You'll notice that my website has had a bit of a make over recently that I'm really excited about and proud of (I managed to switch my whole site over to a new host and create the new layout myself which is a MASSIVE feat for me)! I have been wanting to shake things up with my writing and blog stuff for a while and finally took the plunge last month to create a site where all of the things I am intending to work on in the year ahead made more sense (big thanks to Ben Connolly from Angel & Anchor for the new look branding). You'll see the blog remains, but I've also put a spot up here for info on Assembly Gatherings - something that I'm excited to keep going on a seasonal basis - and there will also be a new feature added soon that will allow you to engage with some online resources that I'm creating.
I'm sitting here in my living room, the baby asleep upstairs after an epic 2-hourly wakeful night and the sun is gloriously streaming in through the bay window. Dave and Levi are out doing messages - taking rubbish to the dump, dropping stuff off at the Charity Shop from the first half of our post-Christmas epic clear out - and I am thinking about the year that is drawing to a close and the anticipation of the one ahead.
This year gave us Ada. Our beautiful girl who is growing like a weed, manoeuvring around the furniture, cutting teeth like a mad thing and whose first year is whizzing by so fast, proving once again to me that time stands still for no one.
Other working titles for this blog post have included: "How not to lose your mind and your money this Christmas", "The Mel Wiggins Guide to keeping it together and not wanting to kill people during the Christmas season" and '"OH LORD. CHRISTMAS CAN BE DRAINING". Catchy, right? This time of the year. Oh the merriment, the excitement! The parties, the presents, the rituals and traditions.
I have officially finished my maternity leave (give me just a minute to cry into my coffee). These last 8 months have entirely vanished into thin air – I can’t get over it. Today I ventured back to the office to do the work that I love with a team that I am grateful to get to work with. That helps doesn’t it? Going back to a job that you enjoy? It’s going to be such a change of head space but I feel like I’m ready. The last couple of months of parenting have been taxing to say the least.
A fortnight ago, in the twilight of a mild October evening, 20 creative women gathered to share food, conversation and a little creativity. The idea of what is now Assembly Gatherings is something that mulled around my head for quite some time. I love the creative community that social media, particularly Instagram has provided me with, but for me there is nothing like properly meeting people in the flesh, and hearing their voices and stories. I hoped that I wasn't alone in that desire, in needing that creative community to be propelled into real life so I thought it might be good to trial getting a small gathering of people together for an evening of simple pleasures like eating, making and chatting.