Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous!
Today's interview is with the lovely Kelly James, who lives in Cheltenham. Not only is she a mum to two children (aged 13 and 10), she is also an Interior Designer and more recently is involved in an amazing project called "Maggies Cookbook - Recipes to Remember", which is a delightfully eclectic collection of recipes and memories gifted by well-known personalities and Maggie's supporters to raise money and support anyone affected by cancer.
In her Interview with us, Kelly shares how planning can make a real difference to life and work plus find out why she says accept everyone's advice when you become a mum - but do it your way!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I made a career change when I had my second child and become an Interior Designer, Interiors was always a hobby, reading magazines and decorating my own house. Before having children I was employed and worked for a marketing company. During my second maternity leave I decided to start studying interiors and start a business of my own to fit around my boys. The first 5 years of my company I gained experience on both domestic and commercial projects but the last 5 years I have concentrated on commercial projects – which is where I am today.....
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
It's not very interesting but I eat far too much chocolate and exercise daily to try and gain a health balance ;-)
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
1. Plan short term, I’m always better when I'm organised.
2. Plan longer term, know the direction you want your business to go in so you know when you are juggling the business and family life, it's for the right reasons and is going in that direction.
3. Time management - compartmentalise your time (I'm not very good at this though ha ha)!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Do what feels right. Listen to everyone’s advice and take the bits that suit you and forget the rest. All mums are different - do it your way!
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 red, I ‘think’ it suits me, I don’t wear it often enough but when I do it makes me feel happy.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Anything active, I love seeing them outdoors or using up their energy. I also love watching films and enjoying meals with them (after they have used up their energy though ha ha!)...it’s all about balance!
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Ooooo a spa trip is lovely but I love having coffee with my husband or a friend after the school drop off, self-employment means I work my diary around my day – it often involves a coffee!
Thanks so much for sharing your tips and advice with us Kelly! Like so many of us, the juggle of a corporate or full-time job can be tricky when we become parents so it's inspiring to see another mums continuing to work and doing something they love but in a way that suits you and your family!
I am also so inspired by your Maggie's Cookbook launch - such a lovely way to remember recipes and support loved ones at the same time.
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