Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous! - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Our latest interview is with Joy Gregory, a mum to two boys (aged 4 and 7). She lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and today shares her journey from being a flight attendant to becoming a highly regarded, successful style & confidence coach.
Following a personal battle with an eating disorder she decided to use her experience and knowledge, coupled with her passion for clothing to empower other women in finding the confidence to love their body and dress in the best way for them.
She also shares some fab tips on managing mum guilt and why doing it your way is the best way!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’ve been running my business for 4 years. Before that I was an employment advisor and before that a flight attendant. I have always had a passion for clothing and having battled an eating disorder and low body image it felt only natural to launch my business after cracking the code to confidence. I empower women to love the body they have and dress it in the most flattering clothing for their shape and colour palette.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I’m fluent in British sign language as my brother is profoundly deaf
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
Always time block your day, don’t be distracted by housework if you work from home. Set specific time aside for housework.
Make sure you commit ONE specific ‘mum duty’ to the kids each week so you don’t feel overwhelmed by mum guilt. For me I commit to the morning school run each day no matter what I’m doing. That way I don’t feel bad when they are at ‘after school clubs’.
Make sure you eat regularly even if you’re just prepping for one. Don’t be tempted to graze all day as you’ll never feel like you actuallyhave a meal.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Happy mummy happy baby. Don’t force yourself to do things just because the earth mothers are doing it. If it is pushing you to the edge, take it as a sign you shouldn’t be doing it OR pushing your baby through it either.
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?
Red. I LOVE red. A corally red which works for my spring colour palette. Makes me feel fresh, empowered and vibrant.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Have a huge family roast. One of my top pleasures in life is seeing my boys eat well and all sit round the table chatting.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I love to shop. Obviously. I love going for a coffee and then having a stroll round the local H&M, Zara and Primark checking out the latest trends.
Thanks Joy for sharing your story with us. It's so inspiring to read how your personal struggles with body image led you to finding a passion and creating a business to support so many other women with their body confidence.
I iso love your tips on balancing the mum guilt, doing what works for you as a family and not comparing yourself to others!
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here
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