Inspirational Women - Amy Le Pelley, blogger behind Amy Is Hooked
I am a craft and lifestyle blogger, my page is called ‘Hooked’ and it is a creative blog dedicated to my love of crafting, DIY and food.
What is most important to you and why, at this point in your life?
I have three gorgeous children and they are my main priority. Being a stay at home mum can be hard work, but those three squidgy faces bring me so much joy, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What are the daily challenges you face as a female entrepreneur?
As a woman I feel that I am expected to wear many hats and often my own pursuits don’t come first. That being said, many of the challenges I face as a woman are self inflicted. I expect myself to be everything to everyone. I find it difficult to switch off from my home life to focus on my craft. I am not sure if that is easier for men, it can seem that way sometimes.
How do you feel you achieve work-life balance?
As a stay at home mum, I struggle to achieve a decent work-life balance and at the moment if I am being honest I am not sure I do. My family comes first which means often I don’t. I try and involve the kids in my crafting when I can, they love to get involved. My youngest starts school in September and although I will miss him terribly, I think that will help me to carve out a bit of time from the day to work on my own projects.
How did you get where you are today, and who helped you along the way?
I come from a long line of hard working woman. My Grandmother worked all her life and my mother is a successful author. When I started my blog my mum was my biggest supporter. She understood that it represented not only my love of craft, but almost my desire to write to keep my brain cells working during a time in my life when most of my conversations involved weaning schedules and bedtime routines. She understood that words can take you away from the mundane and enable you to escape into any world you want.
My mum is also very tech savvy, being one of the first authors to have their own website and has more following on all of her social media platforms than I do! I can be my biggest critic and my mother always manages to put things into perspective and encourages me to follow pursuits which I enjoy and not be discouraged by others who have their own agendas.
Give us one or two things you have learnt growing up as a woman?
I view myself as a strong and independent woman and it has taken time to understand that is OK. I am not being bossy, or difficult, I just know what I want. I learnt kindness is an underrated quality. We should be encouraging and supporting other woman and not putting each other down.
What are your goals for 2019?
The last year I have spent time away from my computer to focus on family life. I lost two close family members and it definitely made me reevaluate my priorities, take some time out and worry less about self-inflicted deadlines. In 2019 I would like to start teaching workshops and also learning some new skills myself. The large projects I intend to work on this year are a concrete clock for my hallway, a large crochet throw for my bed, I would like to expand on my experience
Check out Amy’s blog page here: http://amyishooked.com/