I’m not usually controversial but here goes… many people may think they had the best mentor when they began blogging but they are wrong because I did. This post is dedicated to Mama Syder, the best blogging mentor ever!
Like many expats I struggle with periods of homesickness. Our first year had been busy, finding our feet and getting into a routine. Hubby couldn’t settle into a job after 11 years as his own boss so he was often around the house. Just over a year in and the kids go back to school after 2 months off, my best expat friend returns to work after her maternity leave ends and husband finds himself a new job. Homesickness hits me like a sledgehammer. I missed my family, my friends and I was sick and tired of being on my own so I start to investigate work and going to college but nothing seems to fit in with the kids. Sure, our eldest in old enough to come and go as he pleases but youngest is only 11 and too young to be left on his own for any period of time. I can’t find anything. I volunteer at our youngest sons school three days a week but the only thing I have gotten out of that is an intimate relationship with the photocopier. A skype conversation with the family back in England and Mama Syder suggests I start a blog to connect with other expats and to keep me busy. Great idea, just what I needed to keep me sane.
Mama and I have been friends, as well as related by marriage, for over 20 years and although there were times when we didn’t communicate much she always was one of those people I could share absolutely anything with, no censorship needed. We’re very different in many ways but share the same values where it counts. We watched our kids grow up together, she was amazing when my eldest was born (boy was he a tough baby) and we shared the worst moment of both our lives.
She has a fantastic blog, which is so honest it makes you go through every possible emotion; it makes me laugh, smile, cry and everything in between. She gives great tips on thrifty living and shares her beautiful photos.
She has answered my emails queries at crazy times of night and supported me step by step through every phase of setting up my blog. So today I want to say Thank You to the best mentor ever, Mama Syder. You’re the best!