It's been a while since I've shared an update on writing my book, Mumboss, mostly because I've, erm, been writing my book! For those not aware (where've you been, people?) I got a book deal in December 2016 with Piatkus/Little Brown under the giants that are Hachette.
Here, Lucy Griffiths, success coach for mothers, offers her advice on using maternity leave to inspire your career.
People tend focus on the downside of online life, how it can lead to a negative cycle of comparison which can tear away at your confidence or the inevitable trolling.
How to love yourself.
I'm endlessly asked how I've reached a place where I feel consistently confident and the answer is, if I'm honest, (Honest Mum here, right?) I don't ALWAYS feel confident, no one can constantly feel confident in themselves or their abilities and have faith in their potential, but yes, for the most part, I do feel confident in who I am and what I do.
If you follow me over on Facebook, you might have noticed I'm a little bit obsessed with 'going live'. OK, a lot!
I've come to believe there are two types of people in business: those who there only in it for themselves, plain and simple and those who are not.
Confidence is EVERYTHING-yet so many of us struggle to feel our most confident kick-ass selves for the most part.
A weird post to write I hear you cry (does anyone cry anymore or shriek for that matter or do we now just insert emoticons and move on with our lives?!)- I digress, for those who don't know (where've you been people)-I just won the double at the BritMums in Brilliance Awards and am literally walking on air...
A lot of people keep mentioning 'success' to me lately, some kindly comment that they feel I'm successful- and while that's flattering, it's made me question how I personally deem and measure success.
So today I popped over to one of my all-time favourite blogs, The Joy Chaser, written by my good pal Michelle, who never fails to inspire and spread joy through her words-and this post of her's HERE stopped me in my tracks and reminded me of the importance of fighting our fears.
Let me start off by stating this post applies to Dads too, it's just 'Father Hustler' doesn't sound as cool as Mother Hustler and you know Mama's got some street cred going on right here so let's stick with it (ha, as if).
Can we take a minute to talk money.
Slasher careers are on the rise. You might well be a slasher yourself. I know I definitely am.
Recently, I've found I've had to explain to a fair few people in the 'real world' what a blogging career actually means.
Hey there awesome readers. I've written a post in answer to some of your blogging questions. Each day I receive several emails/twitter and fb messages asking me how to make a blog a business. Here I share a brief post that will hopefully offer some insight.
I struggled to find a title I liked if I'm honest to begin with, I wanted to simply let this post flow before I pinned down the exact words I hoped would draw you in. That would encapsulate the meaning behind my words.
I've worked with a Publicist for a while to help me with the load as my blogging business is rapidly expanding but I've always believed and practised promoting my own work whether that was filmmaking, my journalistic work to right now, as a full time professional blogger.
People keep referring to me (kindly) as Superwoman (if only I looked that good in lycra-wait-a-minute who my kidding, I'd NEVER wear lycra) but truth be told, I'm asked quite a bit 'How do you do it?' so I thought I'd blog exactly how!
Oh the irony that this in itself is a commissioned post (!) but it is of value to you and my tips will hopefully help you too get work. You see, I'm a full time professional blogger and have been for over 2 1/2 years, working with clients and brands both big and small that fit my blog and importantly my audience: you. If they're of interest and use to me, products and services I would use myself, then I'm happy to endorse them on this blog here and mummysgotstyle.com, my style blog.
Here are my 5 tips for freelancers juggling work and kids. It really is a juggle too but hopefully these tips will help make you feel empowered and less alone!