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Day in the Life: Blogger and project manager Tanya Leary

Coding, Skype, yoga and a juggling act

Day in the Life: Blogger and project manager Tanya Leary. Me in work mode- meeting Will.i.am at Buckigham Palace to discuss kids in code

Talking about an average day for me seems a little like an oxymoron! There always seems to be something going on which knocks my hopes of a routine out of kilter but I suppose that is the same for most people.

On the most ‘normal’ of work days, which for me are nursery days for the girls, I would get up at around 6:30am and try to get myself showered and dressed before the girls start to stir and eventually begin shouting for their breakfast.

On a good day, the girls and I will all be appropriately dressed, fed and watered and out of the house at around 8am. I deposit them and the buggy at nursery there so my husband is able to collect them at the end of the day.

I walk back thinking through my ’To Do’ list and then have a piece of toast and cup of tea in blissful silence before heading up to our spare room/office to start work.

 

Work involves managing projects such as the iDEA Awards and Google Assemblies for Young Rewired State, a brilliant not-for-profit organisation which supports children and young people that have taught themselves how to code. I am not a natural ‘techy’ and I am regularly open mouthed looking at the brilliant ideas and Apps that these young people have created from scratch.

Around YRS I fit in my blogging and any other projects such as networking events and the Fabulous Frost Fair Christmas event which I am managing with two friends. It is a serious juggling act and often involves working long after the girls are in bed.

Blogwise I try to do around three posts a week. These can be anything from a review of a place, product or service, a piece on what we’ve been up to as a family or my thoughts on something in the news at the time – it really depends on what is going on in our lives at the time.

I don’t believe in sugar-coating things so, if we’ve had a tricky week, you’ll know!

I travel down to London around twice a month to meet with colleagues but most of my work I can do remotely which is brilliant. I am really lucky both with my job and with the amount of support I get from my family.

Dress: If my husband takes the girls to nursery I can be a little slow to get out of my PJs- it’s getting tougher now with Skype calls though!

What is the least favourite part of your job?: The occasional very long days when I don’t see my babies awake at all. That is rare but it feels pretty horrid. I am very much hoping that they will be old enough to understand soon and the guilt will diminish.

What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now?: I would love to start a podcast to record my ramblings.

How do you relax when you are not working?: I am in love with The Yoga Rooms, Wirral and try to get to their hot yoga meditation class whenever I can. It is the most relaxing class and always ensures a brilliant night’s sleep. My husband Adam and I are also running the MBNA Metric Marathon in October.

What is your favourite film?: Meet Joe Black - I quoted it in my wedding speech!

What is your favourite book?: I could simply not put down The Shining – I read it on a holiday about 15 years ago and even though it was hot and sunny I was shivering as if I was in the hotel.

What is your favourite song?: I love listening to Sit Down by James and it is particularly brilliant when my daughters sing along!! We are going to see them in November and I can’t wait.

If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you?: My absolute girl crush is Olivia Coleman. She is such an incredible actress. I think she depicts the life of a woman really, really brilliantly and I would love to meet her for a beer.

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?: I had to do some video bits and bobs recently and I was far from a natural in front of the camera so I don’t think I’ll be breaking onto the big screen any time soon!

Factfile

  • Name: Tanya Leary
  • Job: Parent, blogger and project manager
  • Born: Clatterbridge Hospital, Birkenhead
  • Lives: Irby, Wirral
  • Education: West Kirby Grammar School, Nottingham Trent University, Teacher Training accredited by Greenwich University
  • Family: Married with two girls

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