Recently I’ve been feeling a little uneasy about the name of my blog.
I couldn’t put my finger on why but it was definitely irking me. I still feel like an imposter in the blogging world and though I have been overwhelmed by how welcoming other ‘parent bloggers’ have been I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with the term ‘mummy blogger’. A few weeks ago I read this post from ‘the Motherhub’ and thought “yep I totally get where she is coming from” and I too can go with the label ‘parent blogger’. However, the ‘Mindful Parent Mission’ just didn’t have the same ring to it so I stuck with Mindful Mummy Mission despite my misgivings.
Still I was increasingly aware that I had begun to ruminate on how the blog was being perceived by
the few people anyone who stumbles upon it and particularly what they may think of the name.
A bit amateur?
A bit silly?
And yet I felt I needed to stick with it as I had built up a very small, but very loyal following. Also, in all honesty, I was worried that my IT skills would not be up to the challenge of changing the blog’s name.
- I procrastinated – “should I change the name, shouldn’t I?” “If I do, what shall I change it to?”
- I catastrophised – “what if I lose ALL my hard work when I try and swap over domain names? What if my links don’t work anymore?”
- Anxiety mounted – “I’m working so hard on the blog but it’s not helping me with the business I’m trying to build. Will I fail at teaching kids about mindfulness because I’m too busy blogging as a mummy and not as a teacher?”
Anyway, after weeks of over-thinking – going over and over these ideas, two things have spurred me on to change the name of the blog.
Firstly, a couple of weeks ago I guided some Year 6s through a session on the damaging and also LIMITING effect that catastrophic thoughts can have on our lives. If I’m warning 11 year olds about this, shouldn’t I heed my own warning too?
This message was then reinforced when I heard Shaa Wasmunde speak last week. It was the first time I’d been to anything like this before and being mindful of the sceptic I can be, I had to make sure I didn’t just dismiss the whole day as ‘not being for me’. Yes I was one of the ‘miserable’ ones who did not stand up, whoop and wiggle when she did her ‘dance entrance’ (I’m far too
boring ‘British’ for that) but still I shoved how uncomfortable I was feeling to one side and listened with interest to her inspirational messages and straightforward talking. She certainly demonstrated herself to be no over-thinker and spoke a lot about being ‘authentic’, accepting your ‘quirks’, being bold, being true to yourself, and also tackling your limiting beliefs. And when I truly observed my thoughts mindfully (this is something that can me practiced in a mindfulness meditative practice like the ‘sounds and thoughts’ one here) I realised there was a hint of shame and embarrassment connected with the ‘Mindful Mummy Mission’ which I had to change.
Drum roll please… to streamline all my platforms (look what else I learned from Shaa!) the blog is now called www.MissionMindfulnessblog.com. And I am going to start putting a few more pics of me on it so you can put a face to the woman behind Mission: Mindfulness and maybe these will make the blog a bit easier to relate to.
You can now find the Facebook page for Mission: Mindfulness – the blog as it’s now called here as I’d really like to get some more engagement from other teachers so I thought a name change may help with this. Ditto on Instagram I am now Hayley@MissionMindfulness as you will see here . However, you will also observe that I haven’t lost my ‘mummy’ label completely – you will still see me as @mummy_mindful on Twitter.
So the over-thinking about the blog is over. No longer am I going to shy away from putting my blog alongside my professional website, nor am I going to worry about people at school seeing my posts or in the local area (though I will continue to be ever mindful to ensure that I only share things that I would not mind my students knowing about) on the blog.
New name, new start (sort of!). As I often reiterate one of the key purposes of this blog is to help promote mindful living to adults (parents, but also teachers really) by showing people how it can be woven into ‘normal’ life. This is still the case. However, I also want to make the blog more about the thing I am REALLY passionate about (and what I think I’m actually quite good at, unlike blogging!) and that is about the things I do to help younger people to understand Mindfulness and how they can incorporate different techniques into their busy lives too.
So I guess this is my ‘mission statement’ for Mission: Mindfulness. No doubt it will be tweaked and alter again throughout 2017 but at least I feel like I’ve found my ‘why’ again.
Feel free to visit my business website here to find out more and if you know a school in the south-east that isn’t yet teaching Mindfulness then please do not hesitate to put them in touch with me. No more over-thinking, I’d love to spread the word that I’m here to help, it is my ‘mission’ after all :-).