#Blogtober17 day 1 | All about me

If you have no idea what #Blogtober is, it's a blogging challenge set up by Hex Mum Blog in which she has set us bloggers up with a list of prompts for each day of October. Now, I have no idea whether I am going to complete this challenge because you all know how much Oscar likes to keep me on my toes when it comes to blogging but I will try my best! 

Day one's prompt is All about me so here we go! 

My name is Lisa and I am a few weeks away from turning 35. I live in Hertfordshire with the other half (aka Dean) and our two beautiful children – Zachary who has just turned 5 and Oscar who has just turned 1. Dean and I have been together for 7 years now.

My education and work

After leaving school with a variety of GCSE grades, I headed off to college to study English Language, Media Studies and Film Studies. It was there that I met the other half, although it was a fair few years before we got together! We became a part of the same group of friends and the lot of us have remained friends since that time – which is now about 18 years! There are now many marriages and many children between us! 

After just about scraping some grades at college, I went off to Staffordshire University where I studied Film, Television and Radio Studies for three years. It was the first time I had lived away from home! 

Once I was back, I was unemployed for a short time before my then boyfriend's mum got me a job in a local Sainsbury's office as a Personnel Assistant. It was only part time but I stayed there for 6 months before I found myself a full time job up in Central London.

My first full time job was for the Institute of Physics where I worked the switchboard and did admin duties. After a couple of months, someone left in the Membership department and I applied for the job and got it. I did that role for 2 years before I found another job as a sales admin assistant for a German furniture company! However, I ended up being persuaded to go for a job as an Events Assistant within the IOP and I got it. From there, I worked my butt off to become a Conference Organiser and then went on to get a job as an Event Manager for a healthcare publishing company. 

I handed my notice in to my company at the end of my second maternity leave and am now a full time blogger/stay at home mum! Currently living the dream and making the most of it!

Where I have lived

I mentioned above that I moved away to University but I have lived in many homes since I returned in 2004. At first, I moved back home and stayed there until I was 22. At that point, the flat above my now Brother-in-law's (then) shop came up for rent and as I was practically family, I got a cheap deal and moved out. It was a little two bedroom split level flat and was my perfect first home. 

When he decided to shut up shop, I was left without a home and I found a flat share in East London with another girl and two guys. The girl became a really good friend and once we had got fed up with the smelly boys, we found ourselves a little flat to rent a short way away. After 6 months, she decided to move in with her boyfriend and once again, I found myself needing to find somewhere else to live! 

Another flat share, with a couple and another guy (who then left and a girl moved in) and I was there for 2 years before I moved in with Dean. We rented our first flat together in East London for 3 years before we bought our lovely little two bed house in Hertfordshire which is where we are now ๐Ÿ™‚

My family

Other than the family you all know so much about, there are of course others. My Mum is a massive part of our lives and she looked after Zach when I returned to work when he was 10 months old. She had him 3 times a week until I went on maternity leave to have Oscar and they just have the best relationship because of it. 

My Dad sadly died in 2012 when I was 7 months pregnant with Zach. He fell ill very suddenly, was very quickly diagnosed with a brain tumour and he died within three months of diagnosis. I have written a lot about him on here and I miss him every single day.

Then there is my Sister. My only sibling. We had years where we didn't really get on (you know the usual sibling bickering, nothing serious!), but as we both got older, we grew closer and closer and for many years now, she has not only been my Sister but my best friend. Back in 2002, she gave birth to my wonderful Nephew who is now a strapping 15 year old! I still remember changing his nappy and repeatedly singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to get him to sleep like it was yesterday!

My pets

I have had a number of animals over the years! When I was about 4, we got our first dog called Cassie. She was a Rough Collie and we sadly had to have her put to sleep when I was 18. I also had two rabbits when I was younger, although they ended up fighting quite badly so we had to send one back so I ended up with just one. Then there was the hamster Charlie who was a viscious little thing! Oh I think I had another little hamster when I lived at home too – a tiny little russian dwarf one whose name completely bypasses me! 

Once I had moved out, I got another little hamster to keep me company. I don't know why I got hamsters to be honest because they are such nippy little things that I really hate handling them! 

And then, my Millie Moo came along. My gorgeous kitty. I was up visiting my then boyfriend at the time (he lived in Liverpool!) and his Dad's cat had given birth to two kittens, one of which was Millie. I fell instantly in love and agreed that I would find a place to live that allowed cats and a few months later, took her home. She was just the most gorgeous little thing but she fell really ill when she was still so young and I had to make the very hard decision to have her put to sleep. Zach still mentions her sometimes and I always miss having her around.

Right now we have some tropical fish and our rabbit Magic. He had a Sister called Coco but she died very suddenly about a year ago. We rehomed them from a friend of my Sister's.

We would love to get a dog but now is not the right time for us. Hopefully one day we'll have a woofer in the house!

And there you have it. That is all about me. 

 

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  1. October 1, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I love reading posts like this, I'm so nosy and it's good to find out abit more about the people you see online everyday! x

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Thank you – and yep, me too. Totes nosey! 

  2. October 3, 2017 / 7:22 am

    Hi, I have seen a few Blogtober posts and so far have learnt a little more about the person behind the blog. Or maybe I am just nosy #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:39 am

      It is fine to be nosy – I am nosy! 

  3. October 3, 2017 / 7:30 am

    This sounds fun. I hope you manage to do it all as two little ones running around can make it difficult to focus. I think I might do blogmas if I can get myself organised. ๐Ÿ™‚ #twinklytuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Thank you – so far so good! I have managed every day (on top of my normal posts haha!)

  4. October 3, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I love reading about the person behind the blog! I am so envious of you living in London, my best friend lives there and I go and visit as often as I can, I absolutely love that city! Sorry to hear about your dad passing away so suddenly, that must have been awful. I've got one sister like you also, love her to bits! #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Aww London is awesome but I prefer living nearer to the countryside now! It's still nice to have it just a short train ride away. 

  5. October 3, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Ah so many things I didn't know. I love these sorts of posts. Good luck with blogtober! Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday

  6. October 3, 2017 / 9:29 am

    me and my sister have always been close, but I think we have grown even closer as we got older. She is my best friend too #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:43 am

      It's so lovely to have that relationship isn't it?

  7. October 3, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Fab to find out so much about you. Good luck with blogtober you crazy thing, I don't know how you fit it all in! #twinklytuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Haha it's a bit of a struggle but I am managing so far! 

  8. October 3, 2017 / 11:17 am

    This sounds like a great challenge, I hope you can keep up with it as it's such an interesting read. #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Thank you – it's really fun. I'm managing so far!

  9. October 3, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Oh congrats on starting this.  I really don't feel I can blog once a day haha.  So using my time to read other posts!

    Ellen x

    #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Haha – I am blogging twice a day at the moment on some days! It's hectic but fun!

  10. October 3, 2017 / 11:51 am

    This sounds like a fun challenge. I too have an (almost) 15 year old nephew. Seems like yesterday I was carrying him around as a cute, chubby baby! Where does time go?!!  

    Great post! So fun to learn more about you.:-)

    #twinklytuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:46 am

      Thannk you. And yes, how do they suddently get taller than you?! 

  11. October 3, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    It's great to find out more about you Lisa. Good luck with Blogtober – you're braver than me for even attempting it! #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Thank you – it's been a bit hectic!

  12. October 3, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Hi Lisa! I've read so many blogs, but this's the first time I read personal information behind the blog. You are an amazing blogger. I love reading this kind of post. Thanks for sharing! 

  13. October 3, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Loving to read more about you, all the best with Blogtober X #twinklytuesday 

  14. October 3, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Nice to get to know a little more about you! 

    This blogtober thing sounds fun, and I'm excited to see what you pull out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Thank you. It’s going pretty well so far but it’s hard to keep up!ย 

  15. October 3, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Blogtober sounds like a good idea, and great to find out more about you! Randomly my husband is a member of the Institute of Physics! 

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Haha that’s so funny! Small world (or big membership community!).

  16. October 3, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I love This! It's lovely to get to know you better  It's easy to share about now but forget all the background stuff that makes us who we are x #twinklytuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:28 am

      I have been loving the blogtober thing because a lot of it has been reminiscing about stuff that I might not have witten about if not prompted!

  17. October 3, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Wow you've managed to achieve so much and I'm so sorry to read about your Dad. Glad that you get along with your sister now though, sounds like you really need each other. 

    Cute cat by the way!

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you. We never really fell out or anything, we just went through the usual sibling stuff! Ad then we grew up haha! Millie was the cutest!

  18. October 4, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Oh sorry about your dad's passing and that Zach didn't meet his grandfather. Good luck with the Blogtober challenge – I'm sure you will nail it.#TwinklyTuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely words xx

  19. October 4, 2017 / 10:37 am

    So lovely to discover more about the person behind the words and pictures! Good luck with bloctober and thank you for hosting your fab linky #twinklytuesday x

  20. October 4, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Such a lovely read! Nice to find out about you! xx

  21. October 4, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Hi! Yay fellow blogtober participant! It's lovely to read more about our fellow mummy bloggers x   #twinklytuesday! #blogtober2017

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thank you! You can see how time consuming the whole posting every day thing is as I’m only just replying to comments hehe!

  22. October 5, 2017 / 10:43 am

    We've had our (my) dog for 7 years now and he is my fur baby so I completely get that, We had a rabbit that we rescued off the street and when nobody claimed him I just kept him and loved him to bits until he passed away 2 years ago. After our rabbit passing away I said no more animals apart from our teacup yorkie, but now I want a parrot! #twinklytuesday

    • October 12, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Haha, a parrot. That’s so random. It is so hard when we lose pets isn’t it? They become such a part of our lives.

  23. October 6, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Totally enjoyed reading about your background. You've done really well you should be so proud! #twinklytuesday

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