There are so many talented people out there. So, this year, I figured, why not get to know some of them a little bit better?
My 2018 #inthespotlight monthly interview series will kick off with none other than the inspiring Nakita Attard Vassallo at @themamamanual.
I’ve been following @themamamanual on Instagram for quite a while now and I have to say, I’m impressed. She even has a debut book coming out this Summer!
Nakita, I would love to know more about @themamamanual. How did all this start?
It all started with a book! I’ve been dreaming of writing my own ever since I was a wee girl with a sizeable home library of my own. It’s not the first time I’ve picked up a pen or a laptop and poured my heart out, but I never really put my finger on what I wanted to write.
One night two years back I could not sleep with excitement. It had finally hit me! My book would be about time management for busy mamas, and how to create time for the things you love, but most importantly, for yourself.
When the book’s initial draft was ready, I felt I had so much more valuable information to share, and I had to take it a step further. I was very keen to connect with and help like-minded mamas manage their time better and prioritise self-care, and a blog would be the perfect way to do it. The name ‘the Mama Manual’ was born after long hours brainstorming. I wanted something catchy and original – and it felt right!
Care to tell us more about the woman behind @themamamanual?
I am a multifaceted woman 🙂 I’m a mama, wife and a homemaker around the clock. My two adorable kids, Yanik – 12, and Nina – 3, keep me happily busy. I’m married to the love of my life and best friend, Neil. I’m also a working mum, and I’ve worked hard to build a career for myself.
By night, I am a writer and a blogger, and I run ‘the Mama Manual’ brand with a passion. Time management and organisation skills are my forte; I could spend hours happily decluttering and organising a space, or planning busy days to perfection! Food (not only eating it – but also cooking it!), travel, reading, and slow days at home or in beautiful surroundings with my family and friends are things I enjoy doing and make time for on a regular basis.
From where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration is all around me! I never in a million years expected such a phenomenal response from ‘the Mama Manual’ social media pages. The amazing women I connect with everyday are my sole inspiration and basis for doing what I do.
Being both an entrepreneur and a mother doesn’t come without its challenges. How do you manage everything?
You know how they say ‘do what you love and you will never work another day in your life’? That is exactly how I feel about the work I do with ‘the Mama Manual’ brand. I literally crave working on the book, the blog, and social media every evening – so it’s easy to get started – but challenging to stop might I add!
Of course, effective time management is the secret to being able to make time for my work. Planning, being organized and pre-empting are essential tools to have. I am a perfectionist when it comes to having our meals all planned out for the week, as well as cooking wholesome but very quick meals so as not waste precious time.
I know there are many women out there who would love to take the leap. What advice would you give someone just starting out?
If you have not yet had the courage to do so, do not feel like you have to go all in or nothing. You can very well start off slow. If you are a working mum, keep your job and side hustle. A mere hour a day is better than no time at all! You can always decide to dedicate more time as things pick up, or go full-time when you feel confident that what you are doing is what you want to do and is paying the bills.
Whatever you do – be patient! It’s easy to look at successful people and think that everything ‘just happened’ for them. Being successful takes a lot of work, dedication, time and perseverance.
Where can we get your debut book? I know I want to read it and I’m definitely not the only one.
‘the Mama Manual – How busy mums get organised’ will be available for sale on my website: 🌐 www.themamamanual.com, as of the end of the month!
Should you wish to receive an email notifying you that the book is for sale, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org.