This week we meet Fariah of Me, Myself & Ernest, wife, mum of two and super talented illustrator. We're currently featuring one of her designs in the February mamaME Box (check it out HERE). As well as creating cards, Fariah mainly writes and draws about parenting and family life, selling her illustrations and customised prints.
How do you find juggling mama hood and running your own business?
At first it was difficult. Trying to find time to fit both my children and starting a new business was stressful and I was going to bed at silly o’clock for a few months! But it did get a lot easier especially meeting other mums (online and in person) all trying to achieve a similar goal helped me immensely.
Tell us about your business 'Me, Myself and Ernest'?
I’m a freelance writer and illustrator and love finding new ways to be creative. Me, Myself and Ernest started off being a simple drawing of my comical parenting life but quickly grew working with magazines, photographers and a Disney confectionery company. I still feel a little awkward calling it a business, mainly because I really do enjoy what I do!
What inspired you to set up ‘Me, Myself and Ernest'?
To be honest, I suffer from anxiety and I found being a stay at home mum really hard especially when I had little time to read and be creative. I really needed an outlet but with my husband working in London and commutes being long I frequently felt very isolated and had little time for myself. My husband wanted more time with the family and luckily now works closer. Once I started to gain more ‘me time’ I used these breaks to write and draw what I loved most about being a parent. Some days were tough and I expressed those too. So, in a way, my blog and work instigated as a form of therapy.
Do you have any other exciting news or upcoming events?
I’m working on some freelance projects and custom prints (check out my Instagram or Facebook page for more details) which I'm really excited about. I’m also writing a book, but that may take a few months (decades) to complete!
So great to hear from you Fariah! What an inspiring story and so wonderful that you've turned something that you love into a successful business. Wishing you all the luck for the future. We adore your illustrations and can't wait to follow your journey.