Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous! - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Today's interview is with Alexa Whitten. Mum to her 13 year old son, she is also a book coach, publisher and book designer.
Not only does Alexa share her tips of juggling work with single parenthood, she also tells us how she fell into book publishing whilst working at Starbucks!
Alexa has since worked on and published some incredible books through her business The Book Refinery.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I was working as a Starbucks manager in Kent, when a regular customer offered me a job in his publishing company (he had been watching me work, how I worked and basically poached me.) He taught me book design and it was at one of his seminars (he was also a marketing expert) where a client showed him a book he had written and produced himself (the client) which was designed really badly. I saw an opportunity to run a business alongside my bosses, and that is how The Book Refinery was born.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I sailed around the world on my parents 40’ yacht – and have sailed the Atlantic twice.
I also hold a full motorcycle license and have got into weight training.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
I’m a single parent, so juggling Oliver when he was little was tough. But he joined lots of after school clubs so I could work until 4pm.
I get up early to fit everything in… especially my time at the gym, which has really helped my productivity.
Ask for help and delegate. I now have a fab VA and she can do all the little bits that I just don’t have time for.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Enjoy every last second of their babyhood… they grow up so fast. Also, get into a routine… then everyone knows what is happening when.
Colour can make a real difference to our mood - what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
I love green – it makes me feel calm.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your son?
Mountaineering. It’s a new passion of mine, and Oliver loves it too. Or anything by the sea.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I read a lot. I like to go to the gym. Socialise with friends.
Thank you Alexa for sharing your story with us. The juggle of parenthood is hard but doing it single-handedly whilst running your own business is so inspiring.
I love your tips on finding the time to do the things you want to, even if it means getting up earlier! Plus a great suggestion of outsourcing so you can free your time up to focus on what matters too.
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