Mummy of 2 girls, AND a full time blogger, how does she do it?! This week we caught up with our VIP Member, Jasmine to find out just how....
How long have you been blogging and what motivated you to start?
I didn’t really plan to start blogging; it just naturally developed over time. I started my Instagram in 2015 when I fell pregnant for the first time. I wanted to document my pregnancy mainly for myself but also to connect with likeminded people. After a few weeks I found out I was having a miscarriage, from then it became more about having a place to vent and get everything out that I didn’t feel able to talk about with friends and family. I found an amazing community of women supporting each other and it’s been amazing following each other’s journeys to motherhood. I love documenting our daily lives and connecting with other people going through similar things. It’s great sharing what things work for our little family and knowing that it helps others. I regularly get messages from people who’ve seen my IG stories and are so grateful for ideas and suggestions.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Time management. This has become a bigger challenge since lockdown. It’s hard to find a balance between documenting the moment in order to share or to just live and enjoy the moment. I’m sure it’s the same for most blogger mums / dads. I have to be strict with myself and dedicate certain times when the children are either sleeping or otherwise occupied. My 7 month old hardly sleeps at the moment my 3 year old wont sleep now until its dark out so I’m trying to find a new rhythm. If you want something enough you’ll make time for it. Being present with my children is super important to me so I make sure I’m present with them during key parts of the day ie. When they wake up, meal times, bath and bed times. This means other than taking photos everything else I do in the evenings once they’re in bed.
What's a typical day like for you?
Well, I have two young children so the day starts pretty early. I’m on maternity leave at the moment but we’re up most days by 6am. The next 2-3 hours is generally spent trying to convince my toddler to get washed, dressed and to eat her breakfast. Around 9 I try to get started on some activities for my preschooler. The activities are what most of my followers are interested in. I try to do something fun and creative like art or messy play and then some educational games and a bit of reading. My daughter loves to learn so as long as I’ve planned enough the night before then the day flies by. After I set up each activity I either grab my phone or camera to take one or two snaps. Each day is different as children are unpredictable but everyday you can guarantee between all the fun and laughter there’s a few tantrums and many attempts to get my teething baby to sleep.
In the evenings I do all my admin, sort through all my photos from the day and plan my posts for the next few days. I also research activities to do with my daughter for the following week. At the moment that pretty much sums up my typical lockdown day. Usually we have a very social calendar including trips out, baby classes etc.
Finally, If you had one piece of advice to give to other aspiring influencers, what would it be?
I’m no expert but I think my advice is to just be you and don’t try to be anyone else. If you’re real and authentic people will be interested in what you have to say. Yes there is a lot of bloggers out there but you need to work out what your skills and interests are and stick with that. If you engage with other people who are interested in the same sorts of things and people that would benefit from your content you’ll see the results. Hard work pays off.
Follow Jasmine's journey on her blog here