Me, my blog and I

Me, my blog and I come September

Something rather big is happening in my life in just a matter of a few weeks time. Something pretty nerve-wracking, daunting, emotional…and yet extremely exciting too. In the first week of September 2017 my beautiful twins Harry & Lottie will be starting school – full-time – heading into reception class for their first primary school year.

Part of me wants to hide under my duvet and not face it, as I am not AT ALL prepared to see them dressed in their over-sized school uniform, clutching a book bag and looking back at me on their first day. Heading off to spend all week without me. ALL the sobs.

The other half of me? Well, she actually can’t wait for the free-time, headspace to be more creative, mid-week gym sessions, coffee mornings with friends and all the shopping! This really does make me want to high-five the nearest person!

But what does that all mean, come September, for me and my blog?

If you’ve known me, since I started this little blog, back in ‘the day’ (3.5 years ago, in fact!) I was ‘trying’ my best to cope with small twins and add a bit of humour into my blog and writing. It was my hobby and brought me nothing except pleasure and an online social life. I wrote about trying to survive the toddler years and I engaged with similar minded people on Twitter and Facebook.

Nowadays it’s become more than that and is also a source of income. This, alongside the several clients I now work for managing their social media. Being present online is now a large part of my life.

I wrote a while back in this blog post about how I am not going to suddenly be setting myself ALL the new goals and piling on more pressure now that I have 5-days a week to dedicate to this blog and my freelance work. Like I said, I want to be able to enjoy the workload, manage it well, deliver the highest quality I can – along with being a devoted Mum from 3.30pm onwards. So whilst I am not going to be adding too much more stress in, I am excited about working on new projects and taking my blog in new directions.

I am currently figuring out in my mind what they are going to be. I am being drawn more and more into fashion these days, however I am still struggling to find my own sense of style, post babies. I’ve tried a few styles and still don’t feel quite ‘there’ with my confidence yet. I am therefore looking forward to discovering that and hopefully injecting it into my work going forward and sharing my experiences.

The twins will also feature a little less. Not because I’ve suddenly become interested in only me (!) it’s just that I’m ready to talk about other things that interest me now. Harry & Lottie will ALWAYS be a large part of everything I do and will still remain as a part of this blog but I’d like to move more into lifestyle going forward. Family will remain on here but I also want to explore things that interest me once more, such as style, interiors, beauty, fitness, food, chat, travel and coffee. All the coffee.

I’m also turning 40 late next year. Eeeek. And I feel as though my mood is thus changing as a result. I now follow different people on social media than I did 3.5 years ago; I read different blogs and I’m interested in other things now, outside parenting.

So there you go. A big of a vague, post perhaps. Non-commital? But I just wanted to share the thoughts in my head right now, as well as my feelings and the start of my new plans for the Autumn and beyond.

Love, Jess x







Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. August 17, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I’m feeling your nerves about school. Little Ethan also starts in reception in three weeks time. He is beyond ready, but like you, just the thought of him going off in a uniform for the first time is making me have a lump in my throat! I hope it goes well for you and them on their first day. If you find a remote control with a real life pause button in the mean time, let me know! Jx

    • Jess
      August 17, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Ahhh bless you. I know – it’s just going so fast! Hope he (and you) gets on well xx

  2. August 17, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Aww lovely post Jess, wishing you lots of luck for whatever direction your blog takes going forward, and your babies lots of luck for their first year at school! x

    • Jess
      August 17, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Thanks lovely! I am so nervous and excited about the next few weeks ahead xx

  3. August 17, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I am completey with you here jess! Absolutely dreading it but looking forward to it too. LB is soooooo ready for school but this whole new routine and me going back to work two evenings is certainly daunting but I’m sure we’ll find our feet! X

    • Jess
      August 17, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Ahhhhh I know – so much change. I hope you’re doing OK! xx

  4. August 17, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I was in your shoes last year Jess, and it was such an end of an era and felt exciting and daunting all at the same time. I must admit that I really enjoyed it though, and felt like actually a better parent and person as a result of some time for me and chance to do more work. Totally ballsed it up though by having another baby, will be another 4 years before I get 5 days a week, haha! Good luck with whatever direction your blog goes in, I’ll always be a loyal reader x

    • Jess
      August 18, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Bless you! All change again! Yes I am looking forward to having more time in the week to dedicate to it all. Exciting times! Thanks for the lovely comment and you know I adore your blog too! xx

  5. August 17, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I so get this as I talk about the boys less than ever, not because I dont adore the bones of them, but because my blog has become more about my interests, it was a gradual thing that I never really noticed until it happened. I suppose with them growing up and me getting to travel a bit more on my own it was always going to happen. Exciting times Jess I can’t wait to see what you get up to x

    • Jess
      August 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

      Your blog has also changed so much since I met you and I have loved following your progress and keeping up with your life! Thanks for the volley comment – and for being a fab friend! xx

  6. August 19, 2017 / 8:08 am

    It’s a big moment for sure when your little ones go off to school for the first time. Your whole dynamic shifts. My littlest one goes into Year 3 in September so I’ve had several years of them all being at school now. Honestly? Some days I miss them terribly and think about homeschooling them. And other days I’m so glad of the chance to get on with all the work I need to do (still no ‘me-time’ though!). The main thing I’ll say is that the six hours they’re at school for goes SO FAST! I always wondered how I’d fill my time. Turns out that wasn’t a problem at all – I feel like I have even less time than I did before! Whatever direction you end up taking your blog in I’m sure it will grow and develop naturally in the right way for you. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to 🙂

    • Jess
      August 20, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Oh wow! Bless you and all the change! Yes I can imagine the short days go so fast and that I’ll wonder how I will fit it all in! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment – Jess xx

  7. August 20, 2017 / 11:28 am

    How exciting for you and the blog lovely, I’m jealous of the morning coffees and gym sessions! Those first couple of terms will be hard to get used to for all of you but hand on heart it’s an exciting time too. Enjoy the next couple of weeks x x

  8. August 20, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Jess I so k ow how you feel, life is ever changing and moving forward and so should we ! I am looking forward to your new direction and I think you are making a good decision (believe me even at 54 I still feel the same way about my blog and family too. my ‘boy’ is going to be 16 and I can’t believe where the years have gone … ) enjoy the last of the holidays
    Best Ashley xxxx

  9. August 21, 2017 / 11:59 am

    I can’t believe we’re just a couple of weeks away from our babies starting school!! It the biggest thing that’s happened to me since they were born!!! Definitely feeling more anxious about it as the time goes on!! xx

  10. August 30, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I did the same when my youngest daughter started school. I moved on from a ‘mummy blog’ to what is now Coffee Work Sleep and have never looked back. My girls are happy not to feature on my blog and it means we can relax more as a family, no more toy reviews, or that kind of thing. Although it’s hard getting used to little ones starting school… I’m sure you will embrace the freedom that comes with it. xx

  11. August 31, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I moved away from parent blogging many moons ago, they still feature but it is not solely who I am.

    I love your blog and its direction, I think you sell yourself short when it comes to fashion but I know what you mean about finding what makes you feel like you.

    I am awful as I am so excited to send my youngest baby off to school although very nervous as he still is very much a little bubba.

    Give yourself September and then look to a new routine and life come October, enjoy your time xxx

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