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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

Since I wrote The Drowning Feminist, I’ve had an outpouring of empathy from people in the same position. Men and women who are stuck at home, desperately trying to keep themselves motivated, keep their brain active and keep their head above the quagmire that is stay-at-home-parenthood. I can’t believe how many of my acquaintances have, in essence, been suffering in silence.

As such, I’ve been debating about whether or not to create a Facebook group, where we can support each other. It’s not a get-rick-quick scheme, I won’t be advertising or making any money, but I know that I’m much more likely to succeed and keep moving when I’m talking to others about my goals (i.e. I don’t want to visibly fail, so I push myself). In my mind, I see a group of people who post questions about what they’re struggling with (be it course information, technological issues, how to get into business or everyday crap), free courses and YouTube tutorials, general motivational stuff to get us off our arses and a whole lot of vents. If you’re interested in this, please, please vote below. I don’t get a lot of traffic here, so I’ll never know otherwise 😉

Now, back to the all-important me. I had a couple of weeks where I was incredibly motivated. Managed to stick to a cleaning routine and keep my house spotless (which, is a first!) and do a little bit of stuff here and there in between. It was too tiring though and I wasn’t able to keep it up. I was deep-cleaning a couple of rooms each day. So, I’ve now moved to focusing on a general clean a day and more stuff to build me up. I also have a swanky new desk! Well, a ‘console unit,’ but it’s pretty and I like it.

I’ve booked myself onto a photography course, as I mentioned before. However, I was completely unaware that it was actually a diploma! It’s a lot of time, which I don’t have, but I’m doing it anyway. I will succeed! I’m still on the basics, but have been faffing with photography in the meantime. Below are my first attempts and the mirror picture was heavily edited (I kinda like it like that, though) and not at all planned, so it’s not perfectly focused.

…and now I have to go because I just found my three year old putting mascara on my one year old.

Reflecting Youth – My baby girl decided to have a play in the mirror.

Mucking around while learning about my Nikon D5300

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Amusingly, my morning has been unintentionally filled with inspirational posts, videos and articles. It’s helped to remind me that life doesn’t fit into a 2 hour movie slot and that dreams are met through hard work, slog, failure and belief in yourself. 

This is soppy and positive for me, so just scroll on by while I remind myself what it takes to succeed in life – personally and professionally. 

I’ve expanded my goals to include learning, re-learning and touching up on skills that may one day be financially beneficial. Alongside writing a children’s book, I’ll be re-learning photography basics and photo editing and manipulation. I’ll also be learning how to design fonts. These are both mainly for my personal benefit and things I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Although, they could end up making me a small amount of money, monetary  benefits aren’t the priority. God knows how I’ll manage learning these skills with the kids in tow, but I’ll have to make it happen. 

This week’s goal is to make the house organized enough for me to work from home. A huge task, but, with hubby helping, we’re making a dent in it. Next week, a desk will arrive and I’ll start. Here’s hoping my motivation lasts. 

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