Hello there. It’s been a while. It would be rather egotistical of me to assume I’ve been missed (although to those of you who said you have missed me, I’m very flattered!) but I hope you’re as happy to see me as I am to see you!

So, it’s been a very busy couple of months… I said in my last post that I would be back with some exciting news so let’s start with that shall we?

I’ve been freelancing for a while but it’s always been on the side – stopping short of taking the plunge and doing it ‘properly.’ Lately, a chain of events (including my experience of BritMums Live 2014) have conspired to give me that final push I really needed and I have launched my freelance business; Writing | People | Poetry – writing (including bespoke poetry) and coaching. This step has been a long time coming and you can read more about what I do here and/or check out the (shiny new) website by clicking on the image below.


Heart-centred work

This has meant is a real internal shift for me and already I am noticing the positive effect it is having in all areas of my life. It’s not that I didn’t like what I was doing before – it was a role that included writing and coaching and some of it did make my heart sing. But some of it didn’t. I was ready to move on but needed a shove. Well, I got one and here I am. I know I’m doing the right thing because it doesn’t feel like work. I’m happier and more relaxed so Mr B and Mushroom are also getting a better version of me.

Speaking of Mushroom…

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that the ‘strapline’ in my header has changed. It was ‘From birth and nappy bins to tantrums and toilet training.’ I decided it was time for an update. I never actually wrote about nappy bins in the end and Mushroom is now toilet trained so it just felt like we’d outgrown it. So I had a think about this blog and its purpose, and where I am going with it. The focus hasn’t changed. It’s still a record of Mushroom’s milestones and my parenting journey. That doesn’t make me unique though, so I looked at my previous posts and asked around. I found that the posts that get the most interaction (i.e. the ones that people come to me for) are those where I share my imperfections – and celebrate them or share what I’ve learned by getting it wrong – and those I write from Mushroom’s perspective. So, although you’ll still see plenty about Mushroom’s milestones, random anecdotes, posts about things close to my heart and occasional reviews for products and services that might be useful, also expect to see more on my imperfect parenting style and more from Mushroom’s mouth. So, in case you’d missed it above – my new strapline is:

Perfectly imperfect parenting from both perspectives

What do you think? Actually no, don’t tell me… I’ll tell you what. I’ll show you and you show me. How does that sound? Come back for my next few posts and if you like what you read, why not sign up to receive posts straight to your inbox? Already know you want more? I’m flattered. Ok. See that little box on the right, just under the menu? That’s it, right there. Just pop your email address in and you’re done. I’m not that prolific a blogger so I promise it will be manageable!