#RealMumsWorking : an interview with Care Johnson

#RealMumsWorking : an interview with Care Johnson

Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.


Today I’m joined by Care Johnson.


Hang on, can I squeal a bit here before I continue. Not only is she a mum, a blogger, and a photographer,  she is also ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, Young Britain, Startup Britain, and Women of The Future. She’s had her photography displayed in Parliament, and spoken out on youth employment. She’s basically a rock star in my eyes, so when her name popped up in my inbox, I was more than a little excited.


But let’s not delay. I’m handing over to Care to answer my quick questions for busy working mums.



How did you feel about going back to work after children?

I was self employed during the pregnancy and afterwards. I ran a shop part time when my son was born so it allowed me to stay focused on work but also take time for myself and my son too. It was a lovely balance. When my son was 12 months old I became a work from home parent which I loved even more, finding the balance between work time and free time was hard to start with.

What has been your biggest challenge as a working mum?

Finding the balance between work time and free time – especially whilst working from home. I felt the need to be working all the time as that was my new ‘work space’. It took a while to adjust and find a nice routine. I break off as and when I need to now and accommodate my sons needs first as he’s older now (3 years) so find once he’s in bed that’s an easier time for me to stay focused without having to break off as much.

What’s your top piece of advice for working mums?

Take each day as it comes. Some days may seem mega stressful, other days not so much. Don’t freak out if you have a hard week at work, you may have 3 weeks of calm work afterwards!

If you could change one thing about your current work situation what would it be?

To be able to earn a little more to cover the bills but not compromise on the time spent with my son.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Self employed still, out of debt, more blog readership and being able to manage work/home life a little easier.





That’s great advice from Care. Even if you feel overwhelmed and stressed, juggling what seems like an impossible task, it’s important to remember to take just one day at a time. What I’m also inspired by is the number of parents who have responded to this series and volunteered to participate who are working from home and working for themselves. The workplace is changing, slowly but it is. Women are becoming more empowered to take charge of it, create their own businesses and




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