If you missed last week’s blog, I wrote about my personal goals to inject some culture into my life as my city celebrates finally getting to flaunt its City of Culture status. The first week saw over 342,000 visitors come to check out Hull's opening exhibition, Made in Hull. I think I probably chose the … Continue reading Made in Hull – the first week of culture
New year's resolutions? Sure. More water, running, fewer takeaways, etc, etc. All the usual stuff, but that's boring, predictable, and more than likely, destined to fail, because who really wants less pizza in their life? Resolutions are for early January, but I believe in adapting a new approach to life at any given moment. There … Continue reading Let’s go get cultured
For my last post of 2016 I talk about what it's like to realise that ambitions don't have to be a short term plan. The year is almost about to tip into 2017 and on this ordinary December afternoon I’m sat in my home office, working on some educational stuff for next year. I’m not … Continue reading Long term dreams and long lasting encouragement
There's a certain awkwardness to entering adulthood - the time your relationships get more serious, flats are rented, jobs are no longer temp roles but career stepping stones - but you're only just starting, so the title of 'proper adult’ is yet to be attained. At this time of year, that translates to doing what … Continue reading The end of Fake Christmas
It's no secret that if you're a woman you're likely to earn less than a man in the same job. It's a much plainer fact than I'd imagined: a man and woman starting off in the same role can advance in their careers equally, but when a woman takes a break to have a child … Continue reading The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum
I'm getting a new washing machine for Christmas this year and it's genuinely going to be a better present than anything else I could ask for. On the off chance that it's a) not what you want to buy for your mummy friends or b) probably not a great gift generally, I've put together this … Continue reading Gift guide for mums of young kids
This post is about doing things you're own way. Everywhere we look there are instructions, prompts and pressure to conform. There's a guide to everything from how best to put food in your baby's mouth to surviving Christmas. Things are best when you follow your initiative and keep your head up. As I realised recently, … Continue reading Why you should ignore ‘how to’ guides and bossy people
At 5.30am today I checked Twitter. Nobody was being very coherent, but I remember one tweet: “When are they going to just declare it for him?” HIM? Oh no, this isn't right. My half asleep state failed to navigate the facts at that time, and I convinced myself to get some more sleep. I slept, … Continue reading Don’t cry, don’t hate. Read this and be better than them.
I was right to be anxious for the week to be over at the end of our half term minibreak. Last week had basically just been a build up of anxiety and stress, which resulted in a night that felt a bit like the last eight months all hit me in one go. I felt … Continue reading Putting things in perspective
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how great it is to do nothing sometimes, just an odd day here and there where absolutely nothing happens. Cue pyjamas, tea, and lots of sofa time. This week was a bit different, but just as relaxing. Gary was off work for the week and we decided … Continue reading Staycations over Santorini?