I delivered my final draft on my book Mumboss-how to survive and thrive at work and at home, on Monday and it’s safe to say I’m completely and utterly shattered. Mumboss the book, is my third baby, really, although to be fair, it might have been less work to actually have another baby (!) than write it, but all those late nights have taught me a lot…Firstly that I can write a 65k word non-fiction book, and then that long-form outside of screenplays which I’ve written before, stretch, stimulate and nourish, whilst thankfully providing a vital platform in which I could escape to when personal tragedy hit with unwell close relatives and the recent death of my auntie.
Having a baby/book that needed my attention, truly helped me when I felt I was drowning with grief. I’m still in deep, dark waters currently but I feel buoyed up at least, my head above water as I come to terms with such an immense loss… Art save us all, huh?
What’s the book about?
Mumboss shares my own story, along with tons of useful advice on absolutely everything I know about being a blogger and vlogger so that you, dear reader can seize this glorious digital space for yourself . You can read more about it, and preorder it here if you fancy it. It hits the shops (eek) on May 3rd!
So, what now?
Now, my friends, I’m chilling the heck out until January after what’s been a crazy-busy, wondrously thrilling year, I must now decompress and rest from. I LOVE what I do but I also know it’s time to take a breather for a short while. To exhale. I took a few weeks off earlier in the month, but now, aside from some a couple of campaigns, I’ll be enjoying being a lady of leisure over the festive period. Yoga and gluten-free mince pies await, and I’m relishing both.
I’m still going to be sharing my life online of course because my blog is more to be than a job: it’s my world, and I’d blog even if it wasn’t monetised or I only had a single reader so you’ll still be able to keep up with our lives, and recipes as always, I’m just going to be resting more in between events, awards (I’m excitingly up for Blogger of the Year and Social Media Hero at the Thirty Plus Awards in association with Boots No7 tomorrow evening) and hanging out with family and friends. Ha, I’m already tired from that list of me in rest-mode (!).
…Today was day one of ‘me time’ with a private yoga lesson and a leisurely trip into Windsor- we live close to Windsor Castle and the news vans were there from first thing as Meghan Harry fever is in full swing ( I can’t wait). The day ended with an epic play date with a new, amazing pal of mine and our kids. The perfect day.
Excitingly, I’ve started painting again too (I’ve exhibited in the past). I promised myself whilst writing the book that I’d pick up a paint brush again when I completed it, and I stuck to my word. It’s been years but I’ve started and nothing soothes me quite like losing myself in painting portraits or still life.
…Life is changing, and evolving as it always does for all of us… and I’m looking forward to see what the next (literal) chapter brings in 2018. After this rest, I’ll be ready for the madness to restart again!
Reflecting back on 2017, I feel I’ve grown immensely both personally and professionally. I’ve built my personal brand to heights I never expected (it’s odd but wonderful to be stopped on the street most days by readers), my skin is tougher than ever yet my heart is as full and open as always. I feel truly content in who I am, in a way I’ve never experienced before, I like myself people, and I feel incredibly grateful for the loving, honest women, and men in my life which give it meaning.
Now it’s time to rest, recuperate and get on the yoga mat as much as possible.
I hope if you’re feeling overwhelmed or over-tired, you too can take some time out for yourself.
If you need any self-care inspiration, take a look at my top 50 self-care tips. Don’t feel guilty for resting and rebuilding your physical and emotional strength. It’s a necessity.
Right, I’m off for an early night!