This week second blogger guest post is from the lovely Kate who blogs at Musings Of A 21st Century Stay At Home Mum where she writes about her adventures in parenting, life and everything in-between. Kate can also found on her other blog The Recipe Resource where she writes about supporting those catering for multiple food allergies, particularly in children.
Today she is sharing with us a bit about her …
Behind The Scenes of Musings of a 21st Century Stay At Home Mum
Kate is a 42 yr old mum of four. At least, that is what her cv says. Actually, Kate is a virtual representation of multiple algorithms which function collectively better in print. At least that’s what it feels like much of the time.
Remembering you exist from the neck down can be difficult whilst entirely preoccupied with many thought processes at any one time, but then that is what children are for – a wonderful reminder to constantly ground you in a reality all too easy to become detached from.
Having Blogged prolifically for several years, transitioning into writing books was merely a small, terrifying leap into the unknown. Initially a self-indulgent attempt to reclaim a maternally suppressed creative spark, the written word took on a life of its own. Writing is self-affirmation at its best, the finest comfort food in print.
So why am I procrastinating, yet again and offering to guest Blog for Jaime?
Hmmmm… if I knew the answer to that I suspect this book would have been published long ago. But there is something “safe” about writing for your own Blog, a familiar platform which feels like an extension of yourself. Writing a new form of media really involves putting yourself “out there” – what if I just can’t “make it?”
My Blog defines me well. I love writing, and read prolifically for inspiration. No matter what I write about, blogging/writing is something I am doing for myself, and it is something I derive a huge amount of satisfaction from. Perhaps most of all it is MY time that I write in – in the small hours when the children are asleep, whilst they are at school and the dinner is cooking, those precious little snatches of time where I reassert my individuality and reclaim myself in a way nothing else has permitted. Blogging for me is sanity preservation, a unique way of hanging on to that part of me that has been drowned out by my life as a parent and carer. And, most importantly, it allows me to be a better parent and carer as I have an outlet. Somewhere to be me.
So here I am, putting myself “out there” a bit more, on new territory (thanks Jaime!) and hopefully constructively procrastinating about writing my book. I might be dodging the issue, but I’m getting nearer all the time
To read more lovely posts from Kate you can find her blogging at Musings of a 21st Century Stay At Home Mum and The Recipe Resource, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook too, why not pop over and say Hi!