One hot and sunny afternoon six years ago, I was sat talking to my husband, when I suddenly announced I wanted to start writing a blog. He gave me one of those looks an laughed and asked why?
Things were changing
My daughter was just getting ready to leave her Primary School behind, and start a new chapter at Secondary School. This meant that my role was changing, I would not need to do the school drop off or school pick up. C would be getting the bus to and from school. She would be having more freedom, which meant I was not needed as much. This suddenly hit home to me I was going to have a lot more time on my hands, and I wanted to use it doing something productive.
I have always loved reading blogs and had a few that I followed, and thought I could write a blog more as a diary for me. I could write about the transition from Primary School where she had been since she was 4 years old. To saying goodbye to familiar surroundings and class mates who she may not see again. The tears and laughter of living with a Tween, and she kept me on my toes.
I shared about my tears at her leavers assembly, and their prom night, even her last day, my baby was growing up. I shared the times she drove me up the wall, and the funny moments. If no one read my blog that was fine, for probably the first time in my life I was doing something for me, it was an online journal for me.
I had no idea what I was doing
My husband had websites for his business, but I had no idea of how to run one myself. He asked me what I was calling myself, and at that very moment I was a StressedMum, and that stuck. He set me up my website, and told me to open social media accounts as well. Then I was on my own.
I wrote a few posts, and found some Facebook groups where I could ask questions, no matter how trivial. I loved what I was doing, and finding new people to chat too. Before I became a full time Mum, I always worked in customer facing roles, and missed that side of things.
Unfortunately, how I thought the next few years would go, changed dramatically on 31st December 2015. We were at a friends house and it was 11.45pm when C, stumbled across to me saying she felt ill. Her legs hurt and felt heavy and her head hurt, she just fell into my arms. Our lives were about to change again and we had to come to terms with our Daughter having a chronic illness. My blog took a change in direction, and I have shared our story, as it is an illness where there are many battles ahead.
This past 6 years has flown by, you have shared my laughter and my tears. I have made some amazing friends, and learnt a lot. I never knew so much work went into a blog behind the scenes.
I want to say a huge thank you to you all, you have shared my laughs and tears, my ups and my downs. Every comment and every message that I receive I truly love to read.
Cheers and her is to the next 6 years xx