I read a blog post today by Hannah Gale about losing your identity when you become a Mother, and it really resonated with me. Hannah Gale is a big lifestyle blogger who I have followed for quite some time – she became a first time mother earlier in the year. I actually remember thinking when she announced her pregnancy if her Instagram or blog would change, because we all know, without a doubt, motherhood changes you.
I am very much a ‘Mummy blogger’, my blog is all about our adventures as a family. My Instagram feed is 99% pictures of my children to the point when some days I feel very much defined by them. I love being a Mum, I honestly believe that Motherhood was my calling. There is no denying it can be hard at times but being a Mum comes quite easy to me. I love being with my children.
However, I am more than just a Mum and sometimes that is easy to forget. I always loved fashion before children for example, it was a huge part of my life yet I lost this when Meme arrived – not straight away but gradually I stopped reading fashion magazines and stopped following what was in fashion. I would love to write about clothes and take outfit pictures to post on Instagram but, apart from being completely camera shy, I feel that I am not equipped to do this. Like most Mums, my uniform is skinny jeans and a t-shirt – who wants to see that?
I love interiors, I follow a lot of interior bloggers and swoon over their homes and beautiful styling, feeling inspired by their pictures. Again, I would love to take pictures of my home to share with people. Yet at the moment my home is a complete mess, I feel a little fake posting a style picture of my home knowing there will be a huge pile of mess pushed away from the capture.
I guess it is a confidence thing. My beautiful children are my security blanket. It comes so easy to me to write about them and take pictures of them. Yet, as much as they are my everything there is so much more that I can give and do. There is so much more that I can and want to capture. Maybe after 7 years since having my children I need to step outside my comfort zone and remember that there is more to me than being a Mummy.