WHY SHE INSPIRES ME – LYNN FROM MRS MUMMYPENNY

Why she inspires me, celebrating female bloggers is a blog series that I started to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.

 

Today’s post is about Lynn from Mrs Mummypenny.  I first became aware of Lynn after reading her book which she penned with Emma Bradley “Blogging Your Way to Riches”.  It was my first book I purchased to find out about blogging.  It was a really helpful book for me starting on my journey but it’s one that I come back to time and time again.  I also had the pleasure of getting one to one advice from Lynn on my blogging journey.  I was so thrilled to be able to pick her brains and find out how I could take my blogging journey on to the next level.  I really do hope you will head over to Lynn’s blog to read her amazing blogging journey and her journey to become debt free.  Blogging can often be a lonely journey but connecting with Lynn you will find someone who is kind, generous of her time and always willing to help and share her experience.

 

Read on to get to know Lynn a bit more…

 

Mrs Mummypenny

 

What makes you smile?

 

So many things make me smile, particularly at this time of this the year. Seeing the beautiful bright flowers pop up, a sunny and warm day. My kids doing lovely things is always a treat, my eldest made me a beautiful card with the amazing words on it, including ‘ he loves me because I’m good at maths’. A lovely comment from a reader or another blogger I have helped always makes me happy.

 

Mrs Mummypenny

 

 

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

 

Oh how I would love to live Meghan Markles life. She just seems like a normal person, and the worlds most eligible man has fallen in love with her. I would love to live the outfit choice, the hair and make-up. The day of royal duties. It would be amazing!

 

 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Right now I am super proud of what I have created and achieved with Mrs Mummypenny. Three years ago I had literally just found out that my redundancy had been approved and I was on countdown to finishing work at EE by the end of June, I had a long notice period to work! Roll on three years and I am running a successful and influential business. There has been tough time where I have wanted to throw it in, I have looked for jobs, I have doubted the long road. But I persevered and made it my mission to be a success.

 

Mrs mummypenny

 

 

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?

 

Wow so I lost my mum when I was 16 and literally the world was falling apart around me. So I would say Lynn, you will get through this and it will make you stronger. This is the toughest thing you have to deal with for the next 25 years and its hard but it will shape your personality into something that you never would or could have been without this life event happening. Stay strong and believe you can do anything in the whole world, anything.

 

Mrs Mummypenny

 

 

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

 

I have always wanted to no 1) earn decent money 2) be in a role where I am respected and be influential and 3) to make a real difference to peoples lives. The corporate roles I did until I was 37 fulfilled 1 and 2, but they were never roles where I was making a difference. Selling mobile phone, or groceries at Tesco or mortgages at HSBC they were commercial organisation with me as one small cog in a huge beast of a corporate. I know with Mrs Mummypenny that I make a difference to peoples lives, many people every day. People read my blog and learn new information, how to budget, how to save on their bills, how to open a stocks and shares ISA, how to understand their pension. This is invaluable information that people need to read in a genuine, simply written way. My debt story, my parents death stories, my mental health stories are all highly read and people see they are not the only ones going through what they are going through. I make a difference, I am respected and influential and my business is doing well enough to pay off big chunks of my debt. All is good and my job is amazing.

 

 

Other blog posts in Why She Inspires Me Series

Why B from Boost My Budget Inspires Me

Why I’m Supporting Female Bloggers

Why Becky from Cuddle Fairy Inspires Me

Why Sarah from Life in a Breakdown Inspires Me

Why Emma from EmmaDrew Inspires Me

Why Gwennan from Twentsomethingmeltdown Inspires Me

Why Francesca from Pennies to Pounds Inspires Me

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

 

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH AN ICE MAIDEN! & GIVEAWAY

Happy International Women’s Day (IWD).  Celebrated throughout the world on 8th March commenorating the movement for women’s rights.  This year the theme for IWD is #pressforchange.  With global activism for women’s equality finally getting the coverage it deserves which has been fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, there has never been a more pressing time for change for women.  Indeed the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report notes that gender parity is some 200 years away!

 

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While us women still have a way to go for equality, there are some women making changes and challenging the role of women now.  They are also paving the way for other women to follow.  One group of inspirational women doing just that is the Ice Maidens.  The British Army’s ‘Ice Maiden’ Expedition has become the first all-female team to cross the Antarctica continent from coast-to-coast using muscle power alone.

 

Over 62 days on the ice, the team travelled up to 43 kilometres a day, navigating crevasse fields whilst pulling sledges weighing up to 80kg and battling temperatures as low as -40°C.  The idea for the expedition was to inspire women of all ages and abilities.

 

I am delighted that one of the Ice Maiden’s – Sophie Montagne – took time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions regarding her recent challenge.  I hope she inspires you as much as she and the rest of the Ice Maidens have me.  Remember to connect with Sophie below on social media and her blog.

 

 

What was your motivation for wanting to take part in the Ice Maiden challenge?

I wanted to escape my desk job, I felt bored and unfulfilled, frustrated with mundane life and I desperately wanted to see Antarctica – a totally unique landscape. I wanted to do something physically and mentally challenging that I would remember for the rest of my life and see if by sharing my experiences I could inspire others to take up a challenge and have the determination to see it through.

 

What were the positives of taking part?

So many, it’s changed my life! But the main thing was the incredible sense of team work and belonging that I had with my 5 team mates. I’ve never met such strong and inspiring women and, although we didn’t know each other before Ice Maiden, by the end I could read them better than my oldest friends. Knowing exactly how to cheer each other up when we were feeling down, or how to motivate each other when we were having a tough day was what made our expedition such a success.

 

What made you smile during the challenge?

My team mate Jenni – she was always dancing on her skis, singing along to Celine Dion and causing mischief and she always, always made me laugh. She’s morale on tap!

 

What challenges did you face during your trek?

We had temperatures as low as -56 degrees Celsius and a storm with 100kph wind that kept us trapped in our tents for 2 days. There was also the risk of falling into a crevasse and, if we were injured, help was a very long way away. Most of all though, it was the endurance – we skied 1,704km from one side of the continent to the other which meant 10 hours of skiing every day for 61 days. That was exhausting and I can safely say that every part of my body hurt!

 

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What did you learn about yourself during and after the challenge?

I learned that I have a lot to give a team, that I’m very easy-going, very positive and a good listener. I also discovered a new confidence – we went from zero polar experience to completing an unguided and unsupported Antarctic crossing. Before us, more people had been to the moon than done that, so I feel that I’ve achieved something really unique.

 

What women inspire you?

Clare Balding is such an awesome role model (and I would love her job!). She is so warm, every generation love her, and she is knowledgeable, successful and pioneering, but with great humility. She has quietly become a national treasure and nobody has a bad word to say about her.

 

If you could give other women 3 pieces of advice, in terms of facing challenges, what would that advice be?

  1. Break your challenge down into manageable chunks. If it’s huge it can seem overwhelming at the start so set short term goals that will give you confidence and a sense of achievement as you go along. This will help build the motivation to reach that ultimate goal.
  2. Sign up! If you don’t put your name into the hat nobody is going to pick you. When I applied for Ice Maiden, along with 250 others, I never dreamed that I had what it takes to make the final team. I thought I’d enjoy the ride until somebody told me to get off the train…and then I found myself in Antarctica! Don’t rule yourself out of a challenge before it’s even begun.
  3. Don’t let people put you off. I’m an optimist and people are always trying to stamp on my dreams! It takes a lot of strength to ignore the doubters and keep believing in your goal, despite the many hardships and setbacks along the way. Never, ever give up because the planning is always the hardest part.

 

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I also asked some bloggers who inspired them and this is what they told me:

 

Vicky from Millie Beach Huts is inspired by Dr Kate Granger, young doctor with a passion for patient care.  At just 29, Dr Granger was diagnosed with cancer.  As a terminally ill cancer patient, she had been informed she may only live for another 14 months. But over the five years post her initial diagnosis, Dr Granger achieved so much. I’ve been humbled and blown away by the courage, pride, commitment, love and dedication she has shown to us all at her most vulnerable times.

 

Chloe from Marble Beauty is inspired by Otegha Uwagba who founded Women Who which is a community for creative, working women Her ‘Little Black Book’ motivates me to work as hard as I can, to build a business for myself!

 

Catalina from Stylish Confidence is inspired by Mihaela Noroc founder of Atlas of Beauty. In a world that cares too much about appearance, Mihaela demonstrates we should forget about set standards.  

 

Kate from Ever After with Kids has been inspired by Rose Mcgowen and the countless other women speaking out and standing up against sexual harassment – so brave to put themselves out there and face torrents of abuse and name calling – but paving the way for a better future for our daughters. 

 

Marie from Restless Soul Adventures is inspired by Katherine Johnson and the many other African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the sixties. Being a techie myself, I see these women as true pioneers for women in technology.

 

Lucie from Call Me Dumpling is inspired by the author and journalist Xinran. In the 90s she had a radio programme in China, documenting the stories of womenpost Cultural Revolution; she later wrote a book based on the lives and experiences of the women she’d encountered on her show. She touches on topics like the one child policy, gender hierarchy, and the lost daughters of China in her novels.

 

Mel from Raise the Waves is inspired by Claudette Colvin. In March 1955 (9 months before Rosa Parks did the same thing) then 15-year-old Claudette refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white person. She was arrested and convicted of violating segregation laws, disturbing the peace and assault.  To have that kind of courage, not only as a teenager but as a black teenager during an extremely racist time in the US, is inspiring and motivating.

 

 

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Other blog posts in Why She Inspires Me Series

Why B from Boost My Budget Inspires Me

Why I’m Supporting Female Bloggers

Why Becky from Cuddle Fairy Inspires Me

Why Sarah from Life in a Breakdown Inspires Me

Why Emma from EmmaDrew Inspires Me

Why Gwennan from Twentsomethingmeltdown Inspires Me

Why Francesca from Pennies to Pounds Inspires Me

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

 

 

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WHY SHE INSPIRES ME – BECKY – CUDDLE FAIRY

Why she inspires me, celebrating female bloggers is a blog series that I started to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.

 

Today I want to introduce you to Becky from Cuddle Fairy.  First, how cute is her blog name?  It was the first thing that drew me to her website.  What also inspired me to explore was Becky’s positivity.  I often suffer from the ‘not good enough’ syndrome which probably most women suffer from.  So having a specific section for Positivity including quotes, positive thinking and the beautiful Happiness Series really draws me to Becky’s site time and time again.

 

Women have faced many struggles through time, alas those challenges and more still exist.  Becky understands this and regularly hosts a 3 day Posivitity Challenge.  I took part and I have to say I found the challenge to be the most rewarding thing I have undertaken.  My negative inner voice can be constant but each day Becky posts positive quotes and encourages us to choose positive thoughts.

 

Becky has really inspired me to change my thinking.  I’d love for you to get to know Becky below and sign up for her Positivity Challenge when you get the chance.

 

 

Why She Inspires Me

 

What makes you smile?

My three kids for sure. All three have great sense of humours and can be so funny.  Birds make me smile which might sound odd. I love to see them flying around and hoping from branch to branch in our back yard.  Anything loving or touching makes me smile.  And I always smile when someone is happy when they tell a story, their happiness shines so bright and makes me smile too.
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If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

Oooo now this is a tough one! I’d be going for someone spiritual and calm that I could learn from their energy and their wisdom. I’d say the Dali Lama but I would never know how to fill his shoes!
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What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m proud that I breast feeding my kids until they were around 12 – 14 months old each.  I’m also proud of my blog, Cuddle Fairy & my blog’s social accounts.
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If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?

I’d tell myself not to stress and to take each moment as it comes in. I’d say to pause before I answer any question so I can answer the way I want to and not out of habit or out of a moment of anger. And to start reading philosophy and mindset books asap!
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What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

I started my blog for two reasons. One to spread positivity. Two to be a stay at home working mother. The aim to spread positivity is what keeps me going. It makes me really happy when people leave me comments about my blog posts or quotes and how they have helped them in some way. That honestly makes my day and keeps me going!
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Why Sarah from Life in a Breakdown Inspires Me

Why Emma from EmmaDrew Inspires Me

Why Gwennan from Twentsomethingmeltdown Inspires Me

Why Francesca from Pennies to Pounds Inspires Me

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

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WHY SHE INSPIRES ME – CELEBRATING FEMALE BLOGGERS – EMMA DREW

Why she inspires me, celebrating female bloggers is a blog series that I started to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.

 

Celebrating female bloggers is something that I am passionate about so today’s post is about the lovely Emma Drew from emmadrew.info .  I first came across Emma’s blog when it was from Aldi to Harrods over a year ago.  I had been considering starting a blog to showcase my vintage finds.  It was Emma’s blog that totally inspired me to start on this journey.  I could not believe that anyone could make a living from it.  From that moment on I was hooked.  I read Emma’s blog cover to cover (yes as if it were a book to be devoured!).  I was so inspired by her journey from employee to being self employed.  I was intrigued by the many unique and strange ways she shared that could help me make money.  Yes I had been saving money from the likes of Topcashback but didn’t know about survey sites such as Prolific Academic or selling smelly shoes on Ebay!  Emma’s blog had it all for me.  To be honest it did take me a little while to contact Emma to be part of my Why She Inspires Me Series because quite frankly I was a little star-struck!  Having admired Emma for so long, it was exciting and terrifying all in the same measure.

 

Emma is such a kind and uplifting person.  She is determined and committed not just to making a happier life for herself and her husband but sharing what she has learnt with others.  Emma strives to help others achieve the same level of success she has.  She is kind and generous, it is so lovely to meet someone who is trying to make people the best that they can be.  I really do hope Emma inspires you as much as she has me.   You too can help celebrate female bloggers by connecting with Emma below and all others in this series.

 

Emma Drew

 

Related posts about celebrating female bloggers

Why Gwennan from Twentsomethingmeltdown Inspires Me

Why Francesca from Pennies to Pounds Inspires Me

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

 

 

What makes you smile?

Smiling more is something that I am always working on, so I have started to make a daily gratitude list of things that make me smile. It could be anything from a nice warm shower, spotting a bargain, sleeping in, spending time with my cats or cooking something delicious.

 

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?

I would love to trade lives with another blogger to see how they do things! I constantly have a massive to do list, and I live with daily imposter syndrome. I would love to know if other bloggers feel like this. Plus I think it would help me to work more efficiently if I see how other bloggers get things done.

 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Getting to leave my full time job to blog is my proudest achievement. I absolutely love being my own boss and being in control of what my days look like. Alongside that I am really proud of being able to employ my husband now. It is hard work, but we get to spend our time working on a business to improve our lives.

 

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?

This one isn’t business related at all, but I met my husband when I was 16. He was 17 and on our first date he got his mum to drive us to the cinema and then pay for KFC afterwards. I was mortified and dumped him on MSN messenger shortly afterwards. We then found each other years later, but if I could go back I would tell myself to be a lot kinder to him!

 

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

I was homeless for six months as a teenager, and I do not want to go back to that at all. That drives me every single day to do more and earn more. I also like knowing that if my mental health takes a dive, I’m not letting anyone down.

 

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Why She Inspires Me – Celebrating Female Bloggers – Francesca – From Pennies to Pounds

This blog series is me wanting to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.

 

This blog post is about Francesa who blogs at From Pennies to Pounds.  Francesca blogs about her journey of paying off debt, shares her hints and tips on saving money and making money too.  Her work to help others on the same journey is empowering and something I think is truly inspirational.  It’s an incredible thing to share such a personal journey as well as trying to help others achieve financial freedom too.  Francesca’s determination to help others is something that also adds to why I wanted to include her in my blog series which promotes wonderful female bloggers.

 

Don’t just take my word for it though, find out below a little more about Francesca and connect with her too via the links.

 

 

Francesca from Pennies to Pounds

 

What makes you smile?  

Playing hockey. I don’t take much time for myself, so when I play hockey I really treasure it. It’s the only time when I switch off from everything else and feel truly myself. I play with a lovely group of girls and we are pretty good too! I love improving and playing well.

My daughter of course makes me smile everyday too, she is so funny and kind as well. I adore her.

I love spending time with friends and family; I’m lucky that even the people I work with I get on with really well, so time at work is spent laughing all day.

Food…I love food. Basically, quite a lot of things make me smile! I am a very emotional person so I am easy to make happy.

 

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?


Probably my daughter. She’s 6 years old and I think at that age you don’t really appreciate how easy you have it! I would love for someone to cook my meals for me, play all day with my friends and find the smallest thing the funniest thing ever!

I have very fond memories of being a child, but I would rather be her than me as a child as she is much more confident than I was at her age.

 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Ooo that’s a hard one! I’m most proud of my daughter – I made the most perfect human being. I try really hard to act around her how I would like her to act, which is nice to see works.  I’m also proud of all of the sporting awards that I’ve ever won, such as in athletics and hockey, as I love team sports (and individual races too) and the sense of achievement that comes from sporting prowess is second to none.

I’m also proud of how well the blog is doing! I feel like I haven’t been doing it that long, and whilst I may not be making thousands of pounds per day, I get the most amazing messages from people saying that I have helped them so much, and that means the world to me.

 

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?

DO NOT DATE HIM. Hahaha!

Seriously though, it would be to just take life as it comes, but to save as much money as possible, as I would need it for the future. I’d also maybe encourage myself to go travelling. I would probably tell myself not to date anyone until I was 30! (I’m not 30 yet currently!).

 

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

Everything that I do comes from wanting to spread a little bit of kindness and positivity on the world. I feel like the world needs it right now!  I work hard on my blog because I genuinely want to help as many people as I can, but I also want my own business where I play by my own rules and don’t have to answer to anyone else.

I get a lot of inspiration from hugely successful bloggers, and that motivates me to achieve a similar level of success. I am also a huge fan of goal setting, and for a lot (ok, all) of my goals I need money to do so, so working hard to earn that money inches me one step closer to my goals every time.

 

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To read about other inspirational female bloggers:

Why Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me

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