2019 – M.I.A

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As the year draws to a close – I’M BACK!!!!!!! And, I couldn’t be more pleased!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@mummysetra) are probably up to date with my 2019 journey, but for those of you who don’t – you may have thought i’d given up on my blog?!

WRONG!

So, where exactly have I been?! Travelling the world? Having another baby? Moving house? New job? No, no, no and no!

2019 has been one BUSY year for me as i’ve been working, parenting, keeping a home going AND completing a masters – just a few bits and bobs to keep me busy this year!

It’s hard enough working full time and parenting – let alone trying to juggle a degree at the same time – but i’m living proof that it can happen! Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t easy in the slightest – and is probably the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do alongside day to day life – but, I did it! And, passed with distinction too 🙂

I think it’s fair to say it’s been a very challenging year – and one of the hardest i’ve ever had. Working full time and studying is not easy – especially with a toddler when all you want to do is spend time with your family; and the guilt – yes that damn mum guilt that is always there got 100 times worse! However, I can also say that as well as being one of the hardest years i’ve had to face – it’s also been one of the most rewarding – for me.

Having now come through the other end I have a sense of achievement I have never felt before. Because, I did it! I worked full time (and did pretty well at my job this year), I mothered (and didn’t forget any pre-school events – thank you Amazon Prime), and I completed a degree. All through sheer hard work and determination (with a few tears thrown in for good measure!)

I’ve had a bee in my bonnet since I went back to work after maternity leave. There are SO many people out there who write off women after they have had children, and judge their commitment to their careers due to the fact they may now have conflicting priorities. So this, was a finger up to all of those people to say – ‘see, a full time working mum can achieve great things’

Whilst writing essays, I’d have much rather been writing here – but i’ve learnt lots of new skills that I hope to use, and really have grown and developed as a person in 2019 – for which i’m grateful.

The year consisted of 4 x 6000 word essays – each essay requiring me to read 4-5 textbooks, and critique the literature. Therefore, my love of reading books went out of the window during 2019 (I used to read one book every few weeks), and my time was taken over by having my nose in a textbook every spare minute. Gym sessions were taken over by late night library sessions and weekends sitting upstairs in my spare room formulating essay plans. I was adamant that I would complete the degree in a year – as I didn’t want it hanging over me, and wanted to make sure that Christmas 2019 was completely study free so I could make the most of family time. My determination got me through!

2019 – thank you – you’ve been a tough one, but have really taught me that if I put my mind to it – I can achieve whatever I want to. And with that, I look forward to 2020 – and have already been thinking about my next challenge(s). My first priority – self care. Something that was neglected a little in 2019 due to the sheer volume of stuff I had going on – but for 2020 – i’ll be making the time to focus a little more on me.

I can’t wait to build upon this blog for starters – i’ve missed you all!

How’s your 2019 been?

Mummy S x