Hi, I’m Kirsty!
From my home in Newcastle NSW, I share my home truths about caring for kids with special needs and being a working mother of three while staying (relatively) sane…
I’m a mother of 3, wife of a big kid, freelance copywriter, carer and blogger. I always have way too much on my plate but I am learning to juggle with the best of them. I use my blog to vent, laugh at myself, raise awareness of special needs parenting, autism and albinism and to pretty much just crap on. Because in the end it’s all about me – my life, my stories, my home truths.
In early 2014, I suffered a stress-induced episode that resembled a mini-stroke. After re-evaluating my life, I accepted a redundancy from my public service position of nearly 20 years and decided to embark on a new career, working from home. It’s a work in progress and I’m sharing some of my experiences at my other blog, Smarter Happier.
My ultimate aim is to set up an income stream based on my passion for writing. I established Double Scoop Consulting in late 2014 to support this goal and I divide my time between providing professional business writing and copywriting services and blogging my personal truths here, as well as my professional trials and tribulations over at Smarter Happier.
Yes, I am busy 🙂
About My Family…
I have been married for nearly 15 years to my wonderful husband, Nathan and we have welcomed three gorgeous cherubs into our lives.
Master 11 (AKA Gilbert) has albinism and high-functioning autism but that does not stop him from anything…he is currently writing a one act play called The Rainbow Kids, inciting our pups to do naughty things, exploring the fun of teasing his sisters and, apparently, advising his teachers on what to teach at his school!
Miss 10 (AKA Matilda) is a true drama queen – she sings, she dances, she acts and adds drama wherever she goes. She’s also the apple of her father’s eye as she has inherited his love of gaming together with a love of Minecraft, Pokemon and watching YouTube tutorials! She also has Aspergers Syndrome and we are working towards giving her all the help and support she needs to continue to thrive.
Miss 5 (AKA Delilah) is a VERY busy pre-schooler who is the source of all mischief in our house. Luckily for her, Delilah has the sunniest personality I have ever encountered – even when she knows she’s in trouble she turns up the already blinding wattage of her smile and we all melt!
Evie and Mandie complete our family and are our newest additions. A fawn and a black pug, these two get into mischief previously unheard of in this house (even by Delilah’s standards!) They snore, fart and bark and love following the kids around in desperation for treats. They also love sleeping – which they do rather a lot of…
About My Blog…
I started My Home Truths in 2011 as a new year’s resolution – probably the only resolution I have ever stuck to! Here I have re-discovered my love of writing, both for me and for others. I love writing about special needs parenting, my confessions, albinism, autism and just the general challenges of family life. I sometimes write about music, travel, work and exercise too – I have come to accept that I am niche-less but I’m okay with that. This blog represents me, warts and all. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
About My Passion for Special Needs Parenting…
It’s such a cliche but I really do want to help other parents, particularly other special needs parents, who might be struggling or feeling overwhelmed. I have written many posts over the years to share my knowledge of autism and albinism and have also compiled a comprehensive listing of special needs resources too.
I have also put together a comprehensive guide to autism friendly family travel which you will receive as a big thanks from me for signing up to my email list. Sign up today so you can stay informed of new posts and products to help get you through the tough times. Hopefully, like me, you can get through them with a smile and with some shred of sanity intact!
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