Five years ago to the day (a fact I honestly only just realised this morning!), I launched nonstopmama.
My ever-patient, much more technically competent (and still is), bleary-eyed husband made the website live in the early hours of the morning and we were off, with an interview with Annabel Karmel, left (thanks, Annabel! Sadly, my pittas still fall apart …).
Here’s the link to that very first post, for the memory!
Nonstopmama has been a place where my work life, as a freelance beauty and lifestyle writer, and family life as an always-running-late, working from home mama collided.
From the outset, I wanted nonstopmama to a fun, bright, uplifting place where busy mamas could dip in for beauty and fashion news, feel-good fun and ideas for family and home in the mix.
And it’s been wonderful.
But, yes, it’s time to move on (*reaches for kitchen roll. Never have tissues when you need them …*).
It’s been SO much fun, but after lots of juggling and wanting to do right by my family, friends and balancing all this with my work as a freelance writer, I know it’s the right decision and it’s one I’ve thought and prayed long and hard about.
As well as continuing to write for magazines and online, as I’ve always done, I have ideas about other for possible adventures in writing, encouraging and sharing, all of which I know I need to take the time to give space to (and then get down to! :D).
So, this goes out with HUGE gratitude for the love, support and kindness of my husband, children and all the family, friends, colleagues and new friends I’ve had the great fun and privilege of meeting and making through nonstopmama over the years.
I want to thank EVERYONE, those who have been with us for years and those who’ve just stumbled upon the blog, for being part of the journey and all the fun!
A very special shout out goes to the amazing, super-talented, incredibly kind and lovely to work with Krista Madden, founder of Handpicked Future, who called me on one of my first days after going live to invite me to be a part of her exciting new collective of ‘handpicked’ bloggers and channels. Krista and the also fabulous Debbie Djordjevic don’t just know their online onions, they’re always many steps ahead. I have endless admiration for what they do, and am truly grateful for the all the wonderful opportunities they’ve given to me and nonstopmama over the past five years.
I’ll still be writing online and tweeting, pinning and instagramming, as well as freelance writing for the various magazines I contribute regularly too, including Health & Fitness, Baby London, Little London and others.
A BIG thank you again, and a VERY big thank you for having been part of the fun at nonstopmama!
It’s meant very much!
PS: I just realised I managed to work The Sound Of Music into the title of this post. Please insert ‘So long’ in place of ‘Goodbye’ in the title and add sweeping staircase and Alpine view …