The parental income gap – how to cope

Like all things, there are pros and cons to being self-employed as a parent. When I started my business just over two years ago, we talked about how it would fit in well with family life - being able to arrange my own hours and work from home would hopefully give us the opportunity to … Continue reading The parental income gap – how to cope

The challenges of becoming a self-employed mum

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

A week of ups and downs

So many people describe having a baby as a time which really puts a strain on your relationship. I think if you're a good partnership that support each other well this doesn't necessarily have to be the case, but one thing you can't get around is how much time gets stripped away from you as … Continue reading A week of ups and downs

Finding a work-life balance with a baby

Back as promised! This week, as usual lately, has been manic and flown past so fast I'm not sure I stopped to eat more than a handful of month-old Starburst. But here I am; rocking Saturday night by blogging (and publishing on Sunday). In my last post I let you know that I became a … Continue reading Finding a work-life balance with a baby

New cultural opportunities in Hull City of Culture

Dance, visual art, photography, theatre, film, music, poetry and more. If you’re in the creative industries in Hull I want to hear from you! What Next Generation Hull is a brand new group being set up to reflect the work of the national What Next movement. The aim of the group is to reach out … Continue reading New cultural opportunities in Hull City of Culture

10 signs your office knows it’s summer

Finally, it’s summer. The good(ish) weather has arrived, we’re driving to work with the windows down and weekends are spent enjoying the light nights…or are they? Maybe you’re spending your time worrying how you’re going to get everything done and still have some time off this year. Still though, there’s always time to read a … Continue reading 10 signs your office knows it’s summer

Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

Last week the Hull Children’s Book Awards took place. It’s an event I’ve attended for three years now, first as a school librarian, second as a teacher, and this time I went as a volunteer for my old school, partly because I didn’t want to miss out, and partly because I was keen to see … Continue reading Wahoo, it’s the Hull Children’s Book Awards!

8 tips for working from home

Working from home brings many positives - the proximity to the biscuit tin, setting your own hours, and swapping your suit for slippers, but it can be hard to stay on track and be constantly motivated too. Here are my top tips for stay at home success: Don’t put the TV on. If the house … Continue reading 8 tips for working from home

10 tips for writing a Valentine’s day poem

Valentine’s day. The public celebration of card manufacturers congratulating themselves on such a profitable idea. Florists and balloon guys are probably pretty happy too. But before the word ‘cynic’ leaves your mouth, know that V Day can also be a celebration of love. It just doesn’t have to leave you £50 worse off. A homecooked … Continue reading 10 tips for writing a Valentine’s day poem