I haven’t got time

I hear a lot in the media about work-life balance. It’s often based around parents. Balancing work, childcare, family time and time to yourself is virtually impossible as a parent. I’ve interviewed seven amazing people now in my Inspirational Parents series. I’ve asked them all about their theories around work-life balance. Sadly nobody has come up with a miracle solution – other than asking for help. That’s really not my style so when I need to take on more work, something else has to give. Now that I’ve stopped everything else, the only way I can fit more working hours…

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I wish I was that mother

I wish I was that mother. You know, the beautiful one with the perfect hair and makeup. I wish I was that mother who arrives for ballet class on time. I wish I was that mother who takes her child to an eye test at the hospital – and actually remembers to bring their glasses. I wish I was that mother with the tidy, immaculate house and the full fridge. I wish I was that mother who gets invited to parties. I wish I was that mother who has the time to sit down in the evenings with a glass…

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Being a grown up

I look at my little girls, listen to them laughing and see them smiling. I hear their little grizzles about all the terrible things in their lives. Not being able to find their favourite toy, not being allowed to stay at the park or being unhappy with their lot at dinner time. I envy them their childhood and I worry for them about when their time comes to be grown ups. There are so many things to worry about as a grown up. What our generation are doing to the environment. The terrible atrocities that are going on in the…

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Give it back

On Friday things were looking good, The weekend loomed ahead. I did some work and had a drink, And wasn’t late to bed.   Saturday looked better, In spite of all the rain. We went to hear some music, And bounce on castles yet again. Then Sunday was a lovely day, A lunch with some great friends. Exploring in their garden, The adventure never ends. But now it seems it’s Sunday night, It’s come round just like that. So can whoever took my weekend, Please kindly give it back?

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The clothes make the man

This afternoon, my husband was very commendably having a clear out. This is a necessary evil as we will be putting our house on the market in a few weeks.  As he was putting some clothes aside to go to the charity shop, hubby dug out a jumper of mine. It’s a grey jumper that came from a charity shop a few years ago. Admittedly, it’s nothing special. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s seen better days.  Hubby insisted that the jumper had to go. In fact, he went as far as buying me another couple of jumpers…

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Why is social etiquette so different online?

For the past few years, I’ve been quite active on social media. In my last role as an employee, social media management was a key part of my role. These days, I use social media alongside my blog. I also regard blogging as quite a social thing in itself. My main network for the blog is Twitter, but I use Google plus as well. More recently I’ve started up a Facebook page and an Instagram account. All very dull I know, but I wanted to give you a bit of context. Because here’s the thing. If somebody takes the time…

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I found the pot of gold

Since having Lia, I feel like I’ve been in a constant battle against time.  For many months, Lia wasn’t sleeping well. As I’m freelance, I had to start working again pretty quickly after I’d had her. I did reduce my hours dramatically, but didn’t stop completely. And pretty soon the time came when I needed to pick my hours right up again.  Unfortunately, that time came long before Lia started sleeping through the night. I ended up working until the early hours, then being up twice in the night before the girls got me up in the morning.  By the…

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