24 hours with… Anita Carstens

1527775340729.jpegAnita Carstens, 37, lives in North Wembley with her husband and two sons, Ezra, 5, and Rhys, 20 months old. She runs Baby Sensory classes in South Harrow and Hillingdon.

I wake up…

At around 5am, even on the weekends! This is when I’m most productive. I get out of bed immediately, hit the shower, and then do some deep breathing and say my affirmations. I have a coffee and head to my office where I look at my vision board and envision my goals. I’ll check emails and do any last minute class prep. I am usually in jeans and comfortable clothes, usually from Zara or Warehouse. I am really bad at eating breakfast and just grab a banana when I head out of the house.I drive to my classes in my Baby Sensory branded van. She attracts a lot of attention and I must say drivers are a lot kinder when I’m driving her! My work time varies according to the location I’m working in – some days I start at 7am and others around 8am.

Being self employed…

Means I’m working every day – even on weekends. If I’m not running classes I’m prepping for the following week’s classes, or doing admin, accounting, taking bookings, planning for events, marketing, cleaning equipment, sourcing materials or making props. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. It really is a seven days a week job.

I loved…

Baby Sensory from when I attended with my son back in 2012. Having a new baby was wonderful but also so exhausting, the class was something that I always managed to get to. After my second son, the opportunity came up to run Baby Sensory in the South Harrow and Hillingdon area and I jumped at the chance to change career and do something challenging and equally rewarding. I am incredibly passionate about what I do, and I love being able to share my knowledge and experiences with parents in such a fun and fantastic way. Running my own business also allows me to fit work around my children and school runs.I am one of the lucky people who can actually say “I love my job”. Meeting so many wonderful mummies, daddies, grandparents and carers from all over and having lots of fun with them and their babies every week. Seeing babies develop from newborns in their first classes to walking out of the door, almost toddlers. Witnessing their first grasp of a shaker, a first roll or crawl is such a privilege. Running classes can be a lot of hard work but it is totally worth it when you see the joy the sessions bring.

Lunch is…

Often fruit or a protein bar, as I usually working or driving at this time. It depends on the day but classes usually finish anywhere from 12pm to 2pm. I collect my eldest from school and my youngest from the childminder. And then, I’ll do some admin and prepare dinner and clean the house. I multi-task a lot!

Most weeknights…

I make dinner, usually a light Indian meal, but hubby is a better cook so he cooks on weekends. After the boys have eaten, I spend some time with them and then my husband comes home and takes over for bath and bed time, leaving me free to catch up on admin, marketing and cleaning equipment. Both boys are in bed by 7.45pm. I don’t get time to watch TV so evenings are spent working until bed time. We try to eat dinner before 8pm.

I go to bed…

Around 10pm. Usually I am so shattered I fall asleep immediately!

For more information about Baby Sensory, contact Anita via email, on Facebook or Instagram.

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