Meet The Welsh Bloggers – After The Playground

31st October 2016

I can’t believe that I completely forgot to publish a Welsh bloggers post last week, I really do need to get myself organised and get these things scheduled in advance! Anyway, this week I have remembered and it is the turn of Sharon from After The Playground. Sharon’s blog is aimed at mother’s of older children/teens/young adults who are ready to face the next stage of life. She covers a range of topics including family life, health, fashion and beauty.

Firstly, tell me a bit about yourself and your blog :
I guess you’d call me a parent blogger but my blog is a little different. I am a married Mum to 3 lovely daughters aged 18 years, 15 years and 11 years so my focus is very much on the changing nature of motherhood as your kids grow up. You never stop being a Mum and your kids will always need you but as they grow your physical presence is needed less. This presents challenges (you may feel redundant and unwanted) and opportunities (for a bit of self-rediscovery). This is the stage of life that I want to blog about and share my experiences with others.

What do you love most about living in Wales?
Wales is a stunningly beautiful country. Its beauty is summed up for me in two words: coastline and mountains. I truly believe that we have the most stunning coastline and mountainous regions in the world. I was born and brought up in the Cambrian Mountains in Powys in Mid Wales so they mean a great deal to me. I now live near the coast in South wales and I am never happier than when I am wandering on a beach. My Instagram feed backs this up – its packed with shots of mountains and the sea!

What, if anything, is your least favourite thing about living in Wales?
Am I allowed to mention the rain? We do get quite a lot don’t we?!

What made you decide to start a blog?
Starting a blog was a natural progression for me. I left an academic career (I have a PhD in epidemiology) just after my third daughter was born. As an academic I spent a lot of time writing – mainly scientific papers for journals. I wanted to try a new type of writing.

You can find Sharon at these various places around the web :

After The Playground Blog
After The Playground Twitter
After The Playground Instagram
After The Playground Facebook

If you are a blogger living in Wales and you would like to take part in this series just send me an email.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Sharon 1st November 2016 at 10:09 am

    Thanks so much for featuring me Leanne – great series. xx

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