Why I Get Up At 5:30 Every Morning


It’s hard to describe the last couple of days.

Since Kidspot announced Checks and Spots as the winner of Voices of 2014, I’ve been over-the-moon happy. I’ve wondered whether the judges were going to call and say they made a mistake tallying up the scores! I’ve also felt very overwhelmed that something that I started during some of my darkest days has received this sort of recognition.


I began blogging when our eldest child was a newborn. Struggling to cope with motherhood and the anxiety, depression and insomina that came with it, I decided I’d do something that was just for me and that had nothing to do with baby routines, sleep or nappies.

For a long time my readership came to the grand total of two – my mum and husband. But I really didn’t care. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going. I just knew that it was the one and only sweet spot in those early days of parenting.


Five years on and blogging has become so much more than stringing a few words together and slapping a couple of images up.

Blogging has been an enormous part of my journey as a mother. It has let me become part of an incredible community and form friendships that I hold  close to my heart. It’s allowed me to build my own business as a Brand Storyteller and given me a quiet confidence that I’ve never had before. A confidence that comes from knowing I’m spending my days doing what I’m supposed to be doing. But most of all, blogging creatively energises me. Every damn day.

And so I want to say thank you. Thank you for leaving comments, for liking what I share on Facebook or Instagram, for making Checks and Spots part of your day and for opening my emails.  


Every morning I get up at 5:30 to work on Checks and Spots. I wake up thinking about what I can share with you and I go to sleep dreaming about what I want to tell you tomorrow.

I’m still on this wild, wonderful blogging ride because of you…and I’m so glad you’re here to share Checks and Spots with me.



Image: a pair & a spare
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