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Our latest interviewee is with Amy Williams MBE, ex-Olympic athlete and mum to 2 year old Oscar with baby number two due in June.
Amy describes herself as a full time mummy and self employed...similar to so many of us juggling work with little ones!
Amy uses her passion of helping others achieve their goals, to motivate and help people strive to achieve. So, alongside looking after Oscar full time, she does motivational talks to businesses, corporate functions, schools and events.
She also does various TV work including commentating for the BBC during Winter Olympics and will shortly be setting up her own Personal Training business having recently qualified in this field.
Today she shares with us how from an original plan to study art, she fell into Skeleton and went on to compete at the highest level. Amy also gives some great tips for juggling life as a mum and how to avoid being in an "anxious pickle"!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
Post retiring as an athlete I have still been very passionate about helping others achieved their goals, to motivate and help people strive to achieve. So whether that’s telling my story to corporate clients and using similarities from sport to the working environment during a talk or now physically and mentally training people to become stronger and fitter through fitness, in a gym or through workshops.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I wanted to study art and do an arts degree, but found Skeleton at the same time, so focused on sport instead.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
Plan and prepare: That could just be packing your nappy bag with lots of options for any eventuality!
Stay calm and don’t stress: I’m always having to relax and breathe and not get myself in an anxious pickle as I try to juggle so many things. (Goes back to point 1.)
Look after yourself: keeping yourself well hydrated and eating well will make you feel and be a better mummy.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Listen to your own gut instinct and do what you and your baby need. You get so much advice from everyone which is great, but then do what you feel is best. Mummy instinct is always right.
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?
Pale turquoise blue. Reminds me of the sea, being on a hot beach relaxing!!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Oscar loves being outside, so anything that’s walking around, looking at bugs in the garden, or playing in a park. He just started on a balance bike so that’s great to see him start to become more active.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I’d go off to do a yoga session at my local studio. I used to do yoga everyday before having Oscar right up until I gave birth, but now find it hard whilst having him around.
Thank you Amy for sharing your journey with us. I find it fascinating how so many of us have an idea in mind of the path we want to take but we "find" something else along the way, which takes over. Pursuing it and being successful at it, is truly inspiring.
Having previously played for England myself and with a brother who is an Olympian, I know the true dedication (and time!) involved in competing at such a high level. Coupled with having a young family can take it's toll but the tips you share for juggling family life with work are something I think we can all learn from!
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