Updated: May 22
If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be a mum to two young children while being a full-time blogger at the age of 23 I would have laughed at you. I was always a quiet child with a close circle of friends, I rarely raised my hand in class and generally kept myself to myself. As I progressed into my teenage years I ended up in a relationship with a boy who was not very kind, to say the least, but that's a story for another day. This shattered the little confidence I had and left me not knowing who I was or what I wanted to do with my life. I never in a million years thought that just a few years later I would be making television appearances, vlogging daily, working closely with big brands and rubbing shoulders with some of the most successful and influential people I have ever met.
I had come to terms with the fact that I was never going to be really successful and that was fine, I just wanted to have a warm home with my own little family while working some mediocre part-time job, as long as my family and I where happy then I would have been content. Then I met, my now fiance, Ash. He was sweet and kind and very slowly built me back together again, I stopped caring about what anybody thought because his opinion of me was the only one that mattered to me. Don't get me wrong we had our problems, we fought, we even broke up for a while but in the end, we always came back together. Then we where blessed with our beautiful baby boy George but after quite a traumatic birth I was left very weak physically and mentally, I developed anxiety a few months after George was born and started to get regular panic attacks which meant I rarely went out anywhere without Ash (aka my comfort blanket) except for my local children's center Allens Croft which I attended every week with my eldest sister who has twin daughters just a year older than George.
Shortly after George turned 1 I decided to start documenting his childhood through the social media platform, Instagram. I was worried that I would look back years later and regret not taking more pictures of us together as a family and with a natural creative streak I quickly became hooked on photography, I would sit scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram admiring all the beautiful and creative photos that the motherhood influencers of the world where posting on a daily basis and after a bit of encouragement from Ash (he would tell me 'if that lady can do it why can't you?') I decided to start treating my Instagram as a proper hobby. The more my followers and engagement increased the more I enjoyed it, I began reading articles about photography, content creation, influencer marketing and how to build my own following. Each little milestone achieved and each little win gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride, I was overwhelmed and shocked that there were people out there that actually wanted to hear what I had to say.
The past year I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing brands, big and small and met people that I now consider as real and genuine friends of mine. What started out as a little hobby has now developed into something I am extremely passionate about and enabled me to work from home with my two young children. It has transformed me into an ambitious, hard-working and confident mum boss but don't get me wrong, I am permanently knackered, over-think everything and have to force myself to stop working but you don't get anywhere without hard work do you and I genuinely love what I do.
What's the key to success you ask? Support. I would never have got to the position that I am in today without the support of friends and family that actively share my content and cheer me on from the sidelines, my wonderful followers who are always engaging with my posts and sending me the most lovely messages, the blogger community that always motivate each other and work together to achieve success and most importantly my fiance, Ash. He is constantly chauffeuring me around to different events, 'insta perfect' picture spots and being made to take A LOT of photos yet he never complains or moans, he is always reassuring me in my abilities and encouraging me to be more ambitious and I know that I never would be following this career path today if it wasn't for him.
So if you are sat there thinking 'I couldn't do that, I'm not confident enough, I'm nobody' STOP. All you need is support and you can do anything you set your mind to, no ambition is too high and no dream too big. After all, you won't know until you try right?