Becoming a Mum not only takes a physical toll on our bodies but so often our confidence. How many times have we considered trying something new after the birth of a baby only to talk ourselves out of it because it's just another thing to do and another unknown. Well many of us undertake amazing things after becoming Mums which includes getting out there and meeting other Mums. Part of getting out there is overcoming potential anxity around meeting new people as well as co-ordnating childcare to make it happen. Today's Mama, Sarah Donaghey Sarah Donaghey decided to solve this problem for Mums starting and running businesses in London by creating a child friendly newtworking event - London Mums where Mums. Sarah is flying the flag for her Mama Power of Networking. Find out more about Sarah's story and experience of motherhood and business.
Sarah Donaghey is the founder of London Mums Network. Before starting London Mums Network, Sarah worked in broadcast at a high operational level for 15 years until she had her first child.
How old is you child/dren?
I have two girls, 4 & 1
What’s been your experience of motherhood – your triumphs and challenges
Motherhood for me has been enjoyable but tough! I’ve been fortunate enough to work part time so I could spend a large part with my children, this has been great but challenging at times. Being the primary child carer with my husband working lots has meant all household chores and care has been down to me. This has meant working part time and running my own business is very much a juggle struggle! I’m very proud I have managed to set up my own business and it has involved plenty of hard work, and late nights and low expectations of deadlines! lol But it’s getting there..albeit slower than I’d like...
What led you to focus on mother's networking?
With being a self employed Social Media Manager I initially struggled to find clients as I just couldn’t get out to network. This is what led me to start up London Mums Network. From my first event I felt extremely fortunate to meet so many inspirational and hard working women. I would say most women come away feeling empowered and motivated again, which is a great feeling for me. And definitely motivates me to continue to run these events.
What would you say to your pre-mum self now?
You have no idea at how much time you actually do have!! lol
How would you say your approach to networking has helped you as a Mum?
Working in my old job was impossible, long hours, no flexible working solutions, so I took the opportunity and retrained as a Social Media Manager with Digital Mums. My work involves managing clients social media, plus offering consultations, however, I found getting out there to find new clients very hard with a child. This is why I set up LMN. I love the network of working mums, and I get to meet the most inspiring of women. It is possible to work and to have children, there is plenty of support out there. Being able to meet other entrepreneurial mums and feeling motivated has meant I have gained part of my ‘pre-mum’ self back, which means I am a happier when I spend time with my children. Being a mum is not about being there 100% of the time. It’s about balance and doing what also makes you happy. If you find something which make you happy and surround yourself with other positive people, your children will see a much happier mum. It’s about taking action instead of regretting what you ‘could’ have done.
Head over to London Networking Mums Facebook page for more information about workshops and events. where Mums can gain a new network, learn a few new things and be inspired!