Samantha Ball is a young mum.
She’s also a student at Sheffield University, studying journalism.
And on top of that, she’s a blogger.
In fact, she runs StudentMumDiaries.com, a place where she writes about what it’s like to be a young mum with a whole heap of ambition and how she overcomes the challenges she faces.
As we have a lot of young mums visit our little workshop here on the east coast of Lincolnshire, we thought it would be interesting to catch up with Samantha and find out a bit more about her, and what kind of jewellery she likes.
We drop in to the conversation finding out where Samantha is originally from:
SAM: I was born in Rotherham, but now I live in Sheffield with my partner Dylan, our son Leo, our cat Drogo and dog Kobi.
BELLE & BEE: Wow. That’s quite the clan!
SAM: Ha. Yeah. We just got Kobi so the family is adjusting to being five instead of four. It’s pretty crazy as I'm actually still in my final year at University.
BELLE & BEE: You’re studying journalism, right?
SAM: I am. And I also work at Sheffield Arena as a Hospitality Supervisor.
BELLE & BEE: That sounds like a lot of stuff on your plate already.
SAM: Yeah, it does seem that way sometimes!
BELLE & BEE: So what made you start StudentMumDiaries.com?
SAM: Well, when I found out I was pregnant with Leo, I was just heading into my second year of university and was advised to take the year out and maybe start a blog or write freelance to keep in touch with my journalism studies.
BELLE & BEE: That’s interesting. Is that what you did?
SAM: Ha. It wasn’t. Sure, it was good advice, but I decided to stay and not take any time off.
But I like the sound of writing anyway and decided to make a blog about what it's like being a student mum.
It took off more than I thought it would do.
BELLE & BEE: That’s not surprising. There’s a lot of young mum’s who will relate to your experience. What drives you to push yourself like that?
SAM: I am quite a motivated person. I like pushing the boundaries a little bit so if someone says there’s no way I can do something, I like to give it a go and prove that I can.
BELLE & BEE: It’s a great attitude to have.
You show them!
I'm actually scared of heights but I didn’t let that stop me skydiving in 2014 to raise money for charity.
That’s just how I work.
I guess my family are my biggest motivators too. My parents have always been 100% supportive and encourage me and now my partner and son do as well.
BELLE & BEE: It’s great to have that family support. We’re a family business too, so know how important it is.
SAM: Totally. I think it’s essential.
BELLE & BEE: OK. Let’s change the subject a little and talk fashion and our favourite subject…jewellery.
SAM: It’s one of my favourite subjects too!
BELLE & BEE: How would you describe your fashion style?
SAM: Hmm. Not sure if a 'mum look' is a fashion style. Probably quite simple, but it has to be comfy too.
BELLE & BEE: That sounds like a good look to me. Do you have a few favourite go to items of clothing?
SAM: Not that I go to the gym much these days, but definitely my gym clothes. They’re super-comfy and at least make me look like I’ve been productive.
BELLE & BEE: What kind of jewellery do you like to wear?
SAM: I don't like to go too over the top. I usually go for the basics.
I have two rings I always wear, one from my parents and one from Dylan, and a silver bracelet Dylan got me for our first Christmas. I also have a rose gold Kors watch he got for my 21st, which I love.
I have a silver necklace I got for my 21st too. That’s with an engraved star and moon pendant.
(You can take a look at our own full range of rings by clicking here.)
BELLE & BEE: Sounds good. What’s your most treasured piece of jewellery?
SAM: That’s got to be my engraved necklace of my son’s hand and footprint.
BELLE & BEE: That sounds lovely. So, you’ve already got your hands full as we’ve seen, but what are your plans for the next few years?
SAM: Finish my degree, then potentially do a teaching degree as well, and maybe go traveling a bit with Dylan and Leo.
BELLE & BEE: Sounds like a plan. And after so much studying you’ll certainly deserve a break.
In the meantime, how can people find out more about you?
SAM: My website has quite a lot about me and my family on there, as well as my Twitter.
I have an Instagram linked with my 'blog' that's public and I share lot on there, I have a private one that's just for family and friends too but I rarely use that anymore. I've just started a Facebook page but I've not really taken it anywhere yet.
BELLE & BEE: Well, our followers can get in early so that’s good. Thanks so much for your time Sam and good luck with StudentMumDiaries.com.
SAM: Thank you too. And thanks to your followers for reading.
BELLE & BEE: If you'd like to find out more about Sam, you can visit her website at studentmumdiaries.com