Ep. 01 2019 - Viviana Rames - Founder of Brushiton.org
In this weeks episode of the busy mum podcast, I speak with Viviana of brushiton.org who is also a first time mum and a passionate greenie.
How do you define yourself and what you do in your business (if you have one) and your family life?
I originally come from the Czech Republic and have been living in Australia for over 8 years now. I’m a new mum to a 3 months old baby girl Josefina who’s keeping me busy, as you can imagine. I’m crazy enough to have started a venture when I was about 6 months pregnant. I’m very passionate about nature and the environment as my husband and I love the outdoors and spend a lot of our free time adventuring around Sydney. I read somewhere there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, which made me very upset. So I decided to do something about it. I just launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a social enterprise called Brush it On. We offer designer bamboo toothbrushes that directly support conservation organisations. Each toothbrush uses 100% of its profits to help protect the world’s oceans, forests, and wildlife. We raised 50% of the funds needed in only 3 days, which is super exciting and motivating.
Describe for us, a day in the life of you. Do you have any tips or life hacks?
My days currently evolve around my daughter. It’s all about sleeping, feeding, and playing at the moment 😊 When she sleeps, I work. Which means I don’t get to nap during the day.
We go for a walk every single days and that’s how I recharge my batteries. Walking’s like a mediation for me and I have the best ideas while pushing the pram along the beach.
What was the best advice you have received?
I read somewhere recently - If it won't matter in 5 years don't spend more than 5 minutes worrying. And that really helps me focus on things that are important for me and my family and let go of clutter. I’m a perfectionist and I tend to obsess over details, so I keep reminding myself that it won’t matter in 5 years and therefore it’s ok and no-one cares anyway. It’s been quite liberating for me.
Where do you go to get your entertainment? E.g. Netflix, Books, Podcasts, YouTube, and what are your fave’s.
My husband and I haven’t had a TV for 12 years so we don’t spend much time watching things. We got into audiobooks and love our Audible subscription. We tend to listen to books in bed before we go to sleep as we both work behind a computer and don’t feel like reading after spending all day staring at a computer screen. It’s been great to be able to “read” a book together with someone at the same pace and get to talk about it. You don’t normally have that with paper books.
What is your go to dinner!
Takeaway pizza lately as we’re both too busy and tried to cook dinners since we’ve had our baby. Not great, I know. We used to cook a lot together and enjoyed experimenting and discovering new flavours. I hope we’ll get back to the old times again when she grows up.
What one area of your life would you like to improve?
Switching off and being present has been quite hard for me since starting a business from home and having a baby at the same time. I need to get better at separating family and work life. Which is extremely challenging when you only have a few hours a day to get stuff done. You end up squeezing work into every possible baby-less moment.
What’s your greatest fear and how do you deal with it?
My greatest fear is not living my life to its full potential. And I deal with it by trying to do too many things at once.
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails
https://sumo.com/ - Great resource for marketers
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
It’s not as scary as you think it would be.
What’s the most useful / useless baby item you have?
Gym ball – hands down the best way to put our baby to sleep is to bounce on it.