Like many of the mums I have come across, I met Sam through a Facebook group for mums. This group is for mums who have started up blogs or businesses, usually with young kids in tow. Sam is one of the most compassionate, kind, genuine women I have ‘met’ (we haven’t officially met in person because we’re from different states!). I couldn’t wait to get to know more of her story! Her dedication to hustling – both for herself and her beautiful daughter Alexea – is very inspiring. I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did chatting with her!
Hi Sam! Thank you for joining us for the #RealMums Blog series. It is such a pleasure to chat with you! To start, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your family? (I know, you’re not a fan of ‘about me’s!)
My name is Samantha but prefer Sammy or Sam. I’m 27 and first time mom to our beautiful IVF baby Alexea who is a very busy 1yr old! I was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. Due to political reasons we were evicted from our home when I was 17 and we moved as a family to Singapore. I lived in Singapore for 6 months and just couldn’t carry on there, so I packed my suitcase and moved myself to Australia where I have worked and studied my way up in this life haha! I’m by no means a confident person (this is something I need to work on) but I’ve gone through a lot of life experiences which have made me a strong person and who I am today. I handpaint and custom design on baby/kids clothing. I have a swaddle range and a few décor ideas that I hope to launch later in the year. Oh and yes, HANDPAINT…
What do you like to do with your time?
My time mmm what’s that? I’m a workaholic, I’m always painting (in my kitchen) or coming up with new designs. Other than that ‘my time’ well like any other busy mum is I cook/clean and try play haha, I feel like I live on borrowed time. I used to binge watch tv shows but now I binge listen to mums with hustle podcasts and paint – I love it. I stress about getting everything perfect but I do love it.
How did you come up with the idea to start your own small business, My Lily-Ann, and where did the name come from?
The name My Lily-Ann came about for my baby girl – Alexea Lily-Ann. Lily May & Ann are my two grans’ names so I joined them for Lexe’s middles name. In all honestly I’m quite selfish with my baby and have wanted her for so long (years of IVF). So there was no doubt in my mind that I would call it MY LILY-ANN cause I want her to be all mine forever. (that’s alright though isn’t it (insert crazy face) I do share her with my husband I guess haha who is a fantastic dad!
I know I get asked a lot about my time management as a mum and a small business owner. How do you manage your time, and what piece of advice would you give to new mums about managing their time?
Time Management, what’s that? I’m learning now that I do need to put something in place but basically my power hours are in the morning. So I wake up around 4/4.30am before Lex and work haha. I have found that since listening to Tracey’s podcasts, it has made me make an effort to try and put a time management in place so I have a work/life balance. NOTE the word TRY…
What is your favourite thing about being a real mum?
Being needed. I know that sounds silly but it’s true knowing that this tiny human needs me, it drives me. It makes me aspire for more and more. I want to be the best I can be as a mom and ‘entrepreneur’, to show Lexe that hard work does pay off.
If you could offer one piece of advice to new mums, what would it be?
Filter the advice you get given! Everyone loves to give advice and usually its always from a good place but trust yourself. You know that baby better than anyone – like hello, it was in YOUR body for those 9 months!