Hello there and welcome to the latest instalment of my series #MeetTheFamily. It is a spin off from our linky #FamilyFun. You may know that #FamilyFun is a linky where you can link up any blog post with the idea of it being a fun linky where you share your posts, comments and love with your blogging family. This post is all about getting to know our blogging family a bit better. So without further ado I will introduce you to this weeks member:
Cringe. Feels a bit weird to introduce myself and I am definitely not going to write my own spiel of an intro. What I will say however is that, it has been a quiet week or so on the linky, what with the Easter holidays so I thought I would fill the #MeetTheFamily gap. It may be that this series has run its course now, I am not sure. Either way it has been a good run and I am thrilled and grateful to all of those who taken part. Perhaps there are some legs in it yet. WE will see, either way THANK YOU. If you want to take part in the series please do feel free to get in touch. So here goes…
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, your blog and what we can expect from your blog?
I am Sarah and I am from Bristol now living in Tamworth the West Midlands. I miss my family and home but have my own little family and life now in the middle of this fair country. I am a mum of two tiny terrors, with quite frankly a ridiculous age gap, just 11 months between them. My eldest will be 3 in August and my youngest 2 in July. My days are BUSY. I also have a step daughter who eats pizza at crazy o’clock and is an impossible size 4. Nope not jealous at all… All of this is of course shared with the lovely Mr Tammy.
I started my blog as a family blog sporadically documenting our family life. As the time has passed I started writing about particular passions and interests of mine such as travel and interiors. I have however been known to dip my toe into the world of fashion and food. It is well and truly a lifestyle blog.
2. When you’re not blogging, how do you fill your time – are you a working parent, SAHP, WAHP? When you’re not working what do you like to do for fun?
I am now a SAHM. It was a hard decision to walk away from my legal career that I worked hard to build. I find being a SAHM infinitely harder than lawyering but 100% more rewarding and I have no regrets. My free time is largely spent in front of my laptop but Mr Tammy and I do like to make sure we have some time together, we like to try and eat out, go on bike rides etc. I like to partake in a spin class where I can or kill myself trying to run.
3. How long have you been blogging and what is your favourite and least favourite thing about it?
My blog started in October 2015 but it was good 6 months before I took it seriously and posted regularly. My favourite thing is totally selfish – it is what it gives me. It gives me something for me, my own space and time that is wholly mine. Somewhere to flex my creative muscle and lose myself for a few hours. It is something I have built and something that gives me opportunity for the future.
Like many who have taken part in this series before me I hate the self promo. I am useless at it and would no doubt be a better blogger if I could get over myself. I also don’t much care for the need for a tribe or clique. As someone who can be a little socially shy or awkward I find this hard, especially in larger groups of people. Yet this really is a great tool to have at your disposal as a blogger and a fantastic way to make friends.
4. If you could pass on a piece of advice to a newbie blogger what would it be?
Er, play your own game. If you want to blog for a hobby, an outlet, great. A career, fantastic, but only measure your ‘success’ by your own yardstick. Try not to compare yourself to others who are on a different page or have a different agenda. After all, you never really know what is going on behind someone’s screen so what are you comparing yourself to anyway?
5. If money were no issue, and you could tick one thing off your bucket list what would it be and why?
Oh gosh, if money were no issue I would live the life. I would be lording it up all over the world, showing my little family everything there is to offer. We would travel everywhere. Not going to lie or play it down, we would be doing it in STYLE. Private jets, cooks, teachers, supping Cristal harbourside in Monaco, YEP. #noshame.
6. Can you share some love and tell us what blogs you are enjoying at the moment and that you would recommend?
This is hard as there are so many good blogs out there but I will try to keep it short. I love Katie from The Squirmy Popple, she hasn’t written anything I havent enjoyed. She has a way with words that pulls you in and engages you. I equally enjoy Helen’s blog from Just Saying Mum. She writes with wit and style that makes me smile. We are at very different stages of parenthood but I selfishly love her blog because she reminds me that my time will be my own again one day and to keep the positivity. A message I am trying to take with me and live by. Ditch the negative people. I also love Suchrita from The PHD Mama. She writes so articulately and always has something interesting to say. I always feel like I want to read what she has written and that must be a sign of a good blog.