The year 2017 has been a big year for me. There have been ups and downs, like any other year (maybe some ups that were more up and some downs that were more down), I suppose. But, unlike any other year, this year I became a mum for the first time … nothing can top or take away from that!
My gorgeous little man was born in February, and life hasn’t been the same since. It is impossible to express in words how I feel about him, but I really don’t have to. You already know, because it’s how you feel about your children.
I started my mummy blog in August, and it has given me hope that I can build something to support myself and my son financially, so that I can stop working in an office in the not-too-distant future. I’ve really enjoyed blogging – I have always loved writing, and this is a great outlet within a friendly and supportive community.
There will be posts in the future about some of the other things that have happened this year, so rather than talk too much about them now, I will talk a bit about what this year has made possible for me. Firstly, I have learned that I am more resilient than I ever thought possible, both physically and emotionally. I’ve also realised that I shine when I explore my independence and pursue my dreams. The latter is something I had forgotten for a long time.
As a result of the things that have occurred in 2017, I have an outlet for skills I hadn’t called upon, creatively-speaking, in years. I have worked out my long-term career aspirations, and actually started putting my plans into action. I’ve joined support groups and enrolled in a new uni course, all of which will allow me to grow and monetise my blog (which is one of the “branches” of my “career tree”; there are a few, but I’ll talk about them as they happen – the blog is the first).
Next year will also be a big year. I return to work in January 2018, after thirteen months away (one month of Christmas leave and twelve of maternity leave). I am both looking forward to it and dreading it. I have missed working with my colleagues, but I am so over working in an office and in a corporate environment. I have been in corporate roles since I graduated with my Bachelor, so that’s nine years (not including the maternity leave) of working in an environment that I can function very well in but don’t really enjoy. It will be difficult to balance motherhood with part-time work, part-time study and part-time blogging, but if I don’t believe I can do it, no one else will. It’s going to be exhausting but fulfilling, and I know it’s something I have to do for my long-term happiness.
Mini Mummi Blogger 🌺
Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!