When I became a stay at home mum it was a huge change, for many years my identity had been sewn up with my career. A Workforce Development Manager by trade I was used to leading a team, working with senior managers, spending a lot of time on trains and being surgically attached to my BlackBerry. Fast forward 8 months and I'm so happy and so much more relaxed than I've been in goodness knows how long. My pretty frocks, manicures, hair and make up have been switched out for skinny jeans, converse and sunblock. That BlackBerry is long forgotten and not missed at all. And I spend every day learning about my son. All good so far.
However, I like learning and when I decided I was going to stay at home I set myself 4 objectives for this year:
- To learn quilting
- To learn coding
- To learn to crochet
- To find a way of working that suits us as a family
Earlier this year I won some fabric in a competition from Higgs and Higgs which heralded my introduction into quilting. This post, details my progress and the quilt now has pride of place on the back of our sofa. I also have some Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric set aside to make Harry a quilt to the same pattern for Christmas.
Coding is a slower process - I'm starting to get my head around it, and am better at using plugins now. Although sometimes a simple task will still phase me - I tried to install the shareaholic plugin the other day and was completely foiled! And don't get me started on Click to Tweet which I will defeat.
Which took me to number three on my list and todays Periscope. Filmed shortly after I'd put Harry to bed, displaying my full of cold voice in full. I explained about learning to crochet and said I'd link up the resources I'm using here:
Bella Coco is the Youtuber who I've found most accessible to watch and listen to, her blog is also really helpful too
Attic24 is the blog that I have saved as permanent inspiration. I've been following her for years, but only finally picked up my crochet hook with intent last week!
My Crochet board on Pinterest for inspiration and how-to's
I will be continuing to #PeriscopeMyProgress as part of Jennifer's challenge as part of my continued development in using Digital tools and my skill development in producing quality content, by combining it with crochet I'm hoping to distract myself from the fear I feel at being in front of the camera.