Naomi Simson has an empty nest. And a new husband.
Happiness is peeling off her in waves.
The RedBalloon founder arrived at Mamamia HQ – dressed in her trademark red, of course – beaming, and stayed that way throughout our conversation about work, life and the nonsense idea of work-life balance.
It had only been two weeks since Naomi married businessman Stuart King on the fifth anniversary of their first date.
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Her kids, Natalia and Oscar are all grown up and away studying in Melbourne.
And being a woman at the top of her game – Naomi is now the most-followed Australian on Linkedin, and she’s the infamous Red Shark on Shark Tank – with the juggle of kids and career behind her, she is full of wisdom for those of us still in the trenches.
Here are some highlights. Consider getting them tattooed on your body:
1. Flexibility does NOT mean less work.
Naomi left a big corporate career in marketing when her kids were little and she was chasing flexibility. After a short stint freelancing, she and her then-husband started RedBalloon, which, for years, ran from their living room. “The reason I started my business was because of my kids, I just thought they were great. My kids used to gang up on me…’Why do we have to go to bed at 5.30?’ Because Mum’s got work to do. As soon as they went to bed I was working again, until 11 or 12 at night.”