March is the month where we celebrate many things including Mother's Day and International Women's Day so I thought it appropriate to feature some inspiring mums and we'll be showcasing them throughout March - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Like so many of us mums who have changed career when our first baby arrives, the lovely Aly Boghici, from All Mums Talk shares why she swapped luxury hotels for marketing & social media consultancy and nearly had a coffee shop along the way despite loving afternoon tea! Aly has two young children, lives in Queen's Park and shares her love of London through beautiful photos of her and her family.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
After I’d finished my masters in Birmingham, I started working in the luxury hospitality field for a few years. I gave up a great job I held at The Langham London when I got my first born and my maternity leave ended. It just didn’t make sense working morning till evening, paying more than half of my salary to other people raising my baby while I wouldn’t get to see him. I started brainstorming for options. I was very close to opening a coffee shop, then somehow accidentally I got into social media, pr and marketing when I started consulting for some of my friends’ businesses. I always had this thing for Instagram and networking, I love putting people in touch!
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I love London, but more than that I love being a mum in London. Maybe not the most interesting thing, but London is pretty interesting instead.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
I’m not sure I’m really winging this, but I guess it’s all in
1. Listening to your gut feeling especially when it comes to parenting
2. You’re the decision maker so don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them, for me personally there’s not much harmony between motherhood, my job and life in general, but it all got better when I embraced it all the way it came
3. Motherhood always comes first. The rest follows (this should have been no 1 actually!)
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Never be too shy to accept help. If someone is offering to be around, let them. And when you need help, ask for it!
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?
Green. I feel alive when I wear it!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
I would say our tiny photo shoots but the toddler hates them now therefore I can’t enjoy it much either! ...so biking around Notting Hill it is...
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Oh, that’s easy. Afternoon tea. Always afternoon tea! Going for the real treat with scones, clotted cream, scrumptious cakes, and a nice venue! Any time! All the time! It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I’m queen of the world! A royal treat I usually share with the kids, they’re going everywhere with me, work conferences, networking events, client meetings, often even on my me-time sessions!!
Thanks Aly, I love that you have created such a supportive community and mama tribe and aren't afraid to say what you think - truly inspiring how you also juggle so much around two little people!
Photos by Ania Pawleta
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here