About Me

Me & Daisy...x

Me & Daisy…

  Firstly, thank you for finding me and my blog!

  I am a mum of two beautiful children (aged 4 and 1) and have two fantastic stepsons (aged 11 and 8) so to say we have a busy household is an understatement! Family life is the most important thing to me. Being a  mummy and spending time with my gorgeous husband and children, is the most precious gift I could have ever been given.

I have learnt that in life, a lot of things are limited. Apart from love. Which can grow. Infinitely.

Living in Dorset, I was a teacher for 15 years: it was a job which I absolutely loved. Yes, there are many issues within the politics of education but ultimately, I entered into teaching because I love working with children. Seeing the look on a child’s face when it ‘clicks’ or when the light bulb moment finally appears, is one to cherish, knowing that you helped that child on their journey. I would love to think that I have had an impact and made a lasting impression on at least one child that I have taught and that they think of me when they are older and look back on their time at school.  Then I would know I had succeeded.

However, I have since had a major career change. I now work from home as a Social Media Marketing and Content Manager. I also tutor children on a 1:1 basis in English and Maths. I adore my new life. I am now in control and I get to take my little boy to school. I will never miss a Sports Day, Celebration Assembly or Nativity. I can read a bedtime story without rushing. I am the one who now gets to see the developmental milestone moments of my daughter.

No Sunday night blues … It’s wonderful.

In all honesty, I’m a girly girl. I love shoes, make-up, jewellery, music, celeb gossip and food. Much to the delight of my husband, I also love Football and to the amusement of my friends, I enjoy watching the Darts! My friends are incredibly important to me and I pride myself on being a supportive friend who can lend an ear or give advice.

  I decided to write this blog as I love writing and I wanted a way of documenting the adventures and journeys that my little family get up to. I aim to share with you the things in my life, that I love. The things which I think you might love too. We will share with you our highs, our successes, our fears. We love family days out, travel and eating out. We love being outdoors; you will most likely find us at the beach or among nature.

I have written guest posts for the Paultons Park website, I am a MAMA Academy Ambassador, Sassy Bloom Ambassador and a Blogs for Babies Resident Blogger and most recently was selected to be part of the official H&A Bathtime Fun Squad, 2015. I can proudly say that I have also been selected to be on the Parent Panel for Parent Friendly Stays.

Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

You can also find me on Twitter here, Facebook here , Instagram here or Pinterest here.

And finally…

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything that comes their way.

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15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly… what a mess the education system is right now. Did you feel systems were in a much better place when you began teaching or just better than now?

  2. Hi Ali, I love your quote at the end. I need to have a word with myself some days and repeat that mantra! I’m still getting through year 1 of my first baby, so things can get a little fraught! Lovely blog x

  3. Hi Ali, you must have such a hectic life with four little people in the house! Have just been having a look around Kids Corner, what a beautiful letter to Harley 🙂

  4. Loved reading your about me page, such an insight into your life. Your household definaty sounds hectic, I bet you’re kept on your toes. Your very lucky to have a job that allows you to work from home and be there for your children. I sometimes wish I had got into teaching its sounds so rewarding but the pressure teachers are under nowadays is incrediabke!

  5. The quote at the end sums it up! I bet your family and friends are very thankful that you’re in their lives. You’re so positive and cheeful; so friendly and approachable; so easy going and delightful – these and more are what oozes out to me. Definitely glad you’re one of my ‘blogeeps’. Thanks for your support with my 1st linky; so glad you joined in. Hopefully see again on Monday, if you can, when the second one opens.

    To so many more amazing things in the year ahead! #SoFAL

  6. I’m crying. Not because you brought me sadness but how connected I feel toward your feelings about leaving teaching. I left my previous ten year career in communications to go back to school when I was pregnant with my daughter. My maternal instinct was ticking, I was reading so many books on child development hoping to be the best mom ever. Of course the best mom ever had to work and be a good example so why not blend my love of the two…Boy was I wrong! Exactly as you explained, it’s a lifestyle in which you miss those wonderful moments you had dreamed of having with your own children. The nighttime reading, games, family parties, so many sacrifices. I to hope to find a common ground in which makes me happy. Thank you so much for opening your heart.

  7. Dear Christina
    I have taken an offer I couldn’t refuse after 15 year teaching in Colleges, the education system and childrens welfare has been altered by well meaning misguided rank and file members of parliament. Constently changing the system and putting pressure on schools and teachers is soul destroying, then givening the top teachers all the paperwork while support teachers get all the interaction is the final straw.
    Children not brought up with family values and caring for others, is like taken the mona lisa, and drawing all over it. The only way to defeat the tide of undisciplined disrepectful unhappy children, is to ensure you nurture your own children. But your loss and that of other excellent teachers is an absolute tragedy. Have a happy life, and maybe do some teaching later on in your life. Take Care

      • Thank goodness Tony took the said offer. His comment is conceivably the strangest ramble through a wilderness of wierd syntax that I’ve ever seen produced by a qualified teacher.

  8. I grow tired of everyone pretending work-life balance is not a strain. Tired of women pretending/not talking about the fact that working life encroaches so very much on the time they have with their children, not mentioning that this causes heartache and heartbreak. I try to talk about how hard it is to juggle both worlds. I probably talk about it too much. I got very angry when people say “we’ve all been there!” as though that makes it all alright! I’m good at my job but I refuse to go along pretending that all I achieve and do at work is seamless. I refuse to let my child and family be some kind of ‘other life’ that matters less than my working life. I refuse to pretend that it is easy. I did that for 2:5 years after my son was born. Looking back I was borderline ill with exhaustion/stress as I played that particular game. I’m not advocating incessant moaning but I am advocating that we all just call it like it is. It might help us not to be afraid to ask for our flexible working rights: it helps us to find others who find it tough too so we don’t feel like we’re alone or failures. It helps us to feel that we can be accomplished and human! It’s lovely to hear your story of career change and finding a better work:life balance. Thank you for your honesty and warm presentation.

    I’m a lawyer but my sister is a teacher, all you have said resonates with what I hear her say. She left teaching after 14 years. Exhausted, sleep deprived and feeling that she had to leave because she couldn’t get teaching (in the form the govt had made it) acknowledge or accommodate that she had children and a family life which was important too. She was asked to bring her sick child to work rather than not come in; you need to find a way to get here by 7.30am, your not getting here until 8am at the moment. I’m sorry if you can’t drop your children off at breakfast club early enough to do that, you’ll have to find a way). She gave up all the promotions she had earned (and the salary increases that came with them) to reduce her work load/pastoral responsibilities in a bid to remain teaching and make it work. She couldn’t. She took 2 years out, started a small business still working with children. She’s just gone back teaching part time. She says it’s worse than when she left.

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