A little different to most parenting blogs
Having been lucky enough to have known Cherry for around 18 months. We are part of the same Blogging Tribe. Cherry brings her unique perspective as a headteacher, adoptive parent and positive outlook to all around her.
Cherry is THE most positive, helpful and funny lady! She would light up any room she walked into!
Find your tribe and hold on tight – and find a mentor who really gets you and will help you on your journey – your tribe and mentor will be invaluable.
Let me introduce Cherry Newby, a former teacher and Headteacher of over 10 years, a mama to 2 adopted kids and a wife to Paul.
Let’s get personal! Where do you live? Do you have a family? What do you do for work and play?
I live in the lovely county of Lincolnshire with my husband, two children and 3 cats. I blog for a living and am just starting up my own VA business whilst being a busy mum. For play, we love to get out and about and discover what our country has to offer.
What is your blog called and how did you decide on that name?
My blog is called The Newby Tribe and my VA Business will be called Newby VA Services. In all honesty I’m not great with names so I’ve just stuck simply with my surname!
What type of blog do you have? What is your niche?
My blog is aimed at parents of primary aged children. Helping them with all things that come up in primary school as well as lifestyle inspirations.
What do you offer your readers that no one else does?
My blog offers my rather unique perspective as a former Headteacher. My take on things is a little different to most parenting blogs, and it also only focuses on primary ages rather than babies and toddlers too.
What made you start your blog? Does the reality of running your own blo meet your initial thoughts and expectations?
Initially, I just wanted to find something to do that allowed me to be at home with my children. To feel more like myself rather than getting lost in being ‘mum’. Since I’ve been
How many hours a week do you spend on your blo? Do you find you can work this around your other commitments?
This is a bit like, how long is a piece of string! I think I pretty much spend every waking hour doing something for the blog, whether it’s training, reading up, listening to podcasts, taking pictures of the children – it definitely consumes my every moment. But because a lot of it is just going on in my head, I can still do all the other things I need to do at the same time – I’m getting pretty good at multi-tasking
Who inspires you most?
People who have done it on their own – those who have started from nothing and built up wonderful businesses – are the ones I’m most inspired by. I absolutely adore Michelle Obama and her perspective on life. I also loved Richard Branson’s biography and felt very inspired when reading it.
What is the big picture? Your business dream?
To be able to hold my own financially in my household, and to have a job that I wake up delighted to do!
What has been the biggest problem that you have had to overcome, to enable you to get where you are today?
To be completely and utterly frank – it’s laziness! I’ve always known I’m a complete procrastinator, and I’ve got through by the skin of my teeth for most things in life (think exams etc!). I frustrate myself as I often put about 25% effort in and do OK – so what could I achieve if I put 100% effort in? That has been playing on my mind for years, and it’s only recently that I’ve made a concerted effort to actually stop procrastinating and get working! And it’s made all the difference.
Have there been any crazy/unbelievable moments that have happened since you began your blo? Let’s celebrate your successes!
I think the best thing that happened was when I was approached by an educational brand who I really rate, who wanted to pay for a post on my blog, promoting their product. I felt as though I was finally being taken seriously in
If you could be interviewed by someone famous/a major influencer. Who would it be and why?
Oprah or Ellen! Mainly because they make me laugh, and are pretty darn inspirational themselves.
Have there been any hard times in your career that made you question your decision of becoming a Femail Entrepreneur? How did you overcome this?
How about, most of the time! The months when I’ve brought nothing into the house and we’ve struggled to get through have been the hardest. There was one month when both kids needed new shoes and for the first time ever we were really struggling to find the money to pay for them. It made me question whether this was for me or whether I should really just go back into teaching.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m hoping to have a successful VA business that I love doing and still running my blog on the side.
Is there any advice you’d give to those who want to start on a similar business journey to you?
Learn as much as you can, from as many as you can. Find your tribe and hold on tight – and find a mentor who really gets you and will help you on your journey – your tribe and mentor will be invaluable, especially on the days when it feels as though it’s just too hard to go on.
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