Meet 29-year-old Emma Stevenson, who is on a mission to help mums become their babies idol.Having been a hairdresser by trade for nearly 15 years she, like many others out there suffered at the hands of anxiety for the past 5 years. Its said that Anxiety disorders also occur earlier in women than in men. Women are also more likely to have multiple psychiatric disorders during their lifetime than men according to the ADAA
Since having her baby girl Arnelle, Emma found a huge need to reach out for help and in turn found she wanted to help mums in the same position as herself as a mother.
Through fear of judgment and living in the panic of the 4 confined walls of anxiety, Emma was scared of everyone’s opinion and judgment as a mother. By eradicating the fear of other peoples opinions, Emma now helps other mums every day become what they aspire to be as well and become ‘that amazing mum’ their children brag about through her online platform One Day My Girl.
Hey Emma, can you introduce yourself to us?
My name is Emma Stevenson, I am 29 years old and from Leicestershire! I am married with a 5 month old baby. I am determind, strong willed and unorganised. I have been a hair dresser for 15 years, and about a year ago decided to take a different path alongside my salon.
Can you take us through your journey as to how you arrived to where you are now?
I have worked in hair salons on and off for 15 years. After deciding to take a break and going to university in Leeds I came back to my hairdressing, worked for some amazing people but decided to go it alone! I worked out of the back of my house for 2 years.
During that time, I found myself becoming more and more insecure and nervous. I got to a point where I couldn’t leave the house without someone with me, my anxiety took over and I became my anxiety. I had counselling and managed to cope, I decided that living and working out of my house wasn’t good for me, so I found a premesis and expanding my business. 18 months later I fell pregnant, and again became overwhelmed with anxiety and worry. Little did I know that was going to get worse when my little girl was born. I knew I needed to do something to help myself and help others.
What was the incentive behind One Day My Girl?
It’s so simple, to help women cope and get rid of their anxiety and fears.
Why do you think so many of us find ourselves trying to match up and wanting to do what other social media influencers are doing?
I think social media, particularly Instagram, has painted a picture perfect world that people now think is normal, so they find themselves trying to match up to it and in fact sometimes (not all the time) all the beautiful men and women who have these incredible pictures and profiles have spent a lot of time taking the ‘perfect picture’ and creating an Instalife. I feel we all try and find that lifestyle now and forget normal. We just need to find our version of perfect, not everyone else’s.
How are you using One Day My Girl to promote selflove and encouraging us to be the best possible versions of ourselves?
As I am growing and learning, I am sharing what I am doing along the way. All the personal development, the motivational videos, the seminars, the courses I am participating in, I am try to share that information in hope it resonates with people who need it.
Who does the team involve at One Day My Girl?
At the moment we are small, I currently have 2 other incredible women who I am bringing on board, but I am hope to grow a lot more this year.
What does your company structure look like?
As we are so new, its myself and two others. I have huge sideline teams in a company I am partnered with that create a lot of support.
What factors did you consider when juggling motherhood and running a business?
I considered my family’s future. Not only will I be around for my children, to do the school runs, to go to their plays, to be able to come and get them if they are ill, I will be able to help other women do the same. So right now when I am working my little girl is usually with me, she is only 5 months old. But I always knew she could be with me whilst creating this business because that is a huge part of it.
Where can you see your self within the next 3-5 years?
I am extremely ambitious, I always will be. In 3 years I hope to fully established with One Day My Girl, starting to provide safe enviroments for women to come and talk, listen and relax.
Then in 5 years I would like to start to expand our ideas into women and children. I want to build comfortable enviroments for women and children to live with help and security whilst providing resources for them to learn, work and grow.
How are you planning to expand One Day My Girl?
I plan on building a team of women to help people and start to find areas we can hold 24/7 council for mums and women who want to talk and feel safe.
Can you tell us what areas you have struggled in professionally as an momtrepreneur?
Trust and loyalty. With being off with my little girl (only 5 weeks) I had to leave my businesses to run whilst I recovered from a C-section, however that didn’t really go to plan. Within 2 weeks I was sorting staff out and trying to solve problems that had happened. Balancing two businesses and a baby is extremely though. I am lucky to have a supportive husband and family, and currently now the right staff.
Have you ever had a mentor? If so how has this benefitted you to grow?
A mentor, no. However the company I am partnered with through One Day My Girl has an incredible support network with huge personal development programmes and trainings.
What outlets do use to market One Day My Girl?
The main ones really such as Instagram, then Facebook and I have a website which is a working progress. I am also a big fan of the ‘old school’ word of mouth. It always works.
Which methods are you using to build your own network?
Again, social media is great, but I do reach out to people personally who I know struggle or seem too. I try to make my social media as real and as honest as possible, so people feel comfortable enough to also reach out to me. Running in different social circles, and talking to people all the time helps me build and network with people from all walks of life.
What do you believe are the common misconceptions of being a momtrepreneur?
I feel people see it as a hobby for mums, and that sometimes it’s not taken as seriously as it should be. I think a huge misconception with is that there is always another income supporting the ‘momtrepreneur’ so they don’t think it matters if it fails.
What would you like to see changed for millennials ladies in business?
I would like to see women take charge of their own happiness. Learn that they can create their dream life, whatever that may be. There are no limits to what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
What is the best piece of advice you have received to date?
That other people’s opinions are none of my business.
What is the number 1 critical lesson you have learned in your career so far?
Trust my instincts. I believe that women have a huge gift with being able to follow their gut. When I have, I have always succeeded, even if other people have told me not too.
How do you create an evenly balanced work and personal life?
It’s taken me a long time to get this right. I have always been a ‘yes’ girl. To the point where I would be up at 2am in the morning invoicing or paying bills. Now it is about creating a working lifestyle I can manage whilst I socialise and spend time with my family. But Sunday without fail, is family day.
The highlight of your career so far?
What gives you ultimate career satisfaction?
Seeing changes in people that I know they have always wanted. For them to be able to spend time with their family and friends, feeling confident and comfortable…that’s means everything to me.
Which other leading entrepreneurs and pioneering game changers do you also admire and why?
I am a huge fan of Victoria Beckham and whilst that may sound extremely cliché, I feel like she is a brilliant career woman and also does what she needs to to look after and help her family.
A little closer to home, my best friend, Emily-Jane Williams. She is the most creative entrepreneur I know. She is constantly evolving her businesses whilst always motivating others, she is one to watch.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
‘THE MAGIC’ by Rhonda Bryne as its completely shifted my mindset!
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How do you measure your terms of success?
It might sound silly, but by the messages I receive. If I get a message from someone thanking me so much for that Live I did becuase the ultimatley feel so much better knowing they are not alone, or simply thanking me for a recommendation. That for me I will always see one message like that as a huge success.
What does #BEYOUROWN mean to you?
It’s a place for women not to feel alone. It’s a hope and a support for women to escape to when they need it and empower them to go out and get what they want.
Lastly, what is next for you and One Day My Girl?
What’s next for me is to help as many women as possible wave goodbye to their limiting beliefs and create a future they have always wanted.