Today we meet the lovely Zeyna from Mummy on my Mind. Thanks so much for taking part Zeyna.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
Hi, My name is Zeyna and I blog over at Mummy On My Mind. I am a British expat, currently living in Dubai with my husband, Mr Z, and also a stay at home mummy to a one year old boy, Baby Z. I am absolutely loving expat life here, and feel so privileged to watch my baby boy grow up. I live in a joint family, so with my sister, brother-in-law and mother-in-law. I love being part of a close knit family network, and it’s great for Baby Z too, since he gets spoilt plenty!
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
I have loved painting and drawing since I can remember, and love getting out the acrylic paints on a canvas, or even just doodle away in my sketchbook. I also enjoy reading, though I have been slacking on that tremendously!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Apart from growing a baby inside me? I think graduating with an Architecture degree because they were the most enjoyable but challenging three years of my life! Being critiqued for your work when you put your heart and soul into it is a scary yet fruitful experience, and surviving through it is definitely my biggest achievement!
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
I think initially breast feeding Baby Z was the toughest part of parenting, but has turned into the most rewarding and easy part. I love the bond that we share and the extra cuddles I get compared to any other family member!
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?
Being a stay at home mum, most of my blogging is done during nap time, after bedtimes or on the phone. The WordPress app is my saviour! Thankfully, one of the perks of being in a joint family is that chores can all be shared out, and I can always hand over Baby Z to someone when I really need to get something done.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
Blogging for me was a creative outlet and an online diary. Having quit my teaching job, I had to channel my energies elsewhere and wanted to feel like I was still myself, not just a mother. Blogging seemed to fit in perfectly with having a space to escape to whilst still enjoying the company of Baby Z around me. It was also a great tool of documenting my parenting journey, so that I may look back at it some day and chuckle at the failed moments.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Mummy On My Mind is a parenting and lifestyle blog. I blog about mummy life (more accurately mummy fails), family outings, my expat experiences and anything else that fires up a passion within me. I even have a couple of reviews, fashion and recipes thrown in to the mix.
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
Mummy On My Mind is only starting out, but I can already see that it has a lot of potential. I hope to be a professional blogger and perhaps even earn a living from it one day. However, my main aim from this blog will always remain a place for my creative juices to run wild and a document of my journey as a mother, wife, expat and woman.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Please, just do it! But do it because you love it, and don’t get caught up in the stats. I suppose starting a new blog is like having a new born, because you will have to keep feeding it and nurturing it, without any expectations for it to give you a massive hug or cheesy smile in return. Sometimes it will burp or throw up all over you, but as you watch it grow, you will hopefully be filled with pride and joy!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with my Mum, Dad and brother, because being an expat means that they are so so far away back in England, and it’s been quite a while since I have shared a meal with them.
Tell me three random facts about you
1. I am an avid Harry Potter fan! I have read all the books (the last one was consumed in two days!) and watched all the movies….and re-read and re-watch them every once in a while!
2. I had an arranged marriage. It’s totally the norm in the Indian culture, and I was engaged for a mighty long period of time, so got to know my husband really well before we got married. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
3. I am scared of needles. I had to have plenty of them poking me during pregnancy, but was squeamish every time. My first blood test in Dubai ended up with me fainting in the clinic!