Inspired by J K Rowling

9 October 2014

This week over at Kate on Thin Ice the thought is about inspirational mums and to be honest most mums to me are inspiring in their own way, we all have had to contend with illness, heartbreak and multiple demands at some point in our lives, which in turn creates the women we are today. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt said "A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water".

1. Tell us about a mum who inspires you. What are her special qualities?
Since the launch of the Harry Potter books, J K Rowling has inspired me, she has not always been a famous author but suffered with clinical depression, was unemployed and found herself raising a child on her own. Like so many mothers out there things could have been so different if she hadn't had the determination to suceed at what she was good at. Such a talented hardworking woman.

2. Are you happy? If not, what is stopping you?
Yes I am happy (some of the time anyway), I have 4 healthy children, a husband who would give me the world if he could, what more could I want.  They say don't have regrets in life but I do, I regret not studying harder at school, this makes me sad because I know I have the potential to suceed, money limits what you can actually do to solve this.

3. What little things that don't really matter do you allow to get to you?
The house being untidy, I know it's not the end of the world but I have to tidy everyday, this drives my hubbie insane.

4. Who do you need to talk to and why are you putting it off?
I would love to talk to my Nan but sadly she died when I was 5 years old, it would be so good to sit down and have a chatter over afternoon tea, I miss her so much.

5. How are you inspirational?
I don't think I am inspirational at all, I help people, fundraise and support various charities including Macmillan and Refuge, I do this because I enjoy doing it. I run round after my daughter to various afterschool activities such as brownies, sports, violin, cookery club etc whilst working full time, but she is my daughter and I love her unconditionally and it is my duty as a mother to make sure she experiences things that I never did, does this make me inspirational?

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  1. You certainly are inspirational! Life always seems so busy nowadays that when people ask me about when i'll be going back to work as Miss T gets older, I actually wonder how i will find the time. So to juggle everything you are doing is fantastic! xxx #strikingmums

  2. Thank you Rebecca for your kind words, you enjoy every minute of being at home, work can wait a little longer I'm sure xx

  3. You juggle so much and I think that is inspirational. Even tidying every day is inspirational in its own way, I worked hard at school and did well but life has defeated me in terms of having many of the material things that society values. I guess we all have these sort of regrets and the grass can always appear greener on the other side. I did not know about the JK Rowling depression and that means she really is very inspirational to fight through that and to pursue her dreams.
    I am sure you would have learned lots from a chat with your Nan and how great that you feel her loss when she died when you were so young. @kateonthinice

  4. Looking for Blue Sky11 October 2014 at 20:38

    I love JK Rowling and I hate untidiness too. I love the look of cottages stuffed with knick knacks, but I want to live somewhere quiet and calm and minimalist x

  5. The Eleanor Roosevelt coment is fab, and I think you are inspiration fund raising and helping others takes a lots of time and effort that makes you motivational x


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