Welcome to this weeks Meet the Working Mum Interview. Today we meet Katy Stevens. Katy is a full time blogger and freelancer and blogs over at Katy Kicker
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An intro and a little bit about you, your family and where you live.
I am Katy, a 28 year old mother of one from Essex. I am married to Thomas, and we have been together for 10 years now!
I work from home full-time, blogging, and I love to help people make and save money online. My hobbies including spending time with my family, working at our allotment and being nosy in the internet!
What do you do for a job? Is it what you have always wanted to do?
I am a self-employed blogger and freelancer. I have always wanted to work for myself and I cannot believe that I have been doing it for almost 4 years now!
What was your motivation to return to work?
My motivation to work for myself, and continue to do so after having my daughter, was that I want to provide for my family. My money mostly pays for us to have nice holidays, a car and save for a house deposit too. I’m really motivated working for myself and I want to show my daughter that you can achieve almost anything with hard work.
How many hours do you work a week?
I work full-time hours, split over evenings, nap time and anywhere else I can fit it in around my family time. I have to be very flexible with my time but I like the diversity I have.
Do you have to travel far from where you live to where you work?
I work from home, so no! Thankfully. On occasion I do travel in to London for work purposes.
If you use public transport what do you do to pass the time on your commute?
When I travel in to London (30 minutes away) I typically work on ideas for future blog posts. I make notes and update my planner/reminders for the month. I like to try and be productive with this time, I do enjoy a nice coffee at the same time though!
What do you do for childcare? Does this work for you?
I’m fortunate in that I am able to fit my work in around my daughter. A couple of days a month my daughter goes to my Mums for the day. My Mum loves having her and will typically have Daisy for around 7 or 8 hours. This gives me time to plan several weeks worth of posts, complete paid work and get my home tidy again! This routine works so well for me and fortunately my husband is a shift worker which means we get lots of time together and he can help with childcare on my busy days.
What does your morning routine look like? What do you do to get you all out of the house on time?
My morning routine is something that I have tried to implement recently. We wake up, my daughter has a bottle, then she plays in her playpen. I will complete 30 minutes of exercise, marching around my kitchen as I do so cleaning up and getting food prepared for us. Then we eat breakfast together and have time to play toys together. During the day my daughter has two naps so this helps me get some work done!
What do you like about being a working mum?
Being able to be with my family is what is important for me. I love spending time with my baby and my husband. I’m so grateful that we can visit our allotment together, go for a walk anytime we like and still have money to have a comfortable lifestyle.
What don’t you like about being a working mum?
Sometimes I feel like I have to juggle so many balls trying to fit everything in! I wouldn’t have it any other way really though!
What would you change? Hours you work, commute you have to make etc.
I would probably just consolidate my daughter’s naps in to one long one, that way I could be productive for longer! Sometimes I waste the time just sitting there enjoying the peace!
What three tips would you pass onto a mum about to start back at work?
1. Don’t feel guilty – you’re doing this for your family.
2. Think about what a role model you will be for your child!
3. Do something relaxing in your lunch break (if you get one).
Thank you so much for taking part in the Meet the Mum interview series Katy. It sounds like you have a lovely balance between work and family time.
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