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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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.

 

 

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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 Laura from Mum On A Mission Inspires Me

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WHY SHE INSPIRES ME – SARAH – LIFE IN A BREAK DOWN

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.

 

Women face multiple barriers today, domestic violence, sexual harassment, bullying, inequality in different shapes and forms from pay to promotion and so the list goes on.  However, there is one thing about Sarah from Life In A Breakdown that has inspired me to share this post with you today – she is a survivor.

 

Recognising and elevating women like Sarah for me strengthens the very fabric of society.  Sarah is supportive of others, she is kind, generous, honest and extremely hard working.  She has stood up, let go of her fears and persisted by sharing and writing on her blog even when the going gets tough.  Sarah has shared with us her journey, reading about her experience and to know that whatever happens to you, you are not alone is a very powerful statement and one which Sarah recognises and shares with us.

 

Sarah is super open and honest about her experiences, and what is so inspiring is her willingness to be supportive to others.  A few days before Christmas she offered to be there for others who might be finding Christmas Day tough.  How wonderful is that? Her kindness expands even further by helping other bloggers connect in her UK Official Bloggers Facebook Group.

 

I would really love for you to get to know Sarah and head over and connect with her too.  Sarah inspires me because she is a woman who is strong, creates, nurtures, supports and the odd time she laughs too 😉

 

 

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  1. What makes you smile?

This is a hard one for me, I often don’t smile enough. Though my family, friends and crazy dog always seem to know how to make me smile. Ash (my partner) seems to know even when I’m feeling my worse how to crack a smile in some way from me. When it comes to TV shows it has to be Impractical Jokers though, that always manages to crack a smile from me.

 

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

Can I say my Dog? I always wonder what’s going on in her little head, though she isn’t actually a person. I must admit I’m not sure if I would want swap with another human alive now for my own mental health reasons. However, perhaps someone from history I could swap with and enjoy. Seeing first-hand how our ancestors lived would be absolutely amazing.

 

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  1. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Honestly my blog, I’m not very good at sticking to things, I so quickly flit from doing one thing to another, that the fact I have managed to keep my blog going since 2010 is rather amazing to me.

 

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

Things can change, don’t listen to what people tell you all the time, especially when they are trying to bring you down. Things can get better, your teen years and early 20s are awful but they help shape you and define you. Things might not work out how you once dreamt they would but that’s not the end of the world, learn to adapt and embrace the things around you.

 

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

The people who put me down, the people who told me I was worthless. I keep going in some ways to show them they were wrong, to stick the fingers up at them. But also, to allow myself to feel fulfilled, that I can be somewhat useful, that I can make my own way in the world out there.

 

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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

 

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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 – VICTORIA – LYLIA ROSE

I have been blogging just over a year.  In that time I have found some very inspiring female bloggers who have helped me along the way.  I wanted to celebrate these women and show my support for them by starting a blogging series called Why She Inspires Me.

 

This blog series is me wanting to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of these wonderful women. These female bloggers are in my eyes quite frankly unstoppable.

 

For this post I wanted to share with you why lifestyle blogger Victoria from Lylia Rose inspires me.

 

Why She Inspires Me

Victoria reached out to help me when I started my blog back in July 2016.  She came to my rescue as a new blogger when I was unsure how and what to do.  Sometimes I really get down about the world of blogging and how I’m getting on within it, Victoria’s income reports and insights in to blogging have kept me at it.  Victoria’s journey to full time blogger also inspires me and her passion and dedication is infectious.

 

 

To get to know Victoria a little better I asked her a few questions…

 

What makes you smile?

When everything is going well; my children and husband are happy, if everything is paid and we still have some money left at the end of the month and having lots of lovely plans to look forward to.

 

 

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

Honestly, I’d just like to be me! I’m not sure there’s anyone I’d like to trade lives with.

 

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My beautiful children of course! Also earning a living myself through my own employment. I’m still amazed every day that I’m earning a full time wage from home. I’m pretty proud of myself for this and I would never have thought it was possible a few years ago.

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

Don’t bother going to university! Or pick a very different course. From age 16-18 I was in sixth form without a clue in the world of what I wanted to be when I was older. Yet I felt pressured to choose a course and go to university as that was the done thing. I didn’t enjoy university and quit after one year, still not knowing what I wanted to do. I wish someone had told me that not everyone knows what they want to do at 18, so just get out there and experience life. I should have worked, saved and travelled the world, then decided what I wanted to do after that.

 

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

My children are my main inspiration. Without them I would never have taken the plunge to start my own business, in fact I would never even have thought of it and would no doubt still be in my pre-baby job!

I’m also motivated by the sheer number of people who complain day in and out about their jobs. I don’t want to get to say 60 years old and be in a job I hate or always wish I’d done something for myself.

My passion for working for myself also drives me. I love what I do and I’m naturally a highly motivated person who wants to succeed and work hard. These qualities make me highly suited to being self-employed. It’s not a struggle for me, but I can imagine some others find it hard to work when they are surrounded by so many home comforts and distractions!

 

 

Join me in celebrating female bloggers who make a difference in your life.  Those female bloggers who support us, who encourage us and who inspire us.

 

I’d love to know who inspires you.  Join me in sharing the wonderful stories of female bloggers.

 

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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

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