I Am Loving: Blogging and Being Totally Free

Just over 9 years ago I completed my teacher training and got my first teaching job, I was fresh faced and ready to work, not knowing the hardships that lay ahead. I had chosen teaching as a profession as I loved children and wanted to be the one to nourish their young minds. Little did I know that the profession was not really about teaching, but about paperwork and politics in the staffroom. I soon realised what the job involved and over the next 6 years, working under one of the worst heads imaginable, I left teaching feeling broken.

Teaching wasn’t what I thought it would be and I was then left with no job at all. Having two young children it suited me to stay at home. I am fortunate enough that Mr F has been able to support my career break for the last four years but there comes a point when the scrimping and scraping becomes too tough. Last year I signed up for supply teaching and realised that not all teaching jobs are as bad as the one I endured for 6 years. However, the paperwork still remains- not for me as a supply but I can see the stress in the eyes of the teachers in every school I visit. I don’t want that in my life.

Today I went to a school and while I was sitting marking the books from the morning’s work I realised I am not committed to teaching anymore. I don’t get the same thrill as I once did when I teach a child something new. I went back to supply as I felt as though it was my only option, the only thing I was good at. But it is not my passion, not anymore.

So where does it leave me?

Blogging is my passion, it brings me joy every single day. When I open up my laptop I enter my own little world, one that I am completely in control of. I have creative license and I am able to use that in any way I wish. I do not have to answer to anyone, be made to feel small or inadequate.

I am free.

I am so blessed that this blog brings in an income, one that means I can treat my girls to days out or go out for dinner with Mr F when we fancy it. I never started out intending to make blogging a career, I just wanted to share my experiences with others. I wanted to highlight the difficulties faced with allergies, to spread the word about Hypoglycemia and I have done that and much much more.

I am inspired every single day by so many talented friends in the blogging world and I am constantly wanting to improve- something that I never felt possible as a teacher. My blogging style has changed over the months but I really feel happy with where I am right now. Of course I will probably change again in the future as my tastes change and my experience grows but for now I will write about my day to day life, my family and my thoughts as a mum of two young girls.

For the first time in a long time I am excited by my job. I am my own boss and I love it!

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Comments 16

  1. I love reading your blog and it’s great that you now have a job you love, great choice. I think its amazing how this blogging world has opened up so many new and exciting opportunities for lots! #Twinklytuesdays

  2. Blogging does allow so much freedom. It’s lovely to be your own boss & choose the direction & style of your blog. Also, being home with the kiddies is a massive bonus! It’s great that you have your teaching background & can use it for aspects of your blog like the phonics posts 🙂 #sharewithme x

  3. This is such a nice post, I learned a little bit about you and also learned how much you love blogging. 🙂 Blogging is my passion too, I spend most of my free time doing it! To be able to earn enough to treat the family would be fantastic – I’m not quite there yet. But I’m trying, and I’m sure – with a lot more work – I’ll get there.

  4. As a teacher too I really believe that as soon as the passion fades you need to get out! It is a really tough job especially in the UK as teachers work mostly on good will and dedicate so much time to their students. You must have passion for anything you do! #sharewithme

  5. I am so happy for you Katy!!!!! How wonderful it must be to have a blog that you love so much AND earn from it; mega bonus!!! Wish you all the best 😀

  6. What a lovely positive post. There is nothing better than doing something you have a passion for, and I am so glad you have found it in blogging. I love reading your posts Katy, and as you said its nice to treat your family to meals and days out x

  7. Lovely that you are able to make an income doing this and enjoy it. I would love to be able to make an income blogging and writing, but who knows if it will happen! #sharewithme

  8. Good for you Katy I feel the exact same. It was a place to let it all out and share our lives with our families aboard and it’s turned into so much more than that. I love it and every second I am working on it. It’s brought amazing friendships and inspiring people into my life motivated me to do more and more too which is an amazing feeling isn’t it? Lovely post hun. Thank you for you so much for linking up to SWM. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

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  9. My blog is just a labour of love at the moment, but boy do I love it! If I got a dollar for every hour I spent on or thinking about my blog I’d be able to buy myself something pretty nice 😉 Well done on finding a path that makes you so happy and fulfilled, a very inspiring post!

  10. I can see this is an old post but how wonderful. I have been blogging for 6 days and I am completely obsessed! It’s a lot more creative than I realised and it’s just really scratching an itch. 🙂

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