Meet Rashmi she is a blogger and an author of a children’s book. When it comes to parenting God has given an inbuilt power to mothers to nourish their kids to the best but not all moms see this as a career. Rashmi has dedicated her motherhood in the upbringing of her child as well as she has been blogging on the same to help and guide other moms.
Today we have Rashmi with us, a budding Instagram blogger.
Her Instagram handle is notjustmommying with the strong fellowship of about 7300.
In the words of Rashmi – I had never imagined owning a website or writing a book, but with motherhood, a lot of unexpected happens.
Tell us about yourself
I am a blogger with pen name notjustmommying. Since we moms do or want to do much more than raising our kids, I chose this name to share about all that I do.
Professionally I am a hotel-Management graduate with hands-on experience in hospitality and hospitality teaching/training.
I have spent most of my life in various small towns of India and the last 12 years in Delhi and Mumbai. Mumbai became my home after I married my sailor man.
I had never imagined owning a website or writing a book, but with motherhood, a lot of unexpected happens.
When was the eureka moment when you decided to write?
Writing has been a passion for me from very early years of my life I have been writing poetry both in Hindi and in English.
Blogging happened after constant bickering of my friends who wanted me to get back to writing because they felt i was wasting my life by just being home with my child (these friends don’t have kids, were not even married then)
Teeth bugs and the Bunny came into existence one night when I wanted to teach my son the importance of brushing his teeth. I casually weaved a story listening to which he wanted to brush his teeth right away and twice every day. I shared the story with a few of my friends and they totally loved it, it was then I thought of turning it into a book so that more parents can share it with their children.
Where are you located? What are your plans for expansion?
I am based out of Mumbai and I would like to turn more stories into children’s books, sharing my love for storytelling and books with all.
Who are your competitors and how you see yourself competition?
Parenting is a journey and we are all struggling, I don’t see anything as a competition. My only concern is plagiarism and piracy when it comes to books and online content.
What keep you excited about this journey?
The support I get from my family and friends and the smile my work gets on my child’s face keeps me motivated.
Being a woman you have to handle a lot of things- tell us how you maintain a work-life balance.
On my platter, there is always more than I can chew. Honestly, I always just manage to do things. But with the experience, I can say that writing down and prioritizing things has helped me a lot.
With my husband being away, working and handling my child all alone becomes very difficult, there are challenges too, on days lie these I like to slow down.
What is the most important learning which you want to share with our emerging women entrepreneurs?
- Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen by chalking out an action plan.
- Networking is the key, connect with the like-minded people and help one another to grow.
- Have a marketing plan in place. What is seen is sold.
What do you suggest to a woman who is interested in starting her own business?
Introspection is the key. Do what will make you happy in the longer run, find your niche and see yourself doing or working for it for next 3-5 years and do discuss it with family and close friends.
Still there is a major chunk of women workforce that takes a break or quits working after childbirth. Being at home 24*7 with a little baby and doing the same thing for months is taxing, this when you see many of your counterparts rising up the corporate ladder or achieving great heights professionally. A lot of women go through depression because of this.
The only advice I have for all my fellow mommies is to seek help whenever they need; many of us may multi-task and be supermoms, but we do have our own limitations; so take each day as it comes. For all my SAHM mommies, ours is the time when we have plethora of activities and prospects, follow your hobbies, travel if you can, indulge in activities that will enrich you and your child together and use this time, if you can, for honing your professional skills; so that it becomes easier for you to get back to work when the time comes.
Where do you see your brain-child in next 2-3 years from now?
My target is to write more books in the next 2-5 years and focus on marketing them.
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