Welcome back for the Autumn-Winter collection of #coolmumclub: Meet the members! Hope you all had an epic summer, filled with ice cream, paddling pools, sandy toes and PJ days.
We are kick starting the series comeback with Briony, aka Anyway to stay at home. Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to her. Thanks for being a superstar submission Briony! Be sure to give her a follow @anywaytostay, and join the rest of the thousands of us avidly following her finding that magical way to stay at home…
I’m so pleased to be taking part in #CoolMumClub meet the members. I’m not exactly new to this blogging thing but it’s only been in the last few months I’ve really got involved with the amazing social side of blogging and embraced linkies! So it’s really nice to get to join in with something like this.
I started Any Way To Stay At Home a couple of years ago whilst I was on maternity leave. As you can probably guess I didn’t want to go back to work. Yeah, you guessed it, I wanted to Stay At Home. It’s changed a lot since I first started it and it’s only recently I’ve started to feel like I’ve found my feet.
Well I didn’t, I went back to work. It wasn’t an easy experience for me. It just wasn’t where I wanted to be, physically or mentally. So I kept on blogging, partly to keep me sane and partly to explore ways I could leave the office job and work from home. I took loads of courses in social media and eventually managed to find my first client and became a Social Media Manager. Leaving the office job behind me.
Working from home, looking after a two year old and blogging is not an easy balance but it is really bloody fun so that makes it easier. Even if at the moment I find myself with no work and facing the very real prospect of having to return to the world of an employee, even if only for a little while, but I know I have tried and that it is a possibility.
Blogging has bought so many amazing things into my life. It has given me confidence and a sense of self I had lost a long time ago. It has bought me amazing new friends and a supportive community I can turn to at any time of the day or night. It has given me experiences I would have never dreamed of as well as some pretty cool toys for the boy. Whilst blogging isn’t and probably never will be a money maker for me, it has opened the doors to a new career that I would have never thought possible.
My blog is about me me, it doesn’t have a niche or follow any of the ‘blogging’ rules. I write about what I want when I want. Mainly crafts, days out, holidays and the joys of working from home with a toddler, of which there are very few. Ever had to explain to a client why they just received an email consisting entirely of the letters E, Y and K? It’s an interesting conversion. You won’t find much negativity on my blog though, the occasional rant, but mainly I try to write positively as it helps me think positively.
I just love that I’m getting to spend time with my boy and I plan on making the most of it. We spend our days playing, going to the zoo, making a mess and cuddling. The two of us watch TV, probably too much. I do housework and he ‘helps’, I redo housework. I’m not scared of glitter but I hate play-doh. We go and watch trains go by at the station or catch some motorcycle or car racing at a nearby track. He embarrasses me regularly, most recently by very loudly proclaiming ‘Mummy’s big tummy wobbles like jelly’ whilst poking my tummy to prove his point, he isn’t wrong. We spend quite a lot of time coming up with new and ingenious ways to make Daddy jump when he comes home from work, you know like hiding poorly underneath a blanket and giggling. We just try to have fun.
I don’t really have any aspirations for my blog in the future. I honestly feel that if for whatever reason it all had to stop tomorrow then I happy with what it has given me thus far. I do hope that it continues though and grows little by little. I hope to meet more amazing people and do more amazing things. Mainly I just hope that I get to carry on having fun with my little family.
So this is me, mum to one, blogger, attempting to be a social media manager, slightly lost but having fun.
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