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Celebrating inspirational women

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My audience is predominantly made up of women and they are no strangers to celebrating inspirational women. As it was International Women’s Day this week, I thought I would talk about an inspirational woman in my life. My mum.


As a young nurse, she had four children and took a few years out of her career to raise us. My dad was a busy GP which meant he worked long hours. In our early life he was a Paediatric Registrar at Whipps Cross Hospital which meant he was usually out of the house all weekend in addition to his long hours during the week so she must have felt like a single parent at times. With four children, that is a huge job in itself. 


When I was 5 she embarked on her teaching qualification which she did over 5 years whilst being there for us for every drop off and pick up. She did all of the studying around us and we never felt like she wasn’t there for us.


She was a baker, chef, sewer, knitter, crocheter, gardener. Everything was made from scratch – to the point I would beg for shop bought bread, not appreciating the value in how she was raising us.

woman kneading dough with 11 year old girl helping

My mum kneading dough with my daughter in 2022 and with my brother in sling in 1978! 

woman kneading dough with baby in a sling and toddler helping

When I was 10, she started teaching at my primary school and I felt so proud to be in the same school as her. I loved helping her after school and that was probably why I started my own teaching career just 12 years later at the same school!


I’m so proud of her and love being in her company. She is always supportive, helpful, non-judgemental and embraces everyone with kindness. She loves a drink, Glastonbury, science fiction, vintage clip-on earrings, listening to audiobooks while knitting, crocheting and gardening, watching box sets with my dad, camping and stylish clothes. And she still makes bread rolls by hand! 


West Essex Life Magazine is all about celebrating inspirational women and I’m proud to be featured (on page 87) amongst other inspirational women making their side hustle a success.  


My crochet business is like my fourth child, I have raised it from nothing and created a gorgeous community of crochet followers who experience the mindful calm crochet brings. 


I have previously written about Three Ways Crochet is Excellent For You which you can read about here.


I’m gearing up to take on some more crochet students soon so you can sign up to my waiting list for my signature crochet course, “Hook Me Up”


Or you can get started straight away by completing this short Crash Course in Crochet for just £19.99!

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