15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.

Born in Lockdown, a creative collaborative writing project initiated as part of Mothership Writers by author Emylia Hall, has been such a raw and emotional read for me. Each paragraph, each story, each reflection on pregnancy, birth and post-birth during lockdown had me hooked, and at the same time filled with so much emotion. AndContinue reading “15. Born in Lockdown – 277 New Mothers. One Shared Story.”

14. …And she’s TWO 🥳

I had always imagined ‘motherhood’ would just come to me, and once I’d had a child everything would simply fall into place and I’d be planning on the next one….but that’s not quite what happened! After a 4 year battle with infertility, and having to accept this may not happen for us, finding out IContinue reading “14. …And she’s TWO 🥳”

13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic

My scheduled work week looks like this, and in theory I should be working 2.5 days in the week… Monday – work day Tuesday – half day at work Wednesday – day off Thursday – work day Friday – day off Saturday / Sunday – weekend …the reality of my working week, and day, isContinue reading “13. Working from Home… With a Toddler… During a Pandemic”

12. Guiding Words for 2021

Inspired by Bibi Watts (bibi_watts) on Instagram, I thought it would be good to start this new year with some guiding words, instead of resolutions. Now don’t get me wrong, I write a list of financial, spiritual, personal and fitness related goals every December for the upcoming year with my husband, and totally believe itContinue reading “12. Guiding Words for 2021”

11. Mental Health and Home

Its been a while since my last post, as I’ve suddenly become more active on my Instagram page, and writing meaningful captions for each post are taking away my creative juices from writing these longer blog posts (does anyone else feel like that?)…but here’s a life update…we’ve finally moved! We were living in a 1Continue reading “11. Mental Health and Home”

7: I Don’t Present, I Teach

I don’t present,I teach.And sometimes that’s messyWith parts that are structuredAnd sometimes that means weDiverge from what was thought ofWe’re constantly assessingResponding and progressing I don’t present,I teach.So I responded, I adaptedI re-planned it all and reactedI changed the way I taughtI tried to be interactiveI transferred it all onlineAnd a new classroom was created

6: The Pressure to Procreate

I always wanted a big family, ever since I can remember, and I used to wonder why my parents only had 4 children especially when they married so young. I had envisioned that after finishing studying, I would get married and have lots of children, and it never crossed my mind that things might notContinue reading “6: The Pressure to Procreate”

5: Work-Life Balance

I’ve spent the last 16yrs working in some form or another, bar 9 months I spent learning Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt. I’m a trained secondary mathematics teacher, but have worked across the phases (primary, secondary and college), and have spent a decade or so in Teacher Education. Working in HEI (university) has always suited myContinue reading “5: Work-Life Balance”

3: Working from Home

I’ve been “at work” since about 8am this morning (having only switched off at around 1am last night from student messages)…team meetings, live teaching sessions and student phone calls ended at around 6pm, but since everything has moved online “work hours” have disappeared, and I’ve already had a number of messages and queries from studentsContinue reading “3: Working from Home”