Every week I feature an interview with a blogger, so that whether you know of them or not, you can get to know them a little better! This week we meet Denise from Mum On A Mission For A Better Life. Thanks so much for taking part Denise 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
My name is Denise, I’m 37 and a married mum to three girls and three fur-babies. I met my husband when I was just 15 years old, so we have been together for over 22 years in total, married for 16 of them in September. We have three daughters aged 20, 19 and 10 and our three fur-babies are all male dogs aged 4, 2 and 1. We live in Suffolk in the UK. I am very nearly at the end of a full time social work degree.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I love taking my boys out for walks and trips to the dog park. I enjoy cooking and crafts, especially scrapbooking. I am in a local ladies dart team which can be a lot of fun and I also have a monthly cinema card, so I see a lot of movies. I am quite girly, so I enjoy the odd pamper session at the spa and I like doing things like face masks and painting my nails.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
This is a hard question as I am a positive person, so I look for the positives and achievements in all situations, but my most recent personal achievement which has meant a lot to me is passing my dissertation with a ‘first’ on my social work degree.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest part of parenting for me was when I was younger, and I would constantly second guess myself, worrying if I was doing the right thing and being a good parent. Now that I am older I have more confidence in myself, so I find that this has gotten easier.
The easiest and most rewarding part of parenting is showing my children how much I love them and the feeling I get when they tell me they love me, and we cuddle up together to read a book or watch a film. Seeing my oldest two children as adults is really rewarding, knowing that I helped shape them into the beautiful, smart, strong women that they have become.
Parenting in itself is no mean feat; how do you juggle everything you need to in order to get everything done on a daily basis?
Planning! I enjoy making a plan and ticking off my tasks as I accomplish them, and I know that if I did not plan my time each week, I would not manage to get anything done – so having routines and checklists and a good weekly organiser keeps everything going for me. That and the fact that I have an amazing husband who does his fair share and supports me in everything that I do.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I had been unwell with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for about six years and I was then starting to feel a bit better and I was at a point where I knew that I needed to make a lot of changes for both myself and to improve my whole family’s life, as we had all been through a lot of difficulties. I wanted to share my experiences and connect with other mums, so I decided to start a blog.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
My blog is called Mum On A Mission For A Better Life and it is a family/lifestyle blog. I originally started my blog in 2013 but in 2015 I had to have a break from blogging, as I returned to university on a full time social work degree and I could not manage to put the time and energy into my blog that it needed. I am now very near the end of my degree with just one work placement left to complete, so I have come back to blogging as I really do enjoy it and have missed it while I have been away.
The types of posts which often appear on my blog are; parenting, relationships, reviews, recipes, organising, my pet dogs, days out and loads more, so there really is a bit of everything on there.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I guess I mostly just want to get my blog known so that people can find it and hopefully enjoy reading it! Maybe one day, I may be in a position to give up my day job and write as my main source of income, but for now, I am just enjoying getting back into the lovely community of bloggers.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Do it! It is such a great experience whether you are doing it as a hobby or hoping to make a business from it – it is something that you control and can open the door to so many opportunities. Also, there is so much help and support available from other bloggers, it really is a great community to be a part of.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why
1) Agatha Christie – I am a huge fan and I have collected most of her books over the years, I would love to be able to quiz her about where she got her writing inspiration from and how she managed to think of so many clever plot twists – it would be fascinating.
2) Dawn French – I think that she is such an amazing, inspirational woman. It would be great to talk to her about where she gets her confidence from and she is so funny, I would not be able to stop laughing.
3) Dwayne Johnson – I have had a crush on him since I saw him wrestling as ‘the rock’ many years ago and every fantasy dinner party should have some eye candy!
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I once played the role of an old lady in a local amateur dramatics play.
2) At uni, I was voted the first ever mature students officer with the student union.
3) My favourite colours are pink and purple.