How blogging has changed my life

How blogging has changed my life. From teen mum to business woman http://www.amytreasure.com

I was a teenage mum, I had my first baby at the age of 18 and my second a year later. When I was at school I was a high achiever, I was supposed to go to university and have an amazing career but that was not meant to be and my life took a different path.

Being a teenage mother is a struggle both financially and mentally, a task I was just not ready for. I look back now and the immense feelings of guilt I have for just getting through the days instead of doing all the things I should have consumes me at times.

All of my children, despite my shortcomings have been loved and I cared for them as best I could. I know that when all is said and done that is what truly matters.

By the time the children had reached the ages of 18 months and 6 months I went out and got myself a job. I trained at the dental hospital and qualified as a specialist dental nurse. I worked self-employed for an agency and I provided.

Although I made a small income and we got by it is not what I was born to do and I always felt like my career should have or could have been so much more.

I am also by nature hugely self-conscious of how others perceive me. For a long time I felt as though I was looked down on, not taken seriously enough and would worry constantly that I was inadequate. There is a stigma attached to being a teenage mum that is hard to shake and unfortunately society generally assume that you won’t make anything of yourself.

Then Mr T walked into my life and whisked me off my feet. I have spoken in another post about how he became my knight in shining armour but it really is so much more than that. We were married after a year by which time the children were 3 and 4.

Mr T was already a self-made business man and this offered an escape route from my day-to-day grind, giving me the opportunity to be the one that took the children to school and pick them up, a luxury that many other working parents do not have.

I worked from home for my husband’s business as bookkeeper-teaching myself all about VAT, tax returns and learning how to balance the books. Still not my ‘calling’ but I enjoyed it and over the years together we built his business up to what it is today.

When I would tell people I work for my husband they would remark that I must be a lady of leisure supported by my hard-working husband and thought that I didn’t actually do any ‘real work’ the reality is very different of course. Anyone who runs their own business will know that if you don’t stay afloat of the paperwork you will drown in it, my role was important, however from the outside it was and still is my husband’s business.

I am incredibly grateful and lucky to have an ‘out’ from working for someone else but still I felt as though I had to prove myself. I needed very much to achieve something just for me.

It was then that I started blogging, at first I wasn’t sure where it would take me but very quickly I was offered a huge campaign as a paid presenter for a City & Guilds promotional video. This consisted of a day at The Royal Opera House in London filmed by a full camera crew with a director and a producer as well as a whole team of other production staff in tow. I felt like a star and was named as ‘The Talent’ on the script! It was one of the most exciting (and exhausting) days of my adult life.

This campaign led onto the radio work I have done with the BBC and slowly but surely my professional portfolio has built up.

Fast forward 16 months and I have collaborated with some pretty major brands and best of all I have been paid to write not just here on my blog but freelance. My blog has given me such an amazing outlet to express my creativity, to hone my writing skill and perhaps most significantly, has given me a voice.

I describe myself as a memory keeper but I’m also a story-teller. My blog is a space to transcript our lives; significant or ordinary. A place to practice catharsis and sort through my feelings. Record a wonderful photolog of moments that might otherwise be lost in an archive idling away. I even make regular family movies and vlogs for my YouTube channel now-something I hope to develop over time. I take my blog extremely seriously, treating it like a business and moulding it into my vision of what I hope to achieve from it.

I have taken much inspiration from fellow bloggers, people who have been so incredibly generous, kind and loving towards me. I have formed friendships that will last a lifetime. These are people who without blogging I would never have met but now thanks to my blog they are a massive and incredibly important part of my life. Friends who I talk to daily, who are there for me both professionally and personally and I can’t thank them enough for their love and support.

My blog has given me an unbelievable confidence, self-belief and the opportunity to prove to others, but mostly to myself that I am capable of achieving something just for me.

Blogging has completely changed my life, I am so very grateful to everyone who reads my words, it really does mean the world to me.

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  • Rachel @ tenminutesspare

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    What a great post. It’s wonderful that you have achieved so much through your blog. Your hard work and dedication to writing really shows. Beautiful post.I think it sounds like in blogging it sounds like you have found your vocation!

  • Kat | Beau Twins

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    Oh darling, what a heartfelt post. You are such a wonderful person, never forget that. You have achieved so much through sheer determination. Your children are absolutely beautiful. It’s very easy to see how much your family mean to you. I think many of us feel like we are trying to prove something to others and ourselves. As long as you are happy that’s the main thing. You have an amazing blog and deservedly supported because you are geniune, kind hearted and supportive yourself. Keep doing what you are doing gorgeous. Xxx

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    Such a lovely story. Life is a weird one – it takes you down paths you never thought you would take – good and bad. But being in a place where you can look back and go – thank god that happened so this could is pretty great. Such a positive uplifting post – thank you xx

  • Farmerswifeandmummy

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    I work for my husband too as well as my blog and other work. It sounds so idyllic doesn’t it?
    The only thing is my appraisals happen at the dinner table ha ha
    Great post. You’ve done so well :)

  • Laura's Lovely Blog

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    What a lovely post and I love how blogging is personal to everyone and had so many positive impacts. I love how it seems to have made you completely blossom :)

  • Everything Mummy

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    I love this post Amy sounds alot like my start I had my first at 18 and then another at 19 I constantly feel like I have a point to prove, now 23 I have 3 daughters and some day’s it still feels like that but I hope I am proving people wrong and showing that you can still be a good mum and build a career no mater what your age! :) x x

  • Jess from The Only Girl in the House!

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    Fab post!! I could relate on so many levels! I want to praise and comment more but the baby wants his breakup!!!!! Bad mummy lol

    You deserve all the great things you’re now achieving.

    Have a great weekend

    Jess from OGITH x

    • Amy

      Written on 7th June 2015

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      oh bless you! Thanks so much for reading, yep you see to that baby! XX

  • Mel @mydaysni

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    I know how you feel…. my achievements are on a much smaller scale but they are mine. And that means a great deal to me! Well done!

  • Amber

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    Not only are you one of the kindest people in our blogging community, Amy, but I also genuinely believe that you are one of the most talented, most articulate and most business-savvy. Your blog IS going somewhere, I promise you that. Your hard work WILL pay off. xx

  • Katie @ theperfectjuggler

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    Lovely post and even in the year I’ve been blogging my life and how I look at it has changed, so I know how you feel. I’m working on about 20% of the effort I want to give it atm but maybe next year! Congrats on your success so far and looking forward to seeing what happens in the future xx

  • Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    It’s so amazing to hear about how blogging has changed your life, and what you have achieved – not just in with blogging but before then.
    And it’s it sad that so many people have look down negatively on that hard work – I think it’s so awful that so many people are so keen to devalue others and look down on them.
    Even in this one post the determination to provide and to do something, and to find yourself and do what is best for your family shines though.
    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing.

  • you baby me mummy

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    You my darling are an inspiration! You deserve all the positive things and more that come your way. I just know your blog is destined for the big time. Thank you for being in my life and being such an amazing friend

  • Sarah Christie

    Written on 6th June 2015

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    What a lovely post, you have clerkly worked so hard at everything in life and so deserve all the good that is coming your way, congratulations of all of your success and heres to more x

  • Rebecca Ellis

    Written on 7th June 2015

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    What a wonderful post! I’ll be nineteen this year so it’s always interesting to see how far someone else has come along, especially through blogging (newbie over here haha).

    I think you’re an incredible woman, and I respect you as a person and how much you’ve achieved :) x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

  • Pen

    Written on 7th June 2015

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    Hi,

    This is a really nice post and you have a really interesting story to tell. Thank you for sharing it. You have clearly worked incredibly hard at everything that you have put your hand to. You should be really proud of yourself and what you’ve achieved. I am sure your husband and children are.

    xx

  • Mudpie Fridays

    Written on 8th June 2015

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    Lovely post and some wonderful comments you are obviously very well respected and loved in the community :). I have not been blogging for very long and have only just found your blog through the linky however it sounds like you deserve everything that life has brought you to date, I hope it continues to provide you fulfilment :D and that your blog turns into everything you want it to. #HappyDays x

    • Amy

      Written on 8th June 2015

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      Oh what a lovely comment, really made me smile. Thank you so much! xx

  • iveth

    Written on 9th June 2015

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    lovely and inspiring blog… reading your thoughts makes me think that I can continue to do this.. (I was thinking to stop blogging, this was suppose to be my last week ) I guess I will give it one more chance…
    Thanks for sharing #HappyDaysLinky

    • Amy

      Written on 9th June 2015

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      Oh what a lovely comment-I am glad it helped. Yes you can definitely do whatever you set your mind to, I’m a firm believer of that :)

  • Donna

    Written on 11th June 2015

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    Blogging has done so much for me too, and I am so incredibly thankful for it. To think, a couple of years ago I didn’t even have a clue that blogging existed! x

  • Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Written on 11th June 2015

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    What a lovely post Amy! Blogging is so incredible isn’t it?! I’m truly delighted that it is bringing wonderful stuff your way, you totally deserve it. Proud to call you a blogging friend :) X

  • Mummy Tries

    Written on 12th June 2015

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    You are utterly incredible Amy! You deserve every bit of your success, and I’m so pleased that I’m here for the ride too. Blogging def changed my life as well, so I can really relate to what you’ve said xx

  • Katy (What Katy Said)

    Written on 12th June 2015

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    Fab post Amy, I didn’t know you had done that campaign on film- how very exciting!! Cannot wait to see you at Britmums! Thank you for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Amy

      Written on 13th June 2015

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      Thank you Katy :) I can’t wait to see you either and thank you so much for hosting xx

  • Jemma Taylor-Smith

    Written on 17th June 2015

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    I’ve recently discovered your blog and I absolutely love your posts! I’m pleased you finally found your calling – blogging is an amazing journey!
    Jemma x

  • HonestMum

    Written on 13th July 2015

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    Such a wonderful post darling, you deserve all this and more, you’re talented and a natural in front of the camera and this is just the start, keep rocking girl x

  • Cat

    Written on 2nd July 2016

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    Yet another lovely piece. I’ve read quite a few posts now about how blogging can be the start of bigger things. You ladies are an inspiration to a newbie like me! Xxx

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