Ep. 38 2018 Nicky Vaux - Founder of Empire Boat Sales

Ep. 38 2018 Nicky Vaux - Founder of Empire Boat Sales

In this weeks episode of the busy mum podcast, I speak with Nicky who sells boats for a living amongst running retreats for women that need a break and get this, she is also working on another business which is called Beds on Board

How do I define myself ?

Wow that’s quite a question to start with and one I haven’t really thought about until now. 
I guess I would say I am a happy and confident woman doing work that I love with two awesome healthy boys and a fantastically supportive and loving husband. Having said that I am also one that can feel overwhelmed and want to get off the very busy treadmill yet I seem to create more and more of that treadmill to keep me interested ! 


My defined positions are Mum to two gorgeous teenage boys (no really I got lucky with the whole teenage thing so far) I am the Dealer Principal of our Boat Brokerage at our marina at Bobbin Head. I run our other company Beaches and Mountains Girls Getaways and I am one of the Australian representatives of Beds on Board,  a platform that uses boats in marinas as accommodation.  In between all that I look after the social media for both the Marina and the Girls Getaways and other marketing and strategy in both businesses. 

Day in the life of me :

Varies according to which business I am focused on for that day, my main focus at this time being Empire Boat Sales. I might be at the marina for the day showing/listing/selling boats but emails and calls interject for the other business. I usually end up doing some social media work/emails in front of the TV at night and I put a lot of effort into networking and events. I like to go for a walk to collect my mind and get some exercise and I hug my boys goodnight every night whether they want me to or not ! I pretty much work every day in some way - but at the same time I get to travel with work/with family more because I can work remotely if needed with team members to help with the on site items needed. 

Life hacks : I spend every moment doing something useful whenever I can. I use car trips to make calls, I use train trips to post social media I am using the plane trip I am on right now to answer these questions :) 


I use Chefs Palate deliveries to create fresh meals for my family and I love my slow cooker. 

Best advice ever received ?
From a book by Dr Miriam Stoppard “Remember they moved in with you, not you with them" and "whatever works to get them to sleep even if its falling asleep on your lap then go with it.”  I really object to controlled crying…..I feel kids need to feel loved if I’m upset I need a hug why doesn’t a baby ? 

Currently reading : 

The subtle art of not giving a f…ck
Learning Italian by Paul Noble 
Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino

Go to dinner :

A self created recipe which a one pot dinner and very quick :

Shallots, chinese broccoli, rice noodles and salmon or chicken cooked in a broth of miso, fish/chicken stock a little soy sauce and water. 

Area I would like to improve: 
My fitness/ability to relax

Greatest fear :
Losing my kids. I don’t think any mother feels any different, we just have to grab every moment and love them, trust them, guide them to be safe but don’t control them and let them play sport ! 
Useful website :
I love Ocean Magazine and their newsletters which keep me in touch with all things happening in boats. When the kids were little - Super Nanny saved my life :) 

Advice to pre-baby self :
Giving them formula is OK if the breast feeding just isn’t working. I had a terrible time with breastfeeding because of my psoriasis. Take as much video of the normal day to day as possible- you forget so much so quickly !I am kind of mourning the loss of my little kids right now as my strong independent young men start to need me less and less….which brings pride at the same time ! 
Baby equipment:
Having a play pen helped keep them safe when they were babes - they don’t seem to harbour any baggage for this :) 

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