About ME

Hi

I’m Emma. Mother of two small humans, wife, lawyer, beagle owner and confidence & life coach. Oh and lover of Gin (occassionally and only when the children have a sleepover).

You can find me on:

FB @lightboxblogger

Insta lightbox_blogger.

I also have a private FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2126378154353824/ where parents can come along to chat about the current blog topic and anything/everything else small human related.  The more the merrier so please check it out, comment, depart your wise words of wisdom or lurk and soak up the information.

I never knew what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’ and have taken many paths over the years: pony ride attendant, Burger King, retail management, hospitality, market analyst, Kelloggs territory manager, legal secretary to name but a few.

I have a degree in Tourism Management yet have never worked in that industry. I started re-qualifying as a lawyer in my mid 20s and over a decade later I continue to practise representing nurses who are subject to fitness to practise proceedings.

Former perfectionist, overachiever and people pleaser I’ve chilled my boots as that approach to life just doesn’t work for me now I’m juggling a professional career with motherhood.  Now a big fan of not over committing and saying no, isn’t that liberating? That took a bit of work. Big thumbs up to guilt free self-care whether that be enjoying a hobnob with a hot cuppa whilst the baby sleeps, reading a couple chapters or getting my nails done.  My legal career has seen me coaching people through extremely difficult experiences. I’d be really interested to expand this into confidence, motivational and wellbeing coaching having made some important changes in my own life to achieve a less hectic and productive lifestyle.

For a long time friends and family said I ought to blog but I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my ramblings.  To be honest the thought of putting something out there in the public domain for scrutiny was so scary. Motivated by the challenge of #blogadaymay, and currently on maternity leave, I thought I’d see if I wasn’t too sleep deprived to remember how to construct a sentence and give it a go.  The feedback has been so positive and encouraging it’s given me a massive confidence boost so I’m cracking on.

The subjects are wide ranging.  Having a one word topic to consider and then write about has been a great focus but also a great opportunity to reflect.  A bit of nostalgia is going to creep in. I don’t take myself too seriously so there will likely be a bit of humour for good measure. The majority of the content will be looking at my views pre and post small humans as I wind my way through the crazy journey that is motherhood.  I might throw in some insights but I’m not holding myself out to be an expert. Although I have kept them both alive so I clearly have some skills in that area.

Why the lightbox?  It was a birthday gift from a good friend.  I took a couple pics with it and the idea stuck.  It also means you can easily identify the topic and whether it might be of interest to you.  It also means if I have zero inspiration for a photo I can just take a pic of the word.

If this floats your boat enjoy, perhaps recommend some subjects for me to tackle, leave me a comment and if you’re feeling very generous perhaps refer me to a parenting friend who might take something away from my insights.

Thank you for reading

Emma xx