Self- Interview: Little Red Interviews Lauren Jeffery

How old are you?

I’m 31 years old and still feel about 18. It’s wonderful! And no, I’m not in denial about getting older.

What was my childhood dream?

I had a few dreams. Firstly, to become a nurse (tick!), then two have two children (tick!), but wanted two boys. Got one of each and couldn’t be happier. Next was to travel overseas- haven’t don enough of that yet.

How often do I laugh?

Usually every ten minutes. To be specific! Can’t get through an hour of my day without laughing. And that good old belly laughing with lots of happy tears.

What makes me smile?

My children, my husband, my four fur babies, remembering my childhood, kind words from friends and family, completing my endless to-do lists, the feeling I get when I drink a nice hot tea, a sleep in past 7am and listening to music at ridiculously loud volumes

Who is your most dangerous enemy?

Myself.

Do you think you are strong?

Physically? Yes. Emotionally? Not really. I can be, but mostly, I’m just a bit too sensitive. I’d be the guy on the footy field that you’d call “soft”

Most important thing you’ve done so far?

In life? Give birth to my two children. In business? Just try.

What do you fear the most?

My childhood fear has come true (twice) so now I fear nothing. I have nothing to lose and everything to lose at the same time, so just getting through each day happily for the moment.

What is my favourite word?

Collectively? “I love you”. Individually? “Mum”.

What words do you use the most?

In a sentence? “You know what I mean?” (courtesy of my husband). Individually? Shoosh, please, sorry, thanks, and Jeepers!

When was the last time you cried and why?

Yesterday, because I sat eating lunch where I last had lunch with my mum before she passed away.

What’s the best thing that could happen to you right now?

I could be given this amazing opportunity that I’ve gone after.

What’s the worst thing that could happen to you right now?

I could get sick. Being a sick mum is pretty rough.

In 5 years from now….

I want to be working from home, I want to be working as a Midwife casually, I want my kids to be settled in school and I want our house to be finished!

Do you regret anything?

No. Every choice I have made has got me to where I am right now. If I have any doubt over any decision I’ve made in the past, I will become miserable and I can’t have that.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Cuddle my kids in bed

One thing you’d like to change in your life right now?

Time- I’d like more of it.

What am I proud of?

Starting my own business. My parents. My children. My husband. My new frame of mind.

Sum up your life in one sentence.

Full of love, laughs, drama, highs, lows, in betweens, friends, family, interesting and full of challenges.

What annoys me the most?

People who can’t see the world through someone else’s eyes.

What makes me laugh?

Silly jokes, my children, my husband, ridiculously lame things mostly. My own laugh makes me laugh.

Am I happy?

If happiness was measured by percentage, I’d sit at approximately 80%- I still have a lot to achieve and pursue that will make me 110% happy. So I guess I’d say I’m very content.

What is your greatest strength?

I keep trying.

What is my greatest weakness?

I don’t switch off and overthink.

How would you describe yourself?

Silly, caring, thoughtful, old-fashioned, friendly, helpful, daggy, warm, sensitive, soft, cautious, creative, keen to learn, has a good memory.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

It depends who is putting it on me! Usually I’m fine at the time and need to wind down later on.

How do I evaluate success?

Am I happy? Is the other party happy? Can I sleep well at night? Have I achieved my goals or am I on my way to achieving them? If I can say yes to any of these, I’m doing well.

Why did you start your small business?

I’ve been on maternity leave and have enjoyed nothing more in life than being at home for my children. I’ve always been a keen writer and never imagined making a career out of writing until last year. I want to eventually work from home, because home is my favourite place. I want to have the feeling of accomplishment in knowing I’ve started something from the ground up that gives me those buttterflies in my stomach and goosebumps and helps others.

How did you come up with your business name?

I was firing names at my husband and Little Red Writing Solutions was the last name I came up with. It was random and I love it! I’ve been told it’s cute and memorable- I’m happy with the memorable part.

What and or who inspires me?

What- my past, research, the power of learning

Who- my family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues

What are you passionate about?

Writing, making a happy and healthy life for myself and my family, women’s health, justice issues, reading, learning new skills, science, small business, helping others, medicine.

What are you most grateful for?

My children (noticing a theme here?), my childhood, the time I had with my parents, the friends who’ve helped me through the recent loss of my mum, the way I can laugh through almost any tough situation, good books and funny movies

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start a small business?

Research, ask questions, have a go, don’t give up

Are you living my dreams?

Not yet- there’s so much more I need to add to my life

What would you do today if there was no tomorrow?

Watch my children play, hug and kiss them as much as I do, smile and enjoy the last 24 hours, breathe easy and feel every moment.

The greatest things you learnt in life?

Speak up. It’s normal to be flawed. Accept what you cannot change. Never go a day without telling your loved ones how much you love them and appreciate them. Some say words lose their meaning the more you repeat them- “I love you” never goes out of fashion. Just be yourself- it doesn’t matter if people don’t always “get you”. Being weird is the best way to be, because you are the only you.

Describe your business in three words.

Fresh, resourceful, focused

The song title that describes your work ethic?

“Tunnel Vision” – Justin Timberlake (Once I start, I can’t focus on anything else!)

What opportunities are you looking for?

I am looking for partnerships, not jobs. I want to find small business owners and Mums in Business and help ease their workload. I love small projects, as much as ongoing ones. I take any opportunities that come my way, I also do a lot of networking which has led to some great business-minded people and amazing small businesses.

How can you create these opportunities?

Just work at it. Pretty simple. Put myself out there and see what happens.

Your biggest goals and dreams?

To live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. To eventually work from home- part-time only, so I can be the full-time Mum I’d love to be. To travel to my favourite parts of Australia again, to show my kids what I got to see as a child. To be a successful small business owner.

What is your inner dialogue like?

It depends on the time of day, but usually it’s very helpful! I have learnt in the past 9 or so months to wind down and relax. I still have a lot to learn but my inner voice is a great help. By around 10am, I’m focused and onto my to-do lists. I don’t like sitting doing nothing, so I keep busy until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. Then try to keep going for at least another hour!

How are you making your life more meaningful?

I’m able to spend more time with my little children, so that’s a big part of finding peace in my life. I am focusing on what I want to do professionally and focusing on what I love, which I didn’t allow myself to do before. I am set on creating beautiful memories for my children, that’s my biggest job. I just keep thinking- we are here for a good time, not a long time.

Why did you choose copy writing as a career path?

I have a lot of inspirational people in my life who thought I should re-focus on what I love doing, and that’s writing. I have met some amazingly insightful business women who have encouraged and supported me into the position I am in now. I want to be helpful to others in any profession I am working in. My small business focuses on helping others by relieving pressure and adding time and money to their business. My business is a creative outlet, I’ve never had that in a position I’ve held before- very hard to feel this way about nursing!

Do you enjoy working for yourself?

So far, yes. I don’t need to run my ideas past anyone. I can work on what I want to the beat of my own drum. I make my own deadlines and run off my own to-do lists, rather than someone else’s. It’s the greatest personal challenge I’ve taken on but I’m determined to make the most of it.

What are your Top 3 songs right now?

Acapella- Karmin

Royals- Lorde

Wake Me Up- Avicii

What are your three pet peeves?

Drivers who don’t indicate

My son eating a meal, then saying “I’m starving” two minutes later!

People who don’t consider the feelings of others before they talk or act- I am a sensitive soul

What do you want to learn in the next 12 months?

Anything and everything possible about growing my copy writing, I want to continue my Buddhism studies and I want to learn how to fix more around the house!

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