I love other people’s stories, it one of the best bits about this blogging experience so far. As much as I enjoy sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions, I truly love hearing other peoples. Getting an insight into you lives, your histories, your experiences or just what you got up to today. I doubt I need to tell you that Motherhood can be lonely at times. As a stay at home mum (who rarely actually stays at home as Intrepid bebe climbs the walls), husband working long hours, and who has just moved across the globe to a town I don’t know anyone, well it can make for a bit of a lonely situation (worlds smallest violin playing just for me right now). And although I am so lucky to have friends here I am able to catch up with in person, and friends back in Oz (who I really miss) at the end of Whatsapp, conversations are so frequently punctuated/completely hijacked by bambinos on either end, I rarely feel a story gets finished, or a conversation gets seen through. So sit down at the end of the day, with a glass of wine and really focus on someone else’s story is a joy.
So i thought I would embrace my inner Jeremy Paxman (I have been referred to as the Spanish inquisition in the past for shooting endless quickfire questions, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t intended as a compliment as it was from a bitter ex boyfriend….).
For the first of the “Intrepid Bebe Asks” series, may I introduce @emmalosingsleep aka Emma. Mum to two beautiful boys, and a professional Interior Designer. Emma and I first met as teenagers, and highlights of that time include package holidays to Turkey, and house parties when my parents were out of town. We hadn’t seen one another in a decade and a half but recently reconnected. With stylish Mum bun, slick of red lipstick, and cool calm and collected aura which implies nothing phases her, you could be forgiven for thinking Emma is one of those intimidating ‘got all my duck in a row’ Mums. But she’s open, honest, and not afraid to call a spade a spade. You know a woman needs to be part of your mum tribe when she calls bullshit on the whole “isn’t this all just wonderful’ stuff before your coffee’s had a chance to get cold, and doesn’t look mortified when you mention contemplating Ebaying your kid. (it is wonderful lots of the time, and I won’t actually Ebay her-this week). She may claim writing doesn’t come naturally to her, but I beg to differ as her blog is heartfelt, relatable and reads like you’re chatting in person over a coffee.
She’s new to blogging, so swing by and check out her site: Losing Sleep, and follow her on IG for her daily dose of deadpan, straight shooting mum insight. Meet Emma
Hi Emma, welcome to Intrepid Bebe! For those of you who don’t know already, could you tell us a bit about your family?
At last count there was myself Emma, you will know who I am by the shopping bags under my eyes and red lippy to cover the cracks. Husband Chris repartees consists of hard working, play fighting and general mess maker. Grayson 3 year old and tyrant. Jude 7 months going on 7 years and sleep depriver.
What made you begin your blogging/IG journey, and what do you hope to produce/gain from it?
Did you have pretty good tech skills or is it a sharp learning curve? And what about your photography, do you tend to include professional photos or are you a bit of a pro yourself?
Outside of being a Mama, what is/was your day job?
How has becoming a Mother changed you?
What do you hope @emmalosingsleep will give its followers?
Do you worry about the risk of feel exposed or over sharing, be that with insights into your personal life or family photos?
Where is your perfect spot to work/blog from?
Where would you like to be in five years?
What advice would you give to a brand new Mama? And a new Dad?
Most useless bit of advice you’ve been given?
What’s three accounts you enjoy following that we should take a look at?
One of my favourites is @nor_folk Husband and Wife duo, love their style and there products. Fiona seems like a lovely gal based on the interaction I have had with her, good business ethos. Check them out!
Everyone has to love a bit of @mother_pukka where they hell does she get her energy from? She never stops. Pretty damn motivational.
Holiday or home?
Favourite trip pre kids?
Favourite family holiday?
Childhood holiday memory?
Dream travel destination?
There are so many, it is hard to pick just one. Without kids I would love to do a sleeper train holiday for a few weeks just travelling all over the place with the hubby. Getting lost in my ‘Poirot Murder on the Orient Express’ fantasy but hopefully without the murder and with lots of gorgeous food, drink and people.