Hi, if you’re reading this, first of all I hope you are sat comfortably with a cuppa and secondly, thank you. Whilst I have thought about setting up a blog for some time now, I somehow didn’t and still don’t believe that anyone would actually want to read what I write, so if you’ve found me and are setting aside some time to check out my blog, really, thank you.
‘It’s definitely true that you need to trust the timing of your life’
My name is Gemma and I am in my mid to late 30’s, although I most definitely do not feel as old as I actually am. I am married to Dean, we have been together for 20 years after meeting at College in 1998, but we certainly didn’t rush into anything. We had been together for 12 years when Dean proposed on Christmas Day and we eventually said ‘I do’ five years after that. It’s definitely true that you need to trust the timing of your life, as looking back, I do feel that we did everything at just the right time for us.
In between getting engaged and married, we had two children. Oliver who was born in February of 2012 and Mollie who arrived in July 2015. They’re both full of character and confidence and they surprise us and make us laugh every single day. It is tough being a parent though, as most of you will know and there are days where I am fed up of arguing with miniature versions of myself. Bottom line though, I adore my little family and love the time we spend together.
I grew up and still live in Middlesbrough which is based in NE England. Whilst it’s an industrial town, we are surrounded by countryside and coastline which makes this (in my opinion) one of the best places to live. This is my home and whilst you never know what’s round the corner, I can’t imagine me ever wanting to relocate.
As well as being a wife and mum, I have a day job which involves adulting and managing social media channels for a well known brand. In my spare time I also own and run my own jewellery business online, Rock Paper Kisses (www.rockpaperkisses.co.uk).
‘When it comes to friends, what else can I say other than I absolutely adore mine, they keep me sane.’
When it comes to friends, what else can I say other than I absolutely adore mine, they keep me sane. In fact, we actually joke that one of our girly nights in is like a free therapy session. I’ve seriously got no idea what I’d do without them. Whilst I have a few different friendship groups, all of my friends are very grounded and are genuinely lovely girls. I have some amazing memories with them all and hope to create many more to come.
‘I often wonder ‘what if I had carried on?’ and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I have decided to start again now.’
A long while back, I set up a website which looking back, I suppose could have been classed as a blog, although my intention at the time had been for it to be an established online magazine featuring articles on fashion, beauty and shopping. This was before blogging really took off and unfortunately life got in the way and I called it a day. I often wonder ‘what if I had carried on?’ and maybe that’s one of the reasons why I have decided to start again now.
It is my intention to write about my likes, interests and what’s going on in my life. My trials and tribulations of navigating motherhood, my recent purchases and recommendations and my attempts at exercising and eating better. I am a very positive person, I’m not a fan of negativity at all and I strongly believe that it’s nice to be nice. Hopefully this will come across in my blog posts and social media channels.
‘I am nothing special, I am actually quite normal (I think)’
I love make-up and beauty products, I spend far too much money on clothes, bags, shoes and homeware and I love the idea of being organised and healthy. I do struggle with my weight, I always have and probably always will. I’m currently trying to find a balance between ‘YOLO’ and the elicit size 10-12 which is my ultimate goal right now. I love chocolate though and all the things you should limit yourself to, so I am constantly trying to change my mindset to better myself, not only for me but so that I can be a good role model for my kids.
All in all, I feel like I am just a normal every day girly girl. Like a lot of you, I have my neuroses, I suffer from anxiety and a lack of self confidence but I do believe that age helps and the older I get, the more I seem able to manage this. I am nothing special, I am actually quite normal (I think) and hopefully this makes me more relatable as a person.
It would mean everything if you were to join me on this journey by keeping up to date with my blog and following me on social media. You can find my social links on my website and you can drop me an email at email@example.com.