I’m a shameless procrastinator who talked about writing for years, and moaned convincingly about why I couldn’t possibly do it.
Now I can’t stop.
‘My Midlife Mayhem’ is my first ‘writing baby’; my gestating manuscript, ‘Opening The Box’, is my second.
This blog wasn’t easy to get off the ground, because (apparently) good bloggers are succinct and able to expose themselves emotionally.
So this micro-evolution has been a case of trial and error.
Nevertheless, the journey has been a cathartic one, writing about this strange arena of middle age and its challenges such as teenagers, empty-nesting, mental health, menopause, body issues and evolving relationships.
You’d be surprised at how difficult it was to find a ‘niche’ for the blog initially, because I’m no spring chicken and couldn’t package myself up as a yummy ‘mummy blogger’ – not with my customised baggage of cellulite, muffin top and anxiety issues, as well as family hangers-on in the form of un-intelligible teenagers and a Neanderthal for a husband.
Who would want to hear about my life anyway, self-doubt taunted me? Who would really care about my frustrations with the ageing process, entitled teenagers, the nutter antics of an ADHD teenager, our general family anxiety and my interminably long marriage?
Here are some examples of my most popular posts to provide you with a taster of what this blog is about:
As well as a sampling of my thoughts on ADHD:
What I Have Learnt About ADHD (via Easy Peasy Kids)
I had always assumed before that blogs were for glamorous mummies with perfect children, or fashionistas; that I would be the only middle-aged woman out there exposing my particular brand of mayhem. But it appears that there’s a whole army of us dealing with this menopausal shite, whose coping strategies rely daily on Chardonnay, chocolate and humor.
So if you want a belly laugh (usually at my own expense) or to make yourself feel better about your own life, take a sticky beak at what’s happening in the mayhem of mine. I don’t care if you’re peri-menopausal, menopausal, premenstrual or simply that your life just sucks at the moment and you need a good laugh or some inspiration – there’s no judgement here – then join me, the old man, Kurt, Nerd Child and the Princess on our increasingly dysfunctional journey.
And yes, my profile photo is horribly photo-shopped – because I can.