In this week’s interview, we chat with Lizzie Murphy, finalist in the Travel and Accessibility category.
Lizzie is mum to two boys with additional needs and her blog, A Curious Journey – Travelling the spectrum, is all about travelling, holidays and days out.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I’m a journalist in my day job but a few years ago, in my spare time, I was covering maternity leave for a copywriter friend who wrote two blogs a week for a motoring website. I actually know nothing about cars but I enjoyed the creative process of putting the blog together. During that time, I thought wouldn’t it be great if I was writing about something I was actually passionate about?
As soon as the motoring blog ended, I decided to create my own website and write about our life as a family with two young boys who have additional needs in the hope that I might be able to help other families who were a couple of steps behind us on the same journey. It started off as a general blog talking about anything and everything, but after 9 months I decided to focus on our family’s love of travel, holidays and days out.
What other blogs/organisations do you turn to for advice?
I really love practical blogs and social media accounts. I could have cried when I discovered Five Minute Mum’s Instagram account when my eldest son was about 6. He never played in a conventional way and hated any kind of craft or writing activity yet he enjoys lots of her quick play ideas, which have been brilliant for his development.
Peachy Speech and Vicky Robinson are also wonderful resources, particularly at a time when it’s really difficult to get speech and language and OT advice and appointments. And, of course, I love following lots of travel and days out accounts for ideas for our next trips.
Describe yourself in three words
Optimistic, resilient, adventurous.
Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream.
Favourite thing to do if you have some ‘me’ time?
One of the things I’ve missed most during lockdown is meeting up with friends, whether it’s for a walk, a drink, a meal or a spa date. Zoom calls just aren’t the same.
If there was a film of your life, what would it be called?
Adventures and Mishaps.
Which talent of yours are you most proud of?
The ability to get my children to school on time. Every day I drop them off and wonder how I actually achieved it.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
Moana – a great role model who lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
What’s the closest thing to magic?
Watching your children do something for the first time, particularly when they’ve had to overcome difficulties to achieve it.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to start blogging?
If, like me, you’re not technically-minded, then start off with a basic, free website theme that you can build yourself. You can get fancy later on once you’re more confident or have the funds to pay someone to build it for you. A lot of people get bogged down with trying to make it perfect but what you write is way more important than how it looks. Some of my favourite bloggers have awful websites but their content is so good that they still have a huge following.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s BAPS Awards?
Seeing people I met for the first time last year (at my first BAPS) and meeting people in person I’ve only ever known online. I have to go to quite a few dinners and awards ceremonies for my day job and the BAPS is unique for its friendliness and fun atmosphere.
The Baps Awards Ceremony is a yearly event celebrating SEND bloggers, their families, and the wider SEND community. Find out more about the event here.
The BAPS Awards
The BAPs (Bloody Awesome Parents) Awards allows SEND bloggers to be recognised for their talents, tales and achievements. Founded by Bringing Us Together and My Family, Our Needs, these awards celebrate SEND Bloggers everywhere. Click here to find out more…