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!
Today's interview is with Sara Campin, a mum to 2 young children (aged 6 and 4) from South-West London.
After reaching burn out as a result of an all-consuming corporate job whilst juggling life with two young children, Sara shares how taking a break, spending time with a coach and learning self care helped her redefine her priorities, feel better within herself and ultimately feel better as a person and as a mum.
Our interview also coincides with the launch of Sara's Nourish App, with the aim of supporting, motivating and inspiring all mothers to thrive and making mental wellbeing accessible and relevant for all mothers so they can be their best selves.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
After 15 years as a strategy consultant for the health & life sciences industries; two pregnancies commuting across London; post-natal anxiety, followed by juggling two small, sensitive human beings along with a stressful all-consuming job, I finally reached burn out. I was far from the mum I wanted to be. I was shouty and stressed out all the time. I was consumed by guilt for not being able to cope better and for losing it all the time. But learning the art of self-care changed my life. It’s changed my career path, my love of life and parenting, it’s changed my relationship with my kids and husband and it’s my kids that have really reaped the rewards. I’m passionate about helping other mums look after their mental wellbeing and finding greater joy and happiness in their motherhood journey.
After reaching burn out, I took some time out of my then job and started working with a coach to help me explore my strengths and passions and I learnt first hand the power of coaching to help people live their best lives.
To cut a long story short, this experience led me to train as a coach and at the same time I started blogging and instagram-ing about the emotional rollercoaster of parenting and sharing the self-care tips and tools I was learning along the way, that helped me be a happier and less-stressed out parent. From the beginning I had this idea about an app supporting mums with the emotional struggles of motherhood as there was nothing else around that specifically spoke to this. The idea has evolved, not least from the input, expertise and connection I’ve had with many inspirational mums through Instagram. The result is of course the Nourish App, which launches today (27th March) and is packed full of self-care inspiration and tools, specifically designed for mothers and the feelings and challenges they face.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I can kite surf and I love dancing to house music - my husband & I spent our honeymoon split between Tarifa kitesurfing and Ibiza dancing.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
Oh, that’s a hard one. We are all winging it aren’t we? Sometimes winning, sometimes drowning. I’ve got lots of tools I implement to help keep me afloat. Here’s 3 that really help, but are sometimes easier said than done.
1. Small self-care habits/routine: that make ALL the difference to my day. Some examples include:
- Connecting with my breath as soon as I wake up in the morning and setting an intention for the morning or day ahead
- Checking in on me first thing in the morning when the kettle is boiling and I’m making the kids milk. Checking in on how I’m feeling and what my mind and body needs that day.
- Carving out 10-15 mins at the same time each day where I do mindfulness or yoga (for me this is in the morning while hubby is still around, after I’ve got the kids up and breakfasted and before my shower & the school run)
2. Boundaries: trying to prevent work creeping into my time with the kids. I try as much as possible to leave my phone in my coat pocket after school pick up so I’m not tempted to scroll through IG or my emails and get distracted, so I can focus as much as possible on the kids.
3. Self-compassion: reminding myself daily that I am only human. I can’t do everything. Perfection is a killer of joy. Just because I lose it sometimes, it doesn’t make me a bad mum. It typically means there’s a lot going on for me and I need to take action and re-fill my cup.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
You are only human. Be kind to yourself. Let go of perfection. Savour the magic moments, make peace with the shitty ones, and know they will pass. Nourish your mind & body and both you and your kids will reap the rewards.
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?
Turquoise.... Empowered and alive.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Going for a babycino & cookie at one of our fave cafes; phone left at home; reading some good books together. I have to admit I find the house full of distractions – work & chores. I love to get outside and give myself the space to focus entirely on my kids.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Mindfulness, yoga, a walk or run in nature or a savoured coffee & cake.
Thank you Sara for sharing your story with us. So many of us find the work / family juggle hard and self care is so important to helping us manage this. By turning your experience of burn out into a mission of wanting to help other Mums is so inspiring.
I wish you all the success with your new Nourish App - it sounds like a great tool for Mums with kids of any age.
Click here for info on Sara's coaching services.
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here
And if you need some little selfcare hints or reminders, check out our Me Time Moments Jar. It's the perfect way to plan in and make the most of some all important time out. These jars also make beautiful gifts for any Mum (however old their children are!)