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 the lovely Lizzie from A Curious Journey. Thanks so much for taking part Lizzie.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi, I’m Lizzie and I live in Leeds with my husband J and two sons, age five and three. J and I got together during our first year at university and married 12 years later. We had our first son, known as Big Bear in my blog, in 2012, and Little Bear came along in 2014. Both Big Bear and Little Bear have additional needs: developmental delay and hypermobility. Big Bear is awaiting assessment for autism.
I work three days a week as a journalist and I fit in blogging in and around everything else.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
A perfect day out would be a long walk in the countryside. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen at the moment because the boys’ hypermobility and other needs means we are very restricted in how far we can go. On a rare child-free day, I love to meet friends for a meal or a spa day.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Aside from having children, probably passing my driving test. It took (ahem) eight attempts but I got there…eventually.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
The hardest thing at the moment is definitely lack of sleep. Big Bear generally wakes up for the day between 4 and 5am. We should probably go to bed earlier to compensate but it never happens.
The most rewarding things are the smiles and hugs they give, and their happiness when they achieve something they’ve worked hard for. Big Bear did a school spelling test the other day and got 10/10 on some tricky words. We were all beyond excited.
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?
Routine, routine, routine. We are very lucky that the boys’ nanna and grandma help out on a weekly basis. It means that Little Bear can attend his amazing pre-school that only operates for three or six hours a day and Big Bear only has to go to after school club on a Friday. It’s a complicated system that relies on everyone being able to do their bit, but it’s great 99 per cent of the time.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
My friend is a freelance copywriter and when she went on maternity leave last year I took over her role blogging for a motoring website for a few months. I started to get ideas about setting up my own blog and researched other blogs to see how they had done it. I wanted to help other families in a similar position to mine.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
I write about parenting, life, and travel for families with young children who have additional needs. I hope that my experiences can help others navigate their way through the system and life in general.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I only started blogging a few weeks ago, in February this year. Everything is still in its infancy but I have lots of ideas for future designs, posts, series and freebies to grow the blog. Where it will end up, I have no idea but if it helps people to understand and accept people who have additional needs or are on the spectrum a bit more, then I would be delighted.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Definitely do it. It’s harder work than I ever imagined to set up a blog and get it noticed but it’s all worth it when you get positive feedback from your readers.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why
1) Hugh Jackman – a fun guy who’s not bad to look at!
2) Sandi Toksvig – very funny and intelligent
3) Michelle Obama – an inspirational woman and I’d like to get the gossip from her life inside the White House
Tell me three random facts about you
1) I have a concerning stationery habit. Notebooks, pens and pretty post-it notes make me happy. I carry at least two notebooks around with me at all times.
2) I hate clothes shopping. I find it hard to find clothes that fit and it ends up being a big drama. If I could afford to employ someone to choose my clothes in the perfect sizes and deliver them to my door a couple of times a year, I’d be very happy.
3) I was in the room when Take That reunited with Robbie. I was having dinner in a London hotel for work and Robbie, who lived nearby, walked in. He stayed in the bar and later on the rest of Take That came in after a concert. They started talking and had a drink together. It was all over the papers the next day (nothing to do with me!). To this day I still regret not speaking to them.