When did you start your blog & why?
I Started the blog, Wander & Luxe, in 2016 when I was in-between jobs and had commenced a travel journalism course. I had no idea what I was doing and shortly after started a fabulous career opportunity. During 2016 I also fell pregnant and decided to move from Australia to the UK for my husband’s work. Needless to say, I was very busy and didn’t have any time for the blog. I revamped the blog in 2018 as opposed to looking for a corporate role and have been working to build the blog ever since. I like the flexibility it provides with a hectic home life and busy travel schedule. I also love the possibility that the sky is the limit – I just have to dream it!
What’s been the highlight of running your own business so far?
The biggest highlight has come just recently – I have been shortlisted for an award with Tots 100 in the category Favorite Family Travel Influencer. I have been working really hard to produce great content for my audience and brands, so it is very rewarding to be recognized. The competition is tough with some brilliant and very successful bloggers also being shortlisted in my category, so it is an honor to even have my name alongside theirs.
How do you organise your time?
What’s the biggest life lesson you want to pass down to your children?
What business tip would you give to mums thinking of starting out alone?
- Work hard but smartly
- Be kind (and don’t burn any bridges!)
- Know your goals and what you are working towards
- Don’t let people take advantage of you
What’s does your ‘mum uniform’ comprise of?
It really depends on what day of the week it is and what I need to do for the day. When I am doing the nursery run or have a Pilates class, you will always find me in leggings and a jumper. But I mostly love to dress up a bit! So in winter you will see me in dresses or skirts with tights and boots. And in summer – lots of dresses, either with sandals or trainers.
You can check out Shelley’s Blog at Wander & Lux