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Why It's Important To Have "Me" Time and 6 Ways You Can Achieve It

All I wanted was 10 minutes. 10 minutes to just sit down. In simple peace, calm and quiet. To scroll through Facebook maybe, or to read a book. To play on a game or paint my nails.

10 minutes. 10 selfish minutes.

It wasn’t just that it was the Easter holidays.

I forgot to set myself boundaries. I forgot not to expect too much of myself. I just kept extending my to do list, despite the fact that I had children at home on their Easter holidays and that they were both poorly at different times.

We had chicken pox sweep our household recently. My children weren't overly ill with it, my youngest certainly suffered more than our eldest who caught it exactly 2 weeks after. So we were cooped up a lot during the holidays, but it wasn't just that. There were many reasons why I craved peace; 

The children were poorly, they were bored, it was raining A LOT so even the garden wasn't an option on half of the days, my to do list kept getting longer, the children didn't sleep great so we w…

Blogger Recognition Award

I am totally shocked and happy to say that my blog has been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award from Elizabeth at Family Farm School! I definitely was not expecting to see the nomination today in my inbox. Check out the blog above, it is quirky, entertaining and a great addition to the web. 
I am shocked to have a nomination as I do not feel like I have progressed enough to get any recognition, still we are our own worst critics. 
This award is a nice way for bloggers to recognise other bloggers, and help each other bring in some new readers to our sites.  So, this award doesn’t come with a blue ribbon, but it does come with a small little to-do list…just a few rules:
  • I must recognize and thank the fantastic blogger who nominated me, and provide a link to her blog.
  • I must write a post to showcase the award.
  • I must write a story about why or how I started my blog.
  • I must give new bloggers at least two pieces of advice.
  • I must select fifteen other bloggers to receive the award from me.
  • I must leave a comment on my nominees’ blogs to tell them about the award, and provide a link to this post.

Why did I start this blog?

I have always loved writing. I criticise myself so much as I still do not feel 'good enough' but as a Mum, this feeling is all very common ground. Still, there is a sense of calm and enjoyment that comes when I write. When I am feeling happy, blessed, sad, angry; I turn to writing. It helps to get all of the pent up frustrations and feelings out of my system. Whether I am writing lists, or writing scribbles of my feelings. This blog helps me to write a mixture of humorous, emotive, handy tips and various of other types of posts. It is a mixed bag because that is what parenting is. So almost 2 years ago now, I decided that as I enjoyed writing so much and as I wanted to invest in myself and a hobby, I took a bold leap. I'm not even sure how far I thought it would go, I just wish I had more time to give to it and commit to it. Still, it is my little 'thing'. My blog. It's not where I would like it to be but I am still proud I took the leap for it anyway. If you want to read more about why I started my blog, check out my very first blog post here; Hello

Advice for New Bloggers

I would firstly say; Get some content written first. My main problem I have each week is making sure I have decent enough content to publish each week. I try to do a new blog post each week. Some days I nail the writing and will sit down and write a few pieces which keeps me going so that the rest of my time can be focused on promoting the blog posts. Then other days, I wish I had more content. So I believe the more content that you have to begin with, that is written well and thorough then it will get you off to a good start. 
Secondly, use social media to your advantage. Set up accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Focus on a main one, or two and post content to that and use it to share other blogger's content too. It can be a great way to network. 

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