I’m young, I’m single, I’m free, I’m ambitious, I’m gutsy, I’m up for anything, I’m on an adventure.
I’m also middle aged, separated, a mum, responsible, cautious, up for anything as long as there is a seat provided, and on an adventure but need glasses to see the map.
I read a quote recently: “Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.” Well I must be on my way to winning the grand prix of life.
This blog began nearly 10 years ago under the title Mummy Mania, and documented the shock to my system of becoming a parent. Then, it evolved into The Sandwich Years when my mum had a stroke and I was catapulted into a vortex of care for her, my dad and my three very young children.
But now it has evolved again. I am 46, a single mum, a writer, and many other things. This is the next bend on my road…. and I’m clicking my seatbelt and changing the gear.
My debut bestselling book, Daughter, Mother, Me: A memoir of love, loss and dirty dishes is out now. My writing website is www.alanakirkwriting.com. I also write about writing and the power of storytelling through my business Making Words Work http://www.alanakirk.ie. I tweet about love of words @AlanaKirkWords