The Change is Here…At Last!

Shop Party Launch

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 doΒ needΒ 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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So please, let me know what you think and what you’d love to see here in the future!

22 thoughts on “The Change is Here…At Last!

  • Wow! You took the words right out of my mouth!! I HAD to go back to work when Delilah was a mere 19 mths old and I MISSED SO MUCH of her toddler years and I feel guilty. Now with Samual I have the freedom to spend this precious time with him and not have to “fit” work in.
    Congratulations on your shop! I can not wait to get in and buy a few things. I’ve spied quite a few things I know the kids (more Samual) would love.

    • Thanks Eliza! Yes, it’s soooo good to be home. I LOVE teaching but I love being around kids too! So really, it’s only natural as a mum AND a teacher, that I would want to be around my own. It can make funds tight but it’s worth it.

      Have fun shopping! Let me know if I can help you with anything!

  • Yayyy im so proud of you. You have come a long way in the short amount of time. Now you can hopefully relax a little and enjoy your blog and shop and your spunky boy.

    I will always be there to lend a hand, ear, foot whatever you need cause I know i too whinge to you too lol. (spell check wanted to change ear to rear so i will lend you that too).

    • hahaha aww thank you Salz…I think. What on Earth am I going to do with your rear? Swap it. Yours is way fitter than mine! πŸ™‚

  • Well done Ange, it looks fantastic! It’s a delicate balance, motherhood, personal satisfaction, earning an income, I am so glad you have found a way to balance all of your current needs. Best of luck with it all xx

    • Thanks Kristen. Fingers crossed it will work out. I’m hopeful. It’s still experimental but it’s an amazing feeling to know it’s in my hands now πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations.. You have created a unique & wonderful place! Well-done too on the look! Much work & much consultation has occurred. Fancy saying teachers like to be in control.. What makes you think that!!??!!
    Denyse x

    • haha thanks Denyse. I’m not sure!? I must miss pulling 20 kids into line with nothing more than a look. That doesn’t work on my toddler! πŸ˜‰

  • Congratulations matey, good work! I’m sure you will absolutely kill it! I am seriously thinking of not going back to work after this bubs and doing some study and maybe turning to freelance work as a way to make an income. I do enjoy my job but after 10+ years in the same industry I think I’m ready for a change. Now I just need to grow a little self-belief and go for it

    • Thanks Kylez! Here’s hoping! Naaww bubs!!! Must be nearly time for you? I will cluck my little heart out when I see pics!

      Yes…the self belief is tricky. Especially from someone who is very much into planning, control and not much risk taking! Luckily I had Steve to tell me over and over I could do it, or I would have just chucked in the towel.

  • Congrats on taking the next step to generating income online! The shop looks great. I love all the wooden toys. We are currently travelling at the moment with our baby boy, but when we get home in Sept I’ll be sure to check out what you have in your shop πŸ™‚

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