Extra-ordinary humans | Living their lives with true JOY | Changing the world around them |
Sarah Poppy is a beacon of light for working Mums, I was drawn to her blog and her empowering approach to Motherhood and the realities of trying to balance it all. Sarah and I share a love of supporting other Mums, sharing our own stories and truths so that we can connect in the most authentic and positive way with others. Sarah is the perfect example of someone humbling going about living their own extra-ordinary life and I was so grateful that Sarah has responded in her beautiful and generous stye to this interview.
Where in the world do you call home?
Home for me is the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. I have lived here for my whole life except for a couple of years when I lived in Darwin when I was five.
Describe your home and neighbourhood briefly:
I live in a very family friendly neighbourhood with lots of trees, parks and schools – it is a perfect spot for families. My husband and I both went to school in the area and often bump into people we know at the local shops. We moved here after enrolling my son into the school that I went to.
Our house is a very happy place, a true reflection of our family. It is often messy with clothes, shoes and kids toys all over the place. I have learnt to let go of my need to clean all the time – almost impossible with kids. But most of all it is home – a place for laughter and memories.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Passionate. Mother.
What is the purpose at the heart of your blog?
Blog: Working Mums Collective
I started Working Mums Collective in June 2014 as I was looking for a space to connect, support and empower other working mums. It had been in my mind for a while but took a little while to come to fruition.
Working Mums Collective is a place for working mums to connect, share stories, celebrate successes and really support and empower each other no matter what journey they are on.
It has grown to be a community, a cheer squad, a group of like-minded working mums who pump each other up and lift each other up when we may doubt our choices.
Ultimately I want working mums to connect with each other, ditch the guilt, pursue their passions and dreams and support and empower each other along the way.
If you could choose any celebrity/public figure to become the Ambassador for your blog who would you choose and why?
Tanya Plibersek would be a great ambassador for Working Mums Collective. As Deputy Opposition Leader, her first responsibility is to her three children. She has successfully combined her career with raising her three children. Tanya said in an interview with Women’s Agenda that she believes her children “undoubtedly” benefit from her career because they see evidence that their parents are passionate about what they do”. This is exactly what Working Mums Collective is all about.
What is the purpose at the heart of your business?
Business: Sarah Poppy
I currently work three days a week as Manager, Marketing and Events in the non-profit sector but also work with small businesses and bloggers on their marketing and social media strategies and graphic design.
I thrive on learning how small businesses work, identifying their target audience and developing a plan with the best ways to reach them. I believe that it is crucial for business owners to invest the time in understanding their business. I work with them to deliver creative marketing, design and social media solutions.
The purpose of my business is to work with small business owners and bloggers to free up their time to work on what they do best and leave their marketing, social media and design in my capable hands.
My purpose with this business is to take the time to really listen and understand the needs of my clients to get a feel for what they need and take the time to ‘get them’ to deliver what they are looking for.
What do you think is the most important thing for us to teach the children of our generation?
Independence and resilience.
I have read so many articles about parents wrapping their children in cotton wool. I have been guilty of it and have seen others do it. I believe that we need to give our children the independence to learn and experience life and the challenges that are thrown their way. Letting our children learn, grow, make mistakes and overcome challenges will teach them how to be resilient, overcome adversity and grow into confident adults.
Which food and drink do you consider essential to your mental and physical wellbeing?
Water is definitely an essential for me. I know when I haven’t had enough water because I find it hard to concentrate and I can suffer from headaches. Drinking water also helps to keep my skin clear and give me energy.
Healthy, nourishing food is essential to both my mental and physical wellbeing. I know that when I eat well, I feel good and have more energy to tackle each day.
How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?
Some weeks I do this much better than others. I try to fit as much as possible into my life and sometimes this means that taking care of myself does get left off the list.
I have always been a busy person and me time often involves writing for my blog or designing e-books for my clients.
When I am not ‘working’ I like to read a book, go to the gym, listen to music or enjoy a bath.
I am getting better at listening to my body and taking time out when I need it but it is a work in progress!
Is there a charity or cause that you are currently aligned with or that you are planning to support through your work in the future?
Having worked for an organisation that helps homeless young people and an organisation that supports people living with disability these two causes are close to my heart and always will be.
What has been your greatest lesson in life so far?
To always be yourself! There is no one you-er than you. Sometimes people wont like you but that is fine. You don’t need to fit in. Be who you are. Be unique. Be you. You will attract like minded people when you are yourself.
What is your best advice for anyone else who has a dream to be extra-ordinary?
Back yourself. Often this is the biggest hurdle. If you have a dream and a passion, believe you can do it and go for it.
Obviously having a plan and setting goals has to come next but having an unwavering belief in yourself is the first hurdle.
Sweet treat: Ice cream
Holiday destination: Bali – my favourite place in the world. I have been so many times and never get sick of it.
Word: Mum or Mummy (love hearing this from my children)
Memory: family holidays to Bali growing up – I hope to create similar memories for my children as they grow up.
Magazine: Collective Hub
Online store: Mimco, Typo and Rubi Shoes
Smell: Coffee and Toast
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