Today we are chatting to the lovely Vicki Psarias, aka blogger Honest Mum and author of the number one best seller Mumboss! We first virtually met Vicki way back in 2013 when she featured in our Mama Style section of the blog but today we are going to be hearing about her book.
Congratulations Vicki, you must be delighted with the success of Mumboss so soon after launch?
I’m truly touched by all the support on and offline. I wrote Mumboss to help mums everywhere so to receive feedback it’s empowering and mobilising them, means the world to me.
So tell us a bit about Mumboss?
It’s a comprehensive how-to book on returning to work or setting up your own digital business with confidence, and it also offers insight into how to overcome the imposter syndrome and self doubt, contextualised with my own story and lots of other personal stories from mum and dadbosses to inform and inspire others: parents who found gaps in the market and many who overcame adversity to succeed.
When did you know you were going to write a book?
It’s been a dream of mine and I started writing a proposal 3 years ago but I always trusset the timing of my life and getting the book deal last year happened at just the right time for me. I was more experienced and better able to share all that I know at that point. I feel proud of all the sweat, love, tears and lost sleep that went into my book. It’s my third baby!
How does your blog fit in with the book? Can you tell us a bit more about your blog?
Without my blog, there would be no book. I share my own story, setting up Honestmum.com while on maternity leave as a TV Director and Filmmaker, broken from a traumatic birth to slowly rediscovering my voice and identity, and creating a digital business in the process in the book. My blog gave me my own personal creative space and is the first place I go to to write today. It’s my therapy. I write several times a week on Honestmum.com and share all of my passions there, it’s the foundation to my career and the nucleus of it all.
What is your favourite thing about working for yourself?
The flexibility. It’s why I left directing. I wanted to be there for my children, not on set for 12 hour days far from home. Working for yourself means greater balance, control and ultimately leverage. I love the freedom of working from my kitchen table while being able to do the school-run.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to anyone considering giving up the 9-5?
What does the future hold for Honest Mum?
I’m launching a product soon I can’t talk about yet which is very exciting and I hope to merge my current career with getting back in the director’s chair at some point. I love telly too so want to do some more presenting. I’d also love to write a vegan Mediterranean family cookery book at some point collaborating with my Dad who is the most accomplished chef (he’s also comedy gold too). Watch this space…. Gosh I need a lie-down after sharing all of my hopes and dreams here!!! One day at a time, hey!
Thanks Vicki! Mumboss is available on Amazon.co.uk