Groovy Mums launched last week encouraging mums to think of themselves a bit more. That might involve rediscovering who you are and having a go at things you used to enjoy. You might want to take on a new project altogether or just to incorporate some little changes to liven things up a bit. The idea is that you set the path and myself and other groovy mums support you along the way.

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Thank you to the 11 mums who linked up groovy blog posts last week. I ask where possible that you visit the other groovy mums posts and lend them your support with a comment.

This week I am asking mums to reflect on some questions about where they are now and where they would like to be. If you blog your answers, please add the link below or leave a comment.

1. To what extent have I lost sight of myself?

2. If I have lost my groove, how did that happen?

3. What do I want to get out of life in 2014?

4. What are the barriers to me getting what I want out of life?

5. What baby step could I take this week to move things forward a little?

Three Groovy Tips

A. Enjoy the great outdoors. Sometimes even going for a walk can seem a mountain to climb if mums are fed up. Challenge yourself to get out more than you do or if you already do, try visiting somewhere new.

B. Visit the Open University website. They have a vast range of courses and you don’t have to identify as academic to benefit from them.

C. Create something. Art, craft and cooking are all cool ways to express who you are. What could you make this week?

If you blog about getting your groove back using the questions above, please tag a few mum bloggers to have a go too. Yes, some mums’lives might be happy and sorted but we can always move towards new hopes and dreams one step at a time.

Get groovy this week!

Groovy Mums Twitter Party will take place on Friday 17th January from 1-2pm using hashtag #groovymums. The theme will be “How to change your life for the better as a mum”.

Now, go forth, think about getting groovy and link up blog posts below.

I am joining in with Wobbles Wednesday the brilliant linky run on a weekly basis by @AutismMumma, a very lovely lady who helps mums support each other as they try to shed the pounds and stones.

I lost lots of weight last year. Then my husband’s redundancy hit and I started to comfort eat and undid so much of my good work.

It is a New Year so I am making a fresh start.

I have already given up alcohol as part of my attempt to raise money in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathalon.

I am trying to remember all the tricks that helped me stick to healthy eating before. I may well revisit some of my old posts about Wobbles.

Today, I will measure myself as I can’t quite face the scales just yet. It is the thought of seeing those numbers telling me how I failed by giving in to my emotions when challenging times hit. I think I might look for the new Paul McKenna book on emotional eating.

Yesterday, I did a really good day of health eating – cereal, ham sandwich with Weightwatchers bread and a mackerel salad for tea. It reminded me of how much I enjoy healthier options.

I have put things in the house like bananas and Weightwatchers yoghurts for when the munchies strike.

Right now I feel better already.

I am looking for an organisation/brand to sponsor the costs associated with me attending Britmums Live, a major blogging and social media conference run by the UK’s largest parent blogger network with over 30 000 Twitter followers and thousands of registered members. It takes place in June and is attended by hundreds of bloggers and social media influencers. You can find out more about the event here

What are the benefits of sponsoring me?

Imagine having me as your representative at the conference chatting to people about your product or service. I could wear branded clothing or let people have your business card.

Should you become my sponsor, I would promote you with an introductory blog post once the sponsorship is agreed and in place. If you would like me to host a competition or post a review of a product or service, we could look into that too. I would be happy to post an advertorial post too once content is agreed.

Obviously, I would tweet about my sponsor before, during and after the event.

How much would sponsorship cost

I am looking for help with the costs such as travel and accommodation as this is a two day conference in London. I live in Yorkshire. I will provide a detailed breakdown to potential sponsors.

Who am I and what is my blog about?

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I am a 45 year old mother with children aged 8-13 years.

I am an award winning blogger recognised for my Outstanding Contribution in the MAD Blog Awards and for Brilliance in Blogging.

My blog has diverse content including food, travel and parenting. It also has a strong emphasis on supporting other women via initiatives such as Groovy Mums. I have considerable experience of raising awareness of charities too.

My blog is well read and has good levels of engagement. I have thousands of Twitter followers.

I would hope to develop a long-term and positive relationship with my sponsor.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email kateonthinice@gmail.com and we can discuss things further.

We have challenges ahead but I am committed to making 2014 as positive as possible.  I now how helpful joining in the linky Reasons to be Cheerful is both to celebrate when times are going great and to dig deep when the blues strike.  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get involved – believe me, it is a very powerful one.

What is making me upbeat this week?

1.  I have really started to tackle cupboards and drawers to declutter.  This can only simplify matters when the time comes to move.  I am not sure holding on to so much stuff from the past in particularly healthy.  It has felt good to let some stuff go almost as if by so doing, I can move on more positively.

2. I have purchased a new mattress for my son’s double bed.  This was long overdue and I am delighted that it is one little task sorted and now sees his room totally sorted.  Big thanks to Ebay.

3. I spent a lot of time looking through old photographs and wrote this post about my lovely Mum who set me off on the blogging journey in the first place.  I cried a bit but smiled and laughed a lot more.  What a great advertisement for adoption.

4. I made some very positive and life-changing New Year’s revolutions.

5. I decided to re-introduce Groovy Mums to help myself and other mums take action to rediscover or reinvent themselves.  There will be a linky, Twitter parties and probably the odd residential retreat or two too.  Look out for a post on Monday next and get involved.

6. I have decided to go dry booze-wise in January and possibly beyond.  I have lost several relatives to cancer including my lovely Mum so I have set  up a fundraising page! It’s live and ready to receive donations at http://www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Holmes-dryathlete2014.  However small the donation and I know times are tough out there, I welcome your support if you feel able to give it.  It will do good things for cancer research and help keep me motivated and on the straight and narrow.  With the removal of alcohol which too often acts as a depressant, I am sure I will be celebrating new reasons to be cheerful with you soon.

 

Now head over to http://beckywilloughby.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/reasons-to-be-cheerful-teamhonk-edition.html to see more people who finds smiles in everyday life.

 

 

 

 

What are my New Year’s revolutions?

My daughter has stated that we do not have resolutions in this house, we have revolutions and I quite like that rebranding of an old idea.

Despite our current situation being so insecure, I do think I need to focus on me a little too.

1. I am going to start to believe it when people say I am a beautiful soul, inspirational or amazing.  It is disrespectful to those people to not allow them to praise when they wish to do so.  What I will say is that there are many women with such qualities out there.  Sometimes, I think it is only the fact that I took my clothes off (sort of) that led to me having increased visibility.  However, I do some good things and I do genuinely care about other people.  If people want to use those adjectives about me, perhaps I can harness that in some way and do something truly inspirational this year.

2. I am giving up drinking alcohol at least for a while.  It is important to remember that it is fundamentally a depressant so in challenging times, it is easy to lean on but then it affects the mood and makes me a little crazy.  I don’t need that.  Nor do my family.

3. I am going to get back to healthy eating and join in with @AutismMumma’s weekly weight loss linky “Wobbles Wednesday”.  I know I can lose weight.  I know how to do it.  Let’s get on with it!

4. I am going to write a novel and will start today.  I have the idea and I think it could really take off and be popular.  I would like anyone to suggest ways to help me stick with this and to let me know of any information and advice networks on writing.  I quite fancy entering writing competitions too.

5. I am going to find  a way of making friends that I can see in the real world.  Most of my friends are online or far-flung.  That is great but I need to see people sometimes or it all gets a bit lonely and intense.  I am very shy by  nature and that holds me back way too much.

6. I am going to celebrate family members who are no longer with us.  I am sharing aspects of my Mum this week.  I also have a big project around getting my Dad’s naval memoirs from the forties published if only on this blog.  If anyone has any other ideas on helping them reach an audience, let me know.

7. I am going to write a small manual for the house with systems in it so that things don’t slide.  I have started insisting that I get more help with chores and so far this is already showing very positive effects in the house.

8. I think this might not happen but it will be interesting to see whether it can.  I would like to travel overseas again this year.

9. I am going to proactively reach out to people for writing and social media assignments.

10. I am going to re-establish Groovy Mums for mums who want to take a little control back about how their lives develop and to encourage new interests and ways of being.  I learned a lot from doing this before and the new Groovy Mums will retain the great things it had before and develop in new ways too.  There will be a post shortly for those who fancy taking part.

Is that revolutionary enough?