Bod for tea (www.bodfortea.co.uk) is the social media persona of Michelle Reeves, a freelance writer, blogger and Mum of two under five with a professional background of 14 years in internet marketing.Describe a typical day for you?
My husband leaves very early to drive into London so I’m usually up and about from around 5am. Sounds crazy but it gives me some head space to write before the children are up. Little Man, my 14 month old, is usually awake at 6am and then after lots of cuddles and cajoling 4 1/2 year old Curly Girl surfaces and the usual breakfast and school run routine takes up the early part of the morning.
The good thing about having an early riser is that Little Man is usually ready for a nap again by 10 so while he’s asleep I’ll either work or exercise. Playdates, swimming classes and Gymboree give us some fun together time and if I’m lucky he’ll nap again in the afternoon so I can catch up on product reviews, set up a giveaway for the blog or catch up on work for the two local committees I’m part of. (Or I might just hang out on Tweetdeck for a while… ahem.)
Then it’s school run, homework, tea, bath and bed for the littles and hopefully some relaxing time in the evening for hubbie and I.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
I think my biggest achievement so far was pausing a successful career in Internet Marketing and leaving behind everything I knew and loved and to move to China for four years, undergoing assisted conception in a foreign country and coping with a premature baby without our family and friends around us for support.
Although I suffered post natal depression after Curly Girl was born, I have no doubt that battling through that time and coming out the other side has made me a stronger women.
What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?
Oh you mean the black hole? Purse, make-up/bits and bobs bag, snacks and a drink for Little Man, Galaxy S2 phone, pen and notebook, Tiffany charm bracelet, muslins, nappies, two Nakd Choco Delight bars… the list is endless!
What are your ambitions in life?
My bucket list includes everything from learning to horse ride western style and running a half marathon to spending more time on my freelance writing business, living abroad again, writing a novel and above all living the most positive, healthy and happy life that I can with my family.
What advice would you give your pre-baby self that you now know having had a child?
Expect the unexpected! Don’t try for perfection, remember that your time is the best gift you can give them, every phase passes in time, give your children the room to experiment and fail, savour every single hug and kiss (yes, even the snotty ones) and when your new life throws you lemons – catch one and make a gin and tonic!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Five years ago today I had no idea that I would be moving to China or having two children so really I can only speculate! But in five years time both children will be at school so I’d like to think that I will be spending more time writing and working on that novel. I’d also like to get more involved in helping new bloggers perhaps by working with Brit Mums, an organisation that I so helpful when I was starting out.
What advice would you give a budding writer/blogger?
Write, write, write; because even the most beautifully designed, search engine optimised blogs in the world need great content.
Read, read, read; because you can learn a lot about blogging from the fab bloggers who’ve come before you.
Above all find your own voice and write from the heart.
Finally, happiness is…
…cuddles with the ones I love. And coffee.
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