Falling through the cracks: It’s time to take control of your pension #AD

Are you saving enough for your future? It’s a simple question, but the answer is never straightforward. At least, it’s not for me. Scottish Widows have recently published the 15th Women & Retirement Report. They’re celebrating the good progress that has been made since the report started. In 2019, 57% of women are saving adequately for retirement. That’s the highest proportion since their research started, helped in part by auto-enrolment. Despite this positive change, men stand to benefit from a staggering £78,800 more in their pension pot than women. Certain groups of women continue to fall through the cracks, remaining…

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Do you ever stand and face a mirror for no other reason than to see who is looking back at you? What do you see? Is your face the sum of all your experiences, a tale of a life well lived? Do you see the person who went through all those trials and tribulations to get to where you are now? Or do you see every wrinkle, grey hair and unwanted feature that taunts you? See the ones who didn’t make it When you stare into the eyes in the mirror, do you curse the dark circles beneath them? Look…

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Why haven’t you taught me swear words?

The question caught me off guard. “Mum, why haven’t you taught me any swear words?” My first thought was self-congratulatory. I’m not adverse to the odd swear word here and there, so raising a child to seven years old without teaching her a single one is somewhat noteworthy. My next thought was why on earth did she think I should be teaching her swear words. So I asked her, “Why would I?” Her answer was so logical that it made me wonder if I’ve been getting it all wrong. “I know swear words are bad, so how do I avoid…

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A September resolution about priorities

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better. The to-do list Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the…

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The Frankfurt Job

With a third of the population originating from abroad, the multicultural city of Frankfurt is a haven for expats. Two British film makers have recently visited the city to take part in a fascinating project. The Frankfurt Job uncovers the soul of the city. In a fun twist, the film makers are competing to be viewers’ favourite. Why Frankfurt Frankfurt as a city is often misunderstood. With only 750,000 inhabitants, it is relatively small. However, this doesn’t take into consideration the 5.5 million people living in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. All of whom reside within a 30 minute commute of…

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