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 Stacey Harrison, mum to three children (12, 9 and 7 years old) from Leeds.
An ex physiotherapist, motherhood led Stacey down a new career path with the aim of trying to find a flexible job and income around her young family. She decided to set up her business We Are Scamp with her sister.
Today Stacey tells us why dividing her day between mum duties and work commitments enables her to feel less stressed and actually get more done. She also recommends not being too shy to ask for help when you need it and getting outside for fresh air helps her children open up and be chatty!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I am a qualified Physiotherapist and worked in this profession for 20 years. I spent a lot of time juggling children, school and child care with work and decided I would try and set up my own business so I had more flexibility.
My sister and I came together and created We Are Scamp. Our brand has evolved over time, starting with designing baby grows and personalised pictures for kids bedroom.
As our children have grown up so has our brand. We are now very proud to create products and content to help empower young people with messages of positivity, kindness and mindfulness at their core.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I am Scottish and slowly but surely am trying to work my way around every island and tick them off one of my beloved lists!
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
1. This has taken me a very long time to learn and I’m still not always consistently good at doing these things but I now no longer work between 3pm and 8pm so I can concentrate on being a mum. I used to try and answer emails, make a phone call etc and it just became too stressful.
2. Finding time for me. When I first set up the business I did nothing but work in all my free time. I’ve now realised that is just not sustainable or the way I want to live my life. I try to take an afternoon off a week to do something nice for myself. This is usually meeting a friend for coffee or fitting in a yoga or a gym class.
3. Being organised. I love my bullet journal and have lists for everything. If I don’t have a list my mind goes blank and I achieve nothing.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Wow, this is hard! I would say don’t be too shy to ask for help when you need it. Friends, family, colleagues - whoever you can rope in.
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?
Green. I love a real vibrant green. It’s my happy colour.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
I love getting outdoors with my kids and going for a big walk with the dog and a picnic. They always complain about going but end up not wanting to come home. I love the chats we have when we are out and about.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I love walking my dog which I do daily, usually whilst listening to a podcast or two!
Thanks Stacey for sharing your story with us. I think so many mums can relate and want to find a flexible job around their young families but to go out and do it and be successful is so inspiring.
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