Women Who Create / Debbie Clarke

This week we welcome Debbie Clarke aka debbiedooodah, social media and digital coach to the interview series. Pour yourself a cup of tea and have a good read for some wonderful advice and business experience!

Tell us a little about your background...

Wow, my background – seems such a big question as we’ve all been around quite a while now! I’ve always been fiercely independent, not always to my benefit and have tried to live a ‘different life’. I left home at 17 (my mum might question that statement), travelled Europe twice while everyone else was doing Thailand, moved to Nottingham for a nightclub, became a single mum on the day of my pregnancy, fought cancer and then decided to start my own business!

I’ve worked in marketing for about 20 years and did a degree in English in the middle of it all!

debbie and her favourite people at the beach

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Goodness, happiness is something I’m always working towards. I was a Prozac child, so I know the cost of unhappiness. Using my google calendar & need for money helps me focus. And being happy? Just being grateful that I’m alive always works, but I have days when I lock myself away.

What two things can't you live without?

My daughter Robin, I would die for her, and music.

What or who is your biggest source of inspiration?

Grandmas in my family. Unusually there are a lot of single grandmas bringing up children in my history, and they always paid their own way and sang through the hardships.

debbiedoodah cats

What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

Being free to make and think, free from judgement and from the need to make money. Being creative for its own self. Colour. Light. Space. Beauty. Open. Breathe.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

Dolly Parton, because she’s fucking awesome. She doesn’t apologise to anyone, isn’t apologetic for being her and has a gorgeous generosity. Perhaps we’d sing a song together.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

These beautiful cards called Affirmators, they are so insightful it scares me.

What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?

Freedom and independence. I’m not that good at working for other people! Also, I love supporting women to create businesses that mean they also have freedom and independence – what a gift!

And what is or has been the most challenging?

At the beginning seeing myself as a ‘business woman’ was hard, in my head I was Debbie from the block, but that’s not how others saw me at all. Getting those mind monkeys out of my head!

What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?

Goodness, making another human was pretty awesome! But creating my debbiedooodah brand was so exciting, I’d shied away from putting myself front and centre, and when I finally got the courage the response was amazing!

debbiedooodah desk space

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey

Follow your intuition, it’s right 99% of the time, believe what your gut is telling you and try and drown out all the other voices.

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