The Working Mom: Danielle Randall
Danielle Randall is a busy lady! She’s Sales Director of Platinum Beauty Distribution Ltd, which distributes Nimue Skincare, Mii makeup and tanning and Milk Solutions. She is also a mom and tells us how she balances it all!
Tell me a bit about your background (education, career)
I was born into the Beauty Industry so to speak, my mom opened our largest salon in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre when she was 6 months pregnant with me! I remember going to work with her often, and always loved the way she worked. I worked in our salons from the age of fourteen - right up until I set up my business in 2003. I left school and started studying in DIT and realised quickly that the degree I had chosen was not what I wanted to do.
Around that time my mom had been in Germany for a beauty trade event and brought home samples of a South African Skincare brand called Nimue and asked me to try them out. I had been suffering from a lot of breakouts that were really getting my confidence down and was shocked when my skin cleared in two weeks! I was sold and knew immediately I wanted to work with Nimue. I started my business at twenty-one with plenty of guidance from my mother over the early years, and also went on to study Beauty Therapy and I have just qualified as an Accounting Technician as well.
Did having children change how you felt about your career? How so?
I had my son Christian at the age of twenty-three, so it was quite an adjustment at the time. In hindsight, I actually feel really lucky that I had my own business as it allowed me to bring him with me to my office until he was about eight-months-old! Before I had Christian I would work extremely long hours, something I could no longer do and again I think it was such a blessing as he gave me so much to focus on other than work.
What changes did you make to make your career work for you? I learned to be more organised and planned his meals ahead and cooked batches of food on a Sunday for the week ahead. Christian has always been so supportive of my drive to make my business a success, so I am very lucky that he is so understanding when mummy has to travel etc. for work.
How did you feel when making these changes?
I am so glad that Christian came along when he did as he taught me that there is so much more to life that just works, he thought me about patience and balance, two valuable lessons I really needed.
Did you receive support from your employer at the time? As I was self-employed I was fairly supportive to myself for approximately two weeks, then it was back to the grindstone at least two days per week. At that time, maternity leave was only three months so I didn’t return full time until then.
Who supported you personally through this time?
My parents were a vital support for me during that first year, I was lucky enough to still live at home with them at the time and I would have been lost without them.
What worked and what didn’t work along the way?
I think when you’re working full time with a young child it’s so important to have an excellent support network, I was so blessed that even though I was on my own I had such a great network of family and friends that would help with minding Christian when I had to work weekends or travel. What didn’t work for me and again hindsight is a great thing, was trying to do it all. Sometimes I feel as woman we take on too much. You want to be successful in your career, be the best mom, friend, partner, perfect housekeeper, etc... and it only leads to burn out! Trust me I know.
Considering your happiness levels before making a switch to now - how have they improved/decreased?
My happiness levels have improved dramatically since having Christian and also since I learned to say no to people, that has been my biggest change to date. I really try to keep everyone happy as long as it’s not at my own expense!
How do you rate your work/life balance?
I would rate my work/life balance as pretty good, I do have times when I am working on a new project (I have just taken on two new products to my portfolio) launching Mii Cosmetics in Ireland and also Milk Solutions where I can get caught up with ideas and might be a bit in my own head but Christian is great for pulling me up on that!
Three bits of advice for working mothers?
- Don’t try to do it all yourself – you’re human not superwoman!
- Treat yourself to something you love once a month, you work hard and self-care is vital for your work and motherhood
- Never be afraid to ask for help - it’s not weakness, it’s strength!
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