This blog has changed a great deal since I began writing in Spring 2015. What started as a reflection on my postnatal depression recovery, and a journal of my remaining struggles, as since grown into something bigger.
There simply aren’t enough words to explain the happiness and satisfaction that I get from blogging. I can’t even pinpoint what it is I love most about it. It might be the wonderful people I’ve met. It might be the way it helps me to reflect on my parenting style. It might be because it helps me to keep my own mental health in check. It could be because I love being able to help others – whether that be relating to something huge like a miscarriage or PND or something smaller like helping them choose a new book for their child or giving them an idea for a new family recipe. I love it because it helps motivate me to be a better parent and try new things with my son. It could simply be that blogging helps connect me to my true identity outside of being a parent. It might simply be because I find the creative writing process so fulfilling.
In truth, it’s all those things and so much more. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. Some days you doubt yourself – why would anyone care what I have to say? And indeed, why would they? I’m sure many people don’t. But does that really matter? As long as I’m enjoying all the things I’ve listed above then I’ll keep blogging, and I’ll try to keep evolving.
As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to share my favourite posts from the last year, and host a giveaway to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has read my words and continues to support me.
Favourite post re emotional health – Five Ways To Feel More Happy, Sept
Favourite PND post – The Hardest Post I’ll Ever Write, Sept
Favourite Caterpillar post – Three, April
Favourite book review – Mum…by Morty Say and Scott Chegg, May
Favourite parenting post – Taking The P7ss: Survival Strategies For Potty Training, July
Favourite product review – Moustache Cookies With BusyBakers Box, June
Favourite family moment – Butlins Just For Tots Review, Oct
Favourite recipe – Chilli & Garlic Lamb Kofte, Sept
Favourite guest post – Single Parenting, The Most Relentless Job In History by Ellamental Mama
Without anyone reading what I write, blogging would feel quite fruitless so I just want to say thank you to everyone who has read or shared any of my posts this year; especially the #pndfamily, the lovely bloggers who also run blogging linkys, the awesome brands I’ve worked with and, of course, my ‘real life’ friends and family who are the best supporters ever.
To say thank you properly, and to spread a little Christmas cheer, I’ve teamed up with Blossoming Gifts again to offer one of you the chance to win this gorgeous Love From Santa hamper. It includes Sundried Tomato Crumbles, Spiced Butter Fudge, Dark Chocolate with Cranberries & Hazelnuts, Mixed Fruit & Spice Biscuits, Handmade Chocolate Marshmallows, Fruit & Nut Mix and a lovely bottle of South African Shiraz. It’s all beautiful quality and delicious but in particular the fudge, which is probably the best I’ve ever tasted (and I’ve eaten a lot of fudge in my time!).
For your chance to win this hamper for yourself, or to send to a loved one just in time for Christmas, enter below. And thank you again for making blogging so fun and worthwhile. Enjoy the festive season, whatever you’re up to x