Sunday, 1 October 2017

Who Am I? (Apart from Mum.)

This month I'm taking part in #Blogtober17 organised by HexMum. It's a month of blogging (or linking up old posts) with daily prompts. I may not post daily, but I thought it'd be a good chance to get back into the routine of blogging as I've struggled since the summer holidays!

The first prompt is 'All About You'. I've been mulling over what to write about myself and it's hard to know what's important, or even interesting!

Me, being crowded out by my kids. It's like a metaphor.

To most people, I'm a mum. 'Just' a mum even. I don't go out to work so a lot of my identity is tied up in being a mum. I've written before about how awkward I feel about being a stay at home mum and to be honest, three years later I still feel that way. Even though I love being able to look after Ezra full-time and be there for Eleanor before and after school every day, I do miss having something else to say about myself.

So what else can I say?

I'm a Christian. Not a very good one, admittedly, but I go to church and try to live a Christian life - which to me means trying to do good, help others and generally spread love. I don't always get it right, but I try.

I'm a volunteer. I help out at a music group for under 5s once a week, which is tiring but great fun and I quite enjoy being able to use my more 'stagey' side for short bursts. I've also started helping out at a breastfeeding peer support group and hope to train as a peer supporter myself. And when we remember, Eleanor and I do litter picking on our way home from school.

I'm a theatre graduate. This often surprises people as I'm quite quiet and unassuming in real life, but I used to love treading the boards and having that release of being someone else for a bit. I miss it but life with small children is hard enough without having to fit around a rehearsal schedule. Hopefully I'll get back on the stage one day. I used to sing quite a bit too but I'm out of practice now (which unfortunately shows in my tuning!).

I love to craft. Again, I'm not much good at it, but it's fun to have a go. I'm currently finishing a crochet project and then need to knit a dress for Eleanor's teddy bear - not entirely sure how I ended up agreeing to that. Knitting and crochet are my main go-to crafts but I'll try most things. Except sewing. I'm rubbish at sewing.

I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Before kids I worked in admin but I know I don't want to go back to that. I'd love to work with kids and/or families, but in what capacity, I don't know yet. I also love to write so maybe that's an option. I've got a few more years to figure it out though, so hopefully my calling will become clear!!

Hopefully you know me a bit better now as a person rather than a mum!

#Blogtober17


16 comments:

  1. It's so hard for stay at home mums to gain an identity as the world assumes that all they do is look after the children and the house all day. Although reading through your post it is evident that you do/are so much more that 'just a mum' #Blogtober17

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    1. I agree, it is hard. Although part of me thinks it would be easier if society actually valued looking after children and the house!

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  2. Oo nice to meet you.Looking forward to reading more through #blogtober17 :) and if you ever have any craft posts please join my little #littlemakes linky which runs fortnightly!

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    1. Ahh thanks, I'll look out for that linky - although most of my crafty efforts aren't worth writing about!!

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  3. Lovely to read more about you! There is so much more to us than just being mums. Good luck with Blogotber17 x

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    1. Thanks for reading, good luck to you too!

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  4. It's lovely to read more about you. There's definitely lots more to us all than just "mum". I feel a bit lost in that area too. #Blogtober17

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    1. It's so easy to feel 'lost' isn't it? But we need to remember that raising children is a very important job in itself!!

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  5. Can't wait to read more about you, I totally get loosing your identity. I feel like just a mum all the time. I'm not. I'm Jaymee and lovely to "meet" you x

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    1. Yeah, it can be hard not to just end up as 'X's mum'. I'm trying to embrace it as part of my identity though, whilst still being me!

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  6. Lovely to learn a bit about you. We have quite a bit in common - Christian, volunteering, breast feeding supporters who enjoy craft even if the end results not that great!

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  7. It sounds like you're a lot more than 'just a mum' - I used to do musical theatre before I had kids (and once after Toby was born) but it's so hard to find the time (and the energy) these days. I'd love to get back to it one day too. #Blogtober

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    1. Yes, it's the energy more than anything, plus I find it hard enough to remember what day it is let alone learn lines!! My mum has recently started doing musical theatre though so there's hope for us yet!

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  8. Welcome to #Blogtober17, i'm looking forward to finding out more about you and your lovely family. Defibitely train as a peer supporter, I did it 5 years ago and I loved it, so much, that I worked for a couple of years as a breastfeeding practitioner. My eldest daughter sounds exactly like you, she is very quiet, but she is like a different person as soon as she steps out on stage.

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    1. I actually heard yesterday that there might be an opportunity for me to train as a peer supporter in the new year! Hurray! Re acting, I think really I'm an extrovert at heart but a few experiences growing up made me very shy so performing is my extroverted side trying to escape!!

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