Back for another #FF treat from the #coolmumclub – time to meet this week’s member, Jaqui aka One Messy Mama. I loved reading Jaqui’s submission – she’s so spot on about all that’s good about blogging, and seems like a totally sound chick; the kind of Mum I’d like to bump into on the Mum-circuit.
Howzit! (A South African term for Hi)
I’m Jacqui, from One Messy Mama. A blog about parenting hallelujah moments and epic fails. Well… mine of course! 😉
I hail from the small coastal town of Richard’s Bay (on the Indian Ocean coast), in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. In this town I spent my childhood on the beach, and met the man of my dreams when I was 20 years old. We moved to Durban, another coastal city about 2hrs drive away from where we grew up.
Firstly, for an African who has never seen snow… Jeepers it’s cold here in the Winter! Coming from a country were it seems the sun ALWAYS shines, into our first winter of pretty much non-stop freezing temps and almost 5 months of snow. Eish – (eeesh – another SA term – “say what!?”) it’s been an adventure. To say the least!
I always wanted to work with kids, taught for 16 years before “hanging” up my red pen to be a SAHM… in a new country… Far, far away from home. So I’m literally a “newbie” at this blogging thing… It hasn’t even been a year.
True to form, social media created a perfect picture of being a stay at home/Pinterest mom. But, to be honest, I was a little freaked out at my new role, and in some way thought I needed to be this “perfect mom” – and that’s how One Messy Mama was born. I was (and still am) one hot mess of a mama! But I love it!
Starting my blog has given me a voice. An opportunity to share openly and honestly about my experience of parenthood in general, but also about being a SAHM in particular! I enjoy the thrill of writing a new post (although the thought of creating a 5 hour ‘masterpiece’ that might be destroyed in 5 seconds flat with just one harsh review – gives me heart palpitations) . I enjoy the pressure of knowing I have a deadline (even if it is just my own); it gave me purpose and direction. Not that my kids aren’t my purpose (you guys get it), it gives me something for ME… To call my own. Hopefully, one day, my kids can read it and enjoy hearing all the stories about their childhood.
When people ask me what my “niche” is, I truly have no clue. I write because I enjoy it, and every now and then I need to vent a little too.
I have learnt so much in these short 6 months. I never thought I could become a little Tech Geek. Watching hours of Youtube clips, from figuring out what the word Pluggin meant, to designing and going public with my very own blog. It’s insane really… and super addictive. But I love it!
I think my favourite part of blogging is realising that there really is no perfect parent! We are all just striving to survive what is essentially our own parenting reality – each one with it’s own unique challenges. And I think we can all take great comfort from hearing teach other’s stories. Whether it be about surviving a trip to the grocery store with kids in tow, or getting dinner done on time (and trying not to serve Chicken Nuggets every night… Oops, my bad!), or about how our kids overcome real obstacles to achieve certain goals and dreams. I think our stories matter, and we parents should share them in the hope that we might encourage each other.
That’s why my next favorite thing about blogging is “Sharing the Love”… I know we all want our blogs to be successful. It’s nice when we get that little bit of affirmation that tells us: ‘yes’ we can actually write – even as an amateur. So I love hitting that “share” button, the “like” button, and leaving a comment. That’s where all these awesome linkies come into play. To see the support and encouragement we give each other, that just blows my mind. This community of parents, bloggers and friends is an amazing support system!
Future aspirations for my blog… I have no idea really. Hopefully to make it to the one year mark! That people will still want to read what I write… And that I am still a somewhat “sane” mom 🙂
Thanks to Sarah for allowing me to join “Meet The Members”, #coolmumclub was the first linky I participated in. So this is a real treat!
One Messy Mama, aka Jacqui