What are my #Supermamas interviews about?
Over the upcoming weeks around Mother’s Day I’m going to run a weekly interview series featuring mums, who have given up their professional life after becoming a parent and decided to do something completely different for living. In these interviews real women are telling me about their journey of becoming a mother how they have changed their way of thinking about work, pursuing dreams and making money.
I came up with this idea when I realised that I’m lucky to know so many wonderful women. I really am surrounded by #supermamas. Most of all: my own mama. She started an evening course at the university and she was reading law when she was pregnant with me. By the time I was in pre-school, she graduated summa cum laude and became a lawyer! And others too: friends, blogging buddies and creative business owners I have met lately. They are juggling it all: looking after the children, having a newly found profession, running a new business and inspiring us. Their stories are a real inspiration to everyone.
I truly believe when a child is born, a mother is born too. And so we change. We grow, learn and become stronger. We should embrace all these changes and use their power to nurture, create and find our passion. So these mums took risks, pushed themselves, overcame self consciousness, challenged themselves again and again until they found their very own path to balance. My Supermamas Interviews are about them.
#Supermamas Interview Series: Introducing Clare from Freddy’s Mummy UK
Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Clare and I run Freddies Mummy UK blog.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As boring as it sounds I always knew I wanted to be a Finance Director!! Well that I suppose is not true as I didn’t know what one was when I was little, but I knew I wanted to control money and be a manager of people.
What did you do before becoming a mum?
Why did you leave that job?
I actually didn’t leave straight away, and I didn’t become an FD until Freddie was 1 years old. I was running year end about 3 days after Freddie was born, and had zero maternity. I regularly worked with Freddie sitting on my lap, and was determined I would continue in my career. I gave up when Freddie turned 18 months as I felt that travelling the country and working well over 70 hours a week in an office followed by endless hours working from home was not conducive to being the mother I wanted to be. I never saw him and therefore I was at the point of either choosing an au pair to raise my child or leaving work to become a full time parent and house wife. I have never looked back, and this was over 6 years ago.
What do you do now?
I now manage a successful kid’s subscription box company, Fred’s Box and am now focussing on my personal blog Freddies Mummy UK.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family, and being the best wife and mother I can possibly be. I absolutely love my job and work incredibly hard to achieve my goals, which are currently earning enough money to give Freddie the best life I can.
Where do you find inspiration?
I have always been very driven and work very hard to achieve my goals. But my passion now absolutely comes from the love of my family and Freddie in particular.
Did you learn to say no?
Yes I had to learn this from a young age, I would never have got to be a Finance Director if I didn’t know how to say no.
How did you overcome uncertainties and self doubt?
I have never really struggled with either of these, if I do doubt myself however, I talk it through with my amazing husband who sorts me out!
Did you have to convince your family about making the leap? Or did they support you from the very beginning?
No absolutely not, my husband also works silly hours and now spends half of his time in a different country, so we made the decision together that our only option was me giving up work. I am not sure my husband believed I would not go back to another FD role as I was extremely driven, but he absolutely supports me.
What’s your latest project?
I have only recently started my personal blog towards the end of last year, 2017, so this is my current focus.
Name a thing (or two) you used to give a shit about – but not anymore:
My job – now don’t get me wrong I still absolutely love my current job, but previously my job was my life. Now I am happy to say my family is my life and the work is there purely to support them.
Fill in with the first word comes to your mind:
I believe in...cuddles that make everything ok
My super power is…inner strength
Being ethical means to me…being honest
Right now I’m most excited about…. my personal blog
My dream job is…what I am doing now
The most important thing I can teach to my child is….to be the best he can be.
Find Clare via her links:
If you want to read about other amazing and inspiring mums, read Victoria’s story.