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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Saving up for a big purchase the easy way

Until recently, I’ve never been a saver. Living day to day was the priority, and if I wanted to travel then that’s what credit cards were for. Unfortunately, my inability to say no when it came to travel did land me in some debt. Managing without getting into more debt became increasingly difficult. Now though, we’re in the fortunate position that our only debt is the mortgage. So, it’s time to be sensible about saving. Over the past few years, various bank accounts and apps have been developed to make saving easier. I’m taking advantage of those and putting some…

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[AD] Planning for the future with Scottish Widows

Did you know that minimum contributions to workplace pensions are increasing from 5 to 8 per cent? That extra 3 per cent will be made up by HMRC and employers, but also by employees. With women already facing different financial difficulties to men, putting money into a pension is likely to be at the very bottom of our to-do list. Women often prioritise ‘now’ when saving. This can be for a new boiler, the car needing to be fixed or even to buy the new must-have gadget. However, it’s also worth thinking about your future and saving for the retirement…

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I disagree

It is natural to surround ourselves with people like us. We work with people with a similar skillset, make friends with people who have similar interests and follow social media accounts that share our ethos. So, when was the last time you disagreed with someone? Not an argument, or disagreeing with a stranger, but voicing a differing opinion to a friend or family member. Or even expressing an alternative viewpoint at work. Is disagreeing really that uncommon? Why is disagreeing frowned upon? It goes without saying that we all have differing opinions. If we were all the same, society simply…

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How to love Mondays

From the day we start school, Monday to Friday represents the daily grind. Early starts. Hard work. Routine. Living for the weekend, waiting for those two precious days with family and friends. Sunday nights bring a familiar feeling of dread and the Monday morning alarm is the low point of the whole week. But it doesn’t have to be this way, what if we were to learn how to love Mondays? Start the week with something you love To learn how to love Mondays, the first step is to do something you enjoy on the first day of every week.…

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