I love these blog posts! Finding out about the different ways we all cope with our 9 to 3 fascinates me. Like the lady I’m about to feature, I have a job that I love but needed a creative outlet to complete my happiness – hence this blog. Jo is an amazing, talented self-taught designer who runs her own company as well as being a teacher. I certainly feel exceedingly humble when looking at her achievements.
I came across Jo through my favourite social media platform, Instagram. Her designs are like a breath of fresh air that ping out from my phone.
Name of Business: Ta doodle dah (I create eye-catching eye-catching paper goods for children.)
What do you do?
I’m a part-time teacher in an Independent School and work on Ta doodle dah around my job and three children.
Where do you work?
I usually work with the laptop on my lap sitting on the sofa (great for my posture!) or at the kitchen table. I keep all my stock in boxes in a room in the dining room and pack orders on the table in there; not very glamorous at all!
How did you get to this point in your career?
I’ve been teaching for over 10 years and have only just launched Ta doodle dah this year. I’ve always been quite creative, but never really discovered my creative outlet until I started graphic designing at home for fun; I downloaded Adobe Creative as a trial and was instantly hooked! I’m completely self-taught, I love the freedom it gives me and I’m excited to see where this little business takes me.
The best part of my job is…
…Creating designs that people like and receiving lovely messages from them.
The worst part is…
…Trying to find the time to do everything! I try not to be sitting with a laptop out when the kids are around, but it is really really hard.
Favourite time-saving trick?
I wish I had one! I think living near my parents helps me a lot as they do the odd school run for me and cook them dinner once a week; this is a lifesaver!
Best advice for anyone working the 9 to 3?
Working 9-3 feels like the shortest day sometimes but I always try and do the jobs that I really can’t do when the kids are around. For example, if the dishwasher needs emptying, I know I can do that when the kids are home, so I’ll leave it until later on. I try and prioritise the most urgent jobs that I really can’t do when the children are around. I can always think of a reason not to do the cleaning! Oh and I try not to fall down an Instagram rabbit hole and give myself a time limit on scrolling!
Favourite social media accounts/blogs?
Follow Jo on Instagram @tadoodledah
Please do visit her website: https://tadoodledah.com