Hi there, I’m Kerrie Rycroft and this is my story. It’s kind of long but awesomely inspiring so its worth a read.
I’m a mum to 4 crazy, lovely, perfect kids.
I’m actually the best mum in the world, when I had my first child I was 24 and working in the city as an IT manager and hadn’t planned to be a mum. When I looked at her for the first time I knew that being a mum was the most important thing I would ever do with my life, and I was right. Having 4 children is one of the biggest gifts I can imagine being given and I love my life with them. That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes shout, forget to send their swimming kit into school on the right day or feed them cereal for dinner JUST BECAUSE. But that’s what makes me the best mum, I parent from the heart and although I am strict I have a hell of a lot of fun at the same time.
I left my husband in 2012 after 15 years of being together for a number of reasons, none of which I’ll talk about publicly, no matter how nicely you ask.
He was my best friend for the longest time, we bought 4 children into this world together. What happens behind closed doors of a marriage is personal and I guarantee you that every single one of you who thought you knew me, knew us, and knew what happened are wrong.
Last year I moved my family 90 miles away to live with my super lovely new man.
How exciting! Actually it still is really nerve-wracking but we’re getting through it. After 2 years on my own with the children now is totally the right time for all of us to be living together. It’s a big adjustment for me to have someone to share daily life with and its a giant adjustment for the children to move away from their friends and their dad and to be part of this new household. And that’s not even mentioning how he feels after a good few years on his own to have me and my 4 loud, confident, crazy, funny children in his life. It’ a learning curve for all of us and I’m loving it.
I am trying to keep fit, I hate the gym but enjoy running and cycling.
I’ve recently slipped a disk in my back so running and cycling are both of the question but I have vowed to get out of the house every day and go for a walk and I’m loving it so far. Either to the park or just around the village, usually the kids are on their bikes so its a fast walk. It does me a lot of good to get outside.
I love cake, which cancels out the point above and means I’ll probably never be skinny.
I’ve learned that one way to truly know who you are is to have nothing, and still make something out of it. It’s maybe not the BEST way to go about it but it does work!
It is hard to appreciate what you have when you have it, you know that old saying “you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone?” well that’s true. Losing everything in the space of a few weeks back in 2012 taught me an awful lot about what is important in life and what I could live without. It’s been a difficult journey but one that has changed me in ways I can’t even begin to explain.
I used to own a magazine publishing business.
Setting up an over a million pound business from nothing is one of my biggest achievements. It made me who I am now. I am hugely proud of what I did with the company and bought to the craft magazine industry and not a day goes by when I don’t look back on that experience and reflect on what it bought to my life. If I could go back I would do so much differently and I would make the company a huge success. I’m both happy and sad every time I go into WH Smiths or Tesco and see one of the magazines that I created still on the shelves, over 2 years after they were bought by my competitors. I did that. I created those brands and even though I wasn’t in the right place to keep them going, someone else saw the worth in them and invested in them. That’s a great achievement, right there.
Now I work full time for myself, helping women to be successful in their lives and careers. You can read more about that at the work with me page in the menu above – I utterly love my job and my customers. I consider myself lucky that I spend my days doing what I love and what I’m good at. I do this for me, and my children. My core working hours are from 9.00 until 3.20 – outside of that time I’m mum all the way. I love that working for myself means I can go to school assembly, drive one of them to school if they miss the bus, go to picnics and concerts and not have to ask for time off. I have crafted a lifestyle which is perfect for me. It allows me the space to grow and be creative and have time to myself and to work, but also to be a mum and a girlfriend and a person. Its perfect for me.
My views here are my own.