Welcome to A Lively Mind! I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit.

My story

I’m Polly, a British 30-something who has ended up calling Atlanta, Georgia my home. Life has changed dramatically for me over the last 9 years… I moved country, moved city, married a wonderful man and became a mom/mum to two beautiful little girls!

Along the way, I’ve changed a lot too and learned so much. It’s not always easy trying to be a responsible grown up, and most days I feel as though I’m just muddling through! So I started this blog to chronicle some of my experiences, successes and failures as I try to make us a happy home and discover some of the secrets to living well.

Here you’ll find tips, ideas and inspiration for parenting, entertaining, fashion and decorating, as well as some stories about the ups and downs of being an expat.

Why A Lively Mind?

The name of this blog was inspired by a quote from my absolute favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. During a conversation between Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy:


Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?

For the liveliness of your mind, I did.


The character of Lizzy – marked by her intelligence and independent thinking, but with a good dose of romance thrown in 🙂 – is one that I personally hold dear.

Have any questions or want to get in touch? You can do so here.

Thanks for visiting!


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