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Hi there, thanks for stopping by.

 

I thought it would be a good idea to start writing a regular blog feature to accompany my social media platforms; giving tips and updates that can be used as a resource bank as and when needed.

With that in mind, before launching into the long list of blogs I plan on writing, I thought I’d let you know a little about me, my journey here, and how I started Peppermint Social.

I’ve always been a creative spirit; my very first job was as part time sales assistant on the Christmas shop department in House of Fraser when I was 16. I used to give demonstrations on how to decorate a Christmas tree and was always called in when gift wrapping was required!

Visual display was always a big passion for me, and after a few years in the retail game I specialised in training staff all around the country how to design their shop layouts and maintain the high standards required. After starting a family, this was no longer an achievable role to continue, so took a bit of a side step into management.

I went through a period of readjustment in the mid naughties with changing jobs to work more locally, moving house and coping with life after becoming single parent. By complete fluke I fell into my next career. I was having lunch one day when the local paper came through the door (remember those?) and saw there was an open day that afternoon to study adult nursing. I’m not really sure what made me go, but I did, signed up and started the intensive 3 year course a month later! Nursing was never something I aspired to doing; it was never on the radar, yet I found great strength and a sense of purpose during a difficult transitional period. I worked in both the hospital and community settings and found my passion to be in tissue viability and wound care; making a difference and seeing someone heal was such a great feeling and knowing I contributed to their progress of care gave me a sense of pride.

Fast forward a fair few years; I’m happy, settled and engaged. I gave birth of my second child in November 16. I really wanted to make the most of my newborn baby girl and enjoy watching her grow up. When thinking about returning to work as a district nurse I was worried I would not be able to commit to the hours required due to having no local family support to help out and the spiralling cost of childcare out weighed the financial benefit.

I decided to look for other options that would allow me to work from home around my family and still maintain a good income. I discovered Digital Mums on Instagram who offered training to mums like myself and taught them all the skills they need to know to set up their own business as a social media manager; being a support network to small businesses by running their social media channels for them.

Although the course was testing at times – trying to juggle family life, learning new skills, managing my online campaign etc, I can look back and realise how much I have learnt in a relatively short space of time.

I have learnt that to successfully develop a business and to work from home you need to be super organised and manage your time efficiently. You need to be able to make decisions for yourself, and sometimes things are trial and error until you find the perfect balance that works for you.

I am very much looking forward to my next chapter as Peppermint Social grows and develops. It’s great to be able to use my creative side again. I hope you’ll follow me along to see where that journey takes me.