We did it. It’s done.
I took the flying leap. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so excited with anticipation.
When I left work to go on maternity leave – never in my right mind did I think my life would take this turn.
One year. That’s what I told myself. One year and I would be back working part-time. People asked me when I would go back to teaching and I would say ‘6 months is far too young, probably when he is a year old’.
I was so naive in parenthood then. I never knew how head over heels I would be with spending time with the little man. I never knew how leaving him hysterical at a daycare to go to work for a mere few hours would bring me such anguish.
But most of all, I never knew how much I would WANT to be at home…never missing a moment, always being the one to kiss his bumps and grazes, cuddle him during times of emotional stress and laugh with ridiculous glee at silly games.
And so as the blog began to take a turn and grow in time, so too, did my thoughts on how I can be at home and earn an income. I love being at home but I do need to be earning an income for our family and furthermore I needed to reignite my drive and passion for something other than teaching.
Without my husband, Steve, I wouldn’t of made it. He (once again) has been my rock. He has supported me, encouraged me and offered me advice. I haven’t done it alone and I’m sure I would have given up by now if it wasn’t for him.
The lovely Alanna at Web Babble has been ridiculously supportive. She has put up with all my obsessively frequent emails and dealt with me being a total control freak, eg. “Have you done this?” “What about this?” “Can you check this?” You get the idea. Funny how a teacher would want to be so controlling isn’t it!? The website looks fantastic and she also offered me plenty of advice and taught me a few tricks of the trade as well.
There’s plenty of others who have helped me and listened to me – Salz at Salz Dummy Spit listened to all my whinging…lots of it! Yvette at Little Bento Blog and Shop answered all my niggling questions and all the people from the Ballarat Bloggers Group and just bloggers that I know in general have been awesome.
And so here is the beginnings of it. The School of Mum Shop!
I’m starting small – building it up slowly. The personalised clothing range is created using an industrial heat press and commercial grade transfer papers. Please email me if you have a design in mind and it’s not on the site. I’m happy to work with you to create what you need!
The toys/jigsaws are carefully sourced by me to ensure quality and educational benefit are at maximum levels! Again, I’m happy to chat to you if you’re after a particular product or you need some advice regarding an area of your child’s learning.
The blog will always be the ‘nook’ of this site. The place I can share, write, review and offer giveaways. That won’t change. I love it far too much.
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