Let’s hear a bit about your background….
Before having my first child I worked for a large corporate financial services firm as a Marketing manager. After that I decided I wanted to do something that would suit with having children as my commute was very long.
I was unsure about fitness but thought I’d get qualified and go from there. I worked in David Lloyd to build up some experience and then had my second child. It was after my second child that I firmly felt health and fitness was a great path for me and, as I went through the same things so many women go through, I thought a female-focused business is what I would like to create.
And what about working in pre and postnatal fitness? How did that come about?
So I actually started my business from the outset as a prenatal exercise specialist, running classes. I then introduced outdoor buggy classes followed by postnatal exercise classes.
What do you most love about life?
Life is really great because I have created the ability for me to be able to manage my business time and commitments around my family and own personal needs and holidays. I can have my time with the children and still feel I can help and serve others with something invaluable in their lives, fulfil my ambitious side and be a great role model to my children.
OK, so what about the not-so-good-bits?
What do you mean? Oh yes there are those days and weeks, but I try not to let these get on top of me, and focus on what I’m trying to achieve.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Actually running my own business that helps my clients both physically and psychologically, through creating friendships, being physically and psychologically ready for birth.
What is your next big goal in life (or perhaps it’s a secret)?
Working on a number of things, one of which is to make my business more professional looking with a new website and the others are work streams in the background!
Coffee or herbal infusion?
I do both – less coffee though as I get headaches and dairy gives me spots!
Dark, milk or white chocolate?
Dark all the way –even better with nuts.
What word or phrase do you most overuse?
It was ‘awesome‘, but of recent it’s been ‘exhale and lift’!
What is the most important lesson that life has taught you?
To be happy always and that each obstacle you come across is part of the journey to achieving your goals and that there is no rush or time limit.
What is your work or business philosophy?
To always serve others and the rest will take care of itself.
What one piece of advice would you pass on to other Guild members?
If it feels difficult setting up a pre/postnatal business or even a female-orientated business, persevere and try not to lose focus. Keep putting yourself out there through netmums and other similar places and keep believing in your skills and the benefits your classes / sessions are giving to the population we serve. Word of mouth will soon be your best marketing tool!