Thursday, 2 June 2016

Long time no speak

Wow, it has been almost one year since I last posted on here, oops. I never intended to stay away so long but it has been a hectic year with one thing and another, so I have taken a back step with Little Scribbles.

Little Scribbles started out as a blog to write about my experiences as a new mum who had just been made redundant while on maternity leave and had a wealth of ideas. I stumbled upon the Barefoot Books ambassador programme and felt that is was the perfect opportunity to earn a little money while taking time away from work to raise my daughter. My love for children's books has long been in my heart and my Barefoot adventure gradually turned into me developing my own online bookshop and storytelling business. I had no idea how long I would spend in this business as my long-term goals were always to return to a 'proper job' once my daughter started school.

The past year has seen my long to return to my job as a counsellor, which I have been doing for almost 10 years now on top of my main job that I was made redundant from. I have always kept up with some voluntary work to keep me in the loop, but I have started to work for a couple of organisations and will be looking to do some private work once my daughter starts school in September (how is this happening so quickly?).

During the same period that I stepped up my counselling work, Barefoot Books sadly withdrew its ambassador programme and a lot of health issues meant that I had less zest for my storytelling sessions. So, I have decided that my bookselling business will take a back seat for now and I will think about opening my shop once things settle down after September.

My new counselling website will launch during the summer and I will be featuring children's books that can support a child's emotional development and parental guidance books. I still have a huge passion for children's books, especially those that challenge stereotypes and celebrate diversity, so I still want to immerse myself in that world. With this in mind, I am planning to keep this blog running and chat about children's literature and storytelling without the business side of things.

I am looking forward to chatting to people more and hearing about how you and your children are enjoying reading and storytelling. I promise not to stay away too long this time!