Hey guys…yep, it’s me!
As the entries for this series have dried up a little (a lot) I don’t know if this is the end of #coolmumclub Meet the Members (*sob*). Just in case we have a latecomer to the party, you can consider the door always open if any of you lovely lot fancy sending me your guest posts submission.
Meet the members has been huge. Over the last year we have said hi to THIRTY FIVE of you, and you have each had a little moment to be #1 on the linky which I hope brought you a few new followers, friends and a bit of feel good value too.
Before the series disappears into the abyss of the internet, I thought it’d only be fair to let you have a special host edition. You all told me how hard this was, and now I’m realising why!
Sorry to disappoint but there won’ be any full face selfies in this post. The closest you’re going to get is this shot, my absolute fave from #BML16 – with my ever amazing co-host Talya. That’s me on the left BTW. It may, at least help you vaguely visualise your #coolmumclub hosts, if that’s been bothering you!
So I am Sarah, Mum of two (sometimes feels like three – sorry Mr G). I live in the South East of our fair Isle of Great Britain in a glorious county called Kent. Some call it the garden of England, some call it the scum of the earth but I prefer the former. It’s perfectly situated equidistance from the coast & the capital which suits us just fine. We have some incredible beaches, countryside and are a stone’s throw from Bluewater, one of the biggest shopping malls in the UK (#HideTheBags).
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, and I have remained in the town I was born and bred. Whilst this has it’s downsides, it does mean I am spoilt for company in the form of friends and family who fill my days and weeks with laughter, support, crazy play dates and the odd bit of drunk dancing. I’ve definitely lived, and seen the world, but in long weekends and nice holidays. Working alongside my part time studies in my early twenties allowed me to live a student lifestyle whilst building my career (and social life).
A former project manager in the Science industry, I now spend my days drinking tea, tidying up, cooking dinner and generally raising the kids. Albeit not by choice; Redundancy in my role brought me here as a stay at home parent, I have ‘made a decision’ to love it. I am trying my hardest to absorb every positive I can as I know damn well one day I’ll be at a desk, daydreaming back and wishing I was here again.
My blog was started as a pathway to regaining sanity in the insanity of being a housewife / SAHM / slave – I never expected it to be a platform to work with brands or earn any money. The latter has happened but certainly not in the way the media tells you you can earn a lucrative career in blogging (yet?!). I don’t know if I even want that anyway – I’m just muddling along, enjoying the randomness blogging brings to your life. Blogging helps me feel less like a 1950’s housewife and more like I’m sooo down with the kids. (My husband said apparently ‘Blogging’ was reported as the most sought after career in the youth of today, or something like that). See, I’m living the dream.
A lot of people describe blogging as being ‘something for them’, which I totally agree with, however lately I’ve come to see blogging as a benefit to ‘us’. Bits and bobs we have reviewed, events we have attended, and ‘freebies’ we have picked up have certainly brought some fun to the whole family. I’m still waiting to review a designer handbag…I’ll take that one ‘for me’ any day 😉 I don’t believe there is any shame in being a ‘PR friendly blogger’; the hours that go into creating and maintaining a blog are not for the faint hearted, so I take the perks with two hands and a gracious Thank you. I get that not all bloggers dig that shizzle, but the internet is a big enough place for us all. I retain an ethical approach to reviews, in that I would never big up something I thought was a pile of pants (and yep, that has happened).
My blog remains anonymous, and I don’t broadcast the fact I blog to my ‘real life’ peeps. However, it’s also no dark secret and I have shared the fact I blog with others and even told a few people where they can find it. I have no idea who reads, which suits me fine as I like to ‘write like no one’s reading’!
I’m passionate about photography, which is nothing new, but now, through the medium of Instagram I love to share snippets of my day to day life. Always considering my kids privacy, I never share my children’s faces, which I like to think of as a challenge I can overcome in the world of successful, beautiful bloggers and their super cute kids!
If I had to describe my blog in three words they would be: Camaraderie, Honesty and Cool. The latter is something that doesn’t roll easily off the tongue (or fingertips), but being the host of the massive #coolmumclub forces me to believe every Mum can still rock that inner swag. My blogging voice, is, I am a Mum just like you – and we are all in it together. I hope to be the anti-smug-mum, winging it not nailing it and finding a new parenting challenge around every corner. That said, I don’t relish in negativity so I try and retain and undertone of happiness and love for my family in my writing. I am the
girl Mum next door, and the online version of that Mum you met at the toddler group who was alright.
I don’t know what the future holds for the blog, or when my blogging days will be over. I would like to think the blog will remain part of my life for some time to come, even if it has to take a lower status at times. If and when I return to work, things will have to change, but I’m crossing that bridge when I come to it. I’m not entirely sure how to measure a blogs success but there is so much blogging has brought me, fun, friendship and opportunities I would never have had before.
I’ve watched the blogging scene explode in the last year with some incredible new bloggers who have amazed me with their tech-savvy, relentless approach to blogging whilst raising littles. It’s taken me a while to establish a balance that works for me, but I’m now happy with the fact I don’t immediately want to blog when I have a ‘free’ moment. That for me is a healthy approach to blogging, and I’m totes cool with it. There’s so much more I’d love to be able to do with my site, but in all honesty, I don’t really know how! Putting that off for a later date 😉
Thanks so much for all the support you guys at #coolmumclub have given Talya and I, and each other. The Thursday linky has earnt it’s place out there amongst the blogging scene, and that’s all down to the incredible content you have been linking week after week. It is quite frankly, always a pleasure, never a chore.
Until next time…