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 Emma from The Photographer’s Way. Thanks so much for taking part Emma 🙂
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I live in Wiltshire with my husband, young son, eight cats and two dogs. My husband and I have been together for around 8 years. We met, of all places, speed dating. It was the first time for both of us, and on the afternoon of speed dating day, we were both at our respective workplaces getting cold feet but being cajoled to go by trusted colleagues. Fortunately, we both listened to our friends at work, deciding that as we’d paid for the event, we’d go along. We only had to try it once, after all. Eight years later and we’ve been married and happy for 5 years now.
I was fortunate to grow up with two younger sisters, who are among my closest friends. We had fun as children, using our imagination to create games, building dens, exploring, walking the dogs, and helping to look after the myriad other animals we shared a home with. Although not geographically near any longer, we remain very close to one and other.
What do you like doing to be you, when you are not parenting, working (if you do), or blogging?
So many likes and such a small amount of time! When not parenting, working, or blogging, I enjoy reading, writing, photographing for fun, star gazing, nature watching, listening to music. As our son is so young, I do find my spare time is spent on child friendly activities. Even if the baby is asleep, I’m around and available if he wakes and needs something. This currently reduces my spare time options, but I hope when he’s older that we will be able to share activities such as star gazing and nature watching.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is simply being right here in this moment. I had a breakdown in 2013, which took a lot of time and support to come through. Rock bottom has never seemed so close and it was hard work overcoming illness and despair. I can truly say that I’m now in a happy place, which in 2013 would have seemed an impossible destination.
From your own experiences, what do you find the hardest part of parenting and what is the easiest/most rewarding part?
Our son was born in May 2018 and is learning so quickly. Incredible though it sounds, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with him and think of new activities when his attention wavers. I spend a lot of time reading, singing, and sitting on his playmat with him.
The most rewarding part of parenting is that feeling of connection when my son smiles at me or his dad. It’s a moment of pure love, and you really feel that you’re doing something right.
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?
I’ve gradually become more relaxed about getting everything done, and now try to split tasks into ‘must do’, ‘would like to do’, and ‘can wait’. This means I create less stress for myself worrying about things which aren’t urgent. My husband and I go through our weekly schedule every weekend, looking at which jobs we can share and which ones we can take on individually.
On a daily basis, I try to keep to a routine in terms of getting up and going to bed. This makes it easier for me to plan my time, and also helps our son get used to being up during the day.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I set up my blog to run alongside my photography business. I wanted a means of sharing information about my work. I also hoped to share my own learning and experience for the benefit of other small businesses.
Tell me a bit about your blog?
Originally conceived as a blog to help other small business start-ups, and offer technical advice to photographers, the blog has evolved into a mixture of work and parenting. I always expected it to develop as I progressed in my new career, I hadn’t expected to include thoughts on parenting within the blog though!
What do you want your blog to achieve and where do you hope to see it go as it grows?
I’d like the blog to offer helpful advice to others, particularly small businesses and sole traders trying to juggle parenthood with running a business. I’d also like to highlight some of the experiences which I enjoy, hoping that this might give readers ideas of things to try or places to go. As the blog grows, I hope to continue writing about my life as a parent, and to share my experiences of working and child raising.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Have a purpose for your blog, but be prepared for it to evolve as it grows. Write from your heart and be honest. Then just do it, and enjoy the journey.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive), who would it be and why
1) I’d love to dine with Jane Goodhall, to talk to her about her work on animal welfare and conservation.
2) Ursula Le Guin, who died earlier this year, would be another guest at the table. I enjoy her writing, and would ask her about the political aspects of her work.
3) Finally, Carrie Fisher. Not just a screen princess, but an advocate for mental health awareness; I’m sure conversation would flow easily with Carrie at the table.
Tell me three random facts about you
1) As part of my old life in the civil service, I took part in a zero-gravity flight with European Space Agency astronauts.
2) I once had lunch with Buzz Aldrin. He’s a fascinating, and very charismatic man.
3) I’m a trustee for Swindon And Gloucestershire Mind, and for SMASH (Swindon Mentoring And Self Help).
Along with her blog www.thephotographersway.org, you can also find Emma over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you are interested in her photography business then visit www.emmalordphotography.com.