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 interviewee is with Anna Parker-Naples, mum to three children aged 14, 10 and 9 years old.
Anna shares her story including life on the Hollywood red carpets to being in a wheelchair during pregnancy. After being told she may never walk again she turned her life around through NLP, self-belief and confidence. Today her aim is to help others succeed on the path they choose without feeling the fear through her work as a Success Coach.
Today, Anna lives in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I make it my mission to share everything I know about mindset and self-confidence and how they impact your business success and personal validity. I discovered NLP after I was told I may never walk again, and was deeply sad about not being able to have the creative career as a performer that I had desperately wanted. It was the catalyst for turning my whole life around, as I realised I was seeing most of my life as limited. Within a short space of time I recovered, and gained the confidence to go after what I wanted without fear. I now teach others to do the same.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I’ve been a finalist for major awards in Hollywood seven times for my work as a voice actor, working on commercials, audiobooks and video games.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- Time blocking is essential - I plan my whole week in advance on a Sunday evening.
- When it is time to work, I ignore the state of my house.
- Get a cleaner, it’ll be the best investment you can make as you can focus on revenue-creating activities.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
This time will pass. There is no rush to do anything, just let it be what it is and enjoy the tiny moments with your baby. I love the saying, ‘Everything is unfolding exactly as it should.’
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?
My favourite colour is teal. It’s bright and bold without being garish. It makes me feel more confident and alive.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
Now that the children are older, we’re BIG on unusual board games. Any chance we can, the five of us around the table to play.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I meditate, visualise and use hypnosis to unwind. When I stop these practices I feel myself go a bit wonky pretty quickly. Mindset work isn’t a done-deal, it is something you have to keep doing to reap the rewards.
Thank you Anna for sharing your incredible story. Life certainly throws some unexpected turns, and your journey is a great reminder that our mindset is key in finding the positives and believing in what is possible. It is truly inspiring to hear your story and that you are now on a mission to help others.
If you've enjoyed this interview, make sure you check out our other "March of Inspiring Mums" series here