So you may (or may not!) have noticed that I’ve been very quiet on the blogging and even posting front for the past few months on here and now it’s time to let you all know what I’ve been up to.
After being made redundant just before I returned from my maternity I decided to make the most of the opportunity and use what I think is always the most precious commodity you can have….time! I took time to really absorb Holly growing up, focus on one of our personal goals of adding to the family and also use the time to really reflect on what it was I wanted to do next. I’ve always maintained that it’s equally important to feel like myself as much as I can as well as a Mama and this opportunity gave me everything I needed to consider my next move.
But what would that move be? I was missing being in a work environment and getting involved in conversations around self-development and coaching as oppose to weaning and milestones. Becoming a Mama was the best thing that has ever happened to me but I also wanted to get back to work, to building on what I had previously achieved and earning some money. I decided to write down a ‘wish list’ of what I would love from my next step; it included learning some new skills, having client interaction and also having the flexibility I now needed with family life.
For a couple of months I toyed with almost every idea under the sun, all just as impractical as the next and then one day whilst scrolling the ‘gram an ad popped up in my feed for Digital Mums. I clicked through and had a read; here was a way to retrain in the wonderful world of social media and it was focused around Mums! Digital Mums clearly recognised the huge amount of talent out there from Mum’s not being able to, or not wanting to, return to their previous roles and also the vast amount of businesses out there screaming out for some social media help but not necessarily needing to employ someone on a full-time basis.
I called them up and spoke with the wonderful Christine who listened to what I was looking for and what I had come from, we discussed how I would fit the study time in to my week and loosely started talking about a business plan for when I graduate.
I started the course in February this year with a mix of excitement, nervousness and self-doubt. Could I really fit in the study time of 25 hours a week and would I be able to run a successful campaign as part of the course? Thankfully Digital Mums know that these feelings are normal to lots of the students and they group you up so you always have someone to talk to who is going through the same thing as you (this is a godsend!) and get you started on designing your campaign fairly swiftly to reduce your procrastination. Think feel the fear and do it anyway!
Since February I’ve been running a local food campaign called Scrumptious South Coast and it’s been better than I could have ever imagined. I’ve been to foodie events, invited to launch nights, interviewed some of the top Chefs in the area for the accompanying blog and of course had the burden of trying some of the most delicious food on the South Coast!
It’s been challenging, I’ve had to work in the nooks of time I never knew existed and I’ve had to think on my feet for content but I’ve loved it. It was totally out of my comfort zone but with each week completed I knew I was on the right track for what I wanted from my future career. The other challenge is of course life happening at the same time; I’ve been pregnant for pretty much my entire course, we’ve moved house and of course had weeks where we had 0 childcare but this is what happens right?
In terms of the future I’m planning on building my own social media consultancy, working with the incredible small to medium local business we have to help them connect more than ever with their audience. It’s something I’ve never done before but the new skills I have teamed with my experience as a coach marry up well.
I would recommend anyone even thinking about the Digital Mums course to give them a ring to see how it can work for them. It’s been challenging, stressful and at times nauseating (running a food campaign is not always the one when you’re in the first trimester!) but I’m finishing the summer feeling very proud of achieving something that I didn’t know would be possible at the beginning of the year.
In the meantime watch this space for updates on my new chapter, new baby and a new business!
Thanks for reading,