Ep. 3 2018 - Rachel Allan
The Busy Mum Podcast - Episode 3 with Rachel Allan from Visionary
In todays episode I speak with Rachel Allan from Visionary. Visionary assists smaller business with putting together marketing plans and also with the very important parts, implementation, accountability and support. It’s a very tailored service for the business at hand. Rachel has also written a book When Business meets baby, Lets dive in…
Tell me a little about yourself
Rachel Allan has been a business owner for 14 years, and a mum for 7 years. On her business-and-baby journey she has learned a lot about life, business and herself. White it has not always been an easy ride, it has definitely been fulfilling. She feels a strong calling to share her discoveries (and the wisdom of other parents and experts) with you in this new book, When Business Meets Baby.
Rachel’s inspiration is a vibrant 7-year-old daughter Sophie, who has her own busy little life with school, dancing and swimming. Rachel is honoured to be Sophie’s mum, and she is also an author, integrated marketer, entrepreneur and property investor. From 2007 she has shared her journey with her business and life partner Craig.
Rachel’s business, Visionary, has evolved from event management to marketing and e-business. Visionary is a leading consultancy servicing micro and medium-sized businesses in Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.
During her pre-business career, Rachel worked in government, small and medium-sized businesses and non-for-profits in both Australia and Scotland.
When she is not working in her business, Rachel loves nothing more than hanging out with Sophie, Craig and Lilly (the dog), or indulging in the latest episode of Outlander, with a glass of wine in her hand.
Be the strong, empowered women who grew and birthed a baby. Be the brave women who took a leap of faith and started a business. Allow balance into your life. Allow joy and happiness. See how success will follow.
What does your typical day look like?
5.30am – 6am – First alarm goes off (child)
6am – Actual alarm goes off – up for a coffee – work (a task that I focus on)
7.30am-ish – empty dishwasher – school lunch – breakfast – get dressed – morning hustle to get child to school
8.45am – child at school and I head to the gym or morning coffee catch up or walk the dog.
10am – back in the office to work
sometimes I might take a break at 1pm to walk the dog
3.15pm Alarm goes off to get child
3.30pm – school bell goes and I switch back to mum – afternoon tea, then dinner prep
6pm – family dinner (we all sit down) followed by bath, readers, board or card game, read to my daughter and then read to self time before lights out at 8pm
8.30pm - ideally I start my own time - usually start with a shower, make a pot of tea and flick on the laptop to finish a task
10pm is bedtime
The best advice you have received
Ditch the guilt. Schedule everything.
What books are you currently reading OR Netflix / Stan shows
I have an outlander book on the go and also the Barefoot Investor. I am watching an interior design challenge show at the moment - or it is on in the background!
If you cook, what recipes can you share / meal prep tips
Thermomix. It is a long-standing joke in our house that my fave kitchen gadgets are my thermo and coffee maker!
What one area of your life would you like to improve
Self care - always find the balance hard. Even though I do actually do quite a bit for myself.
What’s the one thing you do each day (like a hack) that makes your life run smoother?
Plan - what we are going to eat, everyone’s appointments, what tasks I need to do. In the business I live by Insightly.
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails?
There are quite a few people (women mostly) who randomly send updates that I enjoy reading. It is about where my head is at and what help I need at the time.
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
A baby will change everything. Your thinking, your day everything. Plan to only be present for your baby for at least 3 months if not more. Give yourself a break and let go.
What’s the most useful / useless baby/kids item you have?
For me it is me. My intuition that something is not right. Talking - really talking with her and watching for changes of moods and emotions. Having an open discussion about things that happen. Honesty and always truth. Learning to be present with your child is powerful.