Everyone was writing posts last week acknowledging the New Year or reflecting on the last and it’s not really until today that I feel ready to write something reflecting on a new chapter. For today, unlike the millions of others around the country and the world, I did not go back to work. I have literally been giddy with excitement thinking about this day, I’ve envisaged it since November 10th 2014. A somewhat random date to pick but it was the date I went back to work after maternity leave after having the second lady.
A couple of months later, I started this website, a space to be creative, to just be myself. And we had somewhat planned that by the end of my contract I would stay at home for a while with the ladies so I suppose I was pre-emptively preparing for a time when I would be at home but would need the outlet. And I never could have imagined the world it would open up. Firstly I’ve met such wonderful people, both online and in person. A world full of people who are helpful, supportive and encouraging. I’ve started working with brands and PR agencies which has been a privilege and a honour. To work with so many other Irish brands and to be able to help promote them in even just a little way has been truly brilliant. The opportunities – from writing to The Irish Times to breaks away.
This will be the year for the blog – last year was a practise run, a good chance for me to get a feel for it all, to test the waters and learn the skill. This year I want to increase my social media following, be more informative, maybe dabble in a few style posts now that I’ve figured out how to use my phone as the remote for my digital camera (very cool!) and hopefully straddle the world of mothering and the world of beauty and fashion.
I have learned so much about the Internet that I never knew before; about website design, analytics, design, social media, strategies, promotion, photography and writing. I hope to this year do some more posts on these topics based on what I’ve learned so that I can help others, my previous posts like this have been really popular and people have found them really useful. I’ve also discovered that there is more to the world of creating a blog than meets the eye, hours upon hours go into learning how to maximise your potential on each social media platform to coming up with ideas to writing and formatting posts for the website and for each platform.
I’ve have great plans now that it’s just my two ladies that I have to focus on. I’m looking forward to being free to get creative (and to being at home during the day to take product shots!!). I’m hoping to improve my photography and editing skills and to generally up my game when it comes to creating and producing blog posts and brining new content to you all also.
But most of all I am looking forward to being with my two ladies, to dropping the big lady to playschool, to playing jigsaws with the small lady, to walks in the forest, to making dinners, to relaxing breakfasts, to adventures and to giggles.
For that is the thing I most grateful for.