In a nutshell:
Hello and welcome to kerrytalks.com.
I am Kerry and I live and work in Yorkshire with my wonderful husband, 3 beautiful daughters, bonkers dog and a big-eared hamster! It’s a busy house!
Through kerrytalks.com I share my thoughts and feelings about family life and about issues around mind-set and confidence as I face my 40s and return to work after an extended period as a stay at home mum.
I hope you enjoy what you read.
Kerry’s career in more detail:
I read law at Cambridge, after which I spent a year working at The Sun and The News of the World as a Strategic Planner before completing my law school year in York. I trained as a solicitor with a large national firm and much to everyone’s surprise, including my own, chose to qualify into Banking and Finance practising both in Leeds and spending time in London too.
Somewhat burnt out and disillusioned, I left the law at the end of 2008, looking for a more friendly work life balance as my husband, Dan, and I sought to become parents. During this time I worked as a Project Manager for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward working with Yorkshire’s rural market towns.
Our much longed for first daughter arrived in April 2010 and then we were blessed with a second in October 2011 and a third in July 2013! Happy days!
I spent time as a stay at home mum until the summer of 2015 when I tried to fulfil a support role for a business and legal consultancy, but stalled, not quite ready to leave my brood! I tried again, working as a solicitor for a boutique law firm from January 2016. After a year, I have now gone freelance and work as a consultant for both a business and legal consultancy and a major law firm.
My return to work coincided with the run up to my 40th birthday and through both of these times I have faced various issues about my own confidence and mind-set which I know are shared by others like me. This is coupled with the fact that our family is entering into a new phase, about to leave behind the preschool years with the youngest due to start school in September.
I have always had a desire to write and inspired by these challenges, I have finally decided to take the plunge. It has already given me great pleasure both in terms of the process but also to hear from readers who have found relief in my blogs, knowing they are not alone. I hope my blogs continue to strike a chord and I look forward to being part of a community exploring the issues most current to us now.
Kerry outside of work:
As a girl I was musical, playing flute and piano and dancing as often as I could with dreams of appearing in the West End and of going on to be a renowned choreographer. My biography in one school show’s programme, declared at 16 that I would also be a writer.
For one reason or another it was not to be, but the yearning to do something more creative has never gone away….
As with many of us, life has carried me along, such that as a mum of 3 my main other interests are red wine, the sofa and the occasional meal out with friends!
Our weekly 10 plus mile Sunday walk with the dog has also been temporarily lost but where we can, Dan and I still very much enjoy going for an odd long hike, soaking in the countryside. A love we hope to instil in the girls and in the meantime, we can often be found visiting English Heritage sights and other stately homes and gardens.
In addition to this I am joint chair of our school’s PTA, sing in a local choir and am a member (though not a very good one!) of a small book club.
I have been hopeless at exercise since becoming a mum. I am aware of it (as are the scales!!) and hope to fix this soon!
We would love to travel, but with 3 small children and after 6 years with mum at home, we content ourselves for the time being, with holidays in France and embrace the comforts of static caravans and the odd tent.
I’ll share some of my experiences as a busy mum too but you are unlikely to find top meal tips or parenting hacks…though of course, if you would like me to share any of these, then please get in touch! I would love to help!