Life is short, live harder

Every now and then, life throws you a curve ball. A timely reminder that life is short, life is precious and we need to make the most of every single moment.

Since having children, I’ve been finding it really difficult to get any time for me. Time to do the things I enjoy; keep fit, go travelling and even go out with friends. Money has been a bit of an issue because I have been so determined to spend all the time I can with the children, that work had to happen when they were either out or asleep.

This meant far too many late nights, followed by early mornings with the girls. It left very little time for me, and the precious few hours I managed to snatch for myself were usually spent in front of a laptop, catching up with blogging or social media – or just generally being too exhausted to do much.

Now though, I’m starting to manage to reclaim just a little bit of my time. The odd hour here and there, and even a night out with some old friends. And when I finally managed to get myself out of the house, I realised how much easier it was.

Back in the days when I used to go out several times a week, a late night would mean wasting the next morning. I’d be hungover, tired and grumpy. And the night out itself would often be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it would be brilliant fun, but other times it would be a bit lame and I’d end up disappointed.

These days though, there’s no way I’m going to go out and do anything other than have an amazing time. These opportunities don’t come very often so there’s no way I’m going to waste them.

And the following morning? I was up by 7am, on a train home and straight off for a family day out – fuelled by a hangover-beating greasy breakfast. I got on with my day, not wasting a single moment to the dreaded morning after feeling.

In time, I’m beginning to realise that the difficult times really are the ones that shape us. Being a mum has taught me that I can still have fun doing all the things I used to do, it’s just that I have to live harder. Cram more into every hour, minute and second and make the most of every available opportunity.

So I’ve booked a family holiday, agreed to take part in a tough sports event, and arranged to do things that would have seemed too difficult or self indulgent a few months ago. I’m not getting any younger and I’ve still got a couple of years before the girls go to school and leave me to my own devices during the daytime.

But in the meantime, I’m not willing to give up on doing the things I love. I’m just going to have to stick to my new motto – life is short, live harder.

On making the most of every living moment as a mum. Life is short, live harder.



  1. April 23, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Go get em Tiger xxx

  2. Sassy
    April 23, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I love this! Go hard or go home 😉 xxx

  3. April 24, 2016 / 5:46 am

    I need to take a leaf out of your book, I’m rubbish at doing things for me. I just feel guilty all the time. But I have no reason to really, the girls get so much of time, that a few hours without me will probably do everyone good x

  4. April 24, 2016 / 9:19 am

    What a positive post and a great attitude to life! Once you’re through the fog of early parenthood it’s so important to take back whatever time you can for yourself. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t fill every second with doing stuff! That’s a mixture of stuff for the kids, work stuff, stuff for the house and finally stuff for me (running and blogging). I don’t know how to live my life any other way now.

  5. April 24, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Love that motto! Also happy that you’re in a much more positive place at the mo despite everything you’ve had to cope with.

    Stevie x

  6. April 24, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Life is a balancing act. Being able to balance your home, family, work, friends and more is a challenge. I love that you’re becoming good at juggling the things that matter most to you and making the most of your time.

  7. April 24, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve managed to cram some me time into your ever so busy life. I don’t know how you do it all Nat x

  8. April 25, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Well done to you for booking a holiday – it’s tough working hard without some time off for good behaviour as a reward!

  9. April 25, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    It so easy to lose that sense of who you are without kids and i think some “us” and “you” time is so important even though it can be so hard to carve out. Hope you have an amazing time on holiday xx

  10. April 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Absolutely! There’s just not time for hangovers anymore!! I have to admit though, that due to being a bit of a light weight now anyway, my alcohol limit is far lower than it was, which means hangovers are far more manageable! It’s the tiredness that kills me! Great motto!! xx

  11. April 30, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Such a great attitude to life! I think I need to be more like you and live harder! 🙂 x

  12. April 30, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    Pleased you’ve managed to catch some me time in there. That’s so important. I think without it yiu can quickly lose yourself. Love the motto! Pretty much how I live my life.

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