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!
Our interview today is with Angie Morgan, from Haphazardly Homegrown. She's an incredible mum of 6 children whom she home-educates and is also a Motherhood in Business Coach. How she manages to fit everything in is truly inspiring!
She lives in North London, which, she says is "very nice as we are close to all the action and transport links but I also am so grateful to for the green spaces and nature around us despite the big smoke! I even have an allotment plot just down the road". Her children are 19, 18, 15, 6, 3 and 8 months old.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I had trained as a mature student and qualified as a nurse. At the time I had 4 children (I completed my training on the wards very heavily pregnant with my now 6 year old). The long shifts emotionally tore at my heart and soul despite loving the job and the patient care (I am passionate about dignity and advocacy particularly to our elder community) I was leaving a toddler before she woke up some mornings that I still breastfed and missing her milestones.
I then discovered I was unexpectedly pregnant with number 5 and some personal issues surrounding my family caused me to suffer overwhelm and anxiety.
Something had to give! I couldn’t duplicate myself to fulfil my roles. So I now show other Mamas trapped in the system of work and guilt and overwhelm that we can design a business that is true to us and allows Motherhood in Business to be a feasible option.
I support Mamas both on and offline in motherhood and business. Empowering them to launch a business that works around being Mama first! Also those with an existing business that feel haphazard and overwhelmed in their daily actions. In one sentence I help mums go from haphazard to honed in!
Angie is wearing our Halia Rose Trio necklace in Seaside.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
Nobody faint but I keep pet rats. They are like little puppies and much less trouble than my 3 dogs!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- Focus on what role you are being when you are being it! If Monday is a day in your business then of course be Mama but get the work done and prioritise, then block Tuesday to be all about the children. This alleviates guilt and stops us being a diluted version of ourselves across all our roles at the same time! This can be applied to a day, or a week but focus and take action to make progress!
- Build your community. Reach out to other Mamas both on and offline who GET IT! Otherwise it can be a lonely road and others not taking this path can find the challenges and successes hard to grasp!
- Humour! Life is a joy and no matter the circumstances and the current challenges if you are not having fun and experiencing joy then what is the point of it all?... Laugh and learn from your failures, keep failing forwards!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
I would say roll with it Mama! Your truth and instincts will come up against everyone’s opinions of how to navigate this blessed new journey. Stay true, trust the process and be kind to yourself always.
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?
My favourite colour I would have to say is green. It’s very me, alternative, nature based, home growing and therefore on brand! I just feel like ME when I wear it!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
I like getting outdoors although I am very much a summer baby so right now I am a little less enthusiastic! So, my favourite activity would have to be being out in the woods exploring and just being in the moment and taking in nature with them. A lot of our home education journey is nature based so we discuss, collect, draw and learn about our surroundings.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
For myself, I love to grow from seed, this year I plan to grow sweetcorn, callaloo, chillies, to name just a few. Too many to list! I also love my business and the phrase is almost right that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life! Not quite though! Some days as all Mamas know we just get through but I always tell myself on those days the saying, the days are long but the years are short and as a mum to 6 I cannot describe how true this is!
Thanks Angie for sharing your story with us. How you manage to juggle your family, home educating and work life, let alone helping other mums in business, is truly inspiring! I also love your suggestion of laughing and learning from our failures - "keep failing forwards" is something I think we can all benefit from!
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here