Women Can Have It All: Meet Holly from Simplify Create Inspire

Inspirational Women Interview Series

Welcome to The Multitasking Woman’s very first Inspirational Women Series where every Friday fortnight I will be interviewing an inspirational woman. I believe every woman is inspirational in some way or another through their individual experiences and views on life and I hope the interviews I share on the blog may help you to learn and gain a different perspective on life.

Holly from Simplify Create Inspire talks about her blogging journey, her change from a career focused senior psychologist to a stay at home mum and why everyone should get a mid-week day off!

Holly Connors

Tell us a little bit about your blog (or business).

Simplify Create Inspire was inspired by a personal need to cut the clutter and get more organised in my own life. I decided by blogging the journey of decluttering and simplifying my own life, it was not only holding me accountable but also hopefully helping others do the same. It has evolved a lot since this time and grown beyond what I imagined when starting off my little hobby blog.

What do you love most about your blog (or business)?

I love that it keeps me constantly focused on my goal of simplifying and through finding relevant content to share with my readers, I am always reassessing my own processes and systems along the way. Plus it gives me the chance to connect with other amazing bloggers along the way.

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?

Do not touch the permalink structure… Ever! A recent mistake cost me many wasted hours repairing links. Oops. Leave the tech stuff to someone who knows what they are doing.

What’s the one piece of golden piece of advice you could offer other women?

Being busy does not mean you are being productive. The best thing you can do is streamline and simplify wherever possible because life is too short not to have time to just play with your kids or enjoy doing your favourite things. Make time to enjoy every day.

Do you believe women can have it all? Why or why not?

Sure. I went from career focused professional as a senior psychologist managing a team to a mum who wanted nothing more than to stay home with my girls. But since then I have found ways to build a non-traditional income by utilising skills and hobbies completely unrelated to my professional career. Anyone can do it if determined enough. It’s all about finding balance and considering your priorities.

Top time-management tip?

Automate when possible (or outsource if you can) and create processes that allow you to make the most of your time. For me, this comes down to having a few great tools that let me do things in bulk, and also making time to work in batches, such as writing several blog posts in one sitting, then editing photos in another sitting. Things get done far quicker this way.

What makes you happy?

My family and knowing I can stop what I’m doing and spend quality time with my kids or husband. We also have a family travel blog, which reminds us to have adventures often, even when they are right outside our front door.

If I were prime minister of Australia for a day, I’d…

Be miserable. Too much responsibility haha but I would look at work/life balance as a priority. Happy employees are productive ones, so finding improvements in this area would be great. Mid weekday off anyone?

Describe yourself in five words.

Determined, creative, passionate, fiery, messy.

FAST 5

Fave app: 

Instagram

Last person/page I followed on social media: 

A travel blog couple on Twitter

Three things in my bag I can’t live without: 

Phone, nappies (mum life) and my water bottle.

Last book I read: 

Walking in the Jungle (an English/Polish kids book my daughter loves)

Quote I love: 

You can’t make footprints in the sand by sitting on your butt … And who wants to make buttprints? 

Follow Holly

www.simplifycreateinspire.com

www.facebook.com/simplifycreateinspire

http://instagram.com/simplifycreateinspire

http://twitter.com/simplifycreate

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. October 30, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Thanks Holly and Eva. I REALLY like the quote about productivity being different to being busy! I know some busy who pride themselves on how busy they are, but they often achieve little.

    Of course I’m not working at the moment so am far from busy. Unfortunately I’m also far from productive!

    Deb
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    • November 4, 2015 / 1:49 pm

      Haha Toni. Late nights 😉 no, more theme based. I find if I focus on a particular article, then as I’m writing I think of what may be great related content and make notes on topic ideas, then as I finish one, I will start the next until that little batch of ideas is covered. Then I go back later and batch create images to go with each and schedule them ahead so they aren’t too close together if on the same topic. Does that help? 🙂
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