It’s funny when you know of someone through a mutual friend, you read their blog, you’ve glanced at their website, you follow their Facebook page, their Instagram photos come through your feed etc. you feel like you know them even if you haven’t even spoken a word to them. (It’s not stalking, by the way, social media is a socially acceptable version of stalking. It’s totally not creepy at all.) Well that’s how I used to know Karly Nimmo. Then she started a podcast… Now I feel like somehow she has walked into my house, opened up my brain and poured out everything I’ve ever though onto the table.
This lady is hilarious and she is a no bullshit kind of, awe inspiring woman. She shares her fears, her struggles, her insecurities so beautifully and effortlessly in her podcasts that it not only makes you feel like you know her, it makes you feel like you know yourself a little better by listening to her. Karly is giving women around the world permission to embrace their weird quirks (or as she puts it, “Own your awesome!”) and because of this her Podcast is rapidly growing in popularity and consistently getting rave reviews.
I urge you to check out Karly podcast “Karlosophies – Stories behind Success” on iTunes. She interviews so many amazingly inspiring women who all share their insecurities and the struggles they’ve faced regardless of their fame or fortune. If you’re interested in kick starting your own podcast, Karly has also created her own amazing podcasting school called Radcasters. Not to mention she also runs a successful voice over business called Killer Kopy. How does she do it?! Karly is one awesome, inspiring mama, read on to learn more about her and how she is successfully running three businesses and still being a kick ass mama to little Mabel.
Tell us about your babe.
Mabel is around 18 months old and is a delightful little ray of sunshine (for the most part). She is quite cautious and likes to observe before diving in (unlike her mother) and is very empathetic.
What are your passions?
I love podcasting. I love using my voice. I’m passionate about connecting with friends and family. I love entertaining and I’m big on intuition.
Compassion, for myself, for the people around me and for the world at large and a woman who has the courage to go for it, the ability to fail gracefully and the humility to continue on with hope.
What is your soul purpose?
Man… I’m not sure I have a definitive answer on this one. I’ve spent years trying to figure this out and I feel like I’m getting close. Right now, it’s communication and connection, finding and using my voice and helping others to do the same.
How are you pursuing it?
Through my podcast, Karlosophies. I connect with entrepreneurs to tell the real stories behind success. And through teaching people to find their own voice and get their message out into the world through learning to podcast.
This is often a struggle. Balance doesn’t really exist… I’m learning. Right now, I’m doing my best to be present in whatever role I’m playing. So when I’m running my businesses, I’m the entrepreneur. When I’m with Mabel and being the Mum, I am the Mother. And in all of that I am my own unique person. I bring me to everything I do.
Do you find that these roles compliment each other in any way? If so how?
Yes. Though it’s often a struggle… I find the limitation on time makes me much more productive than I have ever been.
Like many entrepreneurs you are the face of your business and you offer your services as your product- do you think it’s important to separate yourself from your business so you are not one in the same?
Always… I am not my business. Myself and my business are absolutely separate entities. I think it’s a little unhealthy to not have some level of separation. I see it often leading to co-dependency… where people start defining their personal worth, as a human being, on the success of their business. It’s great if you are continually succeeding, but what happens when something doesn’t go right? It can become a personal rejection… and your self esteem can really take a hit.
How do you achieve separation from your business?
I try to keep unattached to outcome – which I’m starting to really embrace and I remind myself that this isn’t about me. It’s about me showing up and doing what I do and those people who are meant to work with me will, and those who don’t want to work with me isn’t a reflection of me as a person. It’s about my products or services meeting their needs. It doesn’t define my own worth.
Yes. This is pet peeve of mine. I really dislike the term ‘charging what you are worth’. It’s actually not about your worth at all. You are priceless. It’s about problem solving and what solving that problem is worth to your potential clients. That’s it. I feel like there’s so much emotion attached to this part of business for women entrepreneurs and there doesn’t need to be. You are not the value of your product or service and this is why it’s so important to have some level of separation.
What do you see as the biggest challenge mum entrepreneurs face?
What is your advice for them?
Know that your child is here for their own experience… they chose you long before they arrived for whatever lessons they need to learn on their journey. So ease up on the guilt. It serves no one. You are doing a stellar job.
I’ve always been a do it alone kind of person mostly because I didn’t know many entrepreneurs. These days, thankfully, I’m surrounded by incredible and successful women and I can’t imagine life as that woman island.
What do you love the most about: Your work?
Being a mum?
The love. The cuddles. Watching her grow and develop her own unique personality.
The unwavering support. This guy is a legend. I see so many women around me whose husbands are pretty useless and terms like ‘Daddy Daycare’ make my skin crawl. It’s not baby sitting when it’s YOUR kid. Each to their own and it’s not really my business how others live their lives, however Micko and I are very much co-parents. Mabel was absolutely more reliant on me in those early days, and I still breastfeed now, so that’s something Micko can’t do for the little lady, but the rest he is totally capable of and so he should be. He is the baby Daddy.
The Byron Shire?
I’m actually in the Ballina Shire these days (Lennox Head)… but what I love most is the climate and the beach (Seven Mile is my spiritual home).
Do you support any charities or special causes? Please tell us about them.
I support numerous charities, but the one that has stolen my heart is Rafiki Mwema. I recently had Sarah Rosborg on my podcast and it was so moving I cried.
What gets me through the toughest days is…
Two things… the motherhood mantra ‘this too shall pass’… and a long walk on the beach.