This is EXCITING… So thrilled to be featuring Sophie Farrow, Founder of Bad Mum® magazine. I am so on board with her ethos, and I am always so inspired by stories of women building something around caring for little kids, as well as wondering how others make it work…
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Tell us about what you do- your mothering situation and your work outside of that.
I am a stay at home Mum to my son, Jake. I run Bad Mum magazine when I possibly can and when Jake is at Nursery. I’m hoping he will be doing more hours in January and then I will have two full days working on Bad Mum, which will be amazing!
What kind of work did you do before having children?
I was an event and wedding planner in a hotel.
How did you get into your current work?
Well I don’t work but I run the website (and hopefully go into print soon) which can be very hard work…unpaid too! I have been blogging since 2008, back when it was just for geeks and called an online diary. I have had many blogs and websites, written for many websites and now it has all come together into what I do now.
What drives you?
Two things; my son and my dream. This will sound so odd to some people but I have always known I’ll end up doing something that will be successful (I’m getting there) and I’ll be good at it. I would day dream away and get excited, I just knew I would work it out somehow but it’s taken me years to work out what exactly I should be doing. Then Jake came along and it all clicked into place. I want to show him that if you work hard and at least try then anything is possible. That he can be anything he wants to be! If his Mummy can go into a new industry and learn a new craft in this point in my life, then imagine what he will achieve in his.
What is your biggest challenge in making it all work?
Learning something I’ve never done before (making a printed version of Bad Mum.) I am way out of my depth and I’ll be the first to admit it. I need to learn loads and ask many questions, plus work very hard as this is a full time job. I am on my own doing this with a son and partner that have no idea what I am trying to do so it can be very lonely and hard at times. It can be so hard to find the motivation to keep going everyday when you work alone and unpaid but it’s keeping that dream in mind. I just don’t have the time to do all the things I want to do until Jake goes to school which is tricky.
What are you most proud of?
My son, Jake! I look at him and think “I made you!” Which I am sure most parents do but it’s the best feeling in the world. That should be on every parents CV…”I made a child. End of!”
I am also very proud of Bad Mum magazine and what I’ve achieved in a year so far. I love the fact it builds a community, I can showcase people’s talents, bring everyone together and help where ever I can. When I started out, I really wanted my writing just shown somewhere so if I can help people do the same, then I will. Everyone involved builds Bad Mum.
Where will your work take you in the future? What are your plans?
I would love to see my printed magazine in shops and selling well. I want to see it up there with other magazines and holding its own. I want to break the mould with parenting magazine.
I would love to hold events as that is what I used to do! I would like to attend events to get out meeting new people and networking. I also would love to give something back to people in some way too.
What would you say to yourself as a brand new mum?
You’ll be fine! Go with what your gut tells you as you’ll always be right to trust it. You don’t need all the brand new gear as it’s mostly a waste of money! What you will experience will change your life completely and be the hardest most challenging time of your life but also the best. There will be very hard times but keep going as they always pass by. Cherish every moment as it will go so fast. Hug and kiss when possible! You’re doing the best you can, and that is perfect.
Self care- what do you do to fill your cup?
Be on my own!! I HAVE to be on my own at some point. It’s my way switching off and recharging, otherwise I feel suffocated. I like to just sit and watch one of my programmes with some lunch. I do like my own company and good on my own.
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