Victoria Jennings is mum to three girls aged between five and ten. She is also the Founder of Bloom Wellbeing baby classes, which focus on strengthening the bond between parent and baby. Each class explores a new theme for babies through to their first year. Victoria created
Tell us a bit about you as a mum…
I am a mum to three girls aged 10, 8 and 5.
Tell us about your current job…
I am self-employed and the founder of Bloomwellbeing Ltd offering multi-sensory baby development classes. I launched Bloom in June 2017 just before my youngest daughter started school. I wanted to go back into work but could not find anything that was flexible enough for my family. Bloom has now grown and we have eight UK franchises.
How easy have you found being a working mum?
There are times that I feel exhausted and almost like I am going to burst! Juggling three children, two dogs and growing a business is a task in itself.
How have you found trying to balance being a mum with your current role?
I have found being organised and prioritising my workload helps me as well as having a good team around myself for support who are also working mums themselves. This team spirit and understanding helps immensely.
I am starting to take more time out at the weekend setting time aside for my family as that is really important and you can easily get swept away with the constant workload that never ends. I am also researching self-care and well-being to help my work life balance.
What has kept you going throughout your journey so far?
My husband who supports everything I do has been a great sounding board and seeing how proud my children are of me. Each night my husband asks about my day and allows me to clear my head and advises me.
What advice would you offer anyone who is about to return to work after having a child?
My advice would be to think realistically. When I went back to work after my first baby as a PA I went back full-time and I couldn’t manage it all. I hadn’t thought about the reality of driving back from work, collecting my baby from the childminder and not actually spending much time with her. I expected it to be a lot easier than it actually was. Consider all your options. A more flexible working week would have helped me. Make sure you have a good support network too. I found my children were ill a lot and I had to take time off work to look after them. Having a grandparent on call can be a life saver!
What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about combining motherhood with a job?
To set time aside for myself. Each day or once a week. Even if it’s just a bath in peace. We all need that time and space to zone out and relax before all the drama and action starts again!
Anything else you would like our members to know about you?
I am really looking forward to the rest of 2019 for two reasons I am currently working on a new project aimed at female entrepreneurs helping them to build a brand, market it well on social media and create a life they love. The business called The Creative Influencer will be launching this summer. I am also proud to announce that Bloom Baby Classes will be launching in the US from later this year. This is like a dream come true for me and I cannot wait to begin this new chapter in my business life and grow the Bloom brand further.
Bloom Baby Classes can be found via their website HERE