Wednesday, 26 December 2012

The One Where I Make An Announcement

When Joseph came home from hospital, I was a bit of a mess. I found it really hard to make sense of what had happened. I felt bitter and jealous. I found getting support really difficult. In my area of the UK there wasn't a strong support network. I floundered.

I started my blog purely as self indulgent writing to help me make sense of what had happened. As I wrote I was heartened by the support I received and the messages I got that helped me realise that my feelings were pretty normal.

Over time my confidence grew, I joined blogging networks, attended conferences, and joined some of the rankings like eBuzzing and Tots100. I was nominated for a MAD blog award and later a Britmums award.

I started working with charities like the March of Dimes in the US, with Bliss and with Tommys. I spoke to media and wrote for newspaper blogs. I found my voice.

But what I found most was support, friendship and love, often from the most surprising of sources.

Every single one of you who has read, hugged, encouraged and supported me, whether in real life or online, has helped me more than you will ever know.

I have grown so much as a person, in confidence, in personality, and most importantly as a mother, to use the experiences of Joseph's premature birth to grow and develop.

I am excited to announce that on January 17 I start work for Bliss in their brand new Manchester office as a Regional Volunteer Coordinator. I am so proud that I am now a Bliss employee, and to work for the charity that has given me so much. And to enable me to achieve one of my objectives, to make face to face, peer support much more available in our region, a goal Bliss shares too.

As a result I have decided that Not Even A Bag of Sugar will no longer be as it is now. My hours of work will be demanding and its time to work on my two important careers, motherhood and with Bliss.

I would like to thank each and every one of you, there are too too many to mention individually here, but I appreciate you all so very much.

Over time I will be creating a website to collate much of the content of Not Even A Bag of Sugar, and hopefully some more projects are in the pipeline. I hope to continue personal blogging in some way and will let you know once that has started.

Thank you again for all your kind support and love that you have shown Joseph and I over the past 3 years.

Kylie x x x


  1. Thank you! And congratulations!! Rx

  2. I think it's the right decision at the right time, you are an amazing blogger Kylie & I look forward to your future projects, good luck and I'm proud to be your friend x

  3. Massive congratulations Kylie! good luck luck in your new job and I hope the new web site will be an inspiration and support to others.

  4. Sorry to read this but being a mummy and your new job are the most important things.

    Look forward to your future projects and hope the new job is everything you hope for.

    Thanks for all your support while gemma was wee and beyond x

  5. Well done , Kylie, and good luck xxx

  6. maggy, red ted art26 December 2012 at 11:37

    Congratulations! What a wonderful way for your blog to "end". I bet you will be a great addition to the Bliss team!! Good luck with the work. xxx

  7. Congratulations on the new job, and I'll look forward to your personal blogging.

  8. I've only just started to get to know you and your blog so it's sad news but understand! Congrats on your new job x

  9. Congratulations Kylie, you will be a true asset to Bliss, they are very lucky to have you. Best of luck xxx

  10. Huge congratulations on your new role Kylie I know you are going to be amazing. I look forward to keeping in touch through Facebook and if you start a new blog, and hopefully catching up in real life again sometime xx

  11. A great start to the new year! Congratulations!! I will miss reading 'not even a bag of sugar' but I'll look forward to reading your new blog :-)

  12. what a fab job to land, I truly hope you can make a difference to people in need. Good luck with all you do

  13. Wonderful new, Kylie - I am sure you will be brilliant - have loved reading ur blog, and its gr8 that you will be able to help Bliss. I am certain you will be able to make even more of a difference now.

  14. I will miss your voice in the preemie blogging community, but I definitely understand! What an amazing opportunity for you!

  15. Congratulations and good luck in your new job! You'll be amazing xx

  16. What an announcement! I love to see the exciting path blogging leads many down - twists and turns and "bliss" (pun intended). This is not goodbye of course, and BritMums is here to help you in your new role too. x

  17. Good luck in your next chapter x

  18. What an exciting new stage of your life. We will miss you as a regular blogger, but look forward to seeing you at BritMums Live. How excellent that your blogging has taken you to a new opportunities!

  19. Wow, I think this is a great decision, coming from a place of personal growth and strength. Well done, sis, like I said I am sure this is only the start of an amazing journey for you, I can't wait to see where it takes you. I hope you stick around the web though, as someone put this inconvenient planet between us.

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    Congratulations and celebration.... ABSOLUTELY WELL DONE. Couldn't happen to a nicer blogger. HMSx

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