We have another lovely Creative Business-Mama to inspire you: Naomi Goodlet on why sharing the truth about her anxiety was the best career move she ever made, and how skype is a working mamas' best friend...
Describe how you are feeling RIGHT NOW in three words?
Grateful, Overflowing, Excited.
What's the story of your creative business?
I became a qualified Spiritual Healer in 2006 and left my corporate job shortly after, thinking this is what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to work one on one with people and I found healing work so effortless that I thought it was my calling, but I yearned for something more.
Over the next few years I studied Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness and I knew that I wanted to share these powerful teachings with the world. I overcame my anxiety disorder using what I had learnt and finally I resonated 100% with what I was teaching my clients.
Now I work with Gen Y’s (mostly) to help them live a life filled with meaning, guided by their core values and that is grounded in the present moment!
I still use many aspects of my healing training too, like forgiveness and inner child therapy. I also create meditations, online courses and downloadable kits to heal and inspire.
I absolutely love being able to use my story to help and inspire others and teach them what I know about how they can make their lives better. It truly is a blessing!
What are the best and worst things about being a mother running a creative business?
My daughter was born in 2012 and after taking some time off to recover and sink into motherhood, I have shifted my business online.
I tried to see clients just a few weeks after giving birth and I realized that having people in my house for appointments was causing me a great deal of stress! I have adjusted well though, now I only see my clients on Skype and I don’t have to constantly worry about cleaning up and getting the house presentable.
I try to be a present, engaged and attentive mother but I do sneak in a little bit of work on the sly, my daughter doesn’t seem to mind.
The hardest thing for me now is just finding time to create everything that I want to create in my precious spare time while also nurturing my relationship with my husband and my friendships too.
The best thing about my business is that it is based at home and I can slot my tasks into the little chunks of time that I come across and then see clients at times when my daughter is with my husband or at childcare.
Tell us about the most difficult day you faced and overcame as a creative working mama
Just one?! There have been many. The biggest challenges have always been around either my daughter or I being unwell and just trying to make it through the day (or night!).
She always comes first, I do what I need to do to accommodate.
What's the greatest thing you have learnt from running a business?
I have learnt so much about self development, psychology and also just about running a business in itself. In fact I’ve now included business coaching as part of my offerings because I love it so much.
What's the greatest thing you have learnt from your child/children?
My daughter is the biggest blessing in my life. She is a brilliant reminder for me to practice what I teach, living in the present moment!
What advice would you give a mama starting a creative business?
Just start. Don’t wait for things to be perfect, don’t wait until you’ve finished your course or study, just do it now, make it a part of your life.
What are you working on right now that you're most excited about?
I'm launching my Anxiety Hacker Coaching Program which is specifically designed to guide people to overcome their anxiety in just 7 hours.
It is proving to be a huge success already and I've only just launched it officially. For the first time I amsharing my story of anxiety – every aspect of it, from my darkest fears to my recovery gratitude for it all. My hope is that it will help people to feel like they’re not alone in what they’re going through.
I’ve been there, I know how tough it is and I’m thrilled to be the one that gets people out the other side of their struggle with anxiety.
If there was a Creative Working Mama Fairy, what would you wish for?
A personal assistant to help me with time consuming tasks like video/audio editing! Oh and a chef, that would be rad!
What does being a creative business-mama mean to you?
If you'd like to share your story with us, we'd love to hear from you.
You can read other guest interviews in the Creative Business-Mamas series here.