Great Minds UK Coaching Planner : helping you get back on track

Now I’m in my forties I find myself asking ‘is this it?’ an awful lot. I feel like I need to get back on track with my life and what I want for it. Do you ever feel like that and want something to help you focus on what you want, or even work out what that is? Is so, the GO-FAR coaching planner by Great Minds UK might be something you want to try. The lovely people at Great Minds gifted me a copy recently, although that in no way sways my views. Anyone who knows me that I’m obsessed with planning, working to live and developing myself. Knowledge is power in my book, and that includes knowing what…

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A #WeeklyWins special: the highlight of my blogging life

I’m feeling quite flattered today. When I started my little family and lifestyle blog 7 months ago, I wasn’t sure if anyone would read it. In all honesty I thought I’d probably do it for a few months and it would run out of steam. Still, I felt like I had something to say. I wanted other working mums to know that the struggle is real! They are not alone in feeling frustrated or guilty. Similarly, you can be a superhero and fit everything in, because let’s face it that’s what parents do every day. I began it as a way of reaching out to other mums too. As soon as you go back to work you drop out of the…

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Proud to be a quitter

I’m proud to be a quitter. There, I said it. It can be a tough thing to admit, both the quitting bit and being proud of it, but it’s true. I give up quickly. I am a great starter, but not a great finisher. There are several reasons for this. Firstly,  I have an inflated sense of what I can achieve which means. This isn’t because of a huge ego, quite the opposite. No matter how busy my life is I tend to think that its all pretty normal and therefore I should be able to cope with a little bit more. Several people recently asked me how I get up every day and get on with everything on my plate,…

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Surviving the negative comments

As a blogger I spend a lot of time online. It also features a lot in my “day job”. As a result I see the highs and lows – the most helpful, lovely, supportive bits of online personas, and some utterly horrible ones too. I’ve never really understood the compelling need to make a negative personal comment or judgement on someone else’s work, their views or how they live their life. Generally speaking, I don’t have the energy to. I have once or twice been trolled, or at least someone has attempted to but I’ve not realised it until after the event. Their comments garnered nothing but a bright and breezy response from me. Occasionally I’ve received some snarky comments…

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Strip Naked and Redress with Happiness: How to survive and thrive through personal challenge

There are times in your life when you have to evaluate where you are and your view of yourself and the world. This often happens to mothers in those early years of parenting. Our bodies change, we sacrifice time and our own needs, our priorities shift. It doesn’t just happen to us when we become mothers – illness, a personal or family crisis, simply feeling stuck in a rut can cause us to feel overwhelmed, dissatisfied, confused, rudderless, even lost. I’ve read a few self help books over the years, and they can be a great tool for helping you unpick how you’re feeling in these situations.   ‘Strip Naked and Redress with Happiness: How to survive and thrive through…

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My Weekly Wins #10

I can’t say I particularly know what went on this week. I spent most of it in a daze as Small Boy decided to wake up very early three days in a row and I was a zombie for most of it. One 2.30am start had me drinking Red Bull at my desk at 8am. That was a weird day – I was coming out with lots of ideas all morning and then hit a wall by 3pm and had to go home while I was still safe behind the wheel of a car. But even in the blurriest weeks there are wins to be hard and small triumphs to celebrate! Understanding the childcare offer in Wales In Wales, all…

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My Weekly Wins #9

It feels peculiar doing a list of wins for this week as it’s not been a good one as last Saturday night, someone very close to us passed away. This week hasn’t been one of wins. It’s been very sad.  But there are at least things I’m thankful for, and perhaps this is a good place as any to put my gratitude out into the universe. My ability to spin plates I was once described by a medical professional as being the equivalent of an endurance athlete when it comes to dealing with stress. She was right. Many counsellors over the years have said the same as occasionally – very occasionally – I reach a point where my stress jar…

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My Weekly Wins #8

My weekly wins are a little early this week as tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I’m sure you’ll all be busy. I’m actually spending it at two year old’s birthday party. Also, I’m nursing a migraine and words may fail me soon! This week has been pretty busy on the blog front so I might bore those who don’t work in digital comms or the blogosphere, but stay with me folks!   Blog admin beaten So it’s been a week focused on blog admin for me as the General Data Protection Regulation implementation in the UK looms. For those who haven’t heard of this, it basically means that you have greater rights to how your information is used when you…

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My Weekly Wins #7

Each Sunday I reflect on my weekly wins – the small things in life that well or made me smile. As a busy working parent it’s easy to be overwhelmed and stress, but there’s still rays of sunshine even in the most manic week.

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My Weekly Wins #6

It’s been a weird week… again. I took a few days off from my day job, which basically means with my working pattern a whole ten days off work in a row. I had so much planned, especially as Small Boy was still going to be in nursery for the three days I usually go into the office. I’ve recently bought a new camera so I was going to have a day out taking lots of lovely shots and familiarising myself with it. That didn’t happen. I also had a spa experience booked, and while that did happen I did end up running back and forth to hospital to visit my mum and feed her cats, check in on my…

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My Weekly Wins #5

Blog Love Laura at Dear Bear and Beany featured me on her weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase for my post about the benefits of being an older mum. This meant a lot to me. I wasn’t sure how that post would land. I’m not advocating having children later, but there are distinct challenges to having children later and it’s good to have a reminder that it’s not all bad. It would be easy for me to feel sad that I probably won’t be alive when my son is my age or that I might never see grandchildren or be fit enough to help care for them. He will never have a granddad figure as they’ve already passed away. In fact there are…

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My Weekly Wins #4

I have had an amazing week, although it’s been quite busy. As always, here’s my round up of cool things (my “weekly wins”)  that happened along the way. Small Boy is Happy We had a great meeting with Small Boy’s key workers at nursery and think we’ve identified a few triggers to his anxiety and frustration. Like all two year olds he is going to have a wobble, we just need to support him to express that suitably. Hey he’s two and basically driven my emotions, we need to be the adults and give him some help. He is handling things a lot better now and on Thursday we didn’t have any tears but lots of amazing play. A full…

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