Hi. My name is Amy. I have recently become the proud mum of two little girls under two, whilst in the middle of launching a small business known as ‘My Tiny Wardrobe’. I thought I’d use the last term of my pregnancy to prepare for the launch, however, my little Olivia came 8 weeks early! And My Blood Pressure rose quickly… Literally! One moment I was chasing Chloe, my 18 month old around, and that same afternoon I was admitted to the antenatal ward as I was gaining fluid like a child’s squishy bath toy. Within a week little Olivia entered the world, much to the surprise of her sister who was used to ruling the roost.
Having Olivia in the NICU for four weeks was great for Chloe as she thought of a sister like a friend. You go and visit each day and then leave again to rule your roost. Wrong. (Wink, Wink). This early celebration of welcoming my second daughter into the picture only highlighted my belief that you can still establish a successful, small business, while raising your children.
"I dislike it so much when mothers describe their role as “I’m just a mum”. There is no other job SO important!"
I won’t sugar coat it and say it’s been easy, establishing a successful small business, with a budget, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My obstacles in launching this business did not stem from just having a premie baby, with her gorgeous big sister Chloe at my side or rather trying to climb me like a monkey for extra attention. I have been fighting a muscle disease over the last 13 years called fibromyalgia. Instead of letting this chronic painful disease define me, I have let the journey with it REFINE me. I have grown into a strong woman with a passion for joy, adventure, laughter and fun. My dream for My Tiny Wardrobe is to use the business to encourage other mums to work from home if they can, and provide them with a platform to sell their designs. I am currently collaborating with women designers who are raising children in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.
It is a collection of working mummy designers, photographers, and suppliers, all woven together to empower women through small business. Life is too short to not chase your dreams! Yes, I am speaking to you, the one who is reading this piece!
I feel that @mytinywardrobesydney, with the support of other women it might lead to some mums setting aside their stilettos if they choose and continuing to pursue their dreams of working from home. I want YOU to email me, Facebook me, Instagram me, Tweet me (joking, I don’t do twitter). Seriously before I launched this business I thought Facebook was “trending”. I had no idea. What a learning curve I have loved riding the wave of. If you LOVE Photography or Love Marketing or you LOVE TO DESIGN, SEW, PRINT, STITCH and would love to do that while your little ones play under your desk at home, it’s possible.
In creating this brand, I stepped out of the corporate world to design a future for myself and my family, and other mums who would join this collection of creatives, all working from home! We design clothes for “All the places they’ll go and adventures they’ll have”. I want babies to be snuggled up safe in my baby blankets and hold onto them as they grow up. I want to see little ones running up and down Bronte Beach to the tip of Cape York in swimming costumes designed by indigenous women highlighting indigenous prints. I want to see boys (and girls) skating, wrestling, and laughing, in comfy, casual, yet edgy and unique clothes. I want little girls to feel like Princesses, but feel free to run in the mud at the same time. My Tiny Wardrobe is here to clothe our bubs, inspire creativity, fuel imagination, hear from real mums, resource our mums, and empower women to dream, and take action. The majority of our products are made by mums, for mums, in Australia – with LOVE. I am so excited to share this journey with you and on behalf of our team, and our Children’s Clothing Line! WATCH THIS SPACE. COLLABORATE.
“Empowered Women, Empower Women”….
All my love, Amy xxx
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