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So here it is, another Installment from my ‘Five Minutes With..’ series and quite possibly, the one and only thing that brightens up your Monday afternoon…I ask with a smirk.

This week I’m interviewing the lovely Amie from www.mumamie.com. She is a mum, housewife and overall super woman, juggling both her family life, blog and website on a daily basis. Becoming a mum over 6 years ago, Amie became a little lonely and isolated. Being the first one from her group of friends to have a baby, she spent a lot of time alone whilst also facing life as a single mum. She decided to create her website and blog in the hope that other mothers wouldn’t have to go through what she did in the first few months of becoming a new mother. And what a fantastic idea! 

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your website, ‘MumAmie’…

I live in the New Forest with my two children (aged 6 and 1) and my husband. I’m a full-time mum foremost and in my spare time (which is during naps and the evenings) I work on my website and blog. I also work as the social media coordinator for a small charity on a voluntary basis.  If I have any time left over (which is rare!) I enjoy swimming, yoga, walking by the sea and reading. My website is called Mum Amie, a friendship website where mums can meet other like-minded mums in their area.

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What’s your favourite part about blogging?

I’ve always had a love of writing and so blogging is a great outlet for that. I suppose the best thing about owning your own business is the flexibility to work your own hours – in my case it means I can work around my kids. This does have a downside though as I rarely get any downtime. That can be tough; sometimes I have to force myself to step away from the website for a few days for my own sanity.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

I set up Mum Amie (with my friend Gemma) as a way to help mums meet other mums for friendship, support and advice. As a new mum almost seven years ago, I suffered terribly from loneliness and isolation. I was a single mum and the first of my friends to have a baby so I didn’t know any other mums. I eventually did meet other mums and make some great mum friends, but the whole experience shocked me as I wasn’t prepared for it. Up until I had my daughter I had worked full-time and had a busy social life. That all changed in an instant when she arrived. My website has two goals – to help mums connect with each other and to spread awareness of the issues of loneliness and isolation which affect so many mums. The blog is the most effective way to spread that awareness.

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What’s been your greatest experience whilst blogging?

I’ve had blog posts published by some big online publications which was a great personal achievement. The best experience, though, is when I receive messages from mums who have used the website and found friends through it. That makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Do you have another job besides blogging?

I do some freelance social media work and also volunteer as a social media coordinator for a charity.

Do you have other commitments? If so, how do you find the time to manage both?

Yes I have two young children. I do really struggle with fitting everything in. If I could choose one superpower, it would be the ability to stop time so that I could manage to complete all my tasks! So how do I manage it? I don’t really! Every day I drop at least one of the balls that I’m trying to juggle.

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What are your hopes and dreams for your blog?

Just to carry on reaching mums – the more the better!

Who inspires you and why?

So many people… at the moment the author Liz Gilbert is on the top of my list. Her book Big Magic offers some really relevant advice on creativity, fear and detaching from outcome. Reading it really helped my journey.

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What does an average day involve for you?

After I drop my daughter of at school, my son and I normally go to a play group or some other activity. Then he has a nap after lunch and I work on the website and blog. Once he wakes up, we pick up his sister from school and then launch into the usual dinner, bath, bed routine. In the evenings I’m on the laptop again. Somewhere amongst all of that I squeeze in the housework, although my husband shares the load of this equally with me.

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Favourite Food?

Middle Eastern food, I grew up on my dad cooking this. Oh and pizza!

One piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Just be yourself. Don’t waste time trying to please others and pretending to be someone else so that people will like you. Find out who you are and march to your own drum.

Favourite place on earth and why?

That’s tricky…I’d say New Zealand because it was so beautiful, I found it utterly magical.

Celebrity Crush & Why?

Ewan McGregor. I think I’ve been forced to watch the Long Way Down by my husband on too many occasions!

Favourite place to shop for fashion and beauty?

I’m a Body Shop addict, I spend way too much time and money in their stores.

Thank you so much MumAmie for taking part in the ‘Five Minutes With…’ series! You are such an inspirational woman. You have created a community for mums to not only share stories and advice, but also an opportunity for them to meet other mums in the same situation. It’s a great idea and a relief to know that a place like this exists!

You can find more on MumAmie through her social media too;

Website; http://mumamie.com

Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/mumamie/?fref=ts

Twitter; https://twitter.com/Mum_Amie?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/mum_amie/

Check back next Monday for another ‘Five Minutes With…’.

And if Mum Amie’s Interview has inspired you at all in anyway or reading her website and blog has helped you at all then let me know!

Sincerely, Sophie x