During the months when I wasn’t blogging, I realised that when I did start posting again, I’d want to change the focus of what I wrote about. Because, it turns out, being a mummy blogger isn’t for me – at least not in the way I was doing it before.
Please don’t get me wrong: I think the parent blogger community is brilliant. It’s full of wonderful people with amazing stories to tell. But for me, blogging about being a mother left me feeling like I was drowning in mummy-ness.
I love my daughter to bits and I love being her mum. But I also don’t want to lose sight of the other things I am too.
During my first two years of motherhood, I have felt like the things that defined me before I became a mum got left behind in the delivery room. That’s not a bad thing – raising a kid is a lot of work and is definitely my priority. But Pumpkin is more independent now and it seems like a good time to start working on myself again.
So, what’s the New and Improved Shannonagains going to be about?
I’m really trying not to use phases like “self-improvement” and “self-discovery” – because words make me feel a bit sick. But, I want to focus on improving me and my life – and sharing how I do that in the hope that it helps other people too.
Basically, I have five goals – and these are the themes I’ll be writing about:
- Become healthier I’ve been on Slimming World for a long time and tried plenty of other weight-loss plans before that. SW is fabulous and I’ve seen it work – for me, as well as others. But I’m a serial yo-yo dieter and that needs to stop. I have a lot of weight to shed and I’m tired of thinking it will happen someday.
- Create I home that I love to live inWe live in a small flat and it’s a mess. All the time. We haven’t properly decorated, I HATE the blinds and we have too much stuff. In the last couple of months, I have done a bit of work to make little improvements, but I want to do more. I want to create a cosy home that’s not too cluttered and somewhat organised. Having a toddler – and a husband – add to this challenge, but I’m determined to make my house a home.
- Make better use of my time Some days seem to go by in a flash and it’s suddenly Pumpkin’s bedtime and I’m still in my pjs. I don’t know how this happens – but I look around me and see other people getting things done. Lots of things, with a kid or three in tow. I don’t know how they do this, but I’m going to try to learn some of their secrets.
- Indulge my creativity I have a lot of creative intentions – but I’ve not been so good with the actual doing of creative things. I’m also terrible about finishing the few projects that I do start. That’s all going to change. I hope.
- Explore moreWe live a short train ride from London. It’s one of the world’s most amazing cities, but I rarely head in to enjoy it. Similarly, we don’t have the time or the budget to do much travelling besides visiting our families in Scotland and America’s Pacific Northwest – but those are two breathtakingly beautiful places that have plenty to offer. So, I need to start taking advantage of the opportunities we do have.
Now, I realise blogging about such a wide range of topics breaks, like, all the rules. I know, I know: I’m supposed to pick a niche and write about that AND NOTHING ELSE.
While I would love to become a popular blogger who makes loads of money off her writing, I’ve decided that what matters more to me is writing what I know and using my little platform here to make myself a better person. That means writing about a variety of subjects.
(I expect most of my posts to be food-related though. Because I basically think about food constantly.)
Anyway, let’s see how this all goes. It might get a bit bumpy while I try to find my new direction, but I’m looking forward to where that road might take me.