Who is Lisa Hartley?

Is being a work from home mum something you’d love to do? Do you wish you didn’t have to go out to work so you could spend more quality time with your children?

That’s me too! And here’s a picture of me so if we chat on Skype or Facetime, you know what I look like! Although these days with two young children, not much sleep or spare time to do my hair and make-up, I don’t often look like that picture!!

Right now, I am a bit of a scatty mum with a now four year old little boy and a 16 month old little girl! I’ve got these beautiful, yet rather crazy monkeys hanging off me pretty much all the time! So alongside my part time job, doing the cooking and housework etc, there’s just a miniscule amount of time left for me to work on my online business!

On the odd occasion I might meet up with friends for dinner which gives me a bit of time to breathe and relax in the hope my littlest one doesn’t wake up seeing as daddy can’t quite breastfeed her back to sleep!!

So in my spare moments of time (generally the evenings, like now when I’m writing this) I work on my online business which may involve updating my website, writing a blog post, finding interesting, funny and helpful quotes or tips for mums to post on my social media, or creating content ads to earn an income online.

You may think “Why do you do this? Why not just chill in the evenings with a glass of vino when you’re children are finally alseep?!”

Yes I sometimes think that too!! BUT, if I want to make a wonderful life for my family and me, then I do need to put in some ground work first.

Working at your own online business means that you can be earning an income, showing up as a role model for your children all while getting to spend lots of precious time with them. Also think of the money you could save on childcare! I have friends who work full time and most of their monthly salary goes on nursery or childminder costs. So you’re working lots of hours, not getting to see your children and spending a bomb on childcare. Does this sound familiar?

So sitting at my laptop instead of watching soaps every evening is not really a hardship when I know it is leading to a life where I can spend lots of time playing with my children, taking them to and picking them up from school, being able to attend plays and sports days, being at home if they’re off school sick and being able to afford to take them on holidays and on days out and so on.  

So I’m a mummy to two little people who often looks a mess and cringes at the mess of my lounge (toys everywhere!) so that’s why I work in the dining room so I can’t see it! Since having Tommy we moved to a three bed house in Portsmouth from my one bed flat and I went back to my admin job part time. Before that I worked as a PA for an investment bank in London for three years, living in a rented studio flat where the bed would shoot out of wardrobe doors! Back in 2010 I bought my one bed flat in Southsea and met my partner out clubbing in Tiger Tiger!!

Previous to the investment bank I worked for an import export company, initially in their London office then in 2007 I transferred to the Milan office and worked as a trainer for the Italian & Swiss offices.

Then to my first job after uni, I worked for a ferry company checking in the freight drivers for two years.

From 1998-2002 (now I feel old!) I studied Spanish and Italian at the University of Portsmouth.

I grew up mainly in Swindon, Wiltshire living with my mum and brother, seeing our dad on weekends. We had a secure happy upbringing, but being painfully shy and quiet, I never really had big dreams. I remember thinking being a PA/administrator would be a good job for me so I wouldn’t have to speak out or do anything that would scare me or push me out of my comfort zone. What a way to think! So limiting and soul destroying. But thankfully over the years, even though I’m not an extrovert, I have become much more self confident. And this is why I wanted to be a work from home mum so that I can take my children to lots of groups, playdates and places for them to socialise, interact, learn and build their confidence!

Anyway, enough about me, I’d love to hear from you and your story! 

Chat soon, Lisa x

Email: lisa@lisa-hartley.com or Facebook message: Blog Loving Mummy

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