Tell us about what you do- your mothering situation and your life and work outside of that…
I’m a newly fledged working mamma, by that I mean after having my now 9month old son, Izaiah, my idea of ‘work’ somewhat changed. I decided now is a better time than any to go it alone and the daunting decision to leave my previous job became my new path. I am in the process of starting bloombyemma a health and beauty service providing spa quality treatments in the comfort of your home/venues. It’s early days but fingers crossed it all goes to plan!
I currently am on ‘maternity leave’ doing my most important job- raising Izaiah and of course, following the Swedish tradition of ‘Fika’ing almost daily, which involves eating copious amounts of cake/biscuits/goodies with plenty of coffee! It’s a survival tactic I adopted from my many visits to my Scandi family in Sweden.
What kind of work did you do before having children?
I’ve worked within the health and beauty industry for over 10 years. It’s a passion and being surrounded by mainly women as both clients and colleagues is an incredibly rewarding and empowering role. It’s incredible just how much more than a remover of hair and painter of nails this job can make you..
How did you get into your current work?
I studied in London whilst also studying for ALevels and enjoyed making people feel better even if just for a short time that face to face interaction is something I found more fulfilling than being at a desk.
What’s drives you?
In my work life- Feeling trusted.
The feeling I get when clients share the most intimate of secrets, it’s a huge deal when a woman shares big life problems and although it may just be something they need to get off their chest, I really appreciate I’m a neutral person they have chosen to listen. Being able to offer support and a non judgy ear is a privilege and for as long as I do that I will continue to defuzz, prune, massage and tweek!
In home life- making people happy. As cheesy as it sounds everything I try to do in my home life is to ensure happiness in the ones I cherish. The fact I love to cook, am ocd and a total over thinker means it’s a pretty easy thing to aim for. Of course I’m not about to imply I achieve this daily, it’s just something I strive for. But then doesn’t everyone? There’s nothing more rewarding than a big old smile for someone you love.
What is your biggest challenge in making it all work?
My lack of confidence in myself, when I really dig deep I know I can achieve things. But my anxiety often rears it’s head and leaves me feeling shaken and doubting. It’s an ongoing challenge and something I will overcome one day. I’m lucky to have such incredible support from my husband and with this my confidence builds again. But it is a huge challenge and the last few years have really tested that. I believe things happen for a reason and try to focus on controlling my anxiety but it does have a habit of snowballing- this is a working progress!
What are you most proud of?
The family I’ve created and the journey it took to get there. I’m nothing like my parents and although I love them both, they didn’t always behave like I needed them too. I am so much more than my upbringing and my husband and son are evidence of that. I couldn’t of survived the huge challenge of breastfeeding without my husbands ongoing encouragement, it’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to persevere, for us it did not come easy and still doesn’t but I’m proud to say I’ve kept that little bundle of joy fed despite the sore nips, swollen boobs, tears and blocked ducts!
Where will your work take you in the future? What are your plans?
This question excites me endlessly! No one knows what the future will hold for us, but I believe taking the step to create bloombyemma is the start of something. I’d love eventually one day, (and this is a big dream away) to have a wellness centre, a room for treatments, space for meditation, a room for holistic therapies, a pool, and an outdoor area. A place to reset and rest body and mind. Parents bring children if they choose, they too need to explore the important of wellbeing. For the time being, pamper parties and in home spa treats are a start. bloom by emma has 3 aspects: Flourish which covers the usual beauty treats such as mani/pedis etc, Thrive is the health side of things nutritional advice and intolerance testing etc and Blossom is for the wonderful mammas offering treats in home with bumps/babies present if need be. For the big dream I’ll get there one day, but today I’m excited for the right now.
What would you say to yourself as a brand new mum?
I still can’t believe I’ve made a human so for that miraculous task I would say well done! Oh and buy more nipple balm..
What do you do to nourish yourself?
Spend lots of time with nature, I love being outdoors and I know being around nature, trees, plants, water or animals heals me. Just listening to the planet just being is incredibly resetting and it’s definitely something I need to do more of!
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