About

Only Teethin’ is aimed at awesome mums – mums who might also be freelancing, side-hustling, launching their own business or dreaming about doing so.

It’s a blog about growing a business or side-hustle, and about growing people – in all kinds of different ways.*

 

My story

Hello! I’m Laura. I’m mum to Ted, who was born in May 2017.

I’m also a writer and communications consultant. I’ve written for HuffPost, I write a column for Britmums and had a column in my local paper for four years. I set up my own PR & copywriting business six years ago.

Back then, I’d just left my glamorous life in Sydney, Australia to return to my (slightly less glamorous) hometown of Hull, in the north of England.

I had no grand plan at the time.

I just knew that I wasn’t 100% happy, living beside Bondi Beach. (My middle name is Difficult-To-Please, what’s yours?)

I toyed with the idea of getting another job like all the other jobs I’d had before.

And then I realised that it was those jobs that were making me unhappy. Not the work, but the inflexibility of working for someone else.

So I set up my PR and copywriting business and built a life here. Soon, I was earning more money than I’d ever earned.

The business I’ve created allows me to work around my family and on my own terms – and now I’d like to help other people, other mums, do the same.

 

About Only Teethin’

I launched this site in 2018 as I tried to get my head around motherhood (still trying, obviously).

Around the same time, I also began writing about the lessons I’ve learned in starting my own business, to advise people who might be in the same boat I was in six years ago.

I changed my mind almost as often as I changed my pants over whether to merge the two broad topics – of life & motherhood, and entrepreneurship – before realising that mixing up the two is actually a much more accurate reflection of life as a working parent.

(That and the fact that I don’t have time to dedicate to two blogs, ho ho.)

 

The Only Teethin’ Manifesto

The site is named after a Charlatans song which features the lyrics:

“It’s alright, we’re only teethin’, only young.”

With a nip of artistic licence, I’ve interpreted that as: we shouldn’t be afraid to try new things and go after what we want; we shouldn’t be afraid of failing.

In other words, it’s no big deal if you try something and eff it up. You still have time to start again, try again.

I like to think that applies whether you’re 22 or 82. And that it’s relevant whether you’re embarking on a new business venture, a hobby or a new way of looking at things.

I’m living it right now in fact, as I attempt to grow this blog and write more.

I’ve also recently set up a Facebook (and real life) network of women who are building their own businesses, called The Standout Set – find out more about that HERE.

If you’d like to get in touch, please drop me a line at laura@lauraodonnell.co.uk. I’d love to hear from you.

Laura x

 

*My rather cryptic opening lines intended to refer to ‘growing people’ as in birthing and nurturing them, but also to us mums growing too – in terms of our potential, and rediscovering our passions and so on.

Instead, it made me think of putting someone on a rack to try and stretch them. Rest assured no humans have been stretched in the making of this blog.