This blog is from Sabina Green, blog owner and freelance copywriter! She talks us through what it is really like being a blogger, staying true to herself and maintaining a work-life balance.
I began blogging in 2009 whilst on maternity leave with my daughter as a way of keeping my grey cells active. My intention had been to return to work at the end of maternity leave but by then I was already making money from blogging and saw it as a way of fulfilling my dream of being a stay at home Mum.
My day starts after dropping the children at school. I generally head to the gym for a class of spin or functional fitness, pop home to take the dogs for a walk and then get showered ready to start my day. I catch up on urgent email and then tackle any jobs which I have diarised for the day. I generally try to work a week or two ahead so that I don’t have to panic if one of my children falls ill or I get called away from home for any reason. Work stops around 3pm so I can go to collect the children from school then it’s a chaos of playdates, after-school clubs and teatime until the children go to bed at which time I will usually schedule social media for me or one of my clients, write a blog post or just chill on the sofa with my Husband.
What made you choose this career/industry?
I kind of fell into it really, it wasn’t something I’d heard of until a Mum I met on maternity leave mentioned that she had started a blog. I never thought it would become my career but here I am 11 years later still loving it.
How did you get to where you are now and did you face any challenges along the way? I have always stayed true to myself, been honest about what I can and can’t do. I have found a likeminded group of bloggers who help each other in any way that we can whether that be through sharing opportunities, giving advice or the occasional skill swap. Blogging offers a huge sense of community, I love it.
The only real setbacks I would say have been finding the right work-life balance and knowing when to say no. This took me a long time but in the end, I realised that it was ok to say no sometimes and that it didn’t mean the opportunities would stop altogether.
What is an important initiative that you feel passionate about in your role?
I love sharing blog posts which help others and will always do what I can to support local businesses and charities. In my ‘baby blogging’ days I loved being a part of the Pampers team of bloggers to share the amazing work they were doing to eradicate Maternal and Newborn Tetanus.
What do you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
I want my family to be proud of me, to be able to show my children that they can do anything if they put in the hard work and determination.
What’s great about being a female in your role?
Again I think it’s the sense of community amongst the bloggers who are predominantly female in my field. Being the female of the house and being ‘at home’ people are often surprised when I say that I’m not a stay at home but a work at home with a successful business and my children say it to others with a glow of pride.
What is your biggest achievement in life?
My family will always be my biggest achievement. I often question my parenting skills but actually I receive compliments on how well behaved and polite my children are all the time so I figure I must be doing it right.
What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learnt along the way?
Take time out for yourself. Someone once said to me that my site was called Mummy Matters but they couldn’t see where “Mummy mattered” and I realised they were right, I didn’t take time out for myself and as a result felt quite stressed out so I joined the gym and ensure I make time for my friends to have time away from the home and office.
Outside your work, what are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
Spending time with my family outdoors, taking long walks with the dogs, photography and when the weather allows, lots of camping.
Do you have a mantra you live your life by?
Live the life you love, love the life you live.
What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?
Believe in yourself, don’t let anyone say you can’t and remember to take time out to recharge.
What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
My Mum always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to if I just believed in myself, I still love that.
Can you talk about one woman who has impacted your life?
My Mum. My Mum raised me alone and I have always admired how hard she has worked to provide for us both, she never used credit, only bought what she could afford and always told me how proud she was of me. She’s the strongest female I know.
What are your key motivators?
To be the best that I can for me and my family, anything outside of that really doesn’t bother me.
Do you think enough is being done by businesses to address gender imbalance?
I have been out of the workplace for a very long time now but from those around me who still go out to work, I don’t feel things have changed much. My Mum has been bullied in the workplace in her past two jobs as have other females close to me, it has to stop.
What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organisations?
Stand tall and proud, work hard and stay true to yourself. If you want the top job then you’ll have to work hard for it and prove your worth.
What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions? Be prepared for a hard slog, unfortunately, I still think women can be overlooked because of their gender but in the workplace, I wouldn’t let that stop me from trying. More and more women are getting top roles but I have no doubts that it’s not easy to get there.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way? Appreciate those in your team, I have had the most respect for the leaders who respect their team.
What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
Don’t worry, you’re going to do just fine and you’re going to be happy. Just enjoy your teens and your twenties, the rest will take care of itself. Don’t be afraid to call time when things don’t work out, as one door closes another one opens.