First blog post

Welcome to my little space!! I decided to set up a blog to document my life as a self-employed mother, struggling to drive my business forward while being there for my little girl. Sometimes it’ll be light-hearted and fun, other times it’ll touch on more serious issues, just like life. I love chocolate, wine, shopping and books, so expect plenty of those. I’m not so fussed on football or being sensible with money, so don’t expect the latest scores or financial advice.

I’m the Storybook Mummy because I sell books, tell stories and because I’m a mummy. I started my own business in 2016 after leaving my full-time job in a local bank (after my daughter was born I was refused a part-time role, but that’s another story). I wasn’t happy, in fact I was miserable, anxious and distracted by thoughts of a better balance for me and my family. After much deliberation and soul searching my husband (from now on I’ll refer to him as Mr McC) and I agreed that it would be best for our family if I left my job and stared working for myself. The only problem was that I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I thought and thought and thought so much but I couldn’t come up with anything that I could make a career out of.

Then one day I was sitting with my daughter (then 2 years old) in a mother and baby class, not mixing with anyone else, dying to chat to the other mums, but not really knowing how to strike up a conversation, and that’s when it came to me. I decided that I was going to start my own class for babies and toddlers, somewhere welcoming, a small community for those who have suddenly found that their world has become very small whilst on maternity leave. Somewhere for little ones to engage with other little ones without being expected to behave. It took a lot of research, training and support from friends and family, and eventually Toddlepops was born out of love and a real interest in building a community for mums and their little ones.

That decision to start Toddlepops set me on a totally new path, where I was in control. I decided when, where and how I worked, and I still can’t believe the direction that things have taken. In 2017 I decided to become an independent organiser for Usborne Books, it felt like a nice fit with Toddlepops and I loved the books. That led me to Instagram and blogging and I just thought I’d give it a go. To document my journey, our journey as a family, our everyday struggles and triumphs. To celebrate the community that we are a part of and to share my hopes and aspirations.

So yeah, I’m going to give it a go and see where this path might lead. I’d love for you to join me.

The Storybook Mummy  xxx

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