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!
With Sport Relief kicking off this weekend it seemed appropriate to share the inspiring story of Charlotte Mitchell. From being made redundant whilst on maternity leave after a 15 year corporate career, she turned this into an opportunity and has not only been learning something new but she has also made it her mission to get her family and others more active through her campaign MyActiveTribe.
Charlotte lives in Radlett with her family including 2 young children.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’m 38 and was until recently a senior corporate events manager for a bank in London. I did this role across different banks and law firms for 15 years until I was made redundant on maternity leave. Although a difficult time, it gave me the opportunity to rethink my career and find a job that I could do flexibly. I came across the Digital Mums social media training course and thought that it sounded a great opportunity and would utilise my existing skills and my love for networking and building relationships. I am almost qualified and it has been life changing for me…..watch this space!
Running ‘My Active Tribe’ is my personal journey to get my family fitter and healthier following my daughter’s hypermobility diagnosis last year. It has been received really well and we are now trying to inspire and motivate other families to get active too. The quick bit of research I did really shocked me and showed that only 9% of our children are getting the recommended amount of daily exercise and 75% of children spend less time outdoors than a prison inmate. It wasn’t just my family that wasn’t active enough – it’s most of us.
My Active Tribe follows my family journey to get fitter and healthier and to hopefully inspire others to do the same. We try out different active classes and activities and really try to show that what we are doing is achievable and life changing for the better. The response has been overwhelming positive and I have ditched the heels for the trainers and am fitter and healthier than I can remember and my daughter has made staggering progress – she is now running the junior parkrun and reaching the top of climbing walls. We are also so much happier as a family.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I used to play tennis competitively as a child, representing my county, and then 1st team at University. I gave up but have recently decided to start again.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- An old-school calendar so everyone can see it and knows where they are meant to be
- Don’t over commit with your plans – be realistic
- Make sure you have time to exercise even if it is just incorporating a walk in to your daily routine as it really does make a difference to your mood, wellbeing and creativity
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Trust your instincts – lots of people will give you well-meaning advice but it can be really overwhelming and often contradictory, so make sure you have space and time to bond with your baby and take on the advice you want to.
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 bright colours so anything bright is good for me but my wardrobe definitely has a lot of bright pink which makes me happy and confident.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
Anything outdoors and away from digital distractions. We love family walks, visits to the park and my daughter is loving learning to ride her bike.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Definitely exercising. I really enjoy getting out for a run or spin class. That wouldn’t have been my choice this time last year but now I am fitter and healthier than pre kids, I enjoy it so much and definitely thinks it makes me a better mum!
Such an inspiring story, Charlotte - thanks for sharing it with us! Often when something happens that we weren't expecting, like a redundancy, it can lead to new opportunities and it's great you have been able to find something that you love doing and are now inspiring others through your MyActiveTribe journey.
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here