Read Nicky's Story
I'm Nicky, I'm 35, mum to Oscar who is 20 months and partner to Matt for ten years.
I am an actor, coach, writer and speaker; often juggling multiple projects and for much of the time; a one woman band.
Life is full and rich and I feel lucky that I have been able to create my own blend of career and through my coach work, help many other mamas to do the same.
I had wanted to be a parent for many years but it was never the right time but that's not to say I hadn't envisaged what life would be like.
When I became a parent, I wanted to:-
A way to combine my passions; to spend most of my time doing stuff that made me feel good
A flexible working situation where I could work for myself. Where I could choose and create my own hours. Where I could be open to possibility and opportunity.
Where I could actually enjoy my life and earn great money to do whatever I wanted. I was bored of struggling and playing small doing stuff that wasn't meant for me. I am a big geek and rebel in equal measure...I love learning but I like to add my own twist on it.
I wanted to be a mother and be present. To not just spend my life stressed, busy and wiping (definitely didn't anticipate the amount of wiping) but to actually enjoy family life; to go on adventures and create buckets of joy in my life (the miserable, box set version of me isn't particularly entertaining...but I often have a fantastic array of comfort food!)
It's not perfect, but I don't think anyone's life is despite what the Insta grid says! We are all doing our best on not enough sleep.
I have a free video series to help you navigate life after maternity leave: www.nickyraby.com/raisingwomen
Also if you are a parent and personal brand/small business you may find my Personal Brand Plan useful: www.nickyraby.com/personalbrandplan