Our “March of Inspiring Mums” interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous! Today’s interview is with Natasha Pritchard. She is a mum of two little ones (aged 3 and 2) and below we hear how she juggles her two businesses and why we should imagine ourselves as a rubber band! Natasha is a marketing consultant and owner of Ferris Heart Sloane, a luxury artificial flower business. She lives in Stewkley, Buckinghamshire with her family.
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
I’ve had a 20-year career in marketing at home in the UK and Internationally. My husband and I bought the flower business which was originally called The Bloom Room as we moved from London to the countryside with our then six month old daughter. The idea was that I would take a break from my marketing career to evolve the business.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I love working with charities at every stage of their development from fundraising to strategy.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
- Invest in the skills of others. Cleaner, nanny, accountant, Saturday girl, social media manager – whatever frees up your time to excel as a mother, wife, partner, business owner. It’s liberating.
- Imagine you are an elastic band. If you overstretch, you’ll snap and no-one will benefit from the strong, powerful woman that you are.
- Make time to speak to and see your friends. You’re on the same side and sharing many of the same experiences and journeys. It’s good to talk!
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
It isn’t sleep when your baby sleeps! Venture out and socialise with your baby as soon as you are ready, it’s great for your confidence and your baby’s social skills.
Colour can make a real difference to our mood – what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
Black. It’s my go-to colour for day and night. Add some sparkle and I’m ready to go!
What’s your favourite activity to do with your family?
Cuddling up and reading a book. It’s the simple things.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
I don’t get much of it but having a regular manicure and pedicure is very important. Flying and listening to music. Radio 1 in the car, for the moments when it’s not my girls CD’s is bliss.
THANKS NATASHA FOR SHARING YOUR STORY – SO INSPIRING TO BE JUGGLING TWO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES WITH YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN. I LOVE THE ANALOGY OF A RUBBER BAND AND THINK IT’S SOMETHING AS MUMS WE OFTEN FORGET BUT NEED TO REMEMBER!