International Blog Swap Day

Jess McGlynnMay 10, 2014

Today I am taking part in International Blog Swap Day, a very exciting concept being run by Tots100 and Digital Parents in Australia.  I was partnered with the lovely Joy from The Mama Minute and hopefully she will be back to share a guest post on the blog soon but for starters, I thought it would be nice to get to know her a bit more.

So, here we go:

Hi! I’m Joy and I’ve been writing professionally for about 10 years.  I’ve had a number of blogs throughout my career, but I started The Mama Minute shortly after giving birth to my son (now two years old) because I knew becoming a mother was a significant new chapter in my life and I wanted a way to keep a record of the lessons, hilarious stories and nice moments for both myself and my readers.  Over the past two years The Mama Minute has evolved to include parenting tips and allergen-free recipes, to uplifting videos and ideas on how to maintain a work-life balance.

Why do you blog?

From the moment I finished my first novel I knew I was in love with the written word.  At the age of seven, Roald Dahl’s The Witches had me captivated, excited and entertained, and I’ve wanted to do that with my own writing ever since.  I write professionally for a number of websites and publications, but blogging allows me to write in a free, creative space–about anything I want!  There are a host of other reasons why I love to blog, but here are my top 3.

What do you like most about the place you live?
We live in the outer suburbs of Sydney in a perfect little spot where a playground, water park and cafe are minutes walk from our front door.  Sydney is a beautiful city with so many things to do and awesome weather all year around; it’s common to get sunny skies and warm days even in the middle of winter.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I love sunshine and water!  If it’s summer, we pack up the car and take a day trip to any one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches.  Free time is a rarity when both my husband and I are working full time, but we make a point of trying to spend at least one day of our weekend out and about, exploring parks, shows and more of our city with our little one.  And in terms of what I’d do for “me” time: nothing beats curling up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and good book.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you before you became a parent?
Being a parent is challenging and frightening, as is everything in life worth pursuing, but don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you can’t do it or that you’re not doing it well. Your body and heart were built for every crazy thing that being a parent throws at you; never doubt yourself and your capacity to love your family.

Thank you Joy!  You can see from this that we have a lot in common (I don’t think I could have been given a more ideal match!) so do pop over to Joy’s blog.  You can find Joy at The Mama Minute blog, or go and say hi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest


  • Hannah

    May 10, 2014 at 18:28

    Great post loving these! X

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