I have to admit, this #Post40Bloggers’ writing prompt got me thinking. You see, I’ve never had money, I don’t come from a wealthy family. In fact, as a teen, money was so tight, most of my school uniform was homemade. I was on free school lunches, while my mam worked her ass off, as a cleaner, to keep me fed and watered. Thankfully, my mother has a much more stable life now, thanks to her own pursuit of education.

I left home at 16 with nothing. A few months later I met my, now, husband – who also had nothing! We struggled so much, to the point of living off friends’ sofas at times. We’ve always worked, but I come from an age where ‘minimum wage’ didn’t exist. I used to work in a record shop, 6 days a week, for £55. When we got our first flat, the rent was £42!

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I should have been born in the 50s as I love to knit sew and bake. I’m a blogger and emotional wreck…and I love to chat. I am also a SAHM to three boys aged 16, 11 and 6. My youngest was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, my middle boy has not had a diagnosis, but has many of the traits of Aspergers and my eldest is a teenager. Now that’s hard work! Me and the Mr have been married for 22 years and he is my soul mate. My key to happiness? Accept that no one is perfect, every one has a past and have no regrets.