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 the incredibly inspiring Emma Campbell who says she'd always wanted to write and started blogging when her babies were small. After she had an initial cancer diagnosis, getting her experience down on paper felt important. She says "sharing my story as a single mum of four with breast cancer felt like it might be helpful for any other mums going through treatment with young babies or children"
Emma lives in Wandsworth, London, with her 4 children (a son who is 14 and 8 year old triplets). She has written her first book which is coming out in August and is truly inspiring.
1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’d always wanted to write and started blogging when the babies were small, to a very small audience I hasten to add! After my initial cancer diagnosis, getting my experience down on paper felt important and sharing my story as a single mum of four with breast cancer felt like it might be helpful for any other mums going through treatment with young babies/children. I was lucky enough to be offered a book deal last year and my first book is coming out in August.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
A bit of a grim fact but here we go - when my eldest son was born I contracted a flesh eating bug and came very close to death and losing my legs!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
I’ve got much better at asking for help. After six years as a single parent I’m incredibly lucky to now be married to someone who really does feel like a partner in the true sense of the word. We support each other as much as we can and pick up the slack if we can see the other one is struggling. I also do my best to regularly meet up with friends, I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing girlfriends. And a regular break from the bedtime routine is much needed! Lists, lists, lists!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Without wanting to get the violins out I don’t feel like I’ve had a normal experience of those early days with a newborn as I was ill after having Jake and when the triplets were born life was crumbling in lots of other ways… so it’s a hard one for me to answer. The one bit of advice that stuck when I was pregnant with the Ella, Louis and Theo is the obvious one - say yes to all offers of help!
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 is red but I don’t actually wear it that often. I like wearing bright, strong colours in general and particularly make a point of wearing them on a day when I feel l need cheering up or an extra boost!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
I’m a bit of a lazy bones so my absolute favourite thing is cosy family weekend nights watching TV together. The kids are happy with a bowl of popcorn and being allowed to stay up later than usual.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I must be getting old but I just love my bed. The biggest luxury for me is a lie-in, our chihuahua Lola snuggled beside me, drinking endless cups of tea and working on my macbook (or...scrolling on Instagram!) If the mornings aren’t possible then I’ve started to give myself permission to go to bed really early from time to time. Half seven, eight sometimes. It feels like a real act of self care. I light the candles and just catch up on stuff.
Your strength, honesty and positivity is truly inspiring! Having had the experiences you have and managing to juggle this through motherhood with young children is something many of us can't relate to but thank you so much for sharing your incredible story with us.
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here