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Today's interview is with Nikki Jamieson, mum to Harry who is 4.
Like most mums, life changes when a baby comes along. Nikki had a successful corporate career working as a buyer at Argos but when her son pronounced deaf shortly after birth she was inspired to set up her own business and help other families.
Today Nikki runs 2 businesses, which have been inspired by her son. Love Harry X is a customised children’s art business based around British sign language. And she also owns a franchise in The Signing Company. teaching sign language to babies and toddlers in her local area.
In our interview, Nikki describes parenthood as a rollercoaster and today shares her tips on why we should hang on and enjoy the ride!
She lives with her family in what she describes as "a sleepy village called Maids Moreton just outside Buckingham".
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
Back in 2014 my little boy was born and like everyone ….. he changed our lives. At the time I was working for Argos as a Buyer and living a corporate life managing people and worrying about budgets and profit.
Much to our shock and surprise, at the time, Harry was diagnosed severely deaf in his first month and by 6 weeks he had his first hearing aids. Long story later, his hearing deteriorated to a profound loss and when he was 18 months old he was fitted with cochlear implants.
A huge part of our journey has been about communication. We decided early on that Sign language was something we wanted to learn and it would be an important part of Harrys deaf identity.
After a long time of talking about it ….. I was given the opportunity in July 2018 to leave my corporate life and start Love Harry x. I also wanted the opportunity to work with families and that is why I also teach. It's early days but I am loving it and it gives me the time to support Harry properly.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
Our sign language tutor is one of the TV signers for the BBC
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
1. Believe in yourself
2. Ride the rollercoaster
3. Have your goals and priorities clear before you start.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Enjoy it…the highs and the lows are all part of being a parent and if you get stressed …. You’ll miss it.
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?
Yellow particularly mustard yellow – and it makes me feel bold.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Reading…always reading either signed stories or read.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Hide in my office and draw.
Thank you Nikki, for sharing your story. Turning an unexpected event into an inpisring journey, setting up your own business to support your own business and then a second to help other families is truly amazing.
I love your tips and recognising that motherhood is a rollercoaster - I couldn't agree more wit the highs and lows but it is important to remember to enjoy the ride too!
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