I grew up around a lot of pushy stage Mums. Luckily I didn’t have one, and I’m determined not to be one! So much so I have held my daughter who is now 5, back from classes or specialist lessons, making a rule with myself that I would wait till she starts school.
I grew up in the ‘theatre’. I danced, sang and acted my way through my childhood and teenage years, with a little bit of piano on the side. I have wonderful memories of my weekends treading the boards (while poor dad sat out in the car waiting). Like many young girls, this very early became my thing. I knew my whole life what I liked and what I wanted to be. I got pretty close to a spot at NIDA, but that ended in a bucket load of tears! Following this experience I made a decision to let the ‘dream’ go. It was time to move on and so I became a high school Drama teacher and I love my career.
Recently I have had the pleasure in watching a young girl’s rise to the big time! This young lady entered a competition and the rest is history. Her mum is absolutely stunning and while supportive of this new-found fame, her parents are also understandably cautious of where all this will take her.
If you were hoping for a post full of sunshine and rainbows today – unfortunately you’re not going to get it.
I have just picked my jaw up off the ground after watching one of the major morning TV shows promote the Lingerie Football League throughout the morning and to be honest, along with many women and men in the twitterverse, I’m not happy about it.
Lingerie Football League Website’s Homepage – the marketing message is obvious
It’s been just over a month since we launched sorella & me organic maternity sleepwear with our online store. It’s been a big and exciting lead up and now we are seeing our ‘baby’ develop and grow (she is growing up so fast and so many people love her as much as we do! See here and here!).
It’s probably no surprise to some people given how much goes into developing, running, and growing a small business, that I often end up dreaming at night about maternity sleepwear, sewing machines, and sometimes even pregnancy (shhh! don’t tell J1!!). Those who grew up in a family with a small business or now have a business themselves will know that you eat, sleep and breathe your business – and this never seems to ease no matter what stage along you are.
Alisha has the double whammy of sorella & me as well as running her second business with her husband J2 (and let’s not forget she is also back teaching part-time. What a women!). At least she has a couple of future workers in the making with her two tots L & Z (albeit a few years away).
Having your children work in the family business seems to be a bit of an Australian tradition, don’t you think? My three sisters and I spent many afternoons after school or Saturdays working in our family’s businesses (yes, businesses – plural). Some call this child-labor, it’s hard not to argue, although we did usually get lunch thrown in. Continue reading →