As I don't get out much without Oki these days, it's a treat to rediscover the world out there through different eyes - as myself, rather than as a mother. (Still got excited when I saw trains and cranes and diggers though, can't help it!)
The party was lovely, and reminded me how important it is to stay in touch with fellow creatives. Having moved to the suburbs just before Oki was born, and not being to get out as much with a baby who seemed to cry inconsolably all the time, I'd lost touch with my previous self.
I missed creativity, stimulation, friends, people from different backgrounds interested in a whole variety of stuff! My world suddenly changed, and who you were became almost irrelevant.
2 years on, and I feel like I am finding that person again. On the train journey back, a slightly odd but friendly woman sat next to me, smiled and asked me what I do. In response to that question, I've been saying "I'm a mum" for a while, but that night for the first time in ages, I said "I'm an illustrator, I make pictures" :)
p.s. Thank you Arena for persuading me to come out and for hosting a lovely party!