I love to support mums and I love my business, but if you know me, you know I also love hats.
Over the years, a hat has also become my trademark. In fact, it is rare for people to see me without one.
Thinking back, my hat love started when I became a mum. It was a gradual thing. I started wearing them more and more outside, but then found I didn’t want to take them off.
Maybe I wanted to retain some type of identity, or maybe subconsciously I knew I was wearing many hats in my new role as a parent.
I now have quite a collection, thanks to the generosity of friends, family and even some of my Successful Mums Graduates. On my bucket list was to make my own, and when I hit the big 5-0, I did just that.
Taking two days away from the hustle and bustle of business, to create my very own hat felt (pardon the pun) very exciting. I designed my very own hat, I choose the material, the colour, the style and all the details. I created a hat just for me. It was exactly what I wanted and not only was it incredibly satisfying, it allowed me some time to be creative, which in turn sparked new ideas in other areas of my life.
I switched off from work for a couple of days. I relaxed. I focused on me. I did something I love and having that sense of achievement outside of being a mum and business owner cannot be underestimated.
So it is hat’s off to the lady that made this possible. The fabulous Elana Shvab my very own milliner. Patient, kind and an utterly brilliant teacher.
So while the world is talking about love today, I would encourage everyone to book a day off to focus on doing something for you. Not as a parent, or as an employer or employee. Just you.
Find your inner hat and what makes your heart sing.