Susanne is a mother to 3 beautiful children and also a primary school teacher, freelance writer and blogger of brilliant blog Ghostwritermummy.
Describe a typical day for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day at the moment! I’m working from home and each day is different, depending on which combination of children I have at home with me. Usually, we are out on play dates or play groups all morning and spend our afternoons either playing (we love messy and sensory play!) or if Luka’s at Pre-school then Bella will sleep and I will work. After school all three are here so home tends to lend itself to chaos for a while, which is lovely.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
In 2008 I completed a PGCE and got my first teaching job. I did all of that with a 2-year-old at home, which looking back was a massive achievement. Both the course and my first year of teaching (towards the end of which I was pregnant!) was very intense and the workload was huge. But I am proud of the fact that I did it and came out the other side! Other than that, my other greatest achievement is my children. I’m very proud of them all.
What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?
Ha! My phone. A nappy and wipes. Tissues. Four Hot Wheels cars. An apple. And a sippy cup of water.
What are your ambitions in life?
Since I was a little girl, I wanted to write a book and that ambition has never changed. I still want to write a book, and one day see it on a bookshelf.
What advice would you give your pre-baby self that you now know having had a child?
Oh my goodness. I would tell her that nothing will ever be straight forward again. I would tell her to read and read and read about childbirth, prepare herself and be strong. I will tell her that she can do it and that she will be fine. I will also tell her to steel herself for the heartbreak that comes with having children. There is no way you can love another person so much without it hurting every now and then.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully back in the classroom. I would love to say with one more baby in tow, but I am really not sure about that. I would like to see my husband settled in his new business, my children happy at school and my teaching career back on track, if possible. I will settle for just being happy, though.
What advice would you give a budding blogger/ teacher?
For a budding blogger- if you love writing, then just write. Write and write and write. Pay no attention to stats or to ratings or politics. And for a budding teacher- do you really want to do it?! It’s a lot of work and yes, the rewards are massive, but you need to invest a lot of time and energy into it.
Finally, happiness is…
So many things! The first time they call my name; the smile I get when I’ve been away; being at home with my little family. Sometimes I have to look a little harder, but there is always something in a day that has the potential to make me happy.
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