More Than Just A Mum

I’ve just come across a fabulous blogger called Kate Takes 5 – she has some really interesting posts and definitely makes you think while reading them.  Her latest post is titled “More than just a Mum” and talks about one thing she did before she was a Mum that she’s really proud of.

It got me thinking, and thinking, and thinking.  What did I do before I was a mother?  That’s scary, I’ve only been a Mum for 5 years but I’ve already forgotten my past life – and that’s just horrible.

So I wracked my brains a bit more and I came up with something that I’m really proud of.  It’s not the most exciting thing that I did pre kids but I’m really proud of myself for it…. I was a kick arse Salesman!  I had quite a few jobs before kids but all of them were sales based – advertising sales, internet sponsorship sales and then finishing in recruitment.  I hit and exceeded my targets without fail (and trust me I didn’t always work that hard!!!) and I had total confidence about what I did.  I knew I could walk into a room and make people listen.  I wasn’t the most business like person but I was very commercial and very very truthful and people seemed to buy into me and whatever it was that I was selling.  I’m beyond proud of this and as it’s now been over 5 years since I last worked and I’ve lost this confidence.  I don’t know where the self-esteem has gone but it’s gone.  Friends and acquaintances will say it’s still there and they are shocked when I voice my sadness that I’ve lost my vavavoom but I know I have.

I haven’t given up though.  Although I can’t imagine that I’ll ever go back to that work life but now the children are growing up I’m slowly but surely getting my identity back and feeling more confident and I know I will be kick arse amazing at something some time soon.

Please head over to Kate Takes 5 and read some other kick arse pre Mum stories

Thanks so much for reading

The Gallery – Autumn

The Gallery is the brainchild of Sticky Fingers.  Every week she gives a prompt, an idea, a notion and we have to go out and take a photograph using that prompt. Or just use a photo you already have.  I then have to  post it on my blog and write about it.

The weeks Gallery is Autumn.

girl boy garden autumn leaves rake

I’m a huge gardener.  My parents are/were huge gardeners and although I don’t really remember actually gardening with them as a child I do remember being in the garden watching them spend hours keeping our garden looking perfect and the enjoyment they had out of it.

We are very lucky in that we have a big garden and the kids and I spend many many hours out there having fun.  Mr P’s jobs are mainly fixing the fences and putting the leaves into the wheelie bin.  My job however spans from mowing the lawn, weeding, planting, cutting back and basically making sure it looks gorgeous and even though I do say so myself I do a pretty good job.

I have a very complex diary that I’ve written myself after a lot of research and am continually updating it that literally tells me by the week what I should be doing with the garden i.e. planting bulbs, cutting back the roses, feeding the grass, replanting etc etc.  This is with a huge amount of advice and help from my mother and father in law who are both enormously knowledgable.  I also have an amazing friend who is a gardener and she helps me put the garden to bed in the Autumn and wakes it up in the Spring.  I’ve only known her for a few years but she and her partner Steve just rock – if you live in South London please please look Helen and Steve up at http://www.gardenia-gardens.com/

I love the time I spend out there with the kids.  They each have small spades and rakes and share a fab wheelbarrow (bought by Grandpa) and can honestly spend hours moving soil from one place to another or help me with the watering (when there’s not a ban!).

So it’s been a joy this week putting up my Autumn photo for The Gallery.  It basically sums up not only Autumn with us clearing up the leaves but basically the whole year as we spend so much time out there enjoying it.

Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to hearing what the next Gallery theme will be.

Discovering New Blogs

Lynn C Schreiber over at Salt and Caramel has created a Discover New Blogs meme.  This is a great idea not only for new bloggers to go and shout about themselves but also for the more experienced bloggers to find new writers that they would like to read.

So following the rules that Lynn has set out:

My name is Sally and I’m a SAHM to two children, a boy who’s 5 and a girl who’s 3.  I also have a wonderful husband who works far too hard, is the chef of the house and is the rock of our family.

I started blogging 6 weeks ago.  The main reason for this is that I suffer from insomnia.  I don’t mean a few nights here and there of no sleep, I mean 7 phenomenally hard years where at my worst I was getting 45 minutes every night (this lasted for nearly 2 years and that was while I was pregnant and had our 2nd child.  At it’s best it’s 4 hours a night  (which is where I am now).  This has sent me pretty loopy in the past (and still does occasionally) however now that my youngest has started nursery 15 hours a week I am just able to cope so much better than ever before.  Anyway, I’m waffling, the reason I started blogging (and crafting) is basically so I have something to do at night when I’m awake and no one else is.  It keeps me sane and I’ve found that I’m really really enjoying it.  Not only am I enjoying blogging but I’m loving the whole social media world – it’s quite addictive isn’t it?

I think I am most proud of my very first post Hello Everyone – basically because it was my first.  It took me a long time to decide whether I was going to “come out” i.e. be myself or whether I was going to write under an alias.  However my most popular posts have always been my Ranty Friday one’s – I think everyone likes to read a good old rant 🙂

The post that I’ve had the best response to is my most recent Silent Sunday post.  I wasn’t surprised as it was just after I came out to my friends on Facebook so I knew my hits would increase over the next day or so.

 

Some blogs that I like to read:

http://winecantcurebackpain.wordpress.com/

http://mamamarmalade.blogspot.co.uk/

http://2under2.co.uk/

http://aspie-girl.blogspot.co.uk/

http://stumblinginflats.com/

http://pockettpause.wordpress.com/

http://londonloafing.com/

Unfortunately as I’m on free WordPress I’m not able to show the blog hop here so please click through to Salt and Caramel to see some other new blogs.

Thanks so much for reading and thank you Lynn for starting.

What really grinds my gears….

I was tagged by the fabulous Clare Lou Allen, who asked me to share things that grind my gears. The meme rules are to simply link back to the meme creator, & the person who tagged you.

So here I go, what really gets on my goat…….

  • People who don’t say please and thank you
  • Inconsiderate drivers
  • People talking under their breath but loud enough for me to say “pardon” but them to say “oh nothing”
  • My mother’s eyebrow raises when I pour myself another glass of wine (she’s currently living with us so this is happening A LOT)
  • My sons fussy eating
  • My daughter’s stubborness (that she gets from me)
  • When I’ve spent hours crafting a picture only to realise that I’ve stuck everything upside down from where the hook on the back is (happened twice in a row)
  • Competitive mothers (or fathers)
  • People that don’t appreciate the amazingness of Home and Away!!
  • Dog owners that don’t pick up after them – AGH

I’m sitting here getting more and more annoyed as I’m thinking about all those little annoyances in life….. so I’ll stop now and pass the buck onto some other lovely bloggers…

The lady who came up with this fab idea is Mummy of Many Talents at http://mummyofmanytalents.wordpress.com/
And I’m tagging the following and going to ask them what really grinds their gears:

Knowing Me Knowing You Meme

The purpose of this meme was to bring bloggers together, to learn about the person behind the computer screen.
The Rules:
  • Nominate five other blogs in your post ( All must have less than 250 subscribers)
  • Post five random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the five questions that the “tagger” has asked you, and then list your own five questions to ask others.
  • Let your five friends know you have tagged them by commenting on there blog/tweeting them.
My Five Random Facts
  • I gave birth to both my children in my Sitting Room
  • I was London Schools high jump champion 3 years in a row
  • I’ve suffered from insomnia for 7 years and apart from when I occasionally take a sleeping pill I never get more than 3-4 hours a night
  • I was in the Olympic Stadium for Super Saturday and saw 3 GB gold medals in 40 minutes
  • I spend 2 hours every week helping at my sons school

I was asked to answer the following:

Is there a moment in your life which was utterly life changing?

Oooo this is a hard one.  I don’t want to say meeting my husband or having my kids because although they were obviously life defining moments I want to think outside the box ….. I think maybe it was watching my Mother-In-Law battle and eventually die from breast cancer.  She was the most phenomenal woman who was so brave and positive with an amazing outlook on life.  She died 3 weeks before our eldest was born which is just devastating as she really would have been such a wonderful Granny.  She died at home with all of us around her and she has left an enormous hole in our lives but she really does live on in our memories.  I speak about her everyday with our children and my daughter’s love of everything girlie and pink definitely comes from her.  I think she has made me realise that nothing in life should stop us being happy and enjoying what we’ve got when we’ve got it.  Life is just too short….

What was the first single you ever bought?

Carless Whisper – Wham

Why did you start to blog?

I’m an insomniac who has a lot of spare time at night so I started to blog and make my crafts to keep myself sane.

Would you rather be happy and poor or sad but rich?

No question – happy and poor

What is your favourite film and what do you think that says about you?

Love Actually, Notting Hill, 4 Wedding and a Funeral – that I’m far too soppy!
So, onto the 5 people that I want to tag:
My 5 questions to you are:
  1. If you had 24 hours to live and money was no object what would you do?
  2. If you could change one thing that you’ve done in your life what would you change?
  3. What has been your favourite holiday and why?
  4. What would your choice of last meal be?
  5. What would your dream day with your kids be?
Thanks so much for reading and thank you very much to Mumtales for tagging me
I look forward to reading my tags replies

Pass On The Lurve

So I’ve just come across a fabulous blogger called Manic Mum ( via Super Amazing Mum whom I follow).

Basically Manic Mum (MM) met Super Amazing Mum (SAM) 2 years ago online.  They both started blogging at the same time and as newbies together they bonded.  They weren’t friends in real life however have become so.  MM has gone through the most horrendous personal nightmare and SAM jumped in without being asked and from what I have read was there when she was really needed and they now are real life best buddies.  Their families are friends, their kids are mates, and they stay at each others houses and call each other up to laugh, cry or just for a chin wag.  So, because MM loves SAM so much and appreciates their friendship she wanted to start a “Pass on the Lurve” link where people in turn write about someone they’ve met blogging that they now count as a true friend – what a great idea.

Their story really moved me.  You see, I’m just a newbie. I’ve only been blogging for 3 1/2 weeks and I’m sitting here wondering whether perhaps in 2 years time I can look at MM’s post and add my own link to someone I meet in this humungous world of blogging.  Maybe it’s someone I’ve already met or someone lurking on the outside currently but might jump in as a follower very soon!!!  Whatever happens, I would really really like to come back to MM’s post in a few years and who know’s, someone might find it and write about me too!

So if you have someone that you would like to write about please please pass on the lurve

Thanks for reading x