Meet the wonderfully talented Bec from Loxley Paper Co. Creator of amazing fully personalized planners!
My name is Bec Tough. I have just turned 33 (getting wrinkles and starting to feel a little old!), I am married to the love of my life Nick and have 2 awesome kids, Mila (5) and Angus (1)
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Mmmm…very good question. I had very high expectations when I was young and wanted to be a doctor. Well, that definitely didn’t happen!
Who and what inspires you?
My family inspire me every single day. My husband is the most supportive person in my life and constantly inspires me to follow my dreams.
What are your hobbies?
I really enjoy playing netball, having adventures with my family and I love playing around with anything stationery related!
What do you do to unwind?
Definitely have a cup a tea on the couch to relax.
What are some things you do to prepare for your week ahead?
I am meticulous at keeping a diary and plan my weeks and months through a calendar in my planner. This shows me at a glance what I have coming up/due in the week ahead.
What is your favourite motivational quote?
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start getting excited about what could go right.” – Tony Robbins.
That really sums up my whole journey so far. While the thought of my idea and product being rejected initially scared me and made me second guess some of the decisions I was making I am glad that I didn’t let it cripple me and hold me back because the future is an exciting space for me now. Although I still have moments where I think “What the hell am I doing? I am so out of my depth!” I instead embrace the steep learning curve I seem to be constantly on and just throw myself in the deep end.
How do you keep yourself organised between being a mummy and running your own business?
Definitely through my planner! I would be completely lost without it. Especially since I have absolutely no ability to remember anything! One of the cons of becoming a mum, losing your memory (for good!).
Tell us 3 things about yourself we might not know:
- I married my high school sweetheart. We have been together now for 17 years!
- Before falling pregnant with my first child I was a brown belt in karate.
- I have just taken myself back to university studying a Bachelor of Business online.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would it be and why?
The Cook Islands. My husband and I went there for our honeymoon. It was an amazingly beautiful place to relax and I would love go again!
Introduce your business:
My business is Loxley Paper Co. We specialise in creating custom made planners, diaries, journals and books that are personalized to each individual customers needs and lifestyle.
Have you always wanted to be a business owner?
No. I guess you could say this has just ‘happened.’ I made a diary for myself while I was on maternity leave from work as I was just fed up with buying multiple diaries throughout the year because they were never what I wanted them to be.
What made you decide to take the plunge?
I made a diary for a friend of mine who said that would definitely be something she would buy and it kind of snowballed from there. It was easy as I just love creating and making each diary. Each one is an exciting process for me.
How long did it take you to get up and running?
We have only been running for 10 months now and we have been constantly busy. This was very surprising for me, to see that so many people are interested in our product so we are very excited about what the future holds.
What has been your biggest hurdle?
My biggest hurdle so far has been sourcing suppliers. I find that as a small business there are many companies out there who view you as too small a fish to deal with. On the other hand there have been some extremely supportive businesses out there too, who have been more than helpful in our journey so far.
How do you allocate time to your business?
There currently aren’t enough hours in the day for me! I am constantly juggling priorities between work, kids and family and Loxley.
How has social media impacted your business? Has it affected your biz positively or negatively?
Social media has definitely been positive for our business. The ability to reach a worldwide network of potential customers is incredible. We have also receive some amazing support from some social media influences which have had a great positive impact on our business.
Tell us 3 things about your business we might not know:
- We have only been up and running for 10 months.
- We are currently looking at developing a website.
- We have some exciting new products in the pipeline – stay tuned!
How has being a mother inspired you in your business ventures?
The biggest draw card for me is the possibility of being able to be at home and available for my kids while they are young but also being able to work from home at the same time, which is very important to me. While being a mum is my greatest accomplishment, you can be a mum and still follow your dreams. I want to be a positive role model for my daughter especially, to see that women can be strong, independent and successful while still having a family.
Do you have any rituals or things you do while you work?
I drink a lot of tea while at work and I always listen to music.
A few tips for women wanting to launch their own business:
Don’t be afraid. If later in life you will regret not giving it go then what are you waiting for? You only live once. Chase your dreams and believe in yourself.
What are your hopes and dreams for your business in the future?
I would just love for my business to grow into something that allows me work from home so I can be with my family more. Seeing it grow and being able to ship worldwide would be just awesome.
Tell us about your wonderful family. How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have two wonderful kids, Mila (5) and Angus (1). Mila loves dancing, singing and helping her mum. She is about to start school next year and she is SO excited about that. And my Angus is just a real boy, he loves bikes, cars and motorbikes already.
How do you juggle Motherhood, working and time for yourself?
I don’t get much time to myself in-between working, Loxley and my family. I am very content with just a cup of tea on the couch at the end of the day. Easily pleased J
What are your favourite things to do as a family?
We love to enjoy the simple things in life so hanging out together at our home in the Dandenong Ranges is definitely a favourite as well as enjoying and exploring our beautiful surroundings.
What is your go to meal for easy family dinners?
Steak, mash and vegies. Quick, easy, delicious and the kids actually at it (well most of it anyway!)
What dessert is the family favourite?
My husband and daughter love ice-cream! I am more of a choccy biscuit with my cup of tea person.
How much has Motherhood changed your life?
Motherhood has changed our lives immensely! I cannot remember what life was like without our babies, they are just so much fun. Especially my daughter, as she gets older she is just a little mini me and so much fun to hang out with.
What’s the funniest thing your child/children have said or done recently?
My son puts his hand up to his mouth and says “Shhhh” when I’m telling him off or asking him not to do something. I do find it hard not to laugh when he does that.
What has been the hardest part of Motherhood for you so far?
Definitely sleep deprivation! My son didn’t sleep longer than 3hrs at a time for 9months. It was completely soul destroying. On the verge of a mental breakdown I bit the bullet (the I’m a mum I can handle this without any help bullet) and went to sleep school. It was a challenge but it completely changed our lives for the better. I love those ladies and am so grateful to them still to this day.
Tell us about your pregnancy experience/s, did you enjoy being pregnant?
I was very lucky with both my pregnancies. I loved being pregnant both times but no morning sickness played a big part in that.
What were your biggest cravings?
I had gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies so I had to be very strict with my diet both times. While I craved chocolate I didn’t eat it until I had my babies. It was especially difficult when I was pregnant with my daughter and I won the Christmas chocolate hamper at work. It was the only time I have ever won anything and of course it was while I was pregnant with gestational diabetes and I couldn’t eat one thing from it. I ended up giving it to my brother who was wrapped!
What are your social media links?
Website: N/A but hopefully have one up and running before the end of the year.
Bec has kindly offered an exclusive discount code for The Blissful Mummy readers for the remainder of October 2017!
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Thanks so much for letting us get to know you, your family and your business xx
I know many mums will enjoy getting to know more about you and your biz!
Thank you all for reading xx