Hi I’m Tasha, I’m in my early 30s and live in Surrey with my husband and our little boy. Back in March 2019, I set up The Surrey Mumma initially as a ‘mum blog’ but it has since morphed into an honest motherhood, lifestyle and family life hub which also hosts The Clumsy Explorer e-magazine.
Originally from the Cotswolds, we moved to Surrey in 2017 for work (we both work in the health service) and since then, life has changed quite considerably. We’ve had so many adventures including becoming parents to our little boy (now 16 months), getting married in April 2019 and now we are expecting again. As with most positive life experiences, there have also been some heartaches – my brave and incredible mum lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer in March this year.
Since our son was born, I’ve turned my passion for photography and writing into a more proactive venture and in August 2019, I launched The Clumsy Explorer – an e-magazine focusing on lifestyle, family life, slow-living and exploring Surrey and beyond. The magazine has recently launched it’s 3rd edition with the incredible Mother Pukka featuring as the cover story. It has received considerable downloads following each launch and with the next edition due out later on this Summer, there have already been a number of enquiries from contributors – it’s promising to be a jam-packed issue.
Becoming a mother has been one of the greatest adventures I have experienced, but it’s not been without it’s challenges. One of the things I really wanted this blog to share was the honest, chocolate-smeared, caffeine-fuelled side of parenting. All too often, you’re met with conflicting advice, judgemental opinions and glossy images of other people doing it ‘better than you’ – but the truth is, everyone has their own battles, and it’s important to sift through these glossy images that are shared (particularly on social media) and to really believe in your own abilities as a parent. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but if that village is heavily filtered and pinterest-perfect, it can often feel like you’re the only one finding it hard. Throw into the mix returning to work or falling pregnant again quite quickly and before long, you start to feel emotional and physical burnout.
What you’ll hopefully experience from both The Surrey Mumma blog and in The Clumsy Explorer magazine, are real-life accounts from people of how they juggle everything – there are tried and tested tips, articles from experts on a range of useful parenting topics and a whole lot of fun thrown in. After all, parenting shouldn’t be hard or stressful all the time. It’s also one of the most fun and exhilarating adventures you’ll ever go on!
So grab a coffee (lets try to drink it hot!), get comfy and enjoy taking some much needed me-time.