A Yorkshire based parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.

SELF LOVE.

A few weeks ago Louise from MumAndSonAdventures.com included me in a blog post where she discussed her thoughts on self love. Towards the end of the post she tagged a couple of bloggers including myself and asked for us all to open up & do the same.

Self love and self care is really important and I think it's brilliant to see more people discussing it online. As a new mum self care is something which often gets put on the back burner and there are definitely a few things which I need to work on, but here I am opening up and discussing my thoughts on my own journey with self love.


What is something that is getting you down at the moment?
My lack of productivity is really getting me down at the moment, and when I say productivity I mean doing anything other than keeping my 6 month old child alive. Caring for a baby is a pretty important task and one that shouldn’t be sniffed at in the slightest however personally I don’t want to be just a mum - And I hate that phrase so so much, but I hope you understand what I mean.
Balancing things have been quite challenging over the last half a year and it’s something I’m trying really hard to get right. Most days are a productivity fail however there are some, admittedly far and few between where I can nail it. Fingers crossed as Amelia gets older the good productivity days will outweigh the bad ones.
I’m planning on going back to work towards the end of the year & I really want to work hard on my blog to make this little place on the internet of mine a success. To say I’ll be juggling a few plates is probably an understatement but I’m 100% determined to make myself a success story.


What is something that makes you happy?
Family life! Things have changed so much in the Chircop (yes that’s actually my surname) household over the last year and even though it’s a challenge I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love it when Dan gets home from work on an evening so we can totally relax and unwind, the look on Amelia’s face when he walks through the door is just something else! So so cute!
Our home is full, but so are our hearts!

Name three guilty pleasures.
Hollyoaks - I’ve watched Hollyoaks for years now, I originally started back in the Bombhead days, but then had a break before starting up again about four years ago. I’m that person as well that checks in on the Hollyoaks Twitter page on an afternoon to get a sneaky preview of the evenings watchings. I love it, but I sort of hate myself at the same time for doing it.
Prison documentaries - I think once you’ve watched one prison documentary you’ve watched them all, but I still can’t help but be fixated by them. If I wasn’t such an emotional person I’d love to work for the police force but I know what I’m like, I get too invested and emotionally attached to people which I think in that sort of environment isn’t ideal.



What is something about yourself you’d like to improve?
I’m quite chilled on the outside, but on the inside my brain is usually going 100mph and I constantly have a to do list in my noggin which is a mile long. Being able to switch off is something I find very difficult and I think my lack of productivity makes it even worse.


What makes you belly laugh?
I’ve never met anyone who makes me laugh as much as my husband does. As well as being husband & wife or mammy & daddy, Dan & I are essentially really good mates, which I think is something which is quite often overlooked in relationships. We’ve been together just over eight years now and have recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, but we still get on just as we did when we first met.

What is your biggest insecurity/fear?
Earlier in the year I had a weekend away with the girls for one of my closest friends hen parties. We had a fabulous time but the plane journey on the way back and in particular the landing was just awful and something I won’t forget for a long time. I’m not the best of fliers I’ll be honest but on a whole it’s something I can usually get over and get on with, but the last journey was really flipping scary and it’s really put me off flying for the foreseeable future. I could feel myself getting emotional towards the end of the flight because I was worrying about something going wrong with the plane and the possibility of me not being there in the future for Amelia - Yupp it’s dramatic, but I was full of fear and I couldn’t help my mind going into overdrive!

Name a song which always cheers you up?

Queen - Don’t stop me now!.. We watched Bohemian Rhapsody a few weeks ago and ever since then we’ve been on a full on Queen hype. Amelia loves it when we’re dancing around the living room and ‘Don’t stop me now’ seems to keep her entertained perfectly.



Name three things you like about yourself.
With pregnancy, my body has gone through a pretty big thing. I’m so proud of my body and what it’s achieved - Yes it’s not what it was, but what I have now is so much more than having a perfect bod!
Without sounding like I have a head big enough to have it’s own postcode I think I’m a flipping brilliant mum. I’m winging motherhood massively, but I definitely feel like I’ve come into my own over the last six months and I’m so proud of what I’ve been able to achieve and how I’ve changed and developed.
Thirdly and I don’t know if this is a cop out, but I think I’m a good person. I’ve never particularly had huge aspirations, other than to be a good person and I think it’s something I’ve managed to achieve.


What is an achievement which has made you proud this year?
After being a bit ‘wishy-washy’ with blogging over the last couple of years, I’ve managed to secure a paid blog post and have been kindly gifted items to review this year. I feel like I’m getting back on track with my website & I’m looking forward to progressing and seeing what I can make of it. The only way is up surely!


What is your happiest memory?
My Wedding day was honestly everything I ever wanted and more. Growing up I never particularly dreamed of getting married but 7th May 2018 was an absolute dream for me from start to finish. The sun was shining, I secretly knew I was carrying baby nut Amelia & everything went without a hitch - It couldn’t have been better!


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