Passion Projects #6: Stepping Off The Treadmill with Maria Newman, Mummy On A Break


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Stuck on the treadmill. Plodding along getting gradually more and more tired and feeling like you’re  going nowhere.

Do you have those days where you wonder what the hell you’re doing with your life?

When you’re counting down the week to the weekend and spending your Sunday sulking because you have to go to work tomorrow?


I think most of us can relate to this.

You don’t have to be a mum to have days where you feel like you’re just a supporting character in somone else’s narrative.

Maria Newman had the chance to change direction.


Let’s meet…

Maria, Mummy On A Break, my next Passion Project.

A Passion Project Interview with Mummy On A Break, Maria Newman

Step off the treadmill with Maria Newman


Why did you decide to do what you’re doing? Tell your ‘Origin Story’

Getting to this point I’m at now has been a windy road. I didn’t wake up one day and think ‘I’m going to change my career’. It’s something that crept up on me over a number of years. It was that Monday morning feeling of ‘here we go again’. That Friday night feeling of ‘at last it’s the weekend’. That Sunday night feeling of ‘what’s in store for me this week?’ A gradual realisation that I should be doing something different. But feeling stuck.

My way out came in 2016. I decided to take voluntary redundancy from my corporate job. The job I’d had for 17 years. I was on maternity leave with baby number 2. I also had no plan. This was the start of my adventure.

Over the last couple of years I’ve spent time getting involved with lots of different projects. Trying to find out what my passion is. Trying to determine what I actually want to do.

It didn’t hit me until earlier this year that I’m not unique in my search for ‘what I want to do when I grow up.’ I’d been blogging about my journey since leaving my corporate job. Being honest about what I was doing mixed in with laughing at the realities of motherhood. That’s when I realised that my passion project is my mummy blog, Mummy on a Break.

My blog is about inspiring others, building a community and enjoying life.


What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work?

Awesome question. I’d buy a round the world ticket and take the family exploring.


What really makes you smile from the inside out?

My kids. The things they say. The things they do. Especially when they’re laughing. It’s really quite infectious.

What is your proudest achievement?

This is a tough one. Leaving my job to do what I really want.

Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time?

Blogging and inspiring others to follow their passion

Who do you serve? Be specific, think of everyone you impact (not just customers)

Mums who feel like they’re stuck and want to get off the treadmill of life. Stop that feeling of groundhog day. Stop that feeling that life is just passing them by. Mummy on a Break is about showing mums that they’re not alone. It’s about laughing at the realities of motherhood.

How do you want the world to see your business?

Genuine, helpful, encouraging and inspiring.

What one thing would you do to change the world?

Encourage people to listen. I genuinely believe the world would be a better place if we all did more listening and less talking.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Freeze time. Time seems to move faster as I’m getting older so I’d want to freeze time to appreciate the special moments for longer.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Just keep doing what you’re doing and all will be okay.

And finally, is there one thing you wish someone had told you before you went into business?

No matter what happens always be kind to yourself.



Thank you Maria

To connect with Maria and learn more about her work:

Facebook: MummyOnABreak

Instagram: MummyOnABreak





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