it Go!’

  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

For all pregnant Mummas I’d say you have to read  Up the Duff: The real guide to pregnancy it is hilarious and full of fun facts by Kaz Cooke

For twin Mummas the incredibly useful book

‘What to do when you’re having two’ by Natalie Diaz

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  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

If you subscribe to my Don’t Put Peas Up Your Nose list I’ll be your best friend forever and promise never to share your secret ‘Mum guilts’ with anyone else. Unless you ask me to and then I’ll drink tea and eat chocolate with you till you feel better.

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

I stop and breathe and think how incredibly blessed I am to have my  three wonderful kids. Unless it’s because of them driving me mad that I need a mindset change, then it’s ‘thank God I’ve got my secret stash of chocolate hidden in the cupboard’.

 

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Seeing people smile. That’s why I write my blog to help other twin mums that might feel isolated and alone. If I can help them see that yes it is a really hard job being a twin Mama but it’s also the best club in the world to belong to. And that the funny side is always there, you just have to recognise it. Even if your 3-year-old twin daughter is caught hanging out of her bedroom window instead of napping and you have to call the fire brigade. True story. I can laugh now.

 

  1. Your favourite quote?

‘Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get’. Forrest Gump And in my case that was after multiple IVF treatments finding out I was having twins! Shocked? I couldn’t speak for about 2 hours and for me that’s saying something.

Thanks Emma for sharing your business and story with us if you would like to see more from Emma please go to Wordwhisperer Website or Her Blog

 

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Katie Silverthorne

  1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

I’m Katie Silverthorne. I was born in London but I now live in Portishead, just outside Bristol – which I ADORE. My business is Memory Zoo.

2.What is your business about?

At Memory Zoo we make keepsakes for people from their precious clothing to help then remember a special person, event or time in their lives.

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3. What made you get into this line of business?

I started the business entirely by accident. I made a keepsake bear for my daughter when she was about 1 as I couldn’t bear to put all her beautiful baby clothes into the attic and never see them again. I wanted a more visual reminder of her baby years so used her clothes to make a bear. I put pictures of her bear onto Facebook for my friends to see and very quickly people started asking the question, ‘Can you make me one?’ And Memory Zoo was born.

4.What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

Eggs! I get up and eat three scrambled eggs for breakfast. Everyday without fail. I don’t have a more complex routine than that! Although after I drop my daughter at school I usually go for a run (health permitting) – even just a few km – which really gets my blood moving, brain functioning, stress out of my system and my whole being ready to work. I am a little grumpy if I miss my run!

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5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I have two things that have always resonated with me. The first is, ‘People massively overestimate what they can achieve in a year but massively underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.’ This helps me to remember that everything doesn’t have to happen right now this minute! And working towards a big goal does take years. There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Everything that we have ever done and every decision we have ever made have led us to this point in time. I aim not to waste a single moment of my life and my learning.
My second one is the acronym – F.A.I.L. – First Attempt In Learning. I LOVE this and hold it dear to me when my crazy ideas don’t work out or take root the first time. I put them down, refresh the vision and try again. Everything is about learning. I aim to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. When I am lying on my death-bed I do not want to look back and think, ‘I wish I had been braver.’

6.What is a book you would say everyone must read?

I have so many books that I love! Can I have more than one please?! ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Haraji; ‘Real Artists Don’t Starve’ by Jeff Goins and ‘Still Live With Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. The last one is one of my favourite books of all time and was given to me by a complete stranger on a train when I was 17. I should also mention ‘Pyramids’ by Terry Pratchett. This was the first book that I actually chose myself (wasn’t told to read by an adult) and I laughed so hard I cried. I realised in the moment of reading it that I would have a life long love affair with books, writing and words.

7.Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

I don’t have any offers but I will be releasing some new products very soon so keep your eyes peeled to see what they are. I don’t ever discount my Memory Zoo keepsakes as each one is a bespoke, hand-made item and people have to join a waiting list to get them. The waiting list is currently 7 months long and growing constantly! I do offer a £5 discount though to everyone who orders two animals at the same time. There is also no waiting list if you would like to have something made in honour of someone who has passed away. I understand how instrumental the keepsakes can be for dealing with grief and it’s unrealistic to make people who are suffering emotionally to wait such a long time for their keepsake.

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8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?

RUN! That is my go to. If I can’t do that then I listen to motivating songs, take the dog for a walk, do some jumping jacks or stand in front of the mirror and give myself a motivational speech! Really! 😀 Sometimes I feel that I need to have a gentler word with myself and in those moments I shower myself with loving words. I allow all pain, grief and illness to pass away from me whilst I bask in the feelings of self acceptance and love. I am also deeply keen on personal affirmations.

9. What do you love most about helping others?

It’s such a honour to have been trusted to make so many hundreds of keepsakes over the years for so many people, in many different situations. Many of those people are having a keepsake made because they have lost someone dear to them and the clothes they are giving me are the last reminders of that person. It’s a joy to be able to help people process their grief and loss through my skills.

10. Your favourite quote?

‘When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.’ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Thank you so much Katie for sharing with us your business and your story, if you would like to hear more from Katie please go to FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Have a wonderful day x