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 Stephanie Orr who describes herself as a screen printer, mother, wife, colour lover and owner of Flat 102.
Stephanie shares how she transitioned from film marketing at Disney to setting up her business in her garage at home. She also gives us her top tips for juggling work and motherhood including why trusting your gut is her mantra...especially as it saved her son's life.
Today she lives in Buckingham with her family, including two children (5 and 2 years old), having relocated from London after having her son (...and being a secret stowaway on the Pirates of Caribbean yacht!)
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
After taking a screen printing workshop in 2013 I fell in love. Lifting that screen for the first time gave me an ‘oh wow’ moment that I still feel every time when I print.
I dreamt about creating my business while working in film marketing at Disney. My husband and I lived in Flat102 (hence the company name) whilst in London. This is where my journey started and I began making one-off gifts for family and friends.
Having our two children, Max and Amelie, meant creating a business that could support my family and enable me to be around more often. We moved to Buckingham, set up the studio in our garage and made Flat102 a full-time dream (in between nursery and naptimes!)
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I once stowed away on the Pirates of the Caribbean racing yacht after the premiere!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
1. Write it down! If I don’t write a task down on one of my many to do lists it has no chance of getting done. There is so much to remember with the kids that there isn’t enough space in my brain.
2. Give yourself a break, when you are trying to run a business while raising little people it’s easy to feel like you should be working every naptime, from the minute they go to bed until the early hours, but you also need to rest. Yes, you might not grow as quickly as you’d like, but you will be a happier Mum for it!
3. Try not to compare yourself to others…keep your eyes on your own prize and don’t get distracted. Sometimes easier said than done!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Always trust your gut…when Max was six months old he contracted meningitis. I knew that something wasn’t right with him and pushed to have him seen by an out of hours GP who immediately recognised the early signs and started treatment. I try not to imagine what might have happened if I had listened to the suggestions that I might be overreacting. TRUST YOUR GUT…’mother knows best’ is a cliché for a reason!
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?
PINK! It makes me feel energised and positive.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Beach days are my absolute favourite…we love Middle Beach on Studland and Branksome Beach in Poole where my parents live.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I love to read and I love a bath…so a good book in the bath is my idea of heaven!
Thank you Steph for sharing your journey with us. It's so inspiring to hear how a passion has become your business and "keeping your eye on your prize" is something I think we could all remember...perhaps easier said than done but we all have different motivations and want different things so comparing yourself is often not fruitful!
Your tips for juggling motherhood and and a busy work life are something I resonate with and trusting your gut is something i think so many of us underestimate but which is so important!
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