With brand spanking new MAD Blog of the Year and ‘Best Use of Video’ awards under her belt, over 46,000 social media followers, collaborations with many big name brands and writing that has been featured worldwide from CNN, to Mumsnet, The Huffington Post and the Mail Online – Emma Conway aka the Brummy Mummy of 2, is a woman with ambition. Juggling two young children, a career in teaching, a dog, a guinea pig and a serious stationary obsession, she is also endearingly warm, funny and down to earth. Well loved by parents across the world, the Brummy Mummy of 2, Emma, has welcomed audiences into her life and her home with a plethora of hilarious parenting anecdotes and a searingly honest take on life as a Mum of two. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Emma this week as part of The Ambition Series and finding out what being an ambitious woman means to her.
Would you consider yourself to be an ambitious woman and if so what does ambition mean to you?
I attended an all girls grammar school until the age of 18 so I think ambition is part of my make up. I certainly don’t lie awake at night plotting and planning on how to do things but I do have a good work ethic and always try to be the best that I can be. It’s not about being the best overall but the best version of yourself. I apply this to my blog, YouTube channel and also teaching.
How do you manage to juggle your success with raising your family? Have you ever had to reign in ambitions in order to be a Mum? Do you think it’s possible to combine both?
When I become a parent for the second time I made the tough decision to give up being a head of department in my school. I cried when the Head agreed as it was so sad as I loved my job so much but loved being with my children more. It was really, really hard and I still find it hard now. I think it is possible of course but there are sacrifices to be made along the line. Whether it be time or money something has to give. Sometimes I have been offered amazing things and have had to say “no” due to school runs or deadlines. You get used to it.
You have an engagingly honest delivery in both your writing and filming, which is wildly popular with lots of women but do you ever come up against much bitching or negativity? How do you deal with the haters if so?
I have had my fair share of horrific trolls over the past two years. I’ve been told my kids need to be taken off me, that people are worried about my mental health, that my husband shouldn’t be with me and that I need shooting! Seriously. Actual shooting. The only thing to do in these situations? Is get tough and ignore them. Don’t read the comments. Or if you do accept you might get hurt. There are ALWAYS going to be d*cks in this world. But at the end of the day they mean nothing. Idiots.
There are a fair few women who seem to openly dislike other successful females, which I have written about on this blog earlier in the week. With this in mind, how do you personally feel about other women who are rapidly rising up the blogging / vlogging world?
I went to an all girls school. I then worked in PR, teaching and now blogging. All industries that are mainly filled with amazing and powerful women so I have never come across any kind of hate or negativity just because of my sex. I know I can do anything that I put my mind to so take no heed if anyone underestimates me.
What gets you out of bed in the morning (aside from two young kids!) – what inspires you to push your career onwards and upwards?
Teaching fulfils my sense of doing some good in the world. For me there is no greater feeling than standing in front of a class and them all engaging in what you are teaching them. I teach RE so it’s a lot of ethical issues and if I can help mould the odd mind here and there I have done my job. Blogging and vlogging, whilst it does bring in some income, is more of a hobby for me. I am in it for the experiences. For the memories. I made the decision at the start to try and help other women by being as honest as possible and hopefully that comes across in my work.
Which three attributes do you think are necessary for someone wanting to make a career from their blog / vlogs?
1) Be consistent. Upload regularly and write often.
2) Enjoy your journey and don’t focus on what others are doing if it’s going to have a negative impact on your work.
3) Be nice. Seriously? Just be nice. Chat with other bloggers, respond nicely to PRs and have fun!
And finally Emma, which successful females are you inspired by and why?
I seek a lot of motivation within my friends and colleagues. I am a bit of an emotional lunatic. So I love having people who are level headed who are going to go “you are being a d*ck now stop it”. I have go to’s at work who are more senior than me that offer the best advice.
Blogging wise, I have friends who can calm the storm in my head. I am motivated by them. I am also inspired a lot by my readers. They can say a comment or send a DM and it sparks something in my head to make a video or write. They are amazing!
Thank you so much Emma for agreeing to be featured in The Ambition Series. It’s great to meet someone who is open about being ambitious and driven but is also honest, genuine and lovely. I love that you have been honest about the struggle to juggle Motherhood with your ambitions in teaching and the sacrifices that often entails. I know a lot of parents will relate to that, me included. I take my hat off to you for juggling your career and passion for teaching with an award winning blog and managing to keep two little people alive and happy though! Inspirational 🙂 Thanks Em x
So guys what did you think of the first interview in The Ambition Series? I’d love to know your thoughts. If you have any questions for Emma or myself then just leave them in the comments box below!
See you next week for my second interview with a very ambitious but Honest Mother.