Hey Y'all! I'm Anna Cockayne!
I am a wife, mother (to both human & furry), daughter, sister, and blogger.
On my website, you will find a variety of topics that primarily center around Parenting Teens, Finances & Budgeting, Crafting, DIY, Food & Drink, Farmhouse Decorating, and I also focus on getting through life with a Mental Illness.
My belief is that someone is always needing a little help in various aspects of their life and I'm the one who can help.
I started blogging at the tail end of 2014 on my first blog Crazy Bloggin' Mom (which has since entered into early retirement). So I graduated onto Life, Laughs & Coffee (again, early retirement…. see a pattern?). Neither of those blogs lasted more than a year.
So in the Fall of 2016, www.annacockayne.com was born.
I had decided that the “cutesy” blogger names, just wasn't my thing and decided to OWN who I was and Ta Da! Enough about the blog, you want to hear about Anna, aka me! Like I said above, I'm a wife (to Jason), mother (to Manny & Melo), fur-mom (to Chi & Apollo) and of course daughter, sister and duh, blogger.
I've worked in some type of creative field almost my entire working life.
I was a preschool assistant teacher for a few years, went on to work at a very well known office & print store for a few more years, then I worked in telecommunications. While doing that I started dabbling in more crafty things and fell in love with using my favorite machine ever, my Cricut Explore Air.
My life hasn't exactly been the easiest.
I've had a few abusive relationships, raised my boys for the most part on my own the better part of my 20's. Been almost homeless twice, and have struggled since I was 14 with Bipolar disorder, Anxiety and Depression.
- I grew up in a semi-suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, called Lorain.
- Graduated in 1999 and started an assistant teaching job.
- In 2000, I gave birth to my oldest son
- Had a rough few years, a couple run ins with the the law and bettered myself.
- In 2005, I gave birth to my youngest son
- 2008 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis.
- 2009 Almost became homeless, but was saved by my mom & grandmother.
- 2010 Met this awesome wonderful guy who would be come my husband.
- In October 2013 I married the love of my life.
- 2016 lost my mom to endometrial cancer (the worse day ever).
- 2018 we bought our first home in a small little country town about 45 minutes away from our hometown.
And this is where I am today.
Living the country life in a small beautiful rural community in a beautiful semi-remodeled farmhouse.
You'll read about a lot of financial hurdles we had to jump over the 5 years between getting married and buying our home in order to get our credit on track, things we did that hurt our credit and now how we're trying to repair it again.
You'll hear me talk a lot about the importance of taking care of yourself as a woman first, then as a wife & mother. I know it's hard, we often forget that we can't take care of our family, if we're not 100%.
How would you describe your typical day?
Hectically driving kids all over hell's high acre for events?
Stressed about finances, both current & in the future?
Daunting chores that you just wish you could “swish & flick” them done?
Staring into the freezer trying to figure out what's for dinner?
Struggling with your anxiety, depression, or other mental health? How about your child's or spouse's mental health?
We have all been there before.
Here are a few problems/issues that I focus on:
- Not knowing what is happening on what day and what time and where. (ie. Lil' Jimmy's practice is Weds at 4p at Blue Rhino fields, not Monday at 5p Alliance fields)
- Every time you sit down to budget, you cry, break a pencil, or get confused on your own math
- Every recipe you've made, has the same ol' ingredients and it's boring
- Between dealing with your own anxiety & depression, you have your families also. Which, I know, makes you more anxious & depressed.
No matter where you are in the parenting timeline, you're going to want to have a little bit of freedom, relaxation, and less stress.
- You want to be that awesome parent who knows when everything is, where at, and be there on time.
- You want to look at your budget and say “I got this shit!”
- What? Edamame? Pfft, I made that so many times, I can cook it in my sleep. (Not me, but someone out there probably can)
- When it comes to mental health, you want to take care of yourself, as well as your family.
I believe that everyone has a need for something and it's my passion to help you manage being a parent and/or spouse as flawlessly as possible.