The theme for the weekend is inspired by Jennifer's word of the year 'Progress'. 'Onwards and Upwards', however, is about more than that though - hopes and dreams, resolutions and goals, trying new things or finding direction.
At first I was going to write a post about my weight loss over the last few years, but when I thought about it more my transition from stay at home mum to working mum is more prevalent in my mind. This has meant lots of things over the last few months - giving the girls more independence (walking to school on their own), new confidence, learning new skills and a new working wardrobe.
I actually went back to work about 6 years ago starting with just about 10 hours a week, progressing from administrator to manager, but all working from home. The New Year saw a change in role to Finance Administration Manager and it now feels more like I have a 'proper' job! Still part-time (20 hours) although it often feels like full-time. I also now travel into the office at least once a week, which is where I've also seen changes in me.
The office started life with just the tech boys in it, other employees were generally working from home mums and therefore the dress code has been quite casual. More office workers have joined over the years, and although it is still pretty casual I'm finding that I want to make a bit more effort when I visit (plus now that I'm lighter I can enjoy different clothes to when I worked before having the girls.) So, along with the jeans, I have bought a couple of dresses and even wear high heels at times!!
Presenting casual Fay (looking pained in the sunlight!!!)
to Smart Fay!
And of course a layout to record the story (with added sparkle in honour of Jennifer).
The giveaway ....
If you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at www.jennifercreates.com to let Jennifer know you've been all the way round, then you'll be in with a chance to win a prize pack of cheerful Glitz Designs Color Me Happy and Simple Stories 24/7 worth over £25! All entries must be received by Monday 13th May at 10.59pm BST.
So your next stop is Daphne.