Inspirational Women Series -Amber Toerien

Let’s be honest ….Women are remarkable.

The last few years have highlighted the mental load mothers carry daily added to their already challenging careers, relationships, and the desire to keep their individuality, femininity, and beauty in a world judging us for being real.

To celebrate just how amazing moms are, Fun mamma SA has chosen some inspirational moms to chat to about motherhood, careers, and the secret to their success.

Kicking off our INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN SERIES is Amber Toerien, a Digital Specialist , work from home mom and homeschooler.

Amber Toerien

1. Who are you when you are not being a mom?

I am a Digital Specialist who helps passionate entrepreneurs launch and build online businesses. I have qualifications in content marketing, web communications, advertising and events management coordination and have become dedicated over the years to helping like-minded entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

2. How would you define Motherhood in your own words?

Challenging but the most rewarding thing you can be blessed with in life.

3. How do you find a balance between work and home?

This is something I struggle with as a work from home mom who is also a homeschooler of a 10-year-old. Even though I have my own office – space and boundaries are always tested.

4. What has been your biggest personal achievement? 

Well besides becoming a Mom, it would have to be being selected as the Digital Marketing Facilitator for The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative – CiTi’s Top Tech Tools For Women In Business Programme 11 times.

The Women In Business programme provides female entrepreneurs with strategic support to implement and adopt digital platforms and programs that up-skill their technological savvy candidates to drive business growth and promote inclusion in the digital economy.

5. What is your favourite thing about being a mother? (Why?)

I love knowing that there is someone who relies on me, depends on me and loves me unconditionally. It’s hands down the most rewarding feeling.

6. What has been the hardest part of your Motherhood journey?( and how did you deal with it?)

I had my son at the age of 18, fresh out of high school and growing up myself while being a mother at the same time has not been easy. Having a baby while working and studying, having a kid in school while starting a business. The hardest part has been balancing and sacrificing certain things. (All just parts of being a Mom) I wouldn’t change anything, looking back…

6. What do you hope your children think of you as they grow older?

That I worked hard to provide for, educate, and protect them. That I always let them dream and believe in their talents and that if they worked hard they could be anything they wanted to be.

7. What keeps you motivated?

I have a vision board that I look to for motivation. It has various things on it from my dream house, car, holiday, lifestyle, food goals etc to simple things like the podcast I wanna listen to. I am always updating my vision board as my motivation and self-belief grow.

8. What is something we don’t know about you?

I have ADHD. But these days who doesn’t LOL

9. Can you share your best advice for moms just starting their careers with young children?

It is by no means going to be easy. There will be sacrifices that you will have to make for the bigger picture. There will be hard times – BUT DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU! Remind yourself every day WHY you are doing this and work daily to make small improvements.

10. Share your favourite quote. 

”You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”

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