This April the Mums NI Team were over-joyed to have a catch up with everyones favourite #MumBoss, Vicki Psarias.
Vicki is Mum to 2 young children and is a super talented multi award-winning blogger, vlogger and filmmaker, bestselling author and former university lecturer. She has recently won Best Baby and Parenting Blog at the UK Blog Awards 2019 and will often be seen on TV as a parenting expert for shows such as ITV's Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Lorraine and SKY News. There really is no end to Vicki's talents as she has also recently joined her local glossy magazine, Berkshire Life, as their new columnist.
We were thrilled that Vicki was able to take time out of her busy schedule to have a chat with us. Now it's time to find out how you can be a #MumBoss too!
I started blogging in 2010 while on maternity leave with my first child, and during a period I was suffering from a traumatic birth. My filmmaker friend Amancay Tapia encouraged me to start sharing my new life as a mum online after she'd seen others in the US do it. I had no idea it could become a job (I was one of the first bloggers in the UK and didn't even know how I could monetise it then). The blog helped me rediscover my voice and eventually my confidence. 6 weeks after starting, I was approached by an advertiser and by the time I'd had my second child, 2 years later, I was a full time blogger and vlogger!
I suppose when people started referring to me as a personal brand, and most flattering, a thought leader. My friend, the bestselling author and social media guru Natasha Courtenay-Smith referred to me as a thought leader not long ago and while that's incredibly generous of her, I suppose it's times like that, I feel my blog has hopefully inspired and importantly informed others to follow the lessons I've learned over the years working in this digital field so they too can build flexible businesses around their families. I have no ego when it comes to my career. I simply want to create and share what I know to serve others.
Immeasurably. I can barely remember my life before my blog and children! Regaining control over my career and being able to hit publish immediately after writing/ filming has been liberating and fulfilling and it's meant I can be a productive and prolific creative.
That everything would work out just fine. That I would heal from the birth trauma. I wish I would have doubted myself less, asked for help sooner but that's getting older and wiser.
Everyone can follow mine and the many other mumbosses' leads out there. Learn to trust that your story and voice is important and thanks to the democratic internet, you can build a blog or business and make a success of it.
A note from Mums NI: Buy Vicki's Book; MumBoss The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home here
Ooh I wrote a post about this one, we all suffer but the more you write, the more you write. Take the pressure off. Tell yourself no one needs to read it and always ask yourself, 'Am I having fun?'. It's what my manager Jack Freud always asks me and it's an important exercise.
A note from Mums NI: Read Vicki's blog on over coming writers block here
I admire so many women but to list just a few would have to be the following powerhouses and forces for good: Oprah (who I heard speak last year), Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, my Mum of course and the strong women in my family, Marie Forleo and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate.
I'm very selective over the work I agree to, I'm firm about boundaries and the time I spend with the kids and I accept that some days are overwhelming and others just flow. A lot of compromise is involved and relying on my real and virtual village of friends and family for support.
Reality TV, the gym, yoga and dark choc!
Just start. Write then write some more. We're all learning. Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 101.