Just a Mumpreneur in her Thirties

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In my twenties nothing was really an issue, there was plenty of time for everything.  Life plans, family plans, career plans and anything important.  My body was in it’s twenties so there was no need to worry about that either.  Then along came the big 30 and suddenly shit got real!

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By the age of 32 i was pregnant and had started my online business Freya Lillie.  Crisis averted, life plan on track!

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But at the tender young age of 35 i feel more confident, motivated and far more healthy than in the whole of my twenties.

Don’t get me wrong, being a mumpreneur can be stressful, if it’s not mum guilt because you are working too much, it’s guilt because the house is untidy or guilt because you haven’t sent those emails you wanted too, or guilt because you’re not feeling guilty about something and you really should be!

My Babies!

My Babies!

I sometimes think i’m superwoman but actually i’m not and can’t do everything all of the time (jeez that was a hard sentence for me to write).

I made a pact with myself to look after myself and my mental health because a happy Mummy is a happy household and it really is.

Me Time

A little more strict and regimented (although it doesn’t always go to plan) i work at certain times of the day on my business.  If i work on a morning then i make sure i spend time with Freya in the afternoon whether it’s making jigsaws, at the park or drinking babycino’s. Weekends are family time even if that just involves pottering around in the house in our PJ’s!

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Once per week when Freya’s gone to bed, i run a bubble bath (i promise i shower other days too!) pop on a face mask, pour a glass of wine and just chill the hell out for at least 30 minutes.  Even if i know i don’t have time for it, i do it and it’s sheer bliss and i get out like a new woman!

Friend Time

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Gone are the days where i want to sit in bars or clubs until silly o clock.  Quite honestly i like to be in bed and asleep by 10pm. Yep i know, i sound old!  But booking in time with friends for me is very important because time does go by so quickly.  We’ve started booking in days out every couple of months when the kids are at school or nursery.  Making the most of cheap rail fare when it happens and booking a same day return trip.

We’ve been to London (got a little drunk up the top of the Shard) Edinburgh (may have had a few too many cocktails at Harvey Nics) and we’re off to York to visit the Christmas Market (and yes there may be a few pubs visited too).  But they’re all memories we’ve made together and i love it! Plus i love having things booked in to look forward too.

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Health

This is one of the most important things for me because the impact it has on my mental health is so big.  If i’m feeling generally unmotivated, i want to lie on the couch, eat biscuits and i’m just having one of those rubbish days, where you just don’t feel that happy.  Then i push myself to exercise, even though it feels like hell on earth, afterwards my whole outlook and mood that day changes.  I feel better in myself and i want to go and be productive, it’s a huge difference.

Health specialists tell you that exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. Turns out these health specialists really do know what they are talking about.

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I eat fairly healthy and have a good bodyfat % but i love my wine a little too much, it’s no secret and i eat chocolate too!  But it’s all about balance because life is too short. If you are remotely interested, then my next blog in  couple of weeks is all about how i exercise (which is mainly at home) and what a weekly meal plan looks like with a few healthy recipes!

Success looks different to everyone, do i think i’d be able to grow Freya Lillie faster and bigger if i devoted more time and energy on it? Yes i probably could but actually i’m able to look after my family in a fashion, have time for myself every now and then plus run a business that’s growing steadily and organically.  So i’d say that was pretty successful.

Michelle x

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