The first item of clothing that my daughter wore when she was born, nearly ten years ago, was a baby grow with the message ‘Hello World’ embroidered on the front. Not About the Kids is my new baby so, Hi!
I’m Helen, and until recently I have been full-time mum. I really wish that there were a better job description than that available, but I haven’t managed to find it yet. For me, giving up my career was a happening, rather than a plan, and I’ve had to do a bit of work to help me see the value in staying at home (which I do!). I adore and am devoted to my kids, but have always hoped that more adventures await outside the home.
Before I became a mum, I was working in London for BBC News. It was a brilliant job that I loved, and that other people loved hearing about. It was great for the self-esteem.
As the children have grown more independent, I must have toyed with 10,000 ideas about what to do with myself next. Everything from teaching to photography, interior design or upholstery. Maybe I could become a travel agent, therapist, or just going back to my old job as a broadcast journalist (have I ever mentioned that I used to work for Radio 1? About a million times? Sorry)?
A few months ago I opened my mind to the opportunities offered by social media. I have read a lot of material online, listened to a fair few podcasts, scrolled through a LOT of Instagram accounts, and been out in to the real world to do a couple of courses. Deciding to start a blog has felt like a light bulb moment, I don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago.
So here we are. I plan to write for women, around my age I suppose (41), but everyone’s welcome. It’ll be somewhere to chat out about the things we love and are important to us; friends, fashion, home, our ambitions, travel, work, beauty……coffee.
I hope that you will find this a warm and entertaining place to visit, share your thoughts, and look at some nice pictures. Please join in, I would love to hear from you if there is anything you think that I should write about.
I’m over on Instagram as @notaboutthekids, and Pinterest too (although I’m still figuring that one out).