#Blogtober2018 Day 1 : All About Me/ A Year On

Hi Everyone, Happy 1st October!

My gosh where IS this year going?! Someone slow time down please!

So, this month is all going to be about #Blogtober where I am going to attempt to blog every day of this month. I don’t expect it to be a massive success as I spend most of my days running around like some sort of headless chicken, but i’m going to give it a try at least! I have been pre-armed with a list if blog post ideas to blog about this month so lets see how I get on.

Day 1 : All About Me / A Year On

Having never taken part in Blogtober before I am unable to complete the part of “A Year On” so I’ll tell you all about me.

My names Rebecca (also answer to Bex, Oi, and “Mom”), early 30’s raising 2 children, married to my long-suffering husband Sam, living in Newport, Shropshire (Near Telford).

I’ve not long returned to blogging after taking 2 years off, I’ve managed to revive ClearlyBex with a bit of help off Zoe, MamaGeek and I’m glad to be back. To have my bit of cyber space where I can ramble and waffle on a bit and not get judged (well not too much anyway!).

One of the reasons I’ve come back to blogging is to help raise more awareness for a condition I was diagnosed with a couple of years ago, Endometriosis. I want to help raise awareness as I’ve heard over the years how more and more people suffer with painful and heavy periods, brushing them off to be “normal” – its not normal! But I’ll be blogging more and more about that over the coming months/years.

The Kids

I am a “Mom” to 2 children, Lewis aged 9 and Leah aged 6, I use the term “Mom” lightly as I hate being called “Mom”. I am a Mum or a mother, Mom is american, we are British… although I believe Mom has now crept into the English dictionary – oh joy! Lewis and Leah are my absolute world, I am so lucky to be their Mummy!

Last winter we moved house, which meant I needed the kids to move schools. It wasn’t a decision we took lightly but as a family of 4 we made a joint decision and we haven’t looked back since. I blogged about how we went about of decision to move here.

My Husband

My husband and I have this year also celebrated 10 years of marriage, I was treated to a stunning 1 night break at the gorgeous Tylney Hall hotel in Hampshire and the following day we went to Highclere Castle (better known for being Downton Abbey). A fantastic trip, lovely memories and the chance to be able to spend some quality time with Sam was fantastic.

We also run our own family business, a Dry Cleaners in our local town. Sam does most of the graft where as I help out quite a few hours a week. Having our business gives us a flexible life to spend time with our children and work around each other to care for our children as we don’t have any family local enough to us for help. It works really well for us and we enjoy it.


One big factor which has come into our lives over the past 18 months is Archery. Back in January 2017 Lewis had a blast at an after school club he attended (at his previous school), he enjoyed it so much that he asked to give real Archery a try. I immediately set about contacting our local club and was advised he needed to be 8 years old to complete a beginners course. So 5 months later the week after Lewis’s 8th birthday he started his beginners course. From here his passion for Archery has absolutely spiralled out of control! Armed with his own bow Lewis now shoots 3-4 times a week and because I spend so many hours standing on the waiting line watching (nagging) Lewis I have picked up a bow myself and we now shoot together!

Last month Lewis was asked to shoot as part of the Shropshire/West Midlands Archery team competing in the inter-county juniors squad. Lewis shot very well for his age group and represented his squad really well.

To be fair, I think that’s all I have to say for today. Come back tomorrow, where hopefully (fingers crossed) I will be back for day 2!


Find out more about me and my blog here.


  1. Stressed Rach

    2nd October 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Welcome back to blogging. It is great that you want to raise awareness of Endo so many women suffer so much with it. #Blogtober18

  2. Mandi

    2nd October 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Welcome to Blogtober, so glad you decided to come back to blogging, looking forward to reading more updates during the month

  3. Erica Hughes

    2nd October 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Good luck with Blogtober! Nice to get an update on what you are all doing.

  4. MotherGeek

    1st October 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I knew you wouldn’t be gone for long haha! PS you missed your first ever girls spa break off the post πŸ˜› #blogtober

    1. Rebecca Bodkin

      1st October 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Haha, I so did and our holiday! I need to blog about the spa break… it’s in my to-do list πŸ˜‰

  5. Tina @

    1st October 2018 at 9:27 pm

    So glad you’re back blogging. Also… nice colour website hehe πŸ˜‰ XX #blogtober

  6. Kim Carberry

    1st October 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Yay! It’s fab that you are taking part in Blogtober! It’s lovely to learn more about you and your family. Good luck with the rest of the month x

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