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 Vicki Weinberg, mum to two children (aged 6 and 3 years old) from Tunbridge in Kent. She is also the owner of Tiny Chipmunk, selling bamboo baby products, which she started up when her youngest was just a few weeks old as well as a business consultancy for those looking to set up product-based businesses.
In her interview with us, she shares how she went from a corporate role to a yoga instructor to a business owner and mentor and how being mindful helps her separate the "mum stuff" with work commitments.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
When my eldest was coming up to a year, I decided that rather than go back to my corporate role I would re-train and teach children’s yoga. That was my first step into running my own business! While on ‘maternity leave’ after the birth of my first, I came up with the idea to launch my own range of bamboo baby products. I started a blog alongside that, to help anyone else who might be interested in doing the same. As my experience and confidence grew I wanted to do more and Chipmunk Coach was born. Now I get very excited about helping other people bring their own ideas to life!
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I’ve been learning Spanish every day for 3 years (and I’m still not fluent!)
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- I don’t believe you can do it all. So I try each day to focus on what really needs doing. While I’d love my filing to be in order and to have a tidy desk, sometimes I just have to let things go (for a while).
- Try not to feel guilty! It always feels like you could be giving more in at least one area – but, see my point above! I used to feel guilty about how much I work – but it’s balanced out by how much time I can spend with my children.
- Try and separate work and home (as best you can). I find I need to mindfully start and stop working, so I can stop thinking about ‘Mum stuff’ when I’m working and not think about the size of my inbox when I’m with my children!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Everything’s a phase. It sounds like such a cliché, but it really is true. It doesn’t matter how much (or how little) you worry about something, one day you’ll realise things have moved on. Everything honestly does pass and I do believe it’s easier to go with it (however tough those 5am wake-ups can be!), rather than spending energy trying to ‘fix’ things, that will ultimately work themselves out in the end.
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?
Teal – although I love to wear any bright colour. It really lifts my mood! My absolute favourite item in my wardrdobe is my rainbow scarf!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
We all love reading. There’s nothing better than the three of us on the sofa with a good stack of books!
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I love running, I’m addicted to listening podcasts and doing both at once is amazing! I’m also a self-taught crocheter and I love making things for people.
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story Vicki. Turning a passion into a business is something many people aspire to and it's exciting to read of how this has developed into helping more people through your consultancy.
I love your tips on being mindful, focussing on what is really important and separating the mum and work side of life...often easier said than done but some great advice you share!
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