Hi Welcome to The Inspiration Edit – Multi Award Winning Family Lifestyle Blog.
This is my story!
My name is Angela Milnes, Mother, Wife, Daughter, Blogger.
About Me – Angela Milnes
I was born and raised in Yorkshire, England and migrated to New Zealand just before I started high school. Living in another country different to my own was an eye opener and an experience.
I gained an Education and spent six years at The University of Auckland graduating with a Bachelor Of Arts in English and Education followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.
Marriage, DIVORCE AND PREGNANCY
During my young adult years I married and divorced not once but twice. The first marriage was violent and abusive. I grew the courage to leave and fell in love a second time.
During my second marriage I lived in the Pacific Island of Tonga. We were planning to adopt but the child we hoped to raise died. I struggled with infertility and after seeing a specialist and undergoing IUI Infertility treatment I fell pregnant with my beautiful daughter Sylvia.
tEN YEARS IN THE UNITED kINGDOM
A few months after my daughter was born, my marriage broke down. My now X husband wanted me to work and provide for the family.
I wanted to be a stay at home Mother, I was not ready to return to work. I rebelled. I decided to stay at home and care for my baby and as a result the home became unsafe.
I removed Sylvia and I from the situation, took out a protection order and moved to a women’s refuge to keep me and my baby safe.
In 2010, I travelled to the United Kingdom with my 18 month old daughter Sylvia. We visited many different countries from Korea to Singapore to Amsterdam, Paris and Belgium.
A NEW MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
In 2013 I married my Yorkshire sweetheart John Milnes. I am so blessed to have met him. He is the best husband, so sweet, kind and thoughtful and an amazing step father to our now teenage daughter Sylvia.
LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
The week after our wedding I collapsed and was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency, a life threatening and life long chronic illness. I spent several years in and out of hospital, leaving me bed bound and in a wheelchair.
I naturally gained a lot of weight and I struggled to accept my new health condition. I started a blog and began writing about my life.
Ever since I became unwell I have been fighting for better health care and am currently using a Hydrocortisone Pump to manage my daily medical needs.
Chronic Illness is a constant battle and one I battle on a daily basis. I’ve since been diagnosed with further health conditions and I spend a lot of time at home unwell and unable to leave the home.
Multi Award Winning Blog
In 2015 I was nominated as a finalist for the Mumpreneur UK Awards. To my surprise I won and was Awarded “Best Parent Blogger” in the whole of the UK. It was an amazing achievement. I was presented my award by Caprice.
I have been a finalist in the Inspiration category of the BritMum Awards twice and have received WeGo Health Awards for my advocacy for Adrenal Insufficiency on Social Media.
In 2019 I was named in the Top 20 Best Vuileo Parenting Blogs . I was also named as a Top UK Craft Blogger and was a Finalist for Best In Pinterest at the BritMums Awards.
At the end of 2019, I won the Best Campaign Creator at the BritMums Brilliance In Blogging Awards!
Plans For The Future
Over the past two years my health has continued to deteriorate. In 2019 we travelled home to New Zealand, where we were reunited with family members after almost ten years. Whilst in New Zealand we collaborated with a number of brands including Hobbiton Tours, which was an amazing experience.
Since returning to the UK, Sylvia has expressed her desire to return home to New Zealand permanently. We have set a goal as a family to move back to NZ before Sylvia starts High School in 2022.
That’s the plan, and that’s our goal. We will move home to New Zealand eventually, and continue to share our story and experiences here on The Inspiration Edit.
Welcome to our world.
Angela Milnes x