Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous!
Our latest interview is with the lovely Louise Lawrence. After deciding to take a break from the corporate world when her second child was born, Louise's life took a turn as the family moved abroad. After spending time running toddler groups she realised this was a passion and decided to turn this into a full time career on her return to the UK.
She has 2 boys (nine and eight) and now lives in York running the Lingotots franchise there, which delivers fun modern language lessons to young children. She teaches all ages from baby groups up to juniors’ after school clubs, and speaks French, German and Spanish! She says "It’s lovely to see little ones picking up a second (or sometimes third!) language so easily".
Today she shares her tips on staying organised, and managing the juggle of family life and running a business plus why she feels like a Viking and how pottering in an allotment helps her take time out.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I was working in HR when I had my second child. I took a break and soon after moved abroad. Once they were both at school, I began running toddler groups called Mucky Pups. You get the idea – lots of paint!!
When I came back to the UK, I realised I would love to combine that with my background in languages – and so I bought the Lingotot franchise.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I asked my children this, and they decided it’s that I’m ‘70% Viking’! (I was given a DNA heritage kit for Christmas and I’m mostly Scandinavian with a dash of Anglo/Scots and a little Iberian). I find it fascinating.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
1) Timetable your activities and try to stick to it – even housework and shopping if you can, otherwise time slips by and those things will be left behind (or you’ll do those things and neglect your business!)
2) Being organised – making lists, diarising. I could be better at this, but it helps me stay focussed and stops me having a notepad at my bedside for midnight scribbles like I used to have.
3) Remember you can’t do it all perfectly, sometimes ‘good enough’ really is enough for some tasks and you can concentrate on what’s important be it work or home.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Don’t be too tough on yourself! Becoming a mum is a wonderful but emotionally and physically draining experience and you both need time to get to know one another. They are precious times, but there will be moments you’ll happily forget – don’t feel bad about that!
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 electric blue in summer. I can tend to stick to safe colours, so to have a bright colour really feels like a nice change.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
The boys are big enough now to manage long walks, so we’ve managed a few mountains in the Lake District and they have Ben Nevis in their sights – eek! That’s usually followed by a trip to a café for the biggest piece of cake they can find.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I’ve actually really got into our garden and we also have an allotment. Having an hour or two to myself to tidy things up and listen to music or a podcast is bliss! Of course, I’d love a spa day too!
Thank you Louise for sharing your story with us. There are so many mums that question going back to the corporate world after children are born but turning your passion into a flexible job around your family is truly inspiring.
I love your tips on staying organised and remembering that sometimes done is better than perfect...something I think we can all relate to but sometimes need reminding!
And if you love bright colour pops of bright blue like Louise, then make sure you check out our Bluebell collection, which are a great way to add a pop of colour.
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