A mum who started making jewellery as a way of coping with post-natal depression is the co-author of a new book about successful businesswomen.
Laura Young, 37, of Balderton, is among 20 women from across the world chosen to write their own inspiring stories for the book — Mumpreneur On Fire 2.
It was launched at Water-stones in Nottingham last week. A Kindle edition went on sale in March and immediately reached the number one spot in the Amazon charts for the Kindle best seller of biography and memoirs of women.
“I felt quite emotional when I had finished writing my story,” Laura said.
She started making costume jewellery after the birth of her second son, Ethan.
She wanted to do something to help her relax after suffering from post-natal depression after the birth of her first child, Dylan.
He had coeliac acid reflux and, as a result, needed hourly feeds. Laura said she had barely slept for three years and there were times when she couldn’t bring herself to answer the phone or open the door when people called round.
“I was totally sleep deprived. As a first time mum I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
Laura said the problems continued until Dylan was three and when she found she was expecting a second child she was determined not to feel depressed again.
'No one really knew how I was feeling'
She said she had always had a creative flair and started to make jewellery, which she found therapeutic.
“After the difficult experience the first time round I found the second time was completely different,” she said.
She is hoping her story can help other people.
“No one really knew how I was feeling as I bottled it up,” she said.
“If anyone does feel like that they should get help.”
Laura turned her jewellery-making hobby into an online business — Lexico — in May 2013 and now makes between five and 20 pieces of jewellery and fascinators a week. She tries to add a new range each year.
She manages to combine her business with part-time work at Vodafone in Newark, as well as looking after her boys, now seven and four, with her husband, Chris.
Laura’s successful business was recently recognised with a Mum In Business award from Mumbossuk, which was presented at a ceremony in Liverpool.
Laura is keen to share her business experience with other mums. She is the co-ordinator for the Nottingham branch of the Mums In Business Association and co-ordinator for the East Midlands.
The association was set up by Estelle Keeber and her sister, Leona Burton, of Leicester, and has 19,000 followers on Facebook.
Mumprenuer On Fire 2 is available at Waterstones and through Amazon priced £12.99.