This time last year I wrote this post which basically said that I wasn’t going to put a huge amount of pressure on myself to get ALL THE STUFF done when my twins started Reception class that September. I’m proud of that post back then because I was being really sensible (pats self on back). I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many grand plans / goals and instead ease myself into our new routine.
That worked well for me; I definitely felt as though for the most part of their Reception class year I met the whole work-life balance (not always, but for most of it).
It’s been a year now, since I wrote that blog post. So do I still feel the same about easing into another September, once more?
I was indeed going to write something similar this time around. I just sat down to type such a post. With only 3 weeks to go until the twins go back to school, and September almost here (hello feeling reflective and wanting to put new plans into place) I was going for something along those lines.
But to be honest I’m not getting those vibes right now.
Not that I’ve got any huge plans of world domination (or anything equally exciting). I really haven’t. I’m still largely winging the whole blogging and influencing thing and mostly making it up as go. I technically now own my own business — as I make a good income every month — but at the same time I don’t have a 5-year plan or any key growth strategies.
Instead I’m starting to feel as though I need a slight shift in what I talk about / share going forward.
I feel as though I have more of a voice now (without sounding corny) as I’ve got a small network of women that regularly engage with me, and vice versa. Sure, it’s not at all as big or as influential as others have, but it’s not always the size that matters, right?
This new shift for me is likely to be as a result of: a) blogging for 4.5 yrs now and finding my feet in this online world SO MUCH more, b) being far more confident, c) the twins being older, at school full-time and needing me a little less, and d) I’m more interested in what other women have to say and I’m inspired by how they inspire others.
All of this combined is pushing me towards wanting to say & do more with what I’ve currently got in front of me.
And whilst I don’t feel as though I’m someone who has anything exciting or important worth sharing with others, (nor am I the controversial type to stir up debate and get everyone talking), I am well in tune with what women my age think & feel. I’m also definitely aware of what many Mothers want to see and read about because I spend a lot of time hanging out with them on social media, and in IRL. I also have an ear to the ground on the issues that modern women face.
So as well as all the lighthearted and fun topics I currently cover, (I’ll definitely still do that) I’d like to start chatting more and sharing more of my thoughts on subjects that mean a lot to me.
I particularly want to talk far more about how I got this online job for myself and help others who are looking to do the same i.e. giving some advice to anyone who’s interested. How to start a blog, grow your audience, work with brands. Basically create an online career for yourself from your kitchen table that you can work around your family life.
I’d also like to chat and share more about topics such as inspirational women, motherhood, culture, feminism and relationships.
Not only do I like to read and listen to these kind of topics myself but I have a new passion for writing them myself too.
So hopefully you’ll stick around, join me and let’s get more chatty together.
See you really soon.
Love, Jess x