When I got divorced, my two boys were 2 and 3. I had put my career on hold for 3 years as I was lucky enough to be able to make the decision to be a stay at home mum. So I had no home, no source of income and a broken heart.
I reached out to my business contacts, and through that I secured a 12 month consultancy contract on good pay, which enabled me to buy my own house, for me and the boys, just round the corner from my older brother.
When that contract ended, I took on a part time role for 2 years that meant I could pick the boys up from school every day and spend lots of time bringing them up. Money was tight. I cried a lot those first few years. I focussed on my boys and trying to be the best mum I could. The boys were laughing the other day, saying ‘remember when you used to take us to the cinema on a Saturday morning for £1?’ I didn’t want to miss out on doing things with them, and the cinema had ‘Movies for Juniors' on a Saturday morning, which were films that had already been out a while. So we would go, armed with a couple of mini bags of Haribo and 2 bottles of water. Total cost £3.
I set up my own training business 7 ½ years ago, always thinking I may have to get a full-time job again if it didn’t work out. Well here I still am, and after working very hard and building it up and the boys now at High School and coming up for 14 and 15 years old, my diary is full until June and I love what I do.
I have had lots of support (and fun nights out) with my friends along the way to keep me sane, but I also could not have got where I am without a few good men.
My Dad has always been there for me and is the voice of wisdom. My older brother who lives around the corner has looked after me and helped me emotionally and as an odd job man. And my business mentor (and second Dad), Chris Daffy, who helped me get that first consultancy contract and who is the best work associate a girl could have.
So, on International Women’s Day, I’d like to thank the men that have helped me to be the strong successful woman I am today.
My Dad always said I could do anything I put my mind to. Turns out he was right.