Work in progress.
That’s not a comment on this website page – it’s my life – a work in progress. I’ll never be ‘done’, I’ll never have ‘made it’ because whenever I do get close to my goals, I get bored and change the goalposts! I’m constantly evolving, changing, learning. I like the chase, but at my own pace. I guess the phrase ‘happiness is the journey, not the destination’ resonates with me. I love the now. The ordinary. Because it never is just ordinary – when you have a spiritual perspective.
Fifteen years ago I became a mother – it changed my life in so many ways. The happiness that I get from these two awesome human beings cannot be put into words. They changed my perspective, my body, my confidence and my career. I managed to carve out a flexible internet based role so I could be home to look after them, and whilst that is more commonplace now in 2018, back in 2004 when I started creating my home based business, the typical route was either give up work altogether and be a stay at home mum or go back to work and juggle childcare with office life. Earning from the internet didn’t really exist.
I’ve worked for myself for 13 years and am proud of that achievement. My family lifestyle blog JuggleMum has been one of my income sources, along with a freelance role as the Editor of BritMums, the leading website for UK lifestyle bloggers and social influencers who happen to be parents.
But all this is ‘head’ stuff, and I operate from the heart. I find who someone is much more interesting than what they do. So I’ll share.
I’ve had a 35 year struggle with emotional eating and have been overweight my whole adult life. This meant that I tended toward being ‘the jolly one’ – the life and soul of the party, because I couldn’t feel my pain if I was laughing. I read a LOT of self help books. I think way too much. Meditation helped me to slow down and take back control. I love the way my body feels when I dance. I’d describe myself as philosophically inclined. I can roller skate – but I wish I was better at it, and that there were more places locally for a 43 year old woman to actually do it. Even though I’m 5 stones overweight I have a banging hourglass figure and I love my backside. I can honestly say that it is 100% possible to change your life script – and by that I mean that inner critical voice. S/he can be trained to be more supportive and kind. I know, I’ve done it. I’m a massive fan of music – it’s one of life’s great tools to help you switch a mood in an instant. I care deeply about female empowerment. I pray every day. Turning inward is where you’ll find your answers. This website was originally about loving yourself slim and focused on weight loss but really I have so much more to offer than stories about my weight and I refuse to be defined by my body or how big / small it is anymore. I’m eternally grateful that I live in this day and age where we have the internet for the opportunity it gives me to connect, create and serve.