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THE SECRET LIFE OF A TENNIS MUM

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Scarily we were in the last week of Summer term and in a heightened state of organisation for the upcoming six weeks. I was standing on the precipice of what seems like an eternity to be filled by a working mum with no time to spare.

In Early February and yearning for blue skies amid mojito withdrawal I booked our annual holiday. The day after school breaks we leg it to a sunnier climate of Balearic bliss … our escape plan secured.

In the last (crazy) 10 days of term our most prestigious pieces of press, a V Magazine shoot featuring Gigi &

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Bella Hadid wearing Darkest Star was released, orders coming in, Vogue requesting samples for a cover shoot, washing to be done and bags to be packed I was starting to think that maybe I should have given myself an extra week.

Enthusiastically wanting to fill time on our home arrival we decided to book a tennis tournament for the first two days back …. a tad optimistic in hindsight.

Our holiday was over in the blink of an eye.

Long nights filled with Mahon gin and early morning runs sabotaged my hope of feeling refreshed and raring to go…..a

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well worth compromise in anyones book.

With an early morning wake up, laptop in hand and children in tow we embarked on an hour long drive. Arriving to organised chaos we sign in and check out the cafe. Fresh coffee is a godsend and bacon sandwiches for the boys .. we’re onto a winner and I’m ready to settle. My outside office is bright and breezy with ‘Head’ sprawled across the back nets encouraging me to pursue my unconventional career disguised as a tennis mum.

In the playground I’ve never really spoken about what I do in any great

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detail. I work in design and make clothes is as far as it goes. When Fifty Shades surfaced it would identify the women that are more open about their personal life. If Christian Grey hit the conversation then I knew it was ok to talk openly about the type of design my label celebrates. Let’s say sexual exploration and harnessing your own pleasure was one conversation kept to rare mums nights out over a glass of vino. To be fair, everyone who now knows that I own an Erotic Design House are more than interested and supportive.

I’m now court side

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with emails to answer and blogs to write. Sitting with mums oblivious to the erotica being typed amid rhythmic sounds of rallying balls. If we were still in Spain a ‘Paddle’ could be the racket of choice… now that could inspire a different blog post entirely !

There’s a constant blurred line between multitasking, building a business and giving your kids the attention they need. I try to consider their memories, how will they look back on Summer holidays. As a parent you never want to be the cause of adulthood angst…mother abandoned me for an

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Apple.

Technology has unquestionably eased the guilt and frustration of a working mum, being able to juggle the emails, sports engagements and attempt to execute a balance of holiday fun and work life commitments. As my kids are getting older and no longer need me to watch their every move I can easily loose myself in a blog post albeit with regular interruptions demanding snack cash, console loses and of course celebrate wins. All this whilst advising on how to adjust a newly purchased Silk Harnessed Kimono

Before Kids never did I imagined myself

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in such an environment. Surrounded by parents  who are chilled and friendly others who quite frankly are so up tight they could benefit from my collection, let go and have enjoy a good shag.

I contemplate their reaction to patent leather crotch straps, curious about their preferences but this quite frankly is disturbing and I’m pleased to be once again interrupted by a child longing for juice.

Whilst observing the composure not only of the children but the parents, discussing socially acceptable behaviour of losing under muffled voices so not to

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offend or demonstrate bad sportsmanship, I reflect on the lessons being taught. An awkward customer dialogue is nothing in comparison to the patient negotiation skills that are being tested today.

You never know what the next person is doing, thinking, typing. They could be having an affair or building an empire, closing a deal waiting for their child to finish a game. I’d love to know some of the business decisions that have been made between sets.

Famously J.K.Rowling frequently wrote in ’The Elephant House’ Cafe in Edinburgh. Imagine sitting

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next to a woman drinking coffee, maybe with her little girl colouring next to her. Scribbling words and ideas, conjuring up characters and stories that will become a 15 billion dollar business… who’d have thought ?

I have great Admiration for the focus, determination and sportsmanship of all the kids sweating it out on the courts. Putting themselves out there and reminding me on a regular basis that you have to step up to the plate, they want to win and have to deal with it when they loose, in business a vital lesson to learn.

But ultimately my

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respect lies with mavericks building their own little empire with children in tow…
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- 23 Sep 15

Scarily we were in the last week of Summer term and in a heightened state of organisation for the upcoming six weeks. I was standing on the precipice of what seems like an eternity to be filled by a working mum with no time to spare.

In Early February and yearning for blue skies amid mojito withdrawal I booked our annual holiday. The day after school breaks we leg it to a sunnier climate of Balearic bliss … our escape plan secured.

In the last (crazy) 10 days of term our most prestigious pieces of press, a V Magazine shoot featuring Gigi & Bella Hadid wearing Darkest Star was released, orders coming in, Vogue requesting samples for a cover shoot, washing to be done and bags to be packed I was starting to think that maybe I should have given myself an extra week.

Enthusiastically wanting to fill time on our home arrival we decided to book a tennis tournament for the first two days back …. a tad optimistic in hindsight.

Our holiday was over in the blink of an eye.

Long nights filled with Mahon gin and early morning runs sabotaged my hope of feeling refreshed and raring to go…..a well worth compromise in anyones book.

With an early morning wake up, laptop in hand and children in tow we embarked on an hour long drive. Arriving to organised chaos we sign in and check out the cafe. Fresh coffee is a godsend and bacon sandwiches for the boys .. we’re onto a winner and I’m ready to settle. My outside office is bright and breezy with ‘Head’ sprawled across the back nets encouraging me to pursue my unconventional career disguised as a tennis mum.

In the playground I’ve never really spoken about what I do in any great detail. I work in design and make clothes is as far as it goes. When Fifty Shades surfaced it would identify the women that are more open about their personal life. If Christian Grey hit the conversation then I knew it was ok to talk openly about the type of design my label celebrates. Let’s say sexual exploration and harnessing your own pleasure was one conversation kept to rare mums nights out over a glass of vino. To be fair, everyone who now knows that I own an Erotic Design House are more than interested and supportive.

I’m now court side with emails to answer and blogs to write. Sitting with mums oblivious to the erotica being typed amid rhythmic sounds of rallying balls. If we were still in Spain a ‘Paddle’ could be the racket of choice… now that could inspire a different blog post entirely !

There’s a constant blurred line between multitasking, building a business and giving your kids the attention they need. I try to consider their memories, how will they look back on Summer holidays. As a parent you never want to be the cause of adulthood angst…mother abandoned me for an Apple.

Technology has unquestionably eased the guilt and frustration of a working mum, being able to juggle the emails, sports engagements and attempt to execute a balance of holiday fun and work life commitments. As my kids are getting older and no longer need me to watch their every move I can easily loose myself in a blog post albeit with regular interruptions demanding snack cash, console loses and of course celebrate wins. All this whilst advising on how to adjust a newly purchased Silk Harnessed Kimono

Before Kids never did I imagined myself in such an environment. Surrounded by parents  who are chilled and friendly others who quite frankly are so up tight they could benefit from my collection, let go and have enjoy a good shag.

I contemplate their reaction to patent leather crotch straps, curious about their preferences but this quite frankly is disturbing and I’m pleased to be once again interrupted by a child longing for juice.

Whilst observing the composure not only of the children but the parents, discussing socially acceptable behaviour of losing under muffled voices so not to offend or demonstrate bad sportsmanship, I reflect on the lessons being taught. An awkward customer dialogue is nothing in comparison to the patient negotiation skills that are being tested today.

You never know what the next person is doing, thinking, typing. They could be having an affair or building an empire, closing a deal waiting for their child to finish a game. I’d love to know some of the business decisions that have been made between sets.

Famously J.K.Rowling frequently wrote in ‘The Elephant House’ Cafe in Edinburgh. Imagine sitting next to a woman drinking coffee, maybe with her little girl colouring next to her. Scribbling words and ideas, conjuring up characters and stories that will become a 15 billion dollar business… who’d have thought ?

I have great Admiration for the focus, determination and sportsmanship of all the kids sweating it out on the courts. Putting themselves out there and reminding me on a regular basis that you have to step up to the plate, they want to win and have to deal with it when they loose, in business a vital lesson to learn.

But ultimately my respect lies with mavericks building their own little empire with children in tow…

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