First and foremost Laura is a proud mum. She is also an amazing photographer and a UK parenting and lifestyle blogger at Oh So Mummy, which she founded in 2015. We only met Laura recently at a launch event we held for Bibetta and Annabel Karmel, but we knew straight away, she is truly someone special.
Do you have inspirational quotes?
“Nothing worth having comes easy” It was a reminder to myself when going through IVF that it was all worth it. It wasn’t easy at all but I prayed that once it was over, we would be blessed with a sweet baby.
What have been your Highs & Lows?
I think I have suffered with many lows in my life, that however is definitely outweighed by the highs.
I have two beautiful children, a supportive and loving fiancé, parents who are happy and healthy who I see regularly and a wide range of friends. All of them are there for me through the lows.
Last year I was diagnosed with post-natal depression. That was my biggest all time low. I never realised how badly it could affect someone and their life. I nearly lost everything because of it but with the great support from other women who had been through the same thing and from my family, I am on the right path to recovering.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
I think it’s been an issue that has been on going for a long time now and that’s body image.
Women are constantly fed messages from the media that suggest being slim and beautiful is the key to success and happiness. Women can’t win with this, you put on a few pounds and people fat shame you. You lose a few and they skinny shame you. I see it in magazines and online all the time. More recently it’s new mums showing off how they are back to their pre-pregnancy size just 2 weeks after giving birth! Good for them, but do they really need to showcase it all over their social media to make other mums who are struggling feel like they should be? No, they don’t need to do that.
What advice do you have for other women?
Be bold! Don’t be ashamed of what you believe in and what you stand for. Your thoughts and opinions are valued and needed.
Do you think it's important to have International Women's day and why?
Absolutely! Women fought for where we are today and what we have so that needs to be celebrated. Although there are still some issues with equality between sexes we need to get the women of the world together and show that we needn’t feel threatened by each other and team together to make great things happen!
UK parenting & lifestyle blogger Oh So Mummy