A cuppa & a Custard Cream with....Fritha Quinn

1.       Who are you and where do you come from?!
Hello I'm Fritha and I live in Bristol. I was born here but grew up in part of Yorkshire and Wales before settling back in Bristol about twelve years ago!

2.       What do you do and why?
I am a blogger and content curator over on Tigerlilly Quinn. I 'fell' into blogging about ten years ago before it was really a 'thing' and before anyone was making a career out of it. My blog is snapshots of our life and my other interests be it home education, interiors, or family life. 

3.       What are the biggest challenges you've faced in your working life and as a mum?
When I first started working from home around my children juggling being present and being able to work was a huge juggle. I worked every evening, weekend and naptime and rarely ever had any down time or even a night off in front of the tv. The internet never stops so I also found having to be 'on' all the time without a break hard at times and at this point I was blogging three times a day to build up a readership. I'm proud of the hours I put in teaching myself HTML how to use a DSLR or to edit a video because when my hobby became a viable business it allowed us all bigger freedoms as a family. 

4.       What have been your biggest HURRAH moments so far?
My first would be when finally matched my yearly income of my previous full-time role whilst being my own boss and staying home with my kids (this took four years).

My second would probably be when my husband was able to quit his job and be a stay-at-home dad a year after our second child was born. It was something we had dreamed of for many years and was a bit of leap of faith but has had such a positive impact in our lives.

5.       If you could give 3 pieces of advice to yourself 10 years ago, what would it be?
If it's not going to matter in a year it doesn't matter.
Trust your gut (this applies to parenting too!).
It's good to stick with things but it's also good to know when to stop and focus on something else (I previously had a online lifestyle store that I loved but had to drop for this very reason!).

6.       What are your long-term hopes and aims?
It's hard to know how to answer this question in the current climate! I'm not really sure where the online world is going. I recently did an Interior Design diploma and I'm excited to move more into interior content a little more and see where that leads me. We have recently decided to home educate our children which I'm really excited about. (This also probably sounds a bit crazy but I promise you home ed is nothing like pandemic remote school learning!).

7.       Which 3 books would you recommend for: a long hour train journey (with no kids!) / a mood-lifter / a fact-finding mission (ie, non-fiction)?
I recently read Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, it's an easy read but one of those ones where you think about the character for ages! Anything by Lianne Moriarty is always good and I also recently read UNFOLLOW by Megan Phelps-Roper about leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.

8.       What are the most common misconception you've found from having a successful social media presence?
That I'm really confident (I'm a natural introvert).

9.       You’re granted 1 wish (for you or your career) – what would it be?
I don't really aspire to be more successful necessarily in monetary terms, my main goal in life is to have work life balance that allows me as much time as I can with my kids. I'm extremely lucky that's the case at the moment so I guess I just hope things continue on that path! It's great to be ambitious and always reaching for the next goal post but I truly believe there's a lot to be said for feeling content. 

10.      What’s your favourite biscuit?
Eeek I don't really eat them all that often (is that weird??) I don't mind a chocolate digestive! 

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