When opportunity knocks: working longer and new goals

As you know, the realisation that I am facing at least another twenty two-ish years of working has recently hit me. Frankly, it should be depressing… but is it? I’m battling with this, but one thing I do know is that depending on your situation it doesn’t need to be. You certainly don’t have to be so worried about it if you’re earlier in your working life. It will give you some more time to think about your retirement planning for example. So, in an attempt to be more positive that I have occasionally been, I’ve been asking what good can…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…