This space began in 2010 just after I had my second daughter. At the time I was a stay-at-home Mum to two daughters and I started this blog as a place to record my journey of learning to sew. The first name of my blog was named “Mummas time to create”, and I blogged using the free Blogger platform.
Over the next year, I really found my “blogging voice” and this space developed into my online diary. I shared my journey of being a Mum, wife, new business owner, quilter and sewer.
I launched my Flutter from.Kat – a handmade design brand in 2011.
This led me to move my blog to WordPress, and change my first owned domain name of www.http://katsoper.com.
In 2013 my husband and I moved our family back to my homeland of New Zealand. This led to us purchasing a house, which I then spent many months renovating full-time. It was this, project, and being back home with my family, that saw blogging for me naturally drop in frequency out of share busy-ness.
I carried on my Flutter from.Kat brand for the first 18 months back in NZ, successfully having an online shop and being a somewhat regular at the Wellington Underground Markets.
By mid-2014 I had reached my goal of being a stay-at-home mum while my children were really little and I decided I’d like to go back into the formal workforce.
I found the perfect role for me, working for a local Virtual Assistant (VA) Company. I loved this role – I loved serving clients, and the constant learning curve it provided me. I quickly moved up in the Company from a VA, to a Team Leader, and then to become the Head of Training & Projects. But, while I loved what I did, I missed the freedom I used to have – even though my job was virtual to my clients, I still had to rock up to an office each day for office hours. Whereas, prior to having children, I had had my own business, and the freedom I was used to over the last decade – of being both a stay-at-home-Mum and business owner was absent working for a Company.
So, in December 2015 I launched my own company – Helpful and went back to working for myself, but this time around my family.
For the first 18 months, I worked as a Virtual Business Consultant. Despite overwhelming challenges with my family life (my husband off work for 9 months with a head injury, my Dad extremely unwell with gastric cancer, and me being off work for 2 months with a broken wrist), my business was a success and I earned more than I ever had before.
Life was busy and blogging had dropped off my radar of priorities. I had to re-evaluate what my goals were for this blog – did I wish to keep it public? Or, did I wish to close that chapter?
I am still as passionate as ever about helping others achieve their goals, and learn. I love to teach – that aspect of my life has only grown stronger, and blogging is a perfect platform for that. In 2017, I launched The Helpful Academy – an online training platform where I teach business systems. That and my Business Services Business – The Helpful Brand, keep me very busy.
So, I have redesigned this space to be an extension of my “current self” and business and another rebrand has occurred –
welcome to katsoper.com.