Want to achieve your new year’s resolutions? Make them SMART!

happy-new-year-1063797_1280 Many of us start the New Year with a list of high level or even unachievable resolutions e.g. to lose weight or to run every day for a year (OK, so maybe that’s achievable for some, but I imagine not for a lot of us mere mortals) so it’s not surprising that we get to the end of the year feeling despondent and unenthusiastic about the resolutions we had made. We may start with goodRead More »

Surviving sleep deprivation

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If there is one thing that is testing my mission to find calm and harmony at the moment, it’s lack of sleep. I am rubbish without a good night’s sleep. So having spent the last few weeks with one or both of my children waking up every night, I am a proper grump today! While my children and husband find it really easy to get back to sleep again, I spend the rest of the night tossing and turning and listening to the harmony of snoresRead More »

Work-life balance for parents – my top 10 tips

Finding work-life balance is very much still a journey of discovery for me. Since becoming a mum six years ago, I’ve had the sometimes very difficult task of balancing being a working mum, wife, researcher, writer and generally trying to fit all the pieces of our lives together in some form of organised way. Sometimes the pieces fit together nicely and sometimes I feel like I’m flailing around in the dark trying to find a pause button.

I know I’m not alone. Many of us struggle to find a balance between work and family life and, somewhere in between, trying to find some time for our own rest and relaxation. I am no expert at this (you should see my to-do list!) but I have learnt some coping strategies and techniques that work for me, so I wanted to share my top 10 tips in the hope that it might help others:Read More »

A surprisingly stress-free kids’ party

Last week my children turned 4 and 6. They share a birthday (still not sure how we planned that!) so it means we have managed to get away with a joint birthday party for the last few years. I’m hoping we can get away with that for as long as possible! I find the whole mission of planning and preparing for a kids’ party harrowing. After a couple of years of organising parties for the ever-increasing numbers of friends, I decided this year was going to be different. I was not going to stress and worry, and I was going to approach this party with a calmer, more organised approach. Even when I put my back out days before the party, I still was able to stay calm.Read More »

Lessons and tips for working from home

I’ve been working from home now for 8 years and it’s been a learning curve. There’s no doubt that working from home can be a great way to balance work and life but it can also bring some challenges. I definitely don’t miss the commute, trundling along the motorway at a depressingly slow 20 miles an hour. And I do love the flexibility that working from home brings with it. But I have learnt that successful working from home takes dedication, discipline and some serious focus. If you have ideas of getting up late, working in your pyjamas and taking 4 hour lunch breaks, then the likelihood is that you’re not going to get much work done.

So what have I learnt along the way…Read More »