Michelle Worthington is a finalist in the 2018 AusMumpreneur awards.

FINALIST: Michelle Worthington of Share Your Story is a finalist in the 2018 AusMumpreneur awards.

FINALIST: Michelle Worthington of Share Your Story is a finalist in the 2018 AusMumpreneur awards.

Michelle Worthington of Share Your Story is a finalist in this year’s make a difference section of the  AusMumpreneur awards. The winners will be announced in Sydney on August 31.

The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur network celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas like business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

Michelle Worthington, 42, of Sheldon is an award winning author, international guest speaker and founded Share Your Story in 2016 to allow local aspiring authors and illustrators to have access to the education and processes involved in realising their dream of being published.

Ms Worthington said she had been nominated a few years ago but had never made it to the finals.

“Being selected as a finalist means so much to me because I started Share Your Story to help local authors find a way to give a voice to their journey because I believe that as a community, stories not only how we learn and grow, but what brings us together to make the world a better place for our children.”

“Being the mum of three busy boys, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, but for my family to take my business seriously and give it the time needed to make it successful, I had to start taking myself seriously as a small business owner. I include my family in as many business trips as I can, and we have a weekly family toolbox meeting to work out time management and the kids priorities,” she said.

Michelle said it was never easy raising a family and running a business.

“My whole family are involved in the day to day running, from my teenagers helping me with websites, filming and social media, my four-year-old giving me story ideas and my husband shaking his head but staying supportive with all my crazy ideas. You can’t succeed in business on your own. When you are a Mum, you are not alone, because your passion inspires your family to believe in you, even during the times when you don’t believe in yourself,” she said.

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