FAT MUM SLIM

We think this lady is an absolute superstar. Uh huh. Chantelle is the beauty and the brains behind Fat Mum Slim. The Little Moments App. And the new ADORABLE App. 

She started up her blog waaay before blogging became a thing. What started as a personal weight loss journey... is now oh so much more. Personally, we think she made blogging cool. We love her vibe. Her style. And of course, we love #FMSphotoaday. She rocks the squares. With just a few followers... ok, more like an ah-mazing 100,000 plus followers... she inspires us all to rock our own squares. Heck yes.

Beyond thrilled and honoured to have had a chat to such an inspirational, super fabulous, super talented lady about all things motherhood, business and blogging.

HOW DID FAT MUM SLIM ALL START.
It was around Christmas 2011 that I was getting excited about the New Year, and I was wondering what I could do to have some fun, and inspire myself each day; and Photo A Day was born. Originally it was only going to be for a month, and I wasn’t sure if anyone other than me would play along, but as soon as I launched it on my blog and Instagram, it went bananas. I remember being on holidays and checking out the hashtag and the numbers were jumping by the thousands in minutes. It was crazy. People begged me to keep it going, and that’s just what I did. Over 4 years later, and we’re still going strong, there’s an App and over 23 million photos have been shared since conception on various platforms

‘I REMEMBER BEING ON HOLIDAYS AND CHECKING THE HASHTAG AND THE NUMBERS WERE JUMPING BY THE THOUSANDS IN MINUTES. IT WAS CRAZY’

WE CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF YOUR BLOG. WE JUST LOVE IT. ANY QUICK TIPS TO STARTING UP A ROCKING BLOG.
Oh stop it! That’s such a nice thing to say, thank you. OK, tips! I definitely think that if you’re starting up a blog to get rich quick, stop and find another passion. I truly believes blogs should be created to add value to people’s lives {the money can come later, if that’s the way you want to go}. Think about what you have to offer the world, what unique, truly you offering do you have? What do you want to share? What can you sustain week in and week out for a long time. Make sure it’s something passionate about. I love that quote, ‘there’s no one Youer than you’ so go and be you in your blog, offer some sort of value {inspiration, information, whatever your magic is} and get to it.

YOU BLOG, MUM, FREELANCE, MENTOR AND SO MUCH MORE. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE IT ALL.
This has been my biggest learning curve in running my own business. I think balance is aN unattainable fairytale idea, to be honest. Instead I think it’s absolutely integral to set boundaries. I work two days a week. We have a beautiful nanny who comes in and looks after the girls so that I can work like a machine for two days. I’m super productive and good at getting stuff done. I also steal moments of times when my husband is home, which is often because he’s a shift worker. So I just make it work, but I’m getting great at setting boundaries so that my work doesn’t leak into my play time. I think that helps with the whole juggle thing!

‘I THINK BALANCE IS AN UNATTAINABLE FAIRYTALE IDEA, TO BE HONEST’

WE HAVE ATTEMPTED #FMSPHOTOADAY A FEW TIMES. AND NEVER QUITE MAKE THE ENTIRE MONTH. SIGH. ANY TIPS FOR THOSE OF US WHO FALL OF THE BANDWAGON ON HOW WE CAN STICK WITH IT.
Everyone plays differently, but I think being a little bit organised always helps. For years I was totally spontaneous and didn’t think about what I was going to photograph until the day, but Instagram has changed and you can’t just be taking crappy photos and sharing them for the sake of sharing them. The standards have been lifted. I sit down at the start of a month and plan out what options I could use for the photos. This gets me so excited about the challenge. If you struggle with a day, it shouldn’t ever become a chore, so take a break and come back the next day. It’s totally OK to miss days. It’s about having fun and being creative, if you’re not feeling it… take a break. Although it is so rewarding to get through a whole month. That feeling rocks!

THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOU.
Inspired. Caring. Bonkers.

TOP FIVE TO FOLLOW.
@lichipan
@tinymountainstudio
@gatherandfeast
@humphreyandgrace
@biancavirtue

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION.
Cliche, but Oprah.

WHAT WORD MAKES YOU LAUGH.
Anything my toddler says!

WHAT WORD MAKES YOU CRINGE.
Moist. Ick.

WHAT IS YOUR PET PEEVE.
Smoking!

WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT.
Birds.

BLOG.
www.fatmumslim.com

FOLLOW.
@fatmumslim

SAY HELLO.
hello@fatmumslim.com

PS We thought it would be a great idea to play along with #FMSphotoaday for the month of August... showcasing Small Business Products. Have a peep at our first week here