Emma Cottam, Founder of Isabella & Us

Emma Cottam, Founder of Isabella & Us

#MoreThanAMutha is all about celebrating the things that women are, as well as being amazing mothers.  In a world where many women feel like they lose their identity when they become a mum, it is important to celebrate and shout that we might be mums, but we are not only that and we are still a force to be reckoned with.

What makes you more than a mother? 

I am more than a mutha because I set up my business Isabella and Us. when my daughter was 4 weeks old and I am constantly taking risks and trying new things will the business.

Are people surprised when they realise you are more than a mum? Does that bother you?

Many people are surprised that I set up my business when Isabella was 4 weeks old. But at a time when I felt most vulnerable and struggling with the transition with motherhood I put my focus on helping others feel positive.

What challenges do you face when you’re juggling motherhood and being more than a mum?

As Isabella and Us grows and I take on more challenges, my diary is getting fuller and it is hard to juggle also bring a full time mum. And things that need to be done at home. I find that I need to be super organised and make the most of my time at every opportunity.

How long did it take you to remember you were more than a mother after you had your child(ren)?

I think I’m still struggling with this, particularly confidence wise. But I know that I am still me, I just need to figure out what that is and means.

Who, or what, helps you to make time for yourself? What do you do to escape the stresses of motherhood?

I am so rubbish at taking time for myself but doing things like shaving my legs, painting my nails, going to the cinema and spending baby free time with my husband make me feel more like me. I definitely do need to make more time for me though!

What advice would you offer a mum who might not be feeling like they are more than someones mum right now?

I would say you are more than a mum.  Take some time for you even if it’s just 5 minutes to soak up the sun outside in the garden. (something I definitely need to do more of myself!)

Any advice for someone who is going through the same things as you are right now in their quest to be #MoreThanAMutha?

Take your time! Do something the you before you become a mum enjoyed and go from there. Being a mum is tough and it’s important you remember what an amazing job you are doing!

Who would you like to see featured next in the #MoreThanAMutha series?

Beki from Believe in Me

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