I started writing A Mum Track Mind early in 2016. It was three weeks after my daughter was born. I was up all night watching her breathe (like you do) and delirious with exhaustion and euphoria. Surrounded by my family, I was struck by what a different experience becoming a mother at nearly thirty years old was from when I’d had my son a decade earlier.
You see, at the young age of eighteen I became a Mum for the first time. It was unexpected, scary, bewildering and exhausting. I felt as though I had failed and all my ambitions and hopes for the future were finished. I gave myself such a hard time.
Looking back, it’s easy to see that actually, I had been no more than a child having a child.
That night, with my new daughter tucked up against me, I penned a letter in my head to my teenage self to let her know that one day it would all come good. I agreed that motherhood was hard but it would also bring so much joy and possibility. That motherhood would be the making of her. And it was.
That letter found itself being typed up into a blog post the next day and tentatively shared with a few people. I was blown away by the reaction and really, that is how A Mum Track Mind was born.
Back then at the start of 2016, I could never have imagined where this blog would take me or how many people it would reach. I have been fortunate enough to write creatively both here and on some incredible websites, collaborate with big name brands, travel for a living and capture, document and treasure so many of the extraordinary moments in my ordinary life as a mum of two.
Here on A Mum Track Mind, I continue to capture my life as a parent, documenting the struggles of being a working mum as well as sharing all of the things that make us tick as a family. I share our lives with you in a real, open and honest way in the hope that you relate and engage with me. Luckily you seem to like it and I have been fortunate enough to build a really engaged and loyal readership along the way.
The aim of this blog is to show people that being a working mum is both difficult and rewarding. It’s a support forum for working parents just like myself who are inspired, driven (mostly insane) and motivated to do the best for their families.
The honest and open account of parenting with both ovaries and ambition, all with a mum track mind.
So, Who Am I?
My name is Fiona – or Fi for short.
Lucky enough to be a Mum to two amazing kids; Zak and Sophie. I started off my journey into motherhood as a teenage parent and battled the rollercoaster that inevitably comes with such an abrupt introduction to the life of a parent. Nowadays, almost a decade later, I cannot imagine any other life than that of a parent!
I live with my better half Shaun (who prefers to stay on the incognito side of things!) in the beautiful Red Rose County of Lancashire, here in the UK.
So what should you know about me? Well, I’m a creative sort, a complete mamarazzi photographer, travel obsessed (budgets depending!), a total foodie (read, greedy pig) and completely coffee dependant. I would also say I am extremely driven and ambitious to better mine and my families lives.
When I’m being serious I can be found working in digital communications, public speaking and running this blog as a business. When I’m not, I can be found in any number of places varying from treetop assault courses, the gym, the sofa, the fridge or hiding from my offspring in the bathroom with my beloved Instagram.
I love being at home with my kids but I’m also passionate about my career and writing, coaching other parents and spending time with my friends.
Meet The Kids
This is Zak, our eleven year old. Born in 2005 to a couple of teenagers, he is my main man and the absolute apple of my eye. In his final year at Primary School and oh so ready for ‘big school’, Zak is the walking, talking Encyclopedia of the family, which is sometimes great and sometimes a bit annoying! He is an outstandingly clever boy (biased much?!), particularly with anything mathematical and a complete techno geek. Aren’t they all these days though? He is a doting older brother and cousin, endlessly patient with little ones and with a real warmth and kindness to his personality that will take him far. He is also incredibly stubborn and ever so slightly lazy…
A true animal lover, particularly with our fur babies Coco & Charlie, he takes full responsibility for their care. Until they do a poo. Then it’s back to me…
Zak loves to travel with me – every place is a new adventure and last year we were lucky enough to visit the West Coast of Canada for two weeks as our first major travel experience on our own together. It was amazing and he now has a bucket list as long as mine for places he wants to visit.
An enthusiastic boy Scout, Bear Grylls biggest fan and a Pokémon obsessive. That’s our boy, Zak.
Sophie is our latest addition and if I’m honest, a bit of a surprise! A happy one of course 🙂
She is our little princess and her not-so-little personality is beginning to shine through. Almost always happy and smiley, unless she isn’t, a complete ray of sunshine with a diva rainbow occasionally thrown in to keep us on our toes! A fabulous sleeper, a lover of peanut butter just like her Mama and a little mischief to boot. She just adores her big brother and has a real Daddy’s girl side to her personality already. She loves her dollies and the teletubbies but is generally happiest when it’s time for the all important milky business. Sophie has been lucky enough to travel abroad twice already and the sunshine and the adventure pleased her no end. Another one with wanderlust no doubt!