My Guest Blog Post for Honest Mum
Back in April, Vicki Psarias from Honest Mum asked if I’d like to write a guest blog post for her.
Waaah?! Little ole me
Um, let me just check my schedule. OK, yep, I’m free.
Vicki isn’t only the founder of Honest Mum, one of the first and most widely-read parenting blogs in the UK, but she’s also a best-selling author, film director and most importantly, an all-round kind-hearted soul!
We got chatting on Instagram about our respective MAs, motherhood and postnatal depression (PND), poetry and specifically, writing therapy. She was really interested in how my poetry and the writing therapy helped me through PND. At first I was apprehensive about writing about the subject from a professional point of view and also from a vulnerability stand-point.
However, when I reflected on it, I felt OK about it. I think this was a sign that things are moving on and that enough distance and time has passed.
It is of course massively important to be open about these things. The more we talk and write about PND, the more we can normalise it and support others going through something similar. Reading others’ stories may make seeking help easier and recovery a little smoother. My heart aches for any woman currently going through PND – if you ever wanna chat, please do drop me a note. You’re not alone.
You can read the full post here: A TWINKLE IN THE COAL PILE
‘Being a Mother Hustler’
Let’s just talk about Mum Boss for a minute. I wish this book was around when I was a new Mum. Not that I would have had a moment to read it with the amount of sleep I was getting, but oh boy, would I have dipped in and devoured each chapter whenever I could.
Vicki has recently published this, her best-selling book, Mum Boss. It’s such a great read, I can’t recommend it enough. I’m about two thirds of the way through and I love the way Vicki tackles preparing yourself for impending motherhood, dealing with imposter syndrome and returning to work.
I instantly connected with what Vicki had to say. Her words are empowering, positive and so supportive. She was and still is an incredible career-woman, she was a film director for goodness sake, and she has shown that you can have it all.
She also gives guidance on starting your own business, encouragement for setting up your own blog, how to juggle motherhood with life and many more tips about the practical side of things like – PR, SEO and vlogging. Although I’m yet to reach those parts as yet.
Ultimately, it’s an absorbing read and a super helpful guide to how to survive and thrive as a working Mum and how to take the plunge and be your own boss. Go get it!