Browse Month: March 2016

Ease the Pressure – Working Mum Guilt

This the last in my series of “Ease the pressure…” I hope you enjoyed them.

 

After putting the kids to bed the other night and having a surprisingly easy bedtime routine that night, with no tantrums etc…I started thinking about my reason for working and why I don’t feel working mum guilt anymore, especially as the kids have gotten older. I have posted a video on this topic on YouTube, linked above. In the video I mention 5 areas that I believe have helped me manage (and now eliminate) working mum guilt.

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working mum - clean house

Clean your house in an hour…Really??

Really, do these things work? I must admit I am a sucker for titles like this on Pinterest. I open them up with such enthusiasm and anticipation…holding my breath as if I am going to find the golden chalice….how do I do it? How do I clean my house in 1 hour? I will then be able to fit it in my schedule and not have to Ooh and Aah about the additional cost of getting a cleaner…I can spare 1 hour a week to clean my house. …so let me begin..

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Miracle Morning- working mum life

My Miracle Morning…

This is my newest habit, I have only recently heard about it through a YouTube inspirational talk given by Hal Elrod (the person behind the miracle morning) and it is changing me already! It is set of rituals that you apply to your everyday morning routine, which empowers you with confidence and creativity, to go forward with your day, armed with a positive attitude and a sense of achievement….

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Career or Family?… I want Both!

I am definitely one of those people that enjoys new challenges, and specifically the challenge brought on by change. One of the areas in my life that I create a lot of change is with jobs, which I change quite frequently (every two years or so). I am due to start a new job soon and although I am very excited by the new challenges I will face in the new role. I am also quite anxious….

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Loving my Perfect “Real” Life

As a young girl I dreamt about meeting my Prince Charming (after I had the job of my dreams of course) being swept off my feet and carried off into the sunset…only to appear 9 months later with a bouncing baby (as a kid it would only have been girls for me…considering how girly I was)…and my life would be perfect from then on..all Pink candy floss, Care Bears, hearts and kisses…

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Pregnancy and birth

Ease the pressure – Congratulations on the birth…

I’ve been having a lot of conversations recently with mothers who have had their children a few years ago and we’ve been exchanging birthing stories like war heroes…

Who had a normal delivery with no drugs, who had all the drugs on offer, who had interventions and who had the dreaded c-section! Everyone has their story to tell and thankfully most of us had a happy ending. A lot of the conversation also involves regrets from mothers who weren’t able to follow a birth plan or they felt that their choice was taken away from them.

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replenish your energy - Happy Mother's Day

Replenish Your Energy – Happy Mother’s Day!!

Do you ever hit a wall? It is a bit like in “my make hay while the sun shines” post…I do too much on top of working, managing kids and home… Like having a lot of evenings out/ being busy at work/ going to bed too late (like my last few weeks – see Mum about Town Post). After a few weeks of busy-ness… I suddenly hit a wall and just can’t do anymore physically. I end up having to spend an afternoon on the sofa, doing nothing and watching TV with kids (sorry not always the active mum after all). It seems that my body and mind has this automatic slow down switch…which kicks into gear when I’ve been over doing it and actually forces me to take it easy for while, just to replenish my energy again. The issue is when I ignore this feeling and continue to be just as busy, then it just gets worse and worse…usually resulting in me becoming run down and getting migraines, colds, sore throats, whatever is going around.

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Working Mum - Mum about town

Mum About Town

The last few weeks have been a blur of social activity with friends visiting from overseas, going out for dinner & drinks.
I even had the pleasure of a “full kid free day out” to London Fashion Weekend at the Saatchi Gallery, on the Kings Road with some friends on Saturday. This was a great day, where we indulged in good food, prosecco, a runway show, make up and shopping – for a girlie girl like me this was heaven…with pink bubbles…

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