Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?
I’m Claryn Nicholas, a wife and a mum of 2. I had my first child Imogen when I was 31 and my second Seb when I was 33.
I have a background in nursing, health visiting and teaching. I have a Masters degree in Medical and Health Care Education.
What’s your business called?
My business is called Feed Nourish Glow
Can you describe it in one sentence?
It’s a health coaching business with programme to guide, support, motivate, encourage and inspire people to achieve a healthy and happy work-life balance.
When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?
I launched my business in March 2017 so it’s still at a baby stage. I have always loved coaching people to enhance their personal and professional development and manage work-life balance. I also love food and cooking. But it wasn’t until I became ill with a really bad chest infection about 14 months ago, that not only it gave a massive kick in the backside to clean up my diet and make healthier choices to cook and eat for me and my family, but it was also a light bulb moment to find my calling; that is to become a health coach. I felt so lucky to have found an excellent health coaching training programme (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) that was just perfect for what I was looking for. I enrolled without hesitation because I knew it would change lives and I wanted to be part of it.
How did you fund your start up?
My mum gave me half of the course fee (£2000) and the other half I funded myself. I paid to have a business coach for 3 months and she helped me set up my Facebook business page amongst other things. I then set up a website 6 months into the course when I could start coaching.
How do you manage working around your children?
I’m employed and working as a health visitor and work 4 days (30 hours) a week. I run my business outside these hours. So I can work another 20-25 hours on top. My children are teenagers now so often they can occupy themselves but I make sure I have time at weekends and evening to spend time with them.
Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday I work as a health visitor and my working hours are 8-4 (I leave the house at 7.15 am and get home about 4.45 pm).
I catch up on emails and social media posts for up to an hour (usually between 5-6pm), then I start cooking. Dinner with family is usually between 7-7.30pm.
3-4 evenings per week I catch up with my study and/or do 2 coaching sessions via video calls.
On Wednesday when I have a ‘day off’ which is in fact a working day for my business, and I love my Wednesdays. I have a personal training session in the gym for an hour. I study for 2 hours, business calls 1-2 hours, I write new recipe, cook it, take photos and upload the recipe and photos on to my website and social media.
I write 1-2 blogs per week and publish on my website. I do my schedule posts for Facebook on Saturday morning for the following weeks.
I go out on my bike twice per week (one of those is normally at the weekend, a long ride) and I do yoga 2-3 evenings per week.
I have started writing down what I’m going to do, what day/evening and how long for. I found this is extremely useful and I’m more productive and respectful of my time.
What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
• When I’ve given myself too much to do, it was unrealistic and the results were always disappointing or I’ve ended up doing nothing. So I set a time frame and I stick to it.
• When I’ve run out of ideas. Now every time I have buzzing with ideas or thoughts I write them down either type them on my phone or write them on a note book which I have a few!
• When I’ve compared myself with other people, when things don’t happen fast enough or when things don’t happen full stop. I will pick myself up by looking back how far I’ve come, what I’ve achieved and congratulated myself. I remind myself of self-care, self-love, and self-belief. I can’t compare my chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. Everything happens for a reason and I just have to trust the process. In the meantime I keep my head down, do what I love and share it with the world.
What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?
I love the flexibility and the freedom. I am not answerable to anyone else but me. I have got to show up for me. I can change what I don’t like or if it doesn’t work without checking with anyone else first.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d love to do full time health coaching and would like to coach other people to be health coaches.
What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?
Be patient, everything takes time. Rome was not built in a day.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I’ve learnt that being myself has set me free to be me and authentic. I don’t have the need to follow the crowd anymore so I will no longer get lost. I’ve had more confidence and self-belief that I could achieve whatever I wanted or become whoever I wanted to be. It took years and a lot of doings because I did not love or accept myself for who I really was. I’ve learnt that you don’t need others to accept you, you just need to accept yourself. Being authentic is key because you attract the right people who want to be with you and support you.