Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My Interview with Lyts Magazine on Juggling Motherhood, A full time Job, A Fashion Business and My Blog. + Tips for working Mums!

Blazer & Pants ~ Ceepple-Red
Sunnies ~ New Look
Mules ~ Debenhams
Last November I was selected and interviewed by Lyts magazine as a part of their 'Project 100'. Here's thanking the team for the recognition and I hope they keep up the good work. Check out excerpts the interview below...

 Tell us briefly about your personal and style background
Thank you for having me in your magazine.
My name is Chinenye Irabor, fondly called ChiChi. I’m a wife, mother, public servant, lifestyle blogger, and creative director of a fashion brand named Ceepple-Red. I live and work in Abuja. I’d describe my personal style as classic, polished, colourful, with just the right amount of edginess. Red is my absolute favourite colour to wear, and I have an affinity for blazers.

What can you say about quality content for social media as a blogger?

Nothing beats quality. It basically sets you apart and keeps you miles ahead  in the social media stakes. People are constantly searching for compelling, engaging, credible and meaningful content, and so if you can deliver this timely and consistently, you are bound to be successful. It’s all about adding value, understanding the expectations of your target audience and exceeding them. You just don’t wake up and post anything on social media anymore. These days, you have to be strategic, you have to.... 

How do you handle running a family and blog simultaneously?

I’m still learning and adjusting. I have a full time job as well so it requires a lot of commitment, hard work, patience, planning, and effective time-management. Motherhood has deepened my appreciation and zeal for time management because it literally takes me from confusion and frustration to clarity and focus. I set goals and agenda for my family, job, business, and blog, prioritise them and endeavour to follow through.  During the weekend I...
How do you stay motivated to keep working even when you are demoralized?
I have an 8a.m. – 4p.m. job which I love,I run a fashion business, I blog and I’m raising a family. It’s like juggling four balls at the same time and trying to make sure none falls off. It can be mentally, physically and emotionally tasking, but I have a very good support system, from my family to friends, and mentors who encourage me  to persevere when it gets tough. I am passionate about my family, and everything that I do, so the passion also keeps me going. I acknowledge and remember my wins and remind myself that... 

What do you have to say to women running businesses and raising families simultaneously?

It’s not easy, so first of all I’d say well done! Being a mum and a career/business woman may seem impracticable but it can be done because we are resilient and capable of so much more than we think. 
Set clear priorities and goals and do your best to follow through. Have an open mind and give room for flexibility in accomplishing your goals to enable you deal with unforeseen circumstances that might surface. Learn to manage your time well. Procrastination is the enemy. Your attitude towards time is a major determinant of how much and how well you can achieve. Be passionate. 
When you are at work, be... 
Do things that add value to your life. Try not to engage in unproductive ventures. Again, get your priorities right. Invest well. Don’t go around buying Brazilian hair and then end up begging for money to buy baby’s pampers.
I find that sometimes we get excessively concerned with... 
 Had quite a lot to say. Please read the full interview Here.  


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