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The Pandemic and Me: Becky Thompson.

Hey nuddy lovers! It's official- we have reached the end of our interview series, The Pandemic and Me. We cannot thank you all enough for your support, feedback and the interest you have taken in our weekly discussions with some truly inspirational individuals. Our final chitchat is with Becky Thompson, who has had a uniquely hectic experience of the pandemic, as she's juggled her studies with looking after her two children. Take it away, Becky...

 

 

NAME: Rebecca Thompson 

LOCATION: Teesside 

JOB: Student 

Hey there! Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do for work?

Hi I am Becky, I am a mum of two beautiful children Aliyah, 6, and Leo who is 2. 

I am 27 and have worked for a slimming distribution company for the past 9 years. In 2019 I decided that I needed a career change and wanted to train as a midwife. After completing an access course in 2020, I progressed onto a social care course which I am due to qualify on this year. I start midwifery in January 2022, and I am so excited to qualify in my dream job role! 

What have you found most challenging in the past year?

The past year has been very challenging due to lockdown restrictions and being isolated away from friends and family. Due to being a single parent and trying to keep my children occupied, I have had to complete university assignments and still attend work, relying on my mum to help with childcare (when she was allowed with restrictions). I would sit up until the early hours most days to finish assignments and ensure the work was good enough to get me through the academic year. Most parents will know how difficult it is to keep children occupied, so working whilst they were awake was mission impossible - especially when your 2 year old sits on top of the laptop and presses buttons! Our days stuck at home meant we had lots of time to spend together as a family which was special- the world stopped and we had time to bond and grow as a family. 

What’s your life motto?

My life motto and priority are my two amazing children, they are the reason I have been so strong throughout this past year and kept on pushing with work and university. I want to make them proud and ensure I am the best role model for them both growing up. 

How has Covid-19 changed your outlook on life?

Covid has made me realise that we shouldn’t take “normal life” for granted and that we need to be grateful for the simple things in life.

How have you been keeping upbeat and positive during this period?

My children have kept me going and pushed me to be the best version of myself I can be. During lockdown, music has helped me to stay positive, from a cleaning playlist to wheels on the bus! Any type of music kept us all going and instantly lifted the mood in the house during lockdown. Also walking and creating messy memories with the children in the garden. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in life and/or in the past year?

I remember reading a quote that was posted on social media that stated: 

“Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” 

And that’s what we did, made every day special!

What 3 things do you look forward to doing most once we are in a safe position to do so?

-Going on holiday. 

-Hugging my nana and grandad 

-Going on an actual night out! Nightclubs and shots!

How have you practiced self care/self love during this difficult time?

Making sure I had time for myself, I turned the main bathroom into a little sanctuary with plants and lights, and made sure I had a relaxing bath every night to wind down and have a little pamper to myself. 

If you were one of our soap bars, which would you be and why?

If I was a nuddy bar, I would definitely have to be the coconut one! Not only is it my favourite smell but I am totally coco-NUTS! Good mums can be crazy too. 

Here’s your chance to give a shoutout to someone who has gotten you through the past few months! What is their name and how have they helped you?

My mum Janet Thompson - my inspiration throughout the whole lockdown. She has done so much for me and the children throughout this past year.