Hey lovely! 

From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to say thank you so much for dropping by to check out my blog. It honestly means the world to me that you're here, regardless of if it's your first visit or your fiftieth! 

Since you've landed on my 'about' page, I'm guessing that you'd like to know a little bit more about me and my blog.

Let's start with the blog, shall we?

When I started Thrice Upon a Dream, I'd intended for it to be a space where I could share our Disneyland Paris experience and tips in the hope that it would help other families with small children have a more magical trip. The only problem? The idea came to me almost a year before our trip so I had this idea that I was excited about but I simply couldn't bring it to life at that time.

It was my husband Matt who pushed me to start the blog anyway and just see where it went so I did.

There's a quote from Walt Disney that goes "we keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths" and that's my motto in life. So you'll see that I play around and experiment with content a lot because I'm a multifaceted person. I have a lot of interests and this is my space to talk about the things that matter to me.

So Thrice Upon a Dream actually has two "niches":

1) It is a family lifestyle blog.

I absolutely love writing lifestyle content because it's open-ended. I can have a conversation with you about anything from my introversion to Disney to what I'm currently reading all the way down to my shoe preferences. (I'm a Skechers girl, FYI - I'm all about that memory foam.)

Still the word 'family' is thrown in there because as much as I am my own person, I'm also a wife and a mum. So you'll notice that I talk about family life a lot because that's the biggest part of my life. I'll talk a bit more about the special people in my life in a second, I promise!

2) It is a chronic illness blog.

If you suffer from a chronic illness you'll already know that once it's there, it's a part of your life that simply can't be ignored. And it's for exactly that reason that I'd like to establish myself as a chronic illness blogger too because I can't ignore that it's part of who I am.

Talking about chronic illness can be quite raw and personal so I've kind of shied away from sharing that kind of content in the past and when I have opened up, it's been exclusively about life with endometriosis. I intend to move forward with the courage to talk openly about my experience as I navigate life and motherhood with multiple chronic illnesses and I hope that in doing so, others will be able to relate and feel comforted by the fact that they are not alone.

In terms of what you can expect from me in 2020, you'll find at least one new blog post each week which will go live every Friday at 6pm.

So I guess all that's left is to tell you more about myself... Well, first of all my name is Hayley and I'm a 29 year old living in Bournemouth, England with my husband, our son and our four guinea pigs. Here's a picture of the three of us on our wedding day:

You know how people talk about love at first sight but no-one really believes it? That was me. I was 25 years old and chronically single when I decided to sign up for a dating site again, you know, just in case. I got talking to the first match in my results, nervously went to Pizza Hut for our first date and here we are four years later, married with a child. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you. Honestly.

Now while our relationship fell into place rather quickly, it wasn't so easy for us to start a family. After a rocky start involving two miscarriages, we finally welcomed our rainbow baby into the world at the end of 2017. Our little Mini is now two years old and has grown into the sweetest little boy with a mischievous side to match his wild red hair.

From the outside looking in, we might look like a happy and healthy family living the fairy-tale life but my world turned upside down in 2018 when I started suffering from chronic pelvic pain and dysmenorrhoea. It was the gateway to a range of other debilitating symptoms including fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, weight gain, migraines and severe back pain. Life hasn’t looked the same since and although there are still times when I grieve for the old me and the way things were supposed to be, I’m starting to own who I am - chronic illnesses included.

So which chronic illnesses do I struggle with? Well there's generalised and social anxiety, panic disorder, asthma, endometriosis and migraines. There are also mild agoraphobic tendencies at play and over the last decade alone I've battled eight episodes of depression which means I never really know what I'm going to have to deal with day-to-day, I just have to wing it.

So here I am, blogging about all aspects of life as we take on the world as a family of three and kick chronic illness' butt in the process.

Thanks again for joining me on my journey, I hope you enjoy your time with us and that you visit again soon!

Love, Hayley

P.S. If you're interested in working with me or have a burning question you'd like answered, drop me an e-mail at hayley@thriceuponadream.com.

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