Occasionally, I get a bit tired. I get a bit grumpy. I wonder how I’m supposed to successfully juggle it all when there just aren’t enough hours in the day or enough space in my head. I question if working, commuting and single parenthood is actually compatible.
I lose perspective a little. I long for a holiday. I imagine how much easier life would be if I wasn’t attempting to do all this on my own.
Then I read something that jolts me back to reality and makes me realise how exceptionally lucky I am. Lucky to have the opportunity to work, to take that commute and to drop my daughter at school knowing I don’t need to worry about her. To have everything that I have. And I get a grip on myself.
This morning I read the shortlist for the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014. I’ll be honest, it makes difficult reading. But don’t click away, because out of all the loss, grief and horrendous struggles that these mums have endured come amazing stories of inspiration and hope.
Women who have gone on to set up charities, trusts, schools and more, who have raised money to make sure others receive essential help and support, and who have campaigned for change.
Women, who despite enduring so much, have taken time to give something back and are now making a difference to the lives of others.
It makes you think. It made me think.
Judging for the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014 is now taking place. All the shortlisted mums will be considered by a panel, which includes DJ Sara Cox, TV personality Gaby Logan and sports presenter Denise Lewis, with the winning mums are announced in January.
They will be treated to a full makeover and Tesco Living magazine photo shoot, before being presented with their awards in front of friends, family and celebrity guests at a star-studded lunch at London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy, on 23 March 2014.
You can keep up to date with all the news from the awards on Twitter @TescoLiving #TescoMumoftheYear.
I am an official blogger for the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014.