More Than A Mother

It seems fitting as I wind up the editing process on the book and the year draws to a close to talk a little bit about how much life had changed for me in the past year. I know, I know, life changes every year and it’s part of the process of ageing but 2013 has been affirming and life altering for me.

Since I was made redundant over 4 years ago and I became a stuck stay at home mother (SAHM to some) I felt that my life was defined by my children and situation. It consumed me. I found it difficult to separate myself from being a mother, it became very hard to see myself as anything other than a mother. I obsessed over nurturing and nourishing the children and that is where the blog was born.

As I wasn’t working in paid employment my life lost focus. The lack of money in the house meant that socialising and date nights became things of the past. Ultimately it was harder to escape the harsh reality that being a SAHM is, particularly when you’re on a budget.  Blogging is my outlet, I write with my heart on a sleeve and share our journey, sometimes through food, sometimes not.

Losing my job meant that my life went from an incredible high to an incredible low. I beat myself up over not having a job as it brought so much hardship to our family, when it probably isn’t all due to me losing my job, it’s tied up in the flipping recession but there you go. I beat myself up over a lot of things. Like the fact that I never finished my degree. I have plenty of qualifications but no degree. Which in today’s society can be a bit of an obstacle to doing many things.

The older boy was due to start junior school in 2013 and I took a long hard look at my life and wondered how much I could change without having the funds to do so. I want and desire so much for the children in the future.  I began to realise that the change that I want for the children begins with me.

With encouragement from friends and family I submitted a proposal to Mercier Press in the Spring and within just a few days they got back to say they wanted to work with me. I wrote, cooked, photographed, edited, wrote some more, cooked a ridiculous amount and photographed again over the Summer.

In September when I enrolled the older boy in his school, I was handed an enrollment form. The form asked for my occupation (if any). Without thinking, I filled it out with the following:


Everyday is a blank page. I’m responsible for how it’s filled.

In the coming Spring I’ll hold my first book in my hand. This year, 2013, I learned how to be more than a mother. I realise that to other people of course I am other things but to myself I learned how to be more.

Don’t forget to dream folks, as they do come true.

  • Maud

    You are fabulous. An inspiration.

    • Claire Buckley

      O wow congrats on the book! Fair play to you!

      • Wholesome Ireland

        Thanks Claire!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you Maud. You know you are to me. xxx

  • Nono

    This is so inspiring Caitriona! It especially rings true with me because I too was made redundant a year ago and decided to take on a brand new career in cooking. It’s very humbling to be self-employed because everyday you have to fight to scrap a living but when you do get the rewards, it feels like a real achievement however small the money you earn. I hope your writing career will give you the financial security and the recognition you deserve.

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks Nono. I hope the business is going well & you’re going to get a break this Christmas. xxx

  • Una Clifford-Bahcecik

    Brilliant piece. I loved it. You make me want to be able to write something new about myself in 2014. Any article which makes someone feel like that is done by a “writer”, and a good one at that!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Ah thanks Una, much appreciated. xxx

  • Joanna

    Yay! Spring is just around the corner, can’t wait to buy a copy of your book (which, to be fair I already have in my kitchen but printed pages of my favourite recipes aren’t the same as a book!!!). Well done, you’re a star.

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Well you don’t actually because the book contains mainly new recipes!!! ;)

  • Office mum

    That’s beautiful and very inspiring

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks A. Much appreciated. xxx

  • Looking for Blue Sky

    A wonderful read, you’re an inspiration xx

    • Wholesome Ireland

      I hope you know that you are to me. xxx

  • Wholesome Ireland

    Thanks hon. xxx

  • Edible Ireland

    I got goosebumps reading this. I can’t wait to read your book and to see what 2014 holds for you. x

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks K. I’ve no idea what it holds myself. LOL.

  • Where Wishes Come From

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your book. So thrilled for you. Well done!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks S. xxx

  • Wholesome Ireland

    Thank you, much appreciated xxx

  • Mummy Tries

    Congratulations on the book, hope it all works out for you :-) #Mumsnet2013RoundUp

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thanks Mummy Tries!

  • Jocelyn (@ihavecards)

    A wonderful post, and powerful reminder to hold onto our dreams. Best of luck with the book launch, too :)

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you Jocelyn. xxx

  • Wry Mummy

    What a lovely post, very inspirational. Enjoy the book launch!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you!

  • Juggling Mammy and Me

    I am so enjoying reading your blog – very inspirational!! Love this post, well done on what you have achieved and all the best with the launch!! My blog is all about my struggles and thoughts in trying to juggle being Mammy and being Me, so reading your post has re-motivated me to keep being more that just a Mammy…Thank you!

    • Wholesome Ireland

      Thank you for your kind words!