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 Sophie Griffiths, the founder of Mama Buba Bump.
Whilst on maternity leave, Sophie was made redundant and saw this as an opportunity to create an online village for other new mums to find expert information and a community of support to help them build confidence to parent in a way that feels right for them.
Sophie lives in Farnham, Surrey with her husband and 20 month-old daughter.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’m a chocolate loving, gin drinking, tea guzzling, coffee hating mum to Eliza and wife to Pete. I met my husband when we were at college a ridiculously long time ago and we have spent the last 15 years navigating everything from university and starting our corporate careers to infertility and becoming parents. We love to travel and as I worked for British Airways for 8 years, we managed to have quite a few adventures (including our year travelling in New Zealand and Australia!).
The last few years have bought adventures of a different kind as we’ve been through the intense emotions that come from unexplained infertility, pregnancy and parenthood. Oh and in amongst all that I was made redundant from my job at British Airways and took it as an incredible opportunity to create the kind of life I really wanted whilst helping other mums in the first year after having a baby!
I launched my social media channels and website in December 2017 under the name Mama Buba Bump and I have been beavering away in the background for about 6 months to develop the Baby Bubble Hub, a membership for new mums which gives them access to experts and other mums at the same stage for support and information. It’s been pretty full on, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
One of the first holidays I went on with Pete was to spend a month volunteering at a game reserve in South Africa. It was a totally unforgettable experience and really made me realise Pete was the one for me!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
I’m not sure I’ve really mastered this yet but things that have worked for me are:
1. Ask for support when you need it.
As the demands of the business, motherhood and life fluctuate, I’ve needed different support from different people. I found it quite hard to ask in the beginning but I now have a few people who I know I can ask for extra help when I need it. Even if it’s just saying to Pete on a Saturday, I really need an hour, can you take Eliza to the park. It can then free me up for the rest of the day, rather being distracted and getting nothing done anyway!
2. Plan as much as you can… and then be flexible!
I plan our days around childcare, my work, Pete's work, food shops, baby classes… and then Eliza will be ill or Pete has to go away with work or my childcare (my mum and dad!) needs to change… and suddenly it all goes to pot. It can be frustrating but flexibility is one of the biggest reasons I am building this business so I take a deep breath and flex away to try and make it work!
3. Just because you *can* work every waking moment, doesn’t mean you should!
Urgh this one is my total nemesis. It’s really tough knowing you *can* work every evening/weekend/nap time/coffee shop queue… but for your mental, emotional and physical health you need to have time off. Time to relax. Time with your husband. Time to watch Love Island with no guilt!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
To find places you trust to ask for advice and information, and then take the bits that work for you and go with that. Don’t be scared of doing it ‘wrong’ or differently to other people. You, your baby and your family life is a unique combination and finding ways that work for you, and feeling confident in those decisions, can really help reduce overwhelm and anxiety.
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 this question! Generally I like quite bold colours and I used to wear them all the time but since having Eliza I definitely have moved towards softer colours. My favourite colour to wear is red – the really bright, in your face red! A pop of red in a jumper, scarf or shoes makes me feel confident and puts a little spring in my step - I’ve worn red to every interview I’ve ever gotten the job for!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
We love to go to the coast. We’re about 40 minutes from the seaside and we try and get down there as much as we can. Paddling in the sea, ice creams, walks along the promenade, building things on the beach – Eliza loves it all!
What do you like to do for some me-time?
If I just want to be on my own I would always choose a massage to help me really relax. I love a really strong, pummelling massage though to get all my knots out!! In reality I don’t often have the time to do that very often but to keep me relaxed and sane, I make sure I see my friends a lot! Often it’s with their children and partners at big, loud weekend BBQ’s or Sunday lunches which I love but very occasionally I get to see my friends, just us, to really catch up and that feels like the ultimate indulgent me-time!
Thank you Sophie for sharing your story with us. I think so many mums can relate to the juggle of motherhood, business and time out for you to switch off
It's so inspiring to see how redundancy became an opportunity to create a life you wanted whilst being flexible around your family. Although I'm sure all business owners will relate (including me!) that it is sometimes tricky to remember that every available hour doesn't (and shouldn't) be a working hour!
And if you love bright colour pops of red like Sophie, then make sure you check out our Berry red accessories collection, which are also bang on trend for this season.
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