What’s your 9-5 job?
I’m currently working four days a week as Account & Studio Manager at The Hungry Workshop, in Northcote. We produce amazing design work and printed materials using the hand-crafted magic of letterpress printing. My responsibilities include the scheduling of all design and print jobs, client liaison, project management, invoicing, quoting, account reconciliation, coordinating external suppliers and more.
And then what do you do from 5 till’ ridiculous o’clock? ha!
I try as hard as I can not to work on the blog until Ava is in bed, which is around 8pm. Once she’s asleep, that’s it, I’m on my laptop and usually work through until 11ish. Sometimes I give myself a break and watch a show on Netflix. It’s old but I’m watching Suits at the mo, and have a total crush on Harvey Specter!
What are your dreams for Me & My Girl blog?
Me & My Girl is not just a blog to me, I have grand plans to create something much bigger than that. One of my best friends (who lives interstate) calls it ‘empire building’ and we often send each other update texts, followed by #empirebuilding. I love that phrase and we use it all the time.
I would love to be as successful as a blog like The Design Files. To partner with sponsors who fit with our brand. To collaborate with other like-minded creatives. And the big goal would be to publish a book – that would literally be a dream come true!
How do you find working Motherhood? What advice would you give to your pre working Mother self?
Working and being a mother is not easy. Although I only work four days a week, I may as well be working full time as I have Ava on Fridays. If I’m honest, Fridays are sometimes a lot harder than being at work. By the end of the day, I’m wrecked.
I may only have one child but I’m one of those types that can’t sit still. I’m constantly ‘doing’ and my Mum always says to me ‘Just come and sit down will you?’. And my brain is constantly planning – what Ava can do after kinder, what activities we can do on a Friday, what clothes need to be washed, what fruit to prepare for her afternoon snack etc etc. I’m exhausted just thinking about it, and that’s how I feel most of the time. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just part of being a mother. I spend a lot of my day thinking about Ava (and everything associated with taking care of her) and making sure I’m on top of it all.
Advice? I’d tell myself to relax a bit and not worry about everything being in its place. I’d tell myself to stop and take more time for me. Not just time out with friends, but time for self-care. Quiet time to meditate, focus and really look after myself.
Why did you attend our TDP workshop?
I had only been blogging for three months and I was chatting to a friend about how to manage the social media side of things. She recommended I talk to you about your workshops and I’m so glad I did.
What did you want to be when you grew up, & why?
I’m not sure what I wanted to be when I was little, but when I was 14 I did work experience in a graphic design firm. That’s where it all started for me and all I wanted was to be a graphic designer. I always loved art at school but I saw first hand how you could turn artistic talent into a career.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Wow, that’s a tough one! Well the reality is, I’ll be in my mid-forties and have a 10 year old. That may not sound too exciting, but it will be if I’m one of Australia’s top lifestyle bloggers and have a book deal in the works.
But seriously, who knows what will be happening in 5 years. A lot of full on stuff has happened over the last year and I’ve had some pretty intense personal challenges over the past 5 years. I would hope that Ava and I were in a very happy place and I was happily building on my little empire. As long as we’re both happy and healthy, that’s all that matters.
What’s changed in regards to how you do social media since you attended our workshop?
I am much more in control of scheduling posts. I have a better understanding of what type of content will connect with my audience. I am more confident in my abilities which has allowed me to feel more confident in approaching people with marketing opportunities. I have started to think more like you and often ask myself – ‘what would Cherie and Catherine do?’. Basically I feel like I’m getting better at navigating the tricky beast that is social media.
What’s been the most beneficial aspect of being a #TDPgraduate for you?
I loved both workshops I’ve done but the best part for me is access to the Facebook group. It is absolutely invaluable. Not only do I have access to your wonderful tips and knowledge, but I’ve met some of the nicest, supportive and super helpful people through the group. I feel part of this great little community that has become part of daily life, I just love it.