In the Women and Work series women discuss how work fits into their lives. Whether it’s paid work, voluntary or domestic, the shape of it and affect on their lives will be explored. Each woman will answer the same ten questions about their relationship with work.
In this interview, the lovely Anissa Ljanta talks about blogging, social media and being mindful of what’s important.
Anissa is a mama, writer, blogger, activist, craftswoman, dynamic workshop facilitator, an op-shopping queen and traditional herbalist.
She has lived in over twenty countries in everything from a tipi to a high-rise and is passionate about connected parenting, her writing, natural foods, living with integrity and finding magic in the mundane.
Anissa makes, bakes and blogs over at GrowMama.blogspot.com.
How would you describe your current work status and what is it you do?
I am a freelance writer , blogger and Social Media Manager. I work based from home, while homeschooling, and love it.
What led you to it?
I have always been a writer and am a born networker, so despite loving books and all things vintage, it was actually a natural step for me to embrace Social media. My work draws on all my strengths so it’s been a natural progression to where I am today.
If a friend wanted to do what advice would you give her?
It is always great to talk to someone in the industry you are thinking about entering before you leap in. I would advise to get a few people to give honest feedback about her plans. No point in investing a lot of time and money into a business and there not be a niche, or for you not actually to be good at it.
Developing a company’s voice and representing their brand in an appropriate and consistent way is a lot harder than people think!
Some of the skills involved are inherent and can’t be learned easily. With social media you have to not let negative feedback and comments get to you, and be available multiple times a day to monitor, that puts a few people off.
What purpose does work serve in your life?
I only work for companies and projects I feel ethically aligned with. This means that I LOVE the work I do take on and it fits nicely with the rest of my life. It is more than just money. Otherwise I would work in the corporate big money arena more!
Has choosing that work meant that there are other areas of your life you don’t dedicate as much time to as you’d like?
Definitely. I want to put more time into my personal blog, GrowMama.blogspot.com and my own writing. I have been writing the GrowMama blog for five years now and it has a growing readership.
I struggle with feeling a bit envious of other homeschooling mamas who don’t have to rush off to meetings or shelve projects because of paid work. And juggling any kind of work with children can present some interesting dilemmas.
Sometimes I just want to throw it all in and hang with my boy! Luckily my main paid Social Media job is part time and I can fit in a bit of everything around it.
How do you reconcile that imbalance (in reality or philosophically)?
Ha! I take a deep breath and remind myself of what a high class problem that is! I am so blessed to have work I love. I get to work with and interview some very cool people.
In your working life what are the three most powerful skills you possess?
- Commitment. Once I say yes, I am 100% committed to a job or article.
- The combination of writing and photography skills – means big savings for those I work with, usually those are two different roles.
- Top notch communication skills (come in handy replying to negative comments on facebook!) from years of facilitation and conflict-resolution work.
If you could invite three amazing women to dinner at your place who would they be? (they could be from anywhere or anytime)
I’d invite Jeanne d’Arc, Emma Goldman, Brene Brown and Vandana Shiva. There is always one that can’t make it, right?!
How do you relax?
Darn good question. I often work at night to get things done or meet a deadline. I take a long bath, love to go for walks on the beach, read voraciously, make a juice, cook up a storm and play with my son, who is really good at reminding me what the important things are in life.
Hey guys it’s Lisa here – be sure to keep an eye on the NZ Herald’s Element Magazine towards the end of June, so you can catch Anissa’s next article about Gardening with Kids.