So this is the part where I introduce myself and tell you a little bit about this blog (can I just say now that I’m really happy to be doing this from the safety of my computer; I’ve never been a fan of those ‘go round the room and tell everyone a little bit about yourself’ type things!)
My name is Madeline and I live in Swansea, South Wales with my husband and two children. Until recently I was working in administration, but took voluntary redundancy when it was offered just as my maternity leave was due to end.
I’ve been slowly building up my portrait photography business around work and school runs and nap times and feel like this has been the perfect opportunity to really go for it and see what happens!
This is a new way of doing things for me, outside of the security and routine of a 9-5 job, and, while it’s a bit scary, I’m so grateful to have a bit of breathing room to evaluate what is most important to me and to investigate ways of making life easier and happier for my family.
I studied Psychology and Philosophy at University here in Swansea and loved it. I find human nature and behaviour fascinating! In the 12 years (12 years?! Really?!) since I graduated I’ve always felt a bit disappointed that I’ve not ‘used’ my degree at all. I fell into office work out of necessity and stayed with it for the safe, regular income. But now that I’ve been given the chance to take some time and try something else, I really want to explore psychology a bit more again.
That’s where this blog comes in. I’m planning on it being a family blog with a healthy dose of psychology thrown in. Seeing how we can use our very nature to make the best of everything; to use psychology to our advantage to enjoy what this glorious life has to offer us!
Because I do believe that this life really is glorious. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day stresses, to take our partners for granted and to not properly enjoy our children while they’re young because we’re constantly trying to do a hundred things at the same time as playing with them. I want to take a bit of control back and grab as much of the joy that family life can offer as possible. I want to acknowledge that having children can be really hard work and that life in general can get us down, and then I want to see how we can use psychology to turn it around and make the best if it all.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey!