What I’ve learned this week #1

What I’ve learned this week #1

I’ve decided I need a bit more structure with when I post, and I thought one way of doing this was to publish a weekly “What I’ve learned this week” post. During the week there’s always some good and slightly shite things that happen, and when I look back on them I realise I am constantly learning about this parenting thing.

So, I thought I’d do a sort of round-up style post every Friday, with things I’ve learnt about parenting, blogging and life in general.

This Is Me Now What I've learned this week


So here we go for week number 1.

What I’ve learned this week:

1. Sometimes people will disappoint you. My old comms team was up for a CIPR Pride Award last week. I couldn’t go because I couldn’t sort out childcare. It turns out we won a Gold award for an internal comms campaign I was involved in. I designed, took photos for and wrote a 12 page magazine and made two infographics. The magazine was a big part of the submission for the awards entry. I was told they’d let me know what happened, but I’ve had no text, email or tweet. I found out on Twitter. Safe to say I was pretty disappointed. Yes I don’t work there anymore. Yes awards don’t mean the world, but I’m still a CIPR member and it’s nice to get recognition for your work. They all know how hard I worked on that project.

2. I look old. Whilst in a lift moaning I was going to be late for an appointment at 2.55pm, a gentleman said to me “oh, for the school run?” That’s right people, apparently I look old enough to have school aged children. I know it’s only a few years away, but a little bit of me died inside.

3. Thomas is not a Really Useful Engine. He’s bloody stupid.

4. I like gin! Actual grown up gin! I tried Bombay Saphire for the first time at a wedding, and loved how refreshing it was. I feel both a bit old, and also like I have been missing out for years!

5. At 31, I can still do a cartwheel. This provides extra outdoor entertainment for Miss Belle.

So although I may be feeling (and looking) slightly older, I’ve still got it.

Have a good weekend everyone 🙂



  1. Vic
    30th September 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Erm Susie…. We are exctually the same age… And I have a school aged child…. good work on the cartwheel though!!!

    • thisismenow
      1st October 2016 / 7:44 am

      Oops, oh yes! No offence, I think it was just a shock that I don’t look like the fresh faced 20 something I thought I still did. Though to be honest I’m so tired these days I don’t often feel like it anymore! Cartwheel did help for a few minutes though!

  2. Topfivemum
    1st October 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I’m on my second maternity leave and it’s amazing how you suddenly feel ‘dumped’. By work colleagues. It definitely is an out of sight, out of mind thing. Unfortunately, I’ve found the best way to go about this is to be a bit proactive as they won’t (unless they are good friends too). Just drop the odd email now and again about things you see in your area of expertise and remind them you exist. The odd article you stumble across or which brands are doing what. And stay positive – a note saying ‘saw that award win, dont we rock!’ may be enough.

    On gin. I’m onto Hendricks now but used to love Bombay Sapphire too! Two kids on, I need something stronger LOL

    On aging. I’m 40 and had my first baby at 38. Talk about old! I see a photo of me from last summer and I nearly wept at how much the extra pregnancy and 5 months of sleepless nights have turned me into a hag. Or maybe it was the Hendricks…

    I so want to try a cartwheel now. Maybe if something terrible happens to Thomas and his engine packs in, I’all give it a try 🙂

    • thisismenow
      1st October 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Hahahah yes do it, the cartwheel definitely lifted my mood!
      Thanks for your kind words – you’re so right about work. It’s just annoying as soon as we turn into mum’s our other talents are forgotten! Thanks for reading xx oh and I’m going to try Hendricks now! Xx

    • thisismenow
      1st October 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Hahah do it! The cartwheel definitely lifted my mood! You’re so right about work. It’s just a shame as soon as we turn into a mum our other talents are forgotten. Ah well… Thanks for your kind words and stopping by. Oh and I’m so going to try Hendricks now!! Xx

  3. 5th October 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Hurray for Bombay Saphire. My favourite ever gin! You’ll have to make up for lost time by having it on your cereal in the morning. Maybe, possibly, probably not…

    • thisismenow
      5th October 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Haha, I’ll definitely be making up for it on my Friday and Saturday nights from now on!

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