Q. You always ask on your inspiration posts what a typical day looks like, what does YOUR typical day look like?
To be honest I don't have a typical day - one of the joys of working for yourself! The basic run down...
6am - all get up, get dressed, have breakfast together, get ready for school/work
7.20am - Ebi-kun and hubby leave for work
~ 8.00am - I do household chores, laundry, cleaning, whatever needs doing that day.
8.00am ~ 12.pm I work, this can be anything from writing guest posts, magazine articles, coaching clients, putting together new programs, blogging, scheduling facebook posts, recording webinairs, research...
12.00pm - lunch & I usually catch up on a podcast
12.30pm ~ 2.30pm work (as before)
2.30pm try and wrap things up for the day, jot down what needs doing tomorrow. Finish off any other house chores etc.
3.20pm Ebi-kun gets home, he has a snack and we chat then he does his homework, I make sure I have everything out ready for dinner. Sometimes he will go and play with his friends, other days we will do something together, play on the wii, crafts, painting...
5.00pm start dinner - Ebi-kun often helps
6.00pm finish dinner & clear up, Ebi-kun is a slow eater so I usually clear up as he is finishing his meal then some evening we chat to my mom on Skype otherwise Ebi-kun reads to me and we kick back and relax.
7.00pm - Bath & bed routine
7.45pm - I jump in the bath
8.00pm - Usually catch up on course work
9.30pm - brain dead so I will do a bit of hand sewing or doodling and watch TV. Hubby usually gets back around this time so I fix his dinner whilst he is in the bath.
11.00pm - bed
Q. I have tried blogging but I can't stick to it, how do you do it and did you keep a diary when you were a child?
No! Well, I tried but I probably only managed a week at most. It is quite surprising to me that I stuck with blogging! I think to begin with, I knew my friends and family were reading so it was an incentive to keep going and now I see it as a document of what we, as a family have been up to so I want to keep going. I also write posts in my head ALL the time - luckily for you, only a fraction of them make them to the blog :)
Q. When are you going to write a book?
Hahahaha, I have no idea, I would love to write one but I'm not sure what the subject would be - open to suggestions!
Q. I hope this isn't too personal, you obviously love children, is there a reason why you only have one or are you planning to have more?
I think anyone with an only child gets asked this a lot. When I was 39 weeks pregnant with Ebi-kun I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome and was rushed into the operating theatre so they could get Ebi-kun out. Obviously it all turned out OK in the end but the hospital warned that I would be high risk if I had a second child and I would have to go into the hospital to be checked every week of the pregnancy.
*The whole birth experience was scary but I didn't actually know at the time what HELLP Syndrome was, when I got home a did what any 'sensible' person does - yep, googled it! It was terrifying to find out that I could have gone into that operating theatre and not come out.
For me, the choice was to be the best mom I can be to one child rather than risk leaving one child and possibly a baby too, with no mother and my husband with no wife.
Q. Do you plan to stay in Japan forever?
Certainly for the short term, now we have a house we don't have a lot of choice, there isn't really the 2nd hand house market that they have back home so selling isn't really an option. I would love to eventually have this as our base but spend extended time out of the country, I love travelling and finding out about new cultures so being able to spend 3 months here and 3 months there would be great - that would all depend on the rest of the family and our finances though!
Q. What made you stop designing and instead start My Organized Chaos?
There were a number of factors, after the 3/11 disaster I decided we needed to have an income that was location independent, so that if something happened and we had to get up and leave, we could do so and still have some kind of income. Then the number crunching came in, selling patterns I can only ever charge, at the most $12 and to make a decent income from that I need to sell a LOT of patterns every month. So, I started to look at other options, the concept for My Organized Chaos had been rattling around in my head for a while but I was thinking of it more on the lines of a book. Then I discovered online courses and everything fell into place. I really enjoy the helping people aspect and the course is a lot more sociable than selling sewing patterns. There is still an element of design since I do it all myself.
Now I can go back to enjoying sewing as a hobby and I will probably release more patterns as I come up with them and I would still love to have a line of fabric from my designs...
and a few liners...
Q. What is your favourite Japanese food?
Sukiyaki or okonomiyaki
Q. What did you study at university?
Electronic Imaging & Media Communications (also have a HND in Electronics & Software Engineering)
Q. The old classic, if you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would you invite?
Assuming I can pick dead people too... Leonardo Da Vinci, P!nk, David Attenborough, Kate Adie and Jamie Oliver (and get him to do the cooking).
Q. What is your favourite film?
Hmm don't really have one, I love films you can sing to like Wizard of Oz, Mama Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Also a Star Wars fan and there are lot of films I have really enjoyed but I tend only to re-watch films if I can sing along LOL.
Thank you for all the questions, it was fun answering them! If you have any more, pop them in the comments box...