Work, work, work

I love working from home, it’s a lifestyle choice and for me, I know it is the right one. Sometimes though, I do find that I have so much to do that I have to just take a deep breath and keep going.  I probably do take on too much work, but I only take on an amount that should be reasonable, all things being equal. The problem is though, all things very rarely are equal. Our life doesn’t work like that, I doubt yours does either if you have young children. But I would never fail to complete work…

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Teaching kindness

Every day the media bombards us with the bad side of humanity. Terrorism, murder, rape, child abuse, cruelty to animals. The list goes on. Among all the bad news though, there is often a little reminder that most of us are naturally kind. Good news stories at the end of the local news, awards for unsung heroes, news bites on certain websites. Hashtags that take the world by storm, particularly following terrible events. The #illRideWithYou hashtag that has been trending over the past few days is a great example. On Monday, I took Libby to a singing group that we…

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Working from home – where do I start?

I recently wrote a blog post about the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. I know it’s something that a lot of people would love to do but perhaps they just don’t know where to start. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, so here are my five top tips. Just a disclaimer before you start reading – I didn’t include in my last post the fact that sometimes your own children can be really, really annoying if you’re stuck with them all day. Please bear this in mind before you make any rash decisions! 1.…

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I used to be somebody

There was a time, not long ago, When I was someone else, you know.   I used to dance, I used to laugh.  You’ve seen me in a photograph.   I used to play, I used to run, I had some friends and had some fun.   But how things changed, and so they must. We all grow old and turn to dust.   And now my life is not my own, No one calls me on the phone.   I don’t go out, I can’t, you see. I live for someone else, not me.   My clothes are rags,…

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Being a work at home mum

I was chatting to someone today about being self-employed, and she asked me an interesting question. Now that I’m working for myself and working from home, would I go back? Absolutely not. But it does have its drawbacks, so here is a balanced view on the advantages and disadvantages of being a work from home mum.  Advantages 1. Bringing up my children.  I’m ashamed to say that when I had Libby, I thought I would be fine about going back to work when she was three months old and letting someone else look after her. Owing to my long hours and commute,…

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Work for all

Since I started working from home, I have been passionate about the entitlement of everyone to work in a job that they enjoy, and that fits in with their lifestyle.  For the majority of people, a nine to five job works just fine. For some of us though, office work just doesn’t fit with our skill set, lifestyle, family requirements or enjoyment of work. That’s where specialist job websites come in. There are a variety of websites that publish opportunities in specialist areas, such as the list of construction jobs uk provided by City Calling, where project work as well as long…

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A new start

Before having Libby, I had spent nearly 10 years working in the legal profession in various guises. I loved the work and there was never any question of me doing anything other than going straight back to the same job after having Libby. Three months after giving birth, that’s exactly what happened. What I didn’t factor in was the fact that I’d be up at 5 am to feed her, leave the house at 6.30 am and be home around 6 pm. I also didn’t take into account how much I’d miss her, or how trivial work would seem when…

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