I've recently had a few comments directed at me about being a mum who runs a business. Word up: it ain't easy. Comments include, but are not limited to: 'You look like you're doing well', 'You look busy', 'You look like you're having fun', 'You are a perfect mum'. O.M.G. All of this is off the back of posts I put out on social media (SM). Plus these peeps don't see me getting upset when I am over whelmed, or downing coffee at 6am, or wine at 7pm, or getting frustrated with Jamie because he really doesn't understand the inner workings of what it takes to keep a biz ticking over. Really not his fault (sorry babe 😘).
But......I love taking photos, I have recently bought myself a new camera which is a mirror-less Nikon J5 1. Its a smaller camera than the Canon 7D I was using, and its easier for me to take shots then wifi them straight to my iPhone to edit and upload to SM. Its also now easier for me to carry the new camera around outside of the house as its lovely and compact - ideal for taking, say, on mammoth hikes up our local mountain (well, Pendle Hill is 107ft shy off being a mountain). I feel I need to up my social media game to reach a new audience now, without customers I have no business. I am aiming for a work life blend: I work mornings/evenings and some weekends so I can spend my afternoons with Fynn. Its about the jig to fit the little to-do tasks with the toddler/feeding/bath/bed schedule. I reply to emails whilst he's sat having his tea, I listen to podcasts which a face mask on whilst he's splashing in the bath and I've even bought a running pram so I can get out for a jog with him in an afternoon. Fresh air for him and exercise for my body and mind! A few funny looks off passers-by but IDGAF! 😎 Work smarter rest harder! Also if I jog to the next village they have a reallllly good ice cream shop there.
Now then, I'm not comparing myself to Kate Middleton or anything, but recently, she stood at the top of the steps of the Lindo Wing in Paddington holding her hours-old baby looking fabulous. As Clemmie Telford spoke about on her Insta-stories: this woman is married to the future king of England and is producing heirs to the throne. She, no doubt, will have had a team of people whacking on makeup and doing her hair, her outfit will most likely have been planned the minute the 5th in-line to the throne was conceived. You don't see the behind the scenes, you would never see them. You only see her for a few minutes before off she goes again, probably to wipe off her makeup and whack a boob out to feed her newborn whilst watching a box set. She is only human after all.
So back to my point.....keep an open mind whilst scrolling those little squares of insta. Don't compare your real life to someone else's show reel. Comparison really is the thief of joy....and just because Thursday is my 'content creating day' (so this involves lots of coffee, on this particular Thursday also jaffa cakes) I've also doodled a printable for all of the (4) people who read my blog! So print it out, stick it to your notice board, hell, even frame it if it takes your fancy....and on the theme of mama's in business, in my next post, I will be interviewing two lovely ladies who are running their own businesses whilst raising small humans.👶👶👶✌️
See you next week.
Jess :) x