Being pregnant really makes you go through your life with a fine toothed comb, I totally wasn't prepared for that. And when I say go through your life, I mean from childhood and your earliest memories to right now, and into the future too!
A pregnant brain can somehow dig up all kinds of random conversations, decisions, actions you've ever taken, purchases you've ever made and make you question your very core! It's not too bad actually, a sort of shakeup and let's do this slap in the head.
Good times ☺
It could be better and I realised I've been a tad neglectful in certain areas where I'd made plans to compensate for the quieter gifting times.
My prego beast mode brain is strongly urging me that it's time to fix up, look smart and start getting some ducks not only in order, but shooting the shit out of them too.*
So here's an insight into what my plans are, where I've fallen down so far and what I actually do when I'm 'doing my internet stuff'.
*I re-wrote this sentence a fair few times, but there's no analogy I could use that seemed to work as well. If you're upset by the thought of shooting tin ducks in such a graphic guns blazing 'let's do this' manner then I just don't know what to tell you.
Rise of the Mummy bloggers
This is a little frustrating as I've lost count of the amount of ladies I've seen who go on mat leave from their 'regular' jobs, start a biz and undoubtedly turn into one of these 'monochrome/mummy blogger/I'm a mum but don't you dare label me as that' Mums that my feeds are slammed with these days.
I'm not taking the piss or being mean, but that's just the way things are swinging at the moment, heck I've even dedicated a small arm of my business to this trend (more about that below)!
You can legally work as self employed whilst claiming SMP from an employer, but cannot legally work as self employed whilst claiming MA (equivalent self employed version).
I know I'm going to be fully engulfed by this baby and I am sooooo excited to be a Mummy, but I also know myself well enough to recognise that I always need a side project running too, and if I'm not allowed to work on that project then it's gonna leave me a little empty inside!
So I'm going to werk, werk, werk, werk, werk.
Well what does that look like?
Late last year I opened that aforementioned monochrome shop over on Etsy. This shop is purely digital downloads, all black/grey and white and targeted at all thoses bebes/littles/smalls that Instagram keeps telling me about (babies & kids to you and I).
I think you can tell that I felt a bit like I was selling out at first with this one. I worked a couple of days and made a few designs, set up shop and just left it to its own devices. This is a great little shop but I'll be honest, I need to work on the SEO, get in more products and put my heart into it. But for the moment, it's ready and waiting for me.
Again, I can be selling product here whilst sat watching TWD and feeding the baby, win/win ☺
Again, these are a result of my doodles, SO much fun to be had here! Whilst they are not digital, the only thing I have to do is walk a block around the corner to the post box so it's not too much extra if the baby is not happy that day.
Oh, and here's my sweet little planner shop. I always forget about this little gem, I don't have much in there but I do love it! Again, all set up and ready to go with a teeny bit of work.
I also set up Shopify late last year, but guess what, I've let it slip.
Well, there we go, hopefully I've made the right decision for us but no matter what happens I'll be having a cracking time with our new little munchkin!
At the time of publishing I am 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant, come on baby. I'd love to know how you juggled your biz and baby, let us know in the comments ☺