I have been off of the blogging grid for a while and since my return have slowly started to get my blogging mojo back; so I grasped a fleeting opportunity from an inspiring email I read about the upcoming Mums Enterprise Roadshow in September and was lucky enough to be offered an interview with on of the founders; Lindsey Fish.
In the past I have interviewed a whole host of amazing women, mainly fellow bloggers but today I am excited to share this one with you. The Mums Enterprise Roadshow is just a brilliant entity, especially alongside all of the campaigning that is being done recently for flexible working for Mothers and I jumped at the chance to get Lindsey involved in my Rockin’ Mama interview series!
- Tell us a little about you and your family
Of course, I am a northerner, turned midland girl to now a southerner. Living in Essex with my other half and 4 year old Molly and 9-month-old Rosie. Andrew has the big job in the city and I work from home. Molly goes to nursery 5 days a week and Rosie 3 days which enables me to #shootforthemoon.
- What does Motherhood mean to you?
You know what I am finding it hard to answer that question. I guess it is adapting to live after multiplying. Having other people in your life that now matter much more than you do to yourself. Putting them first, having another human or more that relies on you so much but who also brings such joy and smiles. The responsibility is great, nobody ever tells you what to expect. But to me the challenge is to retain your own individuality whilst at the same time giving your everything to your family life. I mean that’s tough.
- What struggles have you faced as a working Mother and how have you overcome that?
One of the biggest struggles I faced, as a mother was the huge dilemma of what to do after returning from maternity leave. After having my first child I didn’t want to return to my corporate career, drop a day and take a 20% cut in salary whilst paying for childcare 11 hours a day. So I started to look at all my options. After thinking long and hard and weighing everything up, I decided to do the latter and in 2014 I opened my own event management company, which eventually let to the start of Mums Enterprise Roadshow.
Another huge challenge and struggle that I still face on a daily basis is the lack of time. Anyone who is a parent will know that no matter what you do, there are simply never enough hours in the day. IN order to get the most out of the time I have available to work, I usually think about the mini goals for the day when I drive the kids to nursery – so when I sit down I write down my mini to-do list, I also have tasks set for me in asana. So I pick out the things to prioritise that I must to that day and start getting on with it.
- Tell us about the incredible Mums Enterprise Roadshow.
Mum’s Enterprise Roadshow is a child-friendly flexible work and business show. The free to attend event is aimed at helping attendees get into the right frame of mind for change and is a must attend for those looking to retrain, find flexible work, start or grow a business. With Flexible working, gender equality and pay gaps making headlines our exhibitions are a platform for companies, individuals and initiatives to showcase their expertise, support and opportunities to those who are seeking them.
Visitors are invited to come and go when it suits them and all content is optional including over 90 exhibitors split into five zones, ‘Boost, Business, Flexible Work, Opportunities and Retraining & Upskill’ A full agenda of practical workshops, an Open Mic Story Stage, Networking and so much more is on offer with facilities on hand for those with babies and young children including a subsidised crèche it is a day jam packed with something for everyone. From the seasoned business owner to the person who has lost all confidence, it is an opportunity not to be missed whether you stay for an hour or for the day.
The whole premise is to provoke action and change and many people attend stumbling across an exhibitor, which they never even intended or thought they would find. How can you search for something on the Internet you didn’t even know you were looking for? It’s enjoyable, friendly and the babies and children just add a really nice vibe.
- What first inspired you to start the Mums Enterprise Roadshow?
After making the decision not to return to my old job after my first child was born in 2013, I started to look at all my options. Should go part time? Do I become a stay at home mum? Should I get a lower paid local job? Is there anything I can do from home or should I start my own business?
I could see mums all around facing the same dilemma and asking themselves the same questions. I went self-employed in 2014 starting an event management company but it was in 2015 I had the ‘light bulb’ moment. My thing is events and there are so many mums out there facing the same dilemmas that I am experiencing. I realised in that moment, that I could connect mums to the support, services and opportunities I knew were out there by organising an event and so the Mums Enterprise Roadshow was born. That was 3 years ago and we have grown from attracting 200 attendees in 2016 to an anticipated audience of over 10,500 in 2018. Our mission is clear and simple…we help mums everywhere to believe in themselves and their skills and to #shootforthemoon
- How do you see the future for flexible working for Mothers now that things like the Mums Enterprise Roadshow are in place to help?
In my heart of hearts, I believe that flexible working is the answer to happier parents and happier children. It’s something I am so passionate about and as the Founder of Mum’s Enterprise Roadshow, I’m determined to ensure that our events have as a hugely positive impact on all of the people attending them.
Raising a family isn’t easy and this support shouldn’t just be for women either. I think the whole world of work needs to change and I truly believe it will. The 9-5 it’s just not the way to work anymore, I mean people who work 9-5 don’t really shut off at 5pm. People work non-stop, especially if they have access to work on their phones and laptops at home. It’s really frustrating and talent is going to be an increasing challenge for UK businesses, to find it and keep it.
We very much intend to prove that by 202 having Mum’s Enterprise around has had a positive impact on the UK economy. Our exhibitions will have helped more women return to work, launch female led enterprise and create more jobs through business growth. We are spearheading the ‘Mum Economy; and ‘Flexible Work’ movement and the only reason we can exist is because of the amazing exhibitors that are a part of our events. Many don’t exhibit anywhere else and come to our show as their first ever event, I mean visitors have turned exhibitors. Change is happening but only by working together can we truly make a difference.
- Do you have any tips on balancing Mamahood, your career and YOU?
If you want to make a change whether it be finding a new job, career, retraining completely or starting a business. Your mind can be a tricky place for all those ideas to live, so get them on paper. Scribble, draw and write ideas down, like you did as a kid with a diary (well I had one) for me it just makes it all make a bit more sense and you can make better decisions.
Take it seriously. If you have a burning ambition, idea or desire then go for it. But never accept your own excuses such as ‘the dishes need doing’ or ‘I had to put the washing out’. Those things can wait, your destiny can’t and it’s only you who has control over that.
Try to do what makes you happy and listen to your gut. If it isn’t making you happy then be honest with yourself, could it be time to make a change, give up or try something else. That even goes for if you are in a career you don’t like right now. But if you are content and happy blimin enjoy it!
- Do you have a favourite inspirational quote or phrase to share with our readers?
Well I actually have two, of course everything we do is based around #shootforthemoon –
‘Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars’.
But my Dad once sent to me by Muhammed Ali
“ If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it then I can achieve it.”
That to me is wow, just amazing.
The Mums Enterprise Roadshow; #shootforthemoon is being held this year in both Manchester and London in June and September and is a child friendly (of course!) FREE event.
I hope you have enjoyed reading all about this rockin’ Mama and found inspiration to rock up your own Mama lifestyle. If you wish to take part in this series please pop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org