My life–both work and personal–has changed so much in the past couple of years with the appearance of my darling daughter, Sacha, now 13 months old, and the birth of the fast-growing Smashing The Glass, just 18 short months ago. I’ve had to strive for a gold medal in multi-tasking whilst also trying to instil some semblance of balance in my life. And when you work from home, your productivity in all areas is both accelerated and impeded.
I define myself as a: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Career-Woman, Blogger, Designer, and Adorer of Wonderful People In My Life. With each of those identities comes responsibilities and duties, but most importantly I’m also blessed to say that they come with a hell of a lot of fun and fulfilment! At the grand old age of 39 (yes I turned the big 40-minus-one a couple of months ago), and with the birth of Sacha, I feel like I’ve designed a life where I revel in every minute and am surrounded by, and immersed in, people and projects I love.
In all honesty I’m exhausted most of the time but I also feel extremely privileged to have such a satisfying career and home life. I know that my daughter will only be little for so long, and I am lucky to get to spend the extra time with her that I do. I have part-time child-care but I’m running a full-time business so it’s a constant juggle and shifting of priorities. I’m often working around the clock, in the evenings once Sacha is in bed, on weekends whilst she’s napping, and pretty much anytime I’m waiting, walking or watching TV thanks to my multitude of Apple gadgets.
And guess what? 2015 is set to be even crazier.
Yes I’m pregnant with number two — due in April 2015 (the same time as Kate and Will’s next-in-line no less!) — and to be honest I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to cope. I simply can’t forecast what extra childcare I’ll need until the situation is a reality. I want to remain as hands-on as possible with darling Sacha, the newborn, and the blog, and that always seems like an attainable dream when you work from home.
Annabel Beeforth, founder of one of the world’s top wedding blogs, Love My Dress, wrote a series of ‘self employed journals’ several years ago, and I particularly resonated with this post about her desire for, and struggles with, a healthy work/life balance. I think all working mums will empathise with Annabel’s honesty, and that extra layer of running a business from home, only magnifies the highs and lows of being a self-employed mama.
This subject really interests me and next year I’ll be running a series where I interview all sorts of fabulous women in the wedding industry who successfully combine running their creative businesses with marriage and in a lot of cases, a young family. There’s a super-fun twist to this series too so watch out for it in the early part of next year!
One of the many talented females I’ll be interviewing is the phenomenal Laura Babb, of Babb Photo who’s responsible for all the incredible imagery on this page.
Laura is a documentary photographer, specialising in photographic story telling and creative portraits, and she visited me at home a couple of weeks ago to snap me during a typical work day; beavering away on the blog; having a break with my daughter; and on a little trip to nearby Primrose Hill. It’s my favourite spot in London, and it just so happens to be where my husband also proposed!
Laura was such a joy to be around and work with. She really put me at ease and if you’ve ever had portraits taken, you’ll know how awkward it can feel if you’re not being photographed by someone who makes you feel truly comfortable.
Laura was exactly that — I barely even felt she was there, yet her shots are remarkable! If you’re still contemplating your wedding photographer, I would highly, highly recommend her. She’s based in the UK but travels worldwide and her wedding photography is simply extraordinary. In fact, I am such a fan, that I have just added her as an official Smashing Supplier. Check out her listing, with lots of examples of her wedding work, right here!
I’d love to hear from you — are you self-employed? What are your tips for effectively juggling motherhood with running a business from home?
All imagery: Babb Photo, taken at home in Kentish Town, London, and on location on Primrose Hill.