First time mum/referee/ sleeve snot wiper to a wild toddler. Designated household bum changer. Blogging about this motherhood malarkey from a refreshingly honest and unfiltered perspective.

The Top 7 Tag

Firstly, I would like to say thanks to Stephen over at Yule Times for the tag where I get to do this little activity and reflect on some of my highlights from 2018.

Here’s how it works…
  • Your Favourite 7 Posts from 2018. They can be any posts at all that you are proud of.
  • 7 Things You Loved The Most About 2018. Whether you visited somewhere, or just had one of those moments you will never forget, if you loved it, list it!
  • 7 Things You Are Looking Forward to in 2019. Whether those plans are set in stone or you something you would like to do this year, share with us.
  • Tag 7 Bloggers to Take Part. Share the love and tag 7 others who would like to take part.
  • Say Thanks. Link back to the person who tagged you and/or myself so people know where to find the tag to join in too.

My 7 Favourite Blog Posts

I can't say I have 7 exact favourite posts. Every blog post I write about has an obvious or hidden meaning to me. My one rule is to always be transparent. In a world full of social media and sugar coated bullshit, I like to keep it honest, even if it does cause some controversy. 

However, To The Eyes I Feel On My Back and The Monsters in our Head were two posts I thoroughly enjoyed writing and which both meant a lot to me. Being a young mum, I have always felt judged. I have had to bite my tongue through the snide remarks or comments on my age and it has always deeply bothered me. I've been made to feel I have to prove I am capable of being a good mum as though my age somehow labels me as incompetent. This post was directed at all the people who doubted and continue to doubt my ability as a mother.

The Monsters In Our Head was also a piece close to my heart as I have struggled with mental health problems since the age of 10. It is a battle I've yet to overcome and which I have recently began receiving treatment for. Since becoming a mother, my mental health has been challenged and it's something I hope to better and learn to manage.

7 Things I Loved Most About 2018

I can't say 2018 was an easy year. If anything, it was one big shit storm of highs and lows. I was very happy to shut the door and (try) not to look back.
On the other hand, there were still some pretty significant parts of 2018 which made up for the bad bits:

1. Moving into my own place.

In April, after a tough separation, I moved into my first home, a place to call my own. It was the first flat I viewed and I knew instantly, it was what I wanted to call home. A week later, I was in. Just me, Arthur, our clothes and a second hand bed but I had never felt so content.
My little flat has became my pride and joy and I have loved working on it and making a house a home and I'm excited to make more memories in 2019.

2. Blog Award Nomination 

I was nominated for the UK Blog Awards! This was by far one of my biggest achievements when it has came to my writing. 
Although, I didn't make it as a finalist, I was so grateful to make it as far as I did and I'm really hoping to try again next year.

 3. Mums the Word

My blog, of course!
Writing has always been a passion of mine. I have always adored escaping in words and fantasies and bringing to life new characters that didn't exist before. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to write and I knew I couldn't live without it. Writing stories where I could choose the ending, where I could keep the people I'd lost in pages, nothing else could come close.

After passing my Professional Writing Course at college, I felt a little stumped and fell away from writing. Falling pregnant and having Arthur, I got that burst of inspiration, that thirst to spill onto paper how I was feeling and what I was thinking and, from that, grew Mums the Word.

I am so excited to continue with the blog, creating new ideas and also working on my short stories and other pieces. 

4. Arthur Turned ONE!!

That's right, Arthur, my tiny bundle of 8lb 13oz turned the big ONE! It has truly been the fastest year of my life but one I will always remember. I have loved every second of watching him grow and I can't wait to see what he'll be up to this year.

5. Collaborating With Other Blogs

Since starting my own blog, I have met some truly incredible people with some insane talents of their own. In December, I started writing for and having a new platform and outlet for my writing has been amazing. I really enjoy having a different space and a new audience to write too.

6. Meeting New People

In March, I met my wonderful best friend Sarah, and her beautiful daughter, Millie. They helped shape 2018 into a better year for me and have grown from strangers to family. Without them, I'm not quite sure where I'd be. 

7. Arthur

My biggest and greatest, blessing - Arthur. Every minute of laughter, tantrums, shitty nappies, all of it has been amazing. He has humbled me in more ways than I realized I needed to be. He has taught me patience and compassion and unconditional love. He is my rock and my sunshine and I couldn't live a day without him. I can't wait to watch him grow even more this year when he turns TWO!!

What I'm Looking Forward To In 2019.

In all honesty, I struggle to think too far ahead as I end up feeling quite anxious and overwhelmed (thanks anxiety) but this year is going to be entirely focused on my writing, Arthur and recovery (my mental health). I'm looking forward to getting stuck into my blog, collaborating with other talented writers, treasuring every second with Arthur and working on my treatment and getting into a healthier state of mind. 

7 Bloggers To Take Part -

  1. Erin - Mother of all that is Perry
  2. Sarah at 5Whyz - 5 Whyz HQ
  3. Laura Mulley - Laura Elizabeth
  4. Ruth Acar -
  5. Louise - Wee Ohana
  6. Hayley McLean - Sparkles and Stretch Marks
  7. Emily Beatrice - Slummy Mummy

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