Setting a Powerful Example
Steff and Tom
Steff’s background is in education, and prior to starting her journey with Forever she was an Assistant Headteacher working across a federation of schools in Manchester…
I loved my job and had what I would consider a decent salary, but my partner and I were time poor. I was working 60-80 hours a week with a long commute into the city. Tom worked away most of the week, travelling across Europe to meetings. We wanted to start a family, and to do this, desperately needed a better work/ life balance.
When I joined Forever, I immediately had a huge amount of support, which meant that my business accelerated, and I made back my initial investment within my first month. Then my dreams came true when I discovered, one month into the business, that I was pregnant. Unfortunately, I very quickly began to feel very poorly, and eventually got to a point where I had to make the decision to take a step back.
I took some time out to have my daughter, Arabella, but kept an eye on what was going on in the world of Forever. Then, during a company training in June 2019, I felt inspired and realised it was time!
With the end of my maternity leave looming and Christmas in sight, I realised I needed to make it work and decided to take a more consistent approach to the business. Thankfully, my hard work paid off and, in May 2020, I realised my long-term goal of having my partner Tom join me in the business. We are now both stay at home parents and work our business around our daughter, Arabella. Tom has been a huge influencer in my self-belief, I have never had anyone believe in me as much as Tom does - he really is my biggest cheerleader. This has certainly driven me and picked me up on the days where I think I can’t and has given me the courage to believe in making the ‘impossible’ possible.
Family is my number one priority. My dad passed away after a short illness when I was 26 and I was a key carer for him. I would definitely say this has shaped my outlook on life and my need for time freedom. One of my ‘whys’ is to have more time with my family as this was the time I missed out on with my dad.
My dad had always been a massive influence in my life. He couldn’t read or write until he was 9, but through hard work and determination taught himself. By the age of 11, he had earnt a full scholarship to the local grammar school. My dad went on to do incredible things, he taught me that the only person who can break the mould or change your destiny is you. This is exactly what I want to teach my daughter; I never want her to settle for anything less than what she wants.
I now credit my business as my greatest achievement, for two reasons. Firstly, in my previous career it took a first-class degree and two Masters to achieve the position and pay scale I had, but I have now achieved all that with Forever in a much shorter time period and with far less financial investment. Secondly, I am very aware that my daughter is watching what we do and how we work. I am extremely proud that I can show her a ‘little business’ that Mummy set up has enabled both Mummy and Daddy to be stay at home parents and give her everything she wants.
I love being around people and have particularly enjoyed building a team; seeing the successes of my peers in Forever really inspires me. No matter how big or small the achievement, every single person has achieved something. I think you would struggle to find success on such a large scale in any other business.
I also take inspiration from my mum. She has the most wonderful outlook on life, which after everything she has been through losing my dad in his early fifties is simply amazing. I am not quite there yet in having her strength, but each day I am inspired by how she handles life.
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