Hi, I've been neglecting this blog a lot of late, and just wanted to let you know I'm still here!
Some lovely comments from people wondering where I am, thank you. And there are still many checking in with The Mama's Hip every day, so I felt I needed to explain what's going on!
I started the blog a year ago in order to "find my tribe", and it worked- I did! Not only have I made new friends and become part of a community of like-minded parents, I have also learned a lot by watching older families, the tribal elders, if you will. They have put my mind at rest that I'm on the right path and my parenting choices will pay off. Way better seeing it for real than just taking a book author's word for it! I'm so grateful for the days we've spent with those families, soaking up the love, and I've come away in awe of what a bond can be made through respectful parenting. Thank you, if you're reading this ladies.
I'm an "all or nothing" kind of girl, driven to follow one passion after another. If something feels too much like "work" and I'm lukewarm about it, it'll be dropped like a dirty nappy. In reading other mom's blogs, I realised I tended to share a lot more photos and details of my children, part of my passion for sharing my excitement in being their mother, but still too much detail for our comfort in a public blog, so that has been a major factor.
I love fashion and beauty, and follow some really inspirational bloggers, but feel that I can't compete with their dedication and overall professionalism, after all many of them are being paid/sponsored for their blog posts.
Lastly, the inevitable money issue. I was lucky enough to secure a few sponsors for blog posts, but many rejections came my way too. Offers of invites to a couple of product launches weren't products I'd use/endorse, so I declined. Plus it just felt a bit tacky and not 'me', and not what I'd set out to do.
In short, it got to feel a lot like "work" but without the pay check.
I really miss the writing side of it though, the creativity and self-expression, having my little soapbox on which to expound my views. I don't miss the negative comments though, and just as a positive comment would make my day, a negative one would ruin it too. Maybe pathetic of me, but I'm nothing if not honest.
I don't really know where that leaves The Mama's Hip, I could pop up the odd nails/ fashion post, or write about a day out etc, but I'm not sure I need to right now. That may sound weird, but I'm so immersed in my day-to-day life, this week I went out twice without brushing my hair for example, and just keeping on top of things in the real world is enough for now.
I've toyed with a few ideas for the blog, where to go with it in the future etc, but would really love to hear what you think. Apart from the few searching for "breastfeeding tits" and finding my blog, there must be some more looking for some other inspiration!
I'm all ears!