Welcome to the second post in the Single Mom Boss Series. Guy, if you haven’t already catch up by reading the first post in the series Single Mom Boss ft. Baked by Laura.Following the first post I was unsure of who to feature. Fortunately Laura, the owner of Baked By Laura put forward Emily.
Luckily enough for us hairdresser, single mom and all-round boss Emily agreed to get involved.
Today, Emily will be answering 10 questions about how she discovers the positives of parenting alone while beating the stereotypes as a working single mother. I am so grateful for the recommendation and you will find out why when you read the interview. Oh, and remember you don’t have to own a business to have a boss title.
So, without any more waffling from me, continue reading to be inspired;
1. TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO?
My names Emily Wilkinson I’m 31 years old, I’m a hairdresser and I work 2 days at a hairdressers called Bad Apple in Wolverhampton and I love it.
2. HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE?
I have 3 children, 2 beautiful girls and a handsome little boy.
3. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE SINGLE MOTHERHOOD AND WORK?
It’s difficult but to be honest. I love doing my 2 days a week. It gets me out and I feel like I’m a someone when I work.
4. WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT JUGGLING SINGLE MOTHERHOOD AND BEING AN HAIRDRESSER?
The hardest thing is people kind of expect you to do their hair and don’t realise I’ve got children to look after. It can be very stressful at times. But, as much as I love to earn the money I have to put my children first. They are my everything.
5. WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU GO BACK INTO EMPLOYMENT?
I went back because I love my job. I feel like it’s important for us as women to keep our foot in the door with our jobs. Yes, we are single mothers, but we are people who need to get out there too. I also think my children pushed me to go back into employment as it’s important to show them anything can be achieved.
6. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A HAIRDRESSER?
I loved doing hair from a young age. At 13 I decided to go n get a Saturday job. I loved it that much and realised there was a lot more to it than people think. You’re not “just” a hairdresser. You have to really think about what you are doing, what colour’s are going to work for each individual person, what you have to mix to make it work. I worked at a very good salon and learnt a lot. I was very lucky to have that great start in my career.
7. DOES ANYONE IN YOUR FIELD INSPIRE YOU?
I love a woman called Lisa Shepard her colour’s inspire me. But, I think in this trade anyone can inspire you even yourself and apprentices. They can really teach you a thing or two.
8. WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?
Next for me, is to keep fighting to get my health back on track. I found out I have kidney disease. It was the scariest thing, especially with having three children. However, with studying, diet, patience and surrounding myself with positive people, I’m getting there. Career wise, in the future I would love to become a part of the educating team in Bad Apple and help up and coming apprentices.
9. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS AND GOING BACK INTO EMPLOYMENT?
I would tell them to go for it. Anything is possible, and it is important to try and get out to work. I think it’s great for our children to see us single moms do something, because they look up to us.
10. WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Emily (as much as I did) and how she manages being a working-single mom. I’d love you to get behind her and support her on her journey to becoming part of the education team, keeping healthy and raising three great children. Don’t forget to check out her socials using the links above. And if your local to Wolverhampton, be sure to book an appointment with Emily at BAD APPLE.
Thanks for reading.
P.s if you know a single mom boss or you are one yourself and you’d love to get involved then let me know I’d love to feature you.