Why I’m Here

Morning!

One of my goals for this year is to really get this blog up and running. I’ve joined a course called Blogging101 which sets daily tasks to compete. Let’s see how I get on!

The task for today is to introduce ourselves explain and why we set up our blog.

I’m Rosie, I’m a part-time PhD researcher at the University of Exeter, looking at how music affects people living with dementia. I run a small business (www.musica-music.co.uk), and most importantly I have recently become a first time mum to baby Ellie who is 3 months old.

I decided to write this blog during my pregnancy as I was fed up of people telling me I would no longer be able to study once I had a child. I am determined to prove these people wrong, and I want to document my journey, juggling motherhood and academia. I’m not claiming to be superwoman and I know it won’t be easy, but I want to (hopefully) show others that you can do both.

I will also blog about being a first time mum and everything that goes with it. I would love to connect with other PhD candidates not just those with children, as well as other parents.

In 6 months time I would love to have a strong following on the blog and to write guest posts for other bloggers.

So there you have it in a nutshell!

Rosie x

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Learning to stop

Currently sat here working as hubby is away for the night. I can’t seem to stop working, even having dinner I was replying to emails (even though I know they won’t be read until Monday).

Finding it very hard to switch off at the moment, as I feel I need to get lots of work under my belt before the baby arrives. This is particularly relevant to my PhD;no doubt I will be awake at 6am tomorrow which has become the norm at weekends to allow me to work on my PhD before hubby gets up.

I am finding it difficult to slow down in general, I am exhausted at the moment, struggling at work (music workshops this week were very difficult due to restricted breathing as baby moves upwards), and when I do work from home I feel incredibly guilty if I have a much needed mid afternoon nap.

I need to get used to the fact that once baby is here gone are the days of working from home focussed on work all day, and instead I will need to break down my work into small, manageable chunks, delegating business administration where possible. Perhaps I need to start practising on this now.

I am definitely taking a month off work (completely out of contact), with my lovely PA, Kate, managing the business. From there on we will see how things go, I think it may be a case of working at all times of the day, fitting around baby. I still have images of being up in the middle of the night with baby in my arms and journal article on my knee, I suppose this could happen, but whether I take in said article is another matter!

Has anyone worked on their PhD or run their business with a young baby? I would love to hear your experiences.

Hope you all have a great weekend, it’s set to be a scorcher, paddling pool at the ready for my cankles!

Rosie x

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