From Mums With Love: Mamas CollectiveBy Lucy | October 24th, 2016
This edition of the pen pal letter arrived and I feel that it comes from not only from the lovely Molly, founder of Mamas Collective Manchester, but also from all of the wonderful mamas that attend her meticulously planned events. Mamas Collective Manchester is a non-traditional mums group, one that packs a punch. Molly puts together all sorts of city centre-based events designed to help out mamas in one way of another – things like workshops on how to start your own business; talks from inspiring mums who are killing it at achieving the perfect work-life balance; meet ups where you can chat about different issues surrounding modern motherhood. Because making the effort to stay stylish, remaining ambitious and pursuing your passions doesn’t make you a bad mum – it makes you a happier one. Hooray to that!
- Who are you?
Molly Whitehead-Jones, mum to Elliot, wife to Mike and founder of Mamas Collective.
- How does motherhood inspire your work?
It was the beginning of everything!
- How do you achieve your work life balance?
By setting clear boundaries and doing my best to focus on what i’m doing, rather than what I need to do next.
- Where does your support come from?
My partner, my parents and the wonderful Manchester mum community.
- What is the best business advice that you’ve been given?
Fail smartly – sometimes things won’t go the way you want them to, but if you learn from your mistakes, they’re never a waste.
- What’s the best part of running your own business?
Getting to do something I love that’s totally mine.
- If your child were a fruit, what would they be?
An orange – round, sweet and frequently sticky!
- If you could create a hashtag that summed up your life, what would it be?
- We all love a bit of social media indulgence (stalking), who are your top 3 accounts to follow?
Mother Pukka @mother_pukka
Selfish Mother @selfishmother
Dress Like A Mum @dresslikeamum
- What are your favourite things to do with the kids in your local area?
Elliot’s not quite walking yet, so our options are limited! A trip into town to visit MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) then a spot of lunch in Spinningfields is a fave.
- What are your favourite bedtime stories?
‘I know a Rhino’ by Charles Fuge
‘My dad used to be cool’ by Keith Negley
‘Peepo’ by Allan Ahlberg + Janet Ahlberg
- How do you relax?
Bath, Wine and TV!
From Mums With Love x
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