Interview With Female Tech Leaders Magazine About Remote Work

Mixing Babies And Babies: Discussing Remote Work With Digital Business Women

Female Tech Leaders Interview on Remote Work with Amy Maureen Lynch

I was featured in the April 2020 Edition of (Issue No 13) of the Digital Business Women online magazine, now known as Female Tech Leaders.

It’s a unique publication based in the United Kingdom but features articles from women around the world, with this edition sourced, edited and published during a global pandemic and covering:

  • 10 Top Tips For Working Remotely
  • Three Ways AI and Smart Tech Can Help Us Work More Efficiently at Home
  • 10 Top Tips For Effective Online Meetings
  • 10 Top Tips for Managing Remote Teams
  • Technology And Data Are The New Weapons In The War On COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
  • How Small Businesses Can Boost Sales
  • Addressing Racial And Economic Inequity
  • A Leader’s Guide To Supporting Both Introverts And Extroverts Through The Hidden Dangers Of Self Isolation And Social Distancing
  • The Gig Economy Is On The Rise – Is It For You?
  • BASICS – My Top Advice To Help People Grow
  • Martech – A Buzz Word Or An Essential Part Of Every Modern Company?
  • Mum Of 4 Turned Crypto Broker Extraordinaire
  • Family and Career – Priorities That Are Not XOR (Exclusive OR)
  • What People Say About You When You’re Not In The Room
  • You Belong In Tech Shaping Diversity And Inclusion At Codegram

Female Tech Leaders’ Vision is to create the most collaborative and encouraging platform to accelerate the change of the role of women in business and in modern society.

You can find my interview in the section of one-on-one interviews about ‘Remote Work’ on Pages 71-72, where I discuss how I am Mixing Babies and Business. I have also included my interview responses below for your reference.

April Digital Business Women - Female Tech Leaders 2020

Working remotely since 2014:
Before and after kids

I started remote working when I relocated to Europe and continued to do project work with the Australian company I had been working for in Brisbane. When we had our first son in England in 2016, I knew there was no going back to a ‘corporate 9 to 5’ for me.

Since the pandemic, I’ve been working from home for myself, while looking after our two children full-time. It’s a different kind of situation to our usual routine but my expatriate, remote work and parenthood experiences over the past decade have all prepared me for the feelings of isolation, disconnection and instability we are currently experiencing as a family.

I understand everyone’s reality will look and feel differently to mine but in addition to the remote work webinar I presented for Women In Leadership Foundation Ottawa last week and the interview for Female Tech Leaders, I will continue to share my stories, resources and tools on this blog and via my newsletters and social media channels, in the hopes of helping others navigate the flexible work changes they may be currently undergoing.

Interview With Female Tech Leaders Magazine About Remote Work: Amy Maureen Lynch

How do you structure your day working from home?

I work for myself and I structure my days to manage my own expectations, using time blocking and saving a lot of my time intensive creative writing for the weekends, batching things as best as I can. I look after two kids under the age of four, so the majority of my time is spent with them between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

When they’re with me, I try to complete tasks which take under 15 minutes and can be done from my phone in the morning hours, usually limiting it to under three things. I save the ‘deep work’ for nap time in the afternoon. But lately, my oldest has dropped his nap and it can be unpredictable, so if there is no quiet solo afternoon window of time for me to use, I write out plans, ideas and focus on handwritten tasks while he is awake beside me and I set him up with ‘quiet time’ activity.

I find children are less interested in what you’re up to when there’s no laptop involved! I may also log on in the early morning or evenings, if time permits but I largely try to keep the weekday tasks to ‘quick wins’ which can be done in 15-30 minute chunks.

How do you manage kids/laundry/cooking/etc and your workload?

[Disclaimer: I assumed this question would be asked of everyone but it appears to only have been asked of me. My husband and I both share ‘domestic’ responsibilities in our household and in future, I hope this kind of question will become irrelevant and obsolete.]

I answered some of that already but the batching applies to house things as well. Grocery shops are planned in advance and done in the evening when one of us is doing bedtime. The meals for lunch and dinner are written out for two weeks to avoid waste and conserve decision making power.

Laundry goes on first thing in the morning and often doesn’t get touched until nap time or bedtime, when it is added into baskets and not sorted until there are at least three to four of them ready to be folded and put away.

Kitchen cleaning gets done while prepping meals and oftentimes the crockery piles up every few days and is washed in batches too, with the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded at the same time. Cleaning happens in stages and general tidying up is done at the end of the day as I believe there’s no point in putting the toys away constantly, they only get dumped out straight again.

I lower my expectations, keep things simple and ignore the piles of things until they’re ready to be tackled. No guilt here and the kids never notice when their laundry is ready or how it is taken care of.

What about online distractions such as Facebook/online chats with family/kids?

I don’t have social media apps on my phone so I don’t receive notifications or requests to chat. I actually need to be logged onto my laptop or desktop computer to FaceTime as I don’t have an iPhone, so again family and friends need to organize a chat in advance.

I sometimes put my phone on airplane mode during my work tasks but find leaving it on silent in another room works well for me too. I also have been known to not answer calls during certain times until people get the hint that just because I’m ‘working from home’ and on a ‘flexible schedule’, doesn’t mean my workday is open to interruptions when it suits other people’s schedules.

I have worked remotely and on contracts while living overseas for the better part of the past decade, so I’ve been without regular contact with loved ones due to time zone differences and the fact we have an international family. I think our family, friends and network are used to emailing or messaging us now to keep in touch and planning video chats in advance.

What would be your best three pieces of advice to engage with your team and manage?

Tips for managers to engage with their team:

  1. Manage expectations and clearly articulate them alongside goals and timelines
  2. Keep communication channels open, whether it’s using a messaging app, project management software, regular video meetings, the medium doesn’t matter but the consistency and frequency is what builds trust and relationships over time
  3. Think of ways to make them feel engaged and included, just because they’re working remotely doesn’t mean you can’t work on your company culture and team building activities

What are the five best tools that help you to keep your productivity?

  • Evernote for keeping track of ideas, notes, drafts, work in progress
  • Dropbox for file management
  • G-Suite/Google’s from email to Drive, Photos, Sheets, Docs…and my first blog was started using Blogger
  • My phone for taking photos, drafting content, calls, blogging on the go
  • Canva for my graphic design, I used to use Adobe Creative Cloud but I’ve kept it simpler lately and lower cost

What are your best three suggestions for self-care while working remotely?

Parent yourself:

  1. Get dressed in the morning, even if you’re not going on video calls or planning to see anyone
  2. Prepare and eat nourishing meals, drink plenty of fluids and take your vitamins
  3. Get outside for fresh air and sunshine if you can, nature is a great way to reset

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

Access my FREE Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work e-course and get started on your plans to pitch existing and future clients (or employers) a long-term remote work arrangement.

Sign up to my free short online course which includes five daily emails, prompts to get you started and a PDF workbook! ⬇️

If you have any specific questions about remote work, please comment on this blog post, I’d love to help you out!

Sign up to the Go Remote free e-course and get started today!

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

Mixed Feelings On Mother’s Day 2020

Amy Maureen Lynch Mothers Day 2020 Notes From Another Land

Today I’m happy but also sad.

Grateful but also a bit regretful.

Joyful but also grieving.

I have two lovely boys with me but was due to have our third baby in a little over a week.

It was going well but then took a sharp turn and didn’t go as planned. I was in shock but our children’s needs didn’t stop, so I kept going. As you do.

It wasn’t until I saw the flowers we planted in November start to sprout this month and realized how close my due date was to Mother’s Day in Canada, that some of my feelings started to surface again.

Remembering things I’ve tried to forget.

Accepting things we cannot change.

Grateful for a loving family to keep me anchored. Focusing on creative projects I’d like to birth this year.

Feeling loved but hurting this weekend.

Sending love and light to those feeling a bit cracked open today.

I don’t know if it gets easier but i hope you feel held in some way.

[Photo of our attempt to take a Mother’s Day 2020 photo with my kids].

Writing in 2020

My first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is now available for purchase on Amazon as an eBook or paperback, in large part due to a few mindset and productivity hacks I’ve been using over the past decade.

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

I will also send you a sneak peek PDF copy of Chapter 1, including the book’s Table of Contents, Introduction and Conclusion, if you write an email request to: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com.

I wrote a couple of blog posts to share how I’ve been:

I think you can apply a lot of the tips to any creative project that seems overwhelming or requires periods of ‘deep work’, whether you are a primary caregiver or not.

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]


Speaking About Mixing Babies With Business

Becoming A Remote Work Pro (With Kids)

Mixing Babies With Business Becoming A Remote Work Pro By Amy Lynch

I’m writing to share the details of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Foundation Ottawa online event I’ll be speaking at this Thursday, May 7th from 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT (witching hour I know but bring the kids or RSVP at the link below to receive the recording).

I’ll be talking about ‘Mixing Babies With Business: Becoming A Remote Work Pro‘ based on my experience as a remote worker and parent over the past few years.

QUESTIONS for you:

  • How are you spending your time and energy these days?
  • Any tips for other parents looking to carve out a flexible work routine while caring for their children?

Please comment on this post if you’d like to share with my Babies, Business + Breakfast™ community and the WIL Ottawa audience.

Amy Lynch Notes From Another Land Remote Work Life

My REMOTE WORK back story:
I started working remotely in 2014 while living abroad, before having kids. Then I became a parent in 2016, stopped travelling (and sleeping) as much and had to experiment with different ways to make flexible work actually WORK for me.

There is no ‘work Amy’ and ‘parent Amy’. I am one person, with many facets, responsibilities and little separation between my home and work environments, as many are experiencing right now.

This quick 30-minute session is going to cover three key things I have found helpful over the years, which I apply to the personal and professional areas of my life.

I’ve used them while:

  • remote working in different continents and timezones before kids;
  • going through three pregnancies, two births and a miscarriage;
  • raising two kids under the age of four;
  • balancing daycare drop off, pick up and other life admin;
  • doing contract corporate and client consulting work;
  • creating this community, Babies, Business + Breakfast™; and
  • writing, publishing and marketing my first book.

You can implement them straight away and adjust based on your–and your family’s–needs.

Get The Mini Training ⬇️
Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family)

Join us for this short online course which provides you with the mindset tips and productivity tools to get your home and work life flowing better together.

To help you navigate remote work with kids, we’re sharing:

  • Three (3) key mindset and productivity tips we have found helpful over the years as a remote worker, which we’ve used before becoming a parent and since having kids;
  • Real-life remote work (with kids) examples; and
  • Practical flexible work resources.

These tips work whether you’re a parent or not, employee or employer and you can implement them straight away to help you navigate remote work now and in future.

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Hope you (and your family) find this tips and tools helpful!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Hit Publish And Share Your Work

My first book is ALIVE! 🎢

Amy Maureen Lynch first book released in April 2020, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience

The act of creating something can be inspiring and energizing….actually launching and promoting it can be terrifying.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Working (well) while caring for my two kids (well) isn’t really possible for me, during a global pandemic or not.

While much of this book was written over the past few years while the kids were cared for by their Father or Grandparents, the majority was tested while they were with me, growing in my belly, as newborn babies, waddling toddlers and now running preschoolers.

When they’re older, maybe they’ll read it and gain some insights into what their Mum was up to all those years I carted them around, bringing them into business settings with me in England and Canada.

But based on my son’s recent reaction to my book’s topic–“that doesn’t sound very interesting”–I highly doubt it. 🤣

Blogging and testing business ideas alongside my kids has required LOTS of:

  • mindset work;
  • productivity hacks;
  • lowering my expectations;
  • cursing, coffee, tea and chocolate;
  • giving myself lots of grace when it comes to my own self-imposed deadlines;
  • sharing my work before it’s ready and being open to feedback;
  • pitching to complete strangers, while wearing/holding/feeding a baby;
  • learning how to fail and still get up again;
  • showing up for myself, when no one is watching or waiting for me to deliver it;
  • countless naptime windows where my kids slept and I typed; and
  • some late nights (I prefer to read in bed), early mornings (I also prefer to sleep) and many weekends spent working.

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

TLDR: For those with little to no time to keep scrolling (I feel you)

  • New blog posts linked below about how I wrote, published and am marketing my first book (while raising kids)
  • Link to purchase my first book if you’re interested in reading it as an eBook or paperback
  • I’m offering you a sneak peek (if you want to read a bit more first, send me an email and request Chapter 1 as a PDF)
  • SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m. I’m speaking (online) with Women in Leadership Foundation Ottawa about Mixing Babies and Business
  • A reminder to keep showing up (for yourself)

My first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is now available for purchase on Amazon as an eBook or paperback, in large part due to a few mindset and productivity hacks I’ve been using over the past decade.

This month, I wrote a couple of blog posts to share how I’ve been:

I think you can apply a lot of the tips to any creative project that seems overwhelming or requires periods of ‘deep work’, whether you are a primary caregiver or not.

Extra support for readers:

If you’re interested in learning more about my book, you can click on the button above and use Amazon’s ‘Look Inside’ feature to view the Table of Contents and read the Introduction.

Resources mentioned in the book, which I have created in a digital format for Startup Blogging readers to access include:

  • Chapter 1: Your Why – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 2: Your Values – Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 3: Your Time – Productivity Resources, Ideal Week Template and Action Step
  • Chapter 4: Your Tools – Action Step
  • Chapter 5: Your Content – Writing Prompts, Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 6: Your Ideas – Marketing Prompts, Content Generation Resources and Action Step
  • Chapter 7: Define Your Solution – Business Model Canvas and Ideal Customer Resources, Ideal Customer Questionnaire Script and Action Step
  • Chapter 8: Launch Your MVP – Content Tracking Prompts, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Exercise and Action Step
  • Chapter 9: Test and Evolve – MVP Testing Prompts, Terms and Conditions, Privacy and Refund Policy Template, Exercise and Action Step

I will also send you a sneak peek PDF copy of Chapter 1, including the book’s Table of Contents, Introduction and Conclusion, if you write an email request to: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com.

SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday, May 7th 2020 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EST)

Next week I’m going to be talking about Mixing Babies and Business as it relates to Remote Work for a free event hosted by the Women In Leadership Foundation Ottawa.

Women in Leadership Ottawa Foundation presents from our Online Speaker Series – Mixing Babies with Business: Becoming a Remote Work Pro.

Juggling personal and professional responsibilities can be a challenge at the best of times. Working remotely is not a new trend but has become a necessary requirement for some of us. In this session, Amy will share considerations for mixing your family life with your professional identity, including helpful remote work tips you can implement straight away.

Join us on May 7, 2020 from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. EDT.
RSVP for your spot via Eventbrite.

About the Session:
This session will be delivered through videoconferencing platform Zoom.

A link with a meeting invite and passwords will be sent to all registered attendees 24 hours before the event.

A recording will be sent after the event to all that have registered.

Event questions?
You can contact the event organizer at:
Ottawachairs[at]womeninleadership.ca
https://www.womeninleadership.ca/ottawa-chapter

Speaking about mixing babies and business

This event is very timely in relation to the book’s topic, as my blog was originally started when I became an expat in a country where I didn’t know a soul.

Then it evolved when I became a remote worker (and remained an expat) in another country where I didn’t have any coworkers nearby to connect with.

And later, the ideas which stemmed from it were tried and tested as I became a parent abroad, without immediate support or community to lean on.

Those networks came over time, with effort and through putting myself out there, regardless of how I felt I would be received.

I kept showing up. As I was.

And you should too, even if only for yourself.

You’re the most important person you can show up for.

Thank you for reading!

– Amy x

P.S. Feel free to forward this post to others who may also need a bit of digital love and encouragement to get started.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]


Marketing Your Book (While Raising Kids)

Once you hit publish, you still need to tell people about it

Startup Blogging by Amy Maureen Lynch author marketing

I’ve been spending the past week proofreading my final manuscript before Amazon’s deadline for the Kindle eBook release on April 24th, 2020 and contacting people to let them know I’ve written a book.

While caring for two kids under the age of four years old full-time on weekdays during a global pandemic.

You can read more about how I wrote the book around raising those kids over the past few years in my last post here.

In addition to the tips I mention in that post, I’ve been using a lot of:

  • time blocking to try to accomplish one simple 15-30 minute task–or a small part of a larger task–each per day
  • writing handwritten notes to myself of what I’ve done to track my progress and jog my memory
  • path of least resistance tactics: write a social media post on my phone and then adapt it into a blog post or newsletter
  • daily self-care to ensure I’m being nice to myself and looking after my needs during a time when I’m caring for others and launching something new

The act of creating something can be inspiring and energizing.

But the act of launching and promoting your creative work once it’s ‘ready’ over the long haul can be draining and daunting.

*They reckon you should market your book for the same amount of time it takes you to write it in the first place.

If you don’t feel comfortable talking about yourself, this can seem like a daunting task.

I find I work best if I break things down into more manageable pieces and chip away at them over time.

To separate myself from the work once it’s published, I make things into ‘tasks’ to take some of the emotion out of it for me.

I don’t have time to overthink things right now.

Add this to my task approach and you have a recipe for getting shit done in tiny windows of opportunity, without much thought or perfectionism.

To buy myself these little productivity breaks, I’ve brought an old bankers box full of recycled tissue paper upstairs to keep in our home office. The boys like to barrel in, giggling hysterically as they throw it everywhere, leaving a colourful mess.

It takes two minutes to clean up, which I try to make into a game and often end up doing alone, but it gives me 10 minutes of work time while they run through and rip it. Once it’s shredded we’ll use it as art supplies.

To keep me motivated, I’m also treating myself to small incentives like tea and chocolate as I work. Or putting on a certain piece of clothing, like my ‘writing jumper’.

Startup Blogging Book by Amy Maureen Lynch Marketing with kids

I’ve had it more than four years, got it at Primark in Kilburn after having baby number one in London. The knit is extra cozy, with big pockets and wide sides to keep mom and bub warm while sporting a baby carrier.

It also marks the beginning of my parentpreneur journey in 2016, makes for an excellent writing uniform and is now my official author cardigan. It’s moved from England to Canada with us, been on vacay to Ireland and back and is still going strong.

I completed the final edits on my first book over the weekend and sent it off to the virtual presses at Amazon.

Despite having a foggy head and cold start to my Saturday morning, the weekend meant an extra pair of hands with the kids and more quiet (and writing) time for me.

I blow dried my hair, put on lipstick for the first time in over a month, donned my favourite wardrobe staple and felt better as the day went on.

I’m not great at selfies but my tea was still warm in the photo and I’m about to upload the final manuscript for my first self-published book…can you tell I’m excited!?

*the people who give you advice on the interwebs about writing, marketing and selling your book.

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]


How To Write A Book (While Raising Kids)

Writing a book while raising two kids under the age of four. My first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is published on April 24, 2020.

How to write a book while raising two kids under age four


1) Lower your expectations:
It will take much longer and be imperfect if you want to ‘hit publish’.


2) Turn your computer on:
Well before you plan to work so it’s ready when you need it, these moments will surprise you and you’re going to want to be prepared.


3) Use a motivational post-it note:
Slapped to your screen to give you a firm kick in the bum every time you get off track (see point 7).


4) When the kids’ naptime DOES come:
Drop everything, bring a snack and a fresh cup of tea, park that unfocused bum for 15-120 minutes… depending on how long the nap lasts, and type away, even if it seems like shite, keep typing, keep going.


5) Set a deadline:
Or multiple ones like me which you then surpass and fail at. Please see point 1, cut yourself some slack and throw out the feckin’ calendar until you think it’s done. It will do nothing but mock you during those moments of missed deadlines and my kids frankly don’t care what day of the week it is.


6) Share what you’re doing for public accountability:
When you start writing, it takes time to build an audience and people are busy with their own lives. They’ll honestly forget about you and what you’re up to until you share it, again and again.


7) Start before you’re ready:
And create before you consume others content. Don’t you fall into a comparison trap, it’s a waste of time and you’re better than that. Remember point 3?


8) Tell your kids you published a book:
And prepare for them to be largely undazzled, before asking you for a snack/to play/more milk. This complete lack of interest is future book review bootcamp and will give you a thicker skin, so as my fave Aussie canteen lady used to say, “Take a teaspoon of cement and harden up luv.”

You can do hard things, I believe in you.

When all else fails, trick yourself into sitting down to write by bringing tea and choc chip biccies! 🍪

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

I Gave Birth: To My First Book

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience by Amy Maureen Lynch is now available for pre-order through Amazon, delivered on April 24, 2020.
Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience by Amy Maureen Lynch is now available for pre-order through Amazon, delivered on April 24, 2020.

I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t what I had originally planned to write about and the time in which it’s being delivered has been unpredictable.

But, as with children, creative ideas have a funny way of making themselves known, making you stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

It all started with you being interested in my story, so THANK YOU for reading. 

I began writing a very different book way back in 2016 when I was pregnant with our first child, which took me down the path of validating a very different business idea alongside a newborn, while we lived in London, England. When we relocated to Ottawa, Canada, I gradually realized my original idea wasn’t the problem I was meant to solve.

Instead, it was the one I kept facing time and time again when I entered corporate and startup business settings to pitch, attend workshops and network: a lack of inclusive spaces and programming for people who are also parents. 

Instead of opting out, I kept showing up
(with my first and second kids of course)
and started writing, speaking and actually doing something about it.

What started as an online expat travel diary and a means for me to remain connected with family and friends abroad, turned into:

  • media requests;
  • guest speaking opportunities;
  • connecting with strangers;
  • advocating for issues I’m passionate about;
  • validating business ideas;
  • creating a growing community; and
  • making a positive impact.

This is the magic of getting your ideas out of your head and into the world!

Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience is based on my journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

It’s intended to help you solve real problems, for real people and focuses on:

  • designing a blog around your values, interests and time commitments;
  • creating content, sharing your ideas and seeking feedback; and
  • defining what you offer, your ideal customer and launching your Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

It’s available from Amazon as an eBook, to be delivered on April 24, 2020. The eBook will remain at the special launch price of $2.99 USD* for one month, before going up on May 24, 2020 to $5.99 USD*.

It’s also available from Amazon as a paperback via their print on demand service at the price of $10.99 CAD or $9.99 USD elsewhere*, plus applicable taxes, shipping and handling.

*Amazon marketplace prices vary by your purchase location.

Startup Blogging Book By Amy Maureen Lynch

Feedback on Startup Blogging:

Part of the contents of this book were originally created and delivered by me as a conference workshop for an event in 2019.

The content has been carefully edited to focus on making it more digestible and actionable, encouraging you to startup blogging now and test your ideas over the coming months.

“I liked that the focus was on organic development of community and ideas instead of just social media marketing. I also like the periodic questions to consider what I wanted to do with the information.”

“Enjoyed the ideas for how to share your message or find out what resonates with people.”

“I love Amy’s generosity with sharing her knowledge and experience. Really great session.”

“Lots of useful ideas for starting and growing an audience.”

“(I enjoyed) the personal experiences of the presenter, interaction with audience, resource materials and focus on doing things for passion rather than just for money.”

“The topic is very interesting and well presented.”

“Very inspiring.”

Life in 2020: Working alongside two kids under age four during a global pandemic

Life in 2020: Working alongside two kids under age four during a global pandemic

I’m in the process of converting it into an online course but to be honest, with two kids under age four at home with me full-time for the foreseeable future, I can’t be arsed to record video right now! 

Writing this in the form of a workshop, course and now a book, has involved lots of mindset work, productivity hacks, small, consistent steps and my children throwing the doors to our home office open about 4,305 times to try and steal my mouse as I typed, formatted, proofread and uploaded. 

But it’s published–all because I started small–and I’m hoping it encourages others to do the same.

Thanks for reading this whole post and for following my blogging journey so far.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via the comments below or email: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com if you have feedback or questions.

Best wishes always,
– Amy (+ Family)

Looking for more info about Flexible + Remote Work?

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

Real (working from home) life moments

I’m resharing a post from late 2018 I wrote about mixing parenthood and professional development.

It feels even more timely now because as I wrote about previously, it often looks like this for me:

Logging on from my kitchen counter while feeding the baby breakfast, ducking upstairs for naptime and then listening to the sessions and baby monitor in tandem, while looking after my older son.

Work From Home Webinar, baby monitor and coffee using the kitchen counter as a desk | Notes From Another Land | Amy Maureen Lynch

This image was of the final workshop in the Impact Academy CityMaker edition series in November 2018, where we heard from Mohammed Shaheen, Founder of Silk Road Institute and Adrian Harewood, Co-Host of CBC News Ottawa, about ‘Raising Awareness and Gaining Community Support’, with exercises to determine stakeholders and storytelling elements.

BUT I was up all night feeding a hungry/teething/sniffling baby, with the husband and I both up since 3 a.m. trying to settle him without waking our toddler.

I napped with the baby until the session started, requested a webinar link or teleconference number and jumped online between boiling the kettle and making our breakfast.

I even managed to get dressed in something other than PJs, fix myself a cup of coffee and participate in some group breakout sessions during the two hour session.

Despite a bit of audio mix up, wavering WiFi strength and being 15 kms down the road, it *almost* was as if I was there.

Parenting while investing in yourself (learning something new, networking, working on or in your business) can also look like:

  • listening to a podcast while pushing the pram/stroller
  • writing your own copy or reading a book or news article from the car parking lot after the kids fell asleep during a drive and you don’t want to risk the car transfer wake up
  • making or taking calls before, after or during errands/chores
  • logging on during naptime
  • responding to client queries while kids are playing outside
  • or if you want to go old school, reading the newspaper or listening to talk radio while the kids play at home

People may have divided or differing opinions about all of the above and some have actually said them to me.

  • Are you really being attentive to your children’s needs?
  • Do you or they have a short attention span?
  • Are you taking on too much?
  • Is now really the right time to do (X,Y,Z)?

To which I would answer:

Is everyone always 100 per cent present with their children?

Minds wander, adults converse, things catch our eye, before mobile technology entered the mix, there were print media, radio, TV, posters, billboards.

Yes, technology can distract but it can also break isolation.

My children are under age five…their attention span is a few minutes max.

I am adapting to follow their lead and interests. Meaning anything I want to accomplish usually needs to get done in less than 10 minute increments, unless they both nap at the same time!

Being a parent to two kids under age four is full on, so the time I spend learning, creating or doing things outside of my primary caregiver duties is for me.

I believe if it makes me feel good, refreshed, curious, creative, joyful, then it is making me a better person and mother.

And the “is now the right time question?”

That one has stopped me in my tracks before, a big verbal smack to the face and my ego. Maybe it’s not, maybe it’s never been better but only you as an individual can decide.

Is there ever a ‘right time‘ to do anything?

There are things you do and things you don’t. But you decide what and when.

On days when I’m tired and hangry, I scale back. But most days, getting out for a walk, speaking with adults and doing something that results in self care or personal growth is always a positive experience.

I want my children to see me doing what I love.

And I also want them to see me interacting with people (other than them) and participating in things, regardless of my location or timezone.

The world is an exciting place and I hope they never lose their sense of wonderment, always keep learning and exploring.

It’s easier for me to do the things and involve them in the experience instead of trying to explain the concept behind things and why I think they’re important.

It’s an interesting time we live in – people are running full empires from their phone, location independent and with limited startup funding, while in some places a restriction on technology and access to information limits what you can consume or when you can be reached.

I understand many people have already made the short-term transition to remote work this month, the economy is in flux and job losses are increasing by the day, during this time of global change.

This week I rewrote a more current version of my online course because I want to be sensitive to the times we’re living through, while inspiring you to think of the potential for a longer term flexible work arrangement to be your new normal.

It’s not for everyone but for those who are interested, here are some flexible and remote work resources:


SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

Subscribe to receive my free monthly Work + Life newsletter focused on travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work: http://bit.ly/AmyMaureenLynchNews

Thinking of you all, thanks for reading.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via the comments below or email: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com if you have feedback or questions.

Best wishes always,
– Amy (+ Family)

Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work

I’ve thinking a lot lately of how I can help others, from my home, while looking after two kids under the age of four.

I had mapped out a course after our second kid was born in 2018 all about flexible work and in particular, working remotely. But life happened, I always have a lot of creative projects on the go and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if people would be keen.

You see, it wasn’t a course designed for people looking to do shorter gigs, base themselves on an island or travel the world full-time.

It was based on my experience over the past decade doing freelance and flexible work contracts, outsourcing parts of my job to myself as an employee and negotiating remote work arrangements, without the guidance of someone who had done it before showing me the way.

Amy Lynch | Notes From Another Land | London UK
London, England

While some of my remote work time was spent travelling, the more important motivations for me were:

  • flexibility (with a different passport to my husband and immigration restrictions, I wanted a job I could do wherever we ended up in the world)
  • financial stability (recurring revenue from reliable sources I had already built trustworthy relationships with)

  • freedom (I often had complete autonomy around my hours and places of work, which enabled me to be present for important family and friend milestones and work from bed while very sick during ALL of my pregnancies)

It wasn’t always sexy, I never logged on from Bali and I spent a good chunk of it using our kitchen countertop with a shoebox as an alternative to a standing desk. 🤣

Notes From Another Land - Writing A Book

I understand many people have already made the short-term transition to remote work this month, the economy is in flux and job losses are increasing by the day, during this time of global change.

This week I rewrote a more current version of my online course because I want to be sensitive to the times we’re living through, while inspiring you to think of the potential for a longer term flexible work arrangement to be your new normal.

Access my FREE Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work e-course and get started on your plans to pitch existing and future clients (or employers) a long-term remote work arrangement.

I’ve set a goal of doing more video/audio content this year, so stay tuned for quick episodes which will cover the intersection of parenthood, creativity and flexible work.

If you have any specific questions about remote work, please comment on this blog post, I’d love to help you out!

In the meantime, you can check out my other flexible and remote work resources online here: https://notesfromanotherland.vipmembervault.com/

Flexible + Remote Work Resources For You:

SHOP Products + Online Courses

• Mini Training – Mixing Babies And Business: 3 Ways To Make Remote Work More Productive For You (+ Your Family) [LEARN MORE]
• NEW Book – Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [LEARN MORE]
• Online Course – Based on the book Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience [JOIN THE WAITLIST]

FREE Digital Resources, Templates + Guides

• E-Course – Go Remote: 5 Steps To Transition To Flexible Work [LEARN MORE]
• Template – Remote Work (With Kids) Time Blocking Made Easy [LEARN MORE]
• Guide – Babies + Business Mini Guide To Navigating The Corporate Jungle (With Kids) [LEARN MORE]


Thinking of you all, thanks for reading.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via the comments below or email: contact[at]amymaureenlynch.com if you have feedback or questions.

Best wishes always,
– Amy (+ Family)