Jen Murnaghan: Digital Dandy

In our aim to inspire women to have it all we have linked up with the team behind Business Mamas to bring to you 52 Weeks – Inside the Lives, Homes and Businesses of 52 Inspirational Business Mamas

We believe that as mums in business we can have it all, so we bring you our fav blog 52 Weeks to inspire you with stories of fellow mums in business with our partners Business Mamas.

I was walking along a beautiful seafront walk close to where I grew up in Dublin and I remember having this vision, just a flash vision, of me somewhere foreign with a briefcase.  It was only a split second vision but it stayed with me for years and I didn’t know where it was going to take me.  I wanted to be a journalist and I wanted to be an architect.  I wasn’t clever enough to get into architecture and for some reason I was swayed away from journalism which was probably a pity.  I was also very interested in art, but my sister was studying Visual Communications at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin so I of course had to take a different direction and decided on a more academic approach to art so I studied Art History in the University College of Dublin.

I was working part time, in the late 1990s, when folk finishes, shabby chic and mural painting were the in thing. I started off painting a fake sky in our family bathroom in Dublin which is still there, I painted a bird in my bedroom which is also still there, then  I painted a couple of puffins in a friend’s bathroom and it ended up being a nice little side business.  I realise now it was the start of my entrepreneurial spirit.  From there I did paint effects on furniture and worked with a girl in London studying under her, and just kept developing the art side.  And then I got an offer from the European Commission – which was like a posh apprenticeship for six months working somewhere in Europe which sounded so great and I imagined all of the glamorous places I could go to.  So I applied to work in a media centre doing journalism and I got posted – to Dublin!   It was like a cruel joke, to be posted to where I lived.  I originally said no, but in the end I did it go ahead with it as it was a paid position.  READ MORE…