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Interview with Immaculate Mutageija- Quantity Surveyor and co-founder of The Baby Plug


Imma is a strong-willed, meticulous lady and a huge lover of God.

She is quantity surveyor who is passionate about construction and construction law; and co-founder of The Baby Plug, an online store providing baby proofing, clothing and accessories.

When she’s not working; you’ll find her travelling, reading a book, swimming, or hanging with friends or family.


Sarah Kukie: Tell me about yourself at twelve years old? What dreams did you have? What challenges were you facing?


Imma Mutageija: At twelve; I was very persistent and always pushing for what I wanted. The most I remember at twelve years was wanting to become a surgeon and treat people so that they stay healthy.


SK: How different is that from where you are now?


IM: I am currently a quantity surveyor and an entrepreneur 😁



SK: What was one of your most defining moments in life? 


IM: Finishing school and getting into the actual world was a real game changer for me because it exposed the fact that I had been shielded from so many things in life that I now had to deal with and make decisions on my own.


SK: I largely believe in designing every aspect of one’s life to the best of their ability. What steps do you take to ensure that you live your ideal kind of lifestyle?


IM: I have learnt to prioritize mental wellness which now involves a personal 30 mins morning ritual ranging from exercising; to meditation or even journaling.

Defining and clearly separating work from my personal life is something I had learnt to do before the lock-down; which involved not carrying laptop home after work hours.

In regards to social life; I ensure that at least once a month; I meet up with some of my close friends and have at least a weekly check in on phone.


SK: Do you have a morning/evening routine or ritual?


IM:

Morning

  • Wake up and play Joyce Meyer podcast while doing a 15mins simple exercise routine

  • Read my Bible and im only just adopting meditation as well.

  • Listen to the news as I freshen up to start my day

  • *Yoga – only twice a week

  • When I have school, I have one hour of reading in the morning

Night

  • Journaling

  • Listen to business/motivational podcast

  • Crosscheck to do list for Baby Plug

  • Reflect on God’s word

  • And sleep


SK: What’s one habit you had to shred in order to proposer? What habits did you have to adopt?


IM: I had to shred procrastination and adopt;

  1. Goal setting

  2. Reading

  3. Positive mind training

  4. Personal care

  5. Frugality


SK: What accomplishment do you feel most proud of so far in your life? Why?


IM: Career growth in terms of;

  • Getting a Silver Spot award from the Company for my positive contribution in business generation and risk management of the company.

  • In the recent women’s day celebration; I was recognised amongst the most inspirational women in the global business;

  • Annual career advancements



SK: One of the most common things people, including myself, face daily is impostor syndrome- suffering from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success. Have you had this? How do you deal with it?


IM: I have experienced before and I dealt with it by listening to podcasts that were in line with motivation; becoming best version of myself and also training my mind on what thoughts I should have.


SK: We have started a whole new decade and, thank goodness, people are more aware of their power and the importance of intention. I’m curious, what’s been your word for the year? What’s the intention behind it?


IM: Sedulous.

If there’s one thing 2019 taught me is that you can fall to the deepest of pits and still come out like flame of burning fire provided you know what your end goal is.

So for me sedulous is about being diligent, hardworking and persistent.


SK: Any big plans for 2020?


IM: Yes

  1. Launching of The Baby Plug J

  2. Graduating from my post graduate studies

  3. Job promotion

  4. Becoming one of UN youth ambassadors for Uganda

  5. Hosting a fundraising event for charity


SK: Do you often reward yourself after an accomplishment?


IM: As soon I hit that accomplishment; I dedicated my mass for that day to thanksgiving and then either take myself out for a good meal or go and relax anywhere where there’s water.

This is because I believe recognition of the small things is a huge boost and build up to keep going.

Also, we need to learn to be kind to ourselves.


SK: If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?


IM:

  1. Bible

  2. Phone

  3. Journal

  4. Passport

  5. Tea


SK: How do you normally spend your free time?


IM: Meditating, reading a book, swimming or hanging with family and friends


SK: What would you tell twelve year old you, now that you’ve got all this knowledge through growth and experience?


IM: It’s okay not to know what you want; dream and explore all options and opportunities given to you in life.

2. Sleep while you still can looool


SK: One piece of advice that you live by…


IM: The sky is no longer the limit. When you decide to do something; either do it to the best of your ability or don’t bother to do it all. There’s no room for mediocrity.

Thank you so much Imma for sharing with us.

@imma_mutageija, @the_babyplug

 
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