Interview With Chrissie Wunna
QUICK FIRE WORKING MOTHER INTERVIEW WITH CHRISSIE WUNNA
Chrissie Wunna best known for scribing the deliciously candid, yet charmingly fun ‘on goings’ of her daily existence via her popular lifestyle & dating blog chrissiewunna.com AND for her time on the ITV2 reality show ‘Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend’ has made it into the FINAL of the UK Blog Awards 2017, after winning a national Public Vote, where over 97,000 votes were cast in total and ranking chrissiewunna.com in the top 8 ‘most voted for blogs’ in her category of ‘Dating.’
Today thirty six year old Chrissie Wunna’s blog is currently read on EVERY continent of the entire world, in over 200 countries globally, is translated into 40 languages daily and boasts over 100,000 visits a month…and it’s still growing.
And did we say she is a Yorkshire girl!
What were or are the biggest challenges you faced going back in to the work place after children?
As a mum…and I’m a single mum of two, who is naturally soaked in ambition, I was excited to finally be able to head back to work, as it added more balance to my life. I needed it. I still had a great deal that I wanted to achieve.
However I didn’t actually realize how much harder it would be, as I constantly had children, childcare issues, nursery/school pickups, family emergencies and everything in between in the back of my mind and yes that keeps you on your toes, yet can at times be stressful, meaning that you can’t really relax, as anything can happen at any point and you have to be ready for it.
Now, I seemed to have ‘championed’ it… Now, I believe that you CAN be a single mum of two little ones and STILL make all your dreams come true, all you need is the right help, hope and the will to succeed.
How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?
In my mind they go hand in hand. If I don’t have one, the other becomes imbalanced, so to me they are ‘one,’ which means it’s vital for me to keep a great balance, or I’d go insane. 🙂 They’re both my love, my passion and my career is pretty much there to help build a future for my children. That motivates me. I’ll work as hard as I possibly can, yet at the same time I always make sure that I make time away from work to just be Mum and nothing else., It’s not easy, but at the end of the day if a work deal went sour, I’d get over that, Yet, I’d be utterly pained if either Ruby or Junior were emotionally unsound because I wasn’t there for them, when the needed me. It’s just about being that extra bit organised mentally, emotionally and physically.
If you could give your past self-one piece of advice about being a working mother what would it be?
To not be so hard on myself and to have gone for it right from the beginning. I spent a of time ‘still’ because I didn’t believe I could do both well. To any Mum out there with dreams, know that you can have it all, if you try.
Have your career goals and aspirations altered since becoming a working mother from that prior to your children?
They haven’t altered, if anything having Ruby and Junior has made me pull up my socks, dream big and have the gusto to really make an effort and go for it because I need to. I have a whole new purpose now, as I’ll building an empire for the three of us and let me tell you, it makes every single achievement that I make 100 times more fulfilling. However it’s not just about earning, it’s about teaching them that you have to work really hard in life to get what you want or where you want to be. I’m setting an example.
What are your future goals in your career path in the next few years, what do you hope to achieve?
I try not to plan too far ahead, as things change daily in my world, so I have to stay really ‘present.’ I’m currently a lifestyle blogger and it’s accidentally going better than I ever thought right now. I’m a finalist in the UK Blog Awards this year ,simply because I tell the story of my life, everyday.. online.
I never thought that my little blog would end up becoming so huge, let alone a business, but it has? It’s being read on every continent of the world and I have no clue why? Lol. But I’m now working alongside some fabulous brands and amazing people, and newly getting recognized for it all. I’ll go out for cocktails now on an evening and see myself in the Daily Mail the next morning. So in the next few years, I hope to look around and be completely astonished at how much I’ve achieved.
If you had the power to change one thing in the business market for working mothers, what would you change?
The price of childcare and more help for single working mums. Any help! Any way! Throw it at us!
What is the best piece of business advice you have been given?
To not feel guilty about working so much. At the end of the day, if you have dreams, you should feel free to attempt to achieve them because you’re doing it to build a future for both yourself and your little ones. I got that advice from a lady who reads my blog every single day…and she’s in her sixties!
If you could recommend one book to our readers leisure or business what would it be?
This is going to sound really bad but I never seem to be patient enough to sit down and read an entire book. Although I’d love to be able to! But I will tell you that I love watching the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ as it’s utterly inspirational.
I’ll also tell you that every evening, when I get into bed at night, I grab my phone and watch these amazing Vlogs by Steven Bartlett, who is one of the co owners of Social Chain. I’m honestly hooked. Again… another inspirational being. Yet, at the end of this year I re launch my own book ‘Diaries of a Glamour Puss’…so of course then…that will be my favourite book suggestion. Hahaha!
Question from Kate Portman (Author): How do you make time for yourself when life is busy or feeling fraught?
I organise everything mentally, so i know that when my schedule is really busy, I’ve just got to get through it all..no breaks..no fuss…I’m really driven, so I find that part easy, but when i know i’m nearly there, I look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel. I treat myself a lot when feeling fraught. All Mums, not just working mums should take a moment, time or day to just ‘do them’ and spoil themselves, without feeling bad for it!
What question would you wish to ask our next working mother who takes this short interview?
I’d like to know what their most difficult time has been and what they did to overcome it.