Meet Georga Browne...the very gorgeous Mama to Molly (4) and writer of the inspirational 'Part Time Parent' blog. Georga is a single mumma attempting to spread a message of positivity, particularly in relation to co-parenting. 'Part Time Parent' was set up after a 'bucket list' of life was created, following the breakdown of the relationship with her husband. The aim is to encourage people to do what makes them happy, for yourself, as well as for your family.
What time did you wake up this morning?
My alarm goes off at 6.30 (but my radiators turn on earlier which wakes me up, and I keep meaning to go and figure out how to change the timer and then I forget...I must do that tonight...)
What was your very first thought of the day?
I definitely should have gone to bed earlier
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?:
Snuggles (and hearing various American women describe how they are opening Kinder eggs (Youtube) whilst I doze for '5 more minutes'), Coffee, and bronzer.
Describe a typical morning...
At the moment, I do not really have a typical working day. I want to spend more time with Molly before she starts school in September, and it seemed silly struggling to afford Childcare (it's that horrible catch 22... can't really afford childcare, but can't afford not to work). I decided to hand in my notice at work, I put a status on Facebook advertising myself (for childcare, or writing... or anything really!) and off the back of it, I had 3 companies asking me to run their social media and events. I have just enrolled on a Digital Mums course so I will be accredited too. So at the moment, my days involve meetings, planning, entertaining Molly, and (soon to be) studying.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
Well I would say sitting out in the summer sunshine on the Pantiles... Molly would say Pizza Express (where the waitresses may know her name).
The happiest moment in your day?
My happiest moment of a normal day, is saying goodnight to Molly, and going through our goodnight script, always ending with her saying 'I love you more' and me replying, 'I love you the most'. I just want to eat her tootsies when I hear her say this. BUT- if it is a Monday afternoon (and her Dad has had her for the weekend)... it's like Christmas and I spend the whole afternoon counting down the minutes until I see her again (after 3 nights apart).
The hardest moment in your day?
I'm not sure what the hardest moment of my day is at the moment. I am super busy, so I guess the hardest part of my day right now is deciding when to call it a night, and when to drag myself up to bed.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Do what you feel is right. I have spent the last 4 years working on/off (I returned back to my job after maternity leave, but then decided to have a year off whilst I studied) Having worked in London on a full time basis for 2 years, it is now time to focus on something a little closer to home. Time is precious and it goes too quickly, so do things that won't make you think "I wish I had done that".
Most overused word of the day?
'Just' I always say to Molly... I'm JUST doing this, or I am JUST going to do that... I am conscious of it and maybe its a sign that I need to slow down a little bit.
Once the kids are in bed I...
Sort out all of my life that isn't part of my day job. That may involve blogging, social media (in relation to the blog), music (I DJ for a 90 minute spin class and prepare the playlists in advance), or (if I am lucky) slob out on the sofa and watch trashy TV.
Top 3 local gems?
The Grove Park (I grew up there and it is still my, and now Molly's, favourite place)
Juliet's (for the best food-yum!)
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Do what makes you happy. Of course, your children's happiness is the most important thing, but they can pick up on your emotions. So if there is something not quite right (from your hairdresser to your job...) change it! Take the plunge and see where it takes you.