Blog On: Better The 2nd Time Around?

Back in May I went to my first ever blogging conference and I loved every minute of it. I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to the second Blog On Conference of this year though because at the time tickets were released, I had a job that I couldn’t get time off from. However, things have changed and I now work from home. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to Blog On Xmas while being on the waiting list. I headed off to Manchester on my own this time and it was really strange

Finding The Perfect Balance When Working From Home

Working from home and blogging full time is a lot! I had been hoping to be able to do this full time for quite some time now and a couple of months ago I took a risk and quit my part time evening job in a supermarket. I hated it. I hated being away from John and Erin and I hated being restricted in what I could and couldn’t do. I never wanted to go back to work after maternity leave and I always knew deep down it wasn’t for me. Since I started working from home finding that perfect

Improving Motivation With A Lumie Desklamp

My office is in a really dark and dingy corner of the house. We have a big 24ft living room/ dining room with a bit extra added on to the side, making it an L shape. The L bit used to be a different room at some point but there is no light fitting. When the sun sets and it’s dark outside I am left working either looking at our garden or the curtains, neither of which give me extra light! I work from home full time now and I generally don’t sit down to work until 7pm after Erin has

The Essential Guide To Going Back To Work After Having Children

After years of looking after your children, there may come a time for you to think about getting back into the workplace. Perhaps your children are at school full time, or are at least old enough to look after themselves without you needing to be at their beck and call 24/7. The idea of going back to work can be very appealing, particularly if you are tired of looking at the same four walls a day as a stay at home mum. If you have the opportunity to get back out into the job market, we have some great advice

Going back to work: Does it get easier?

Last week someone came back to work after being on maternity leave. She was not happy to be back at work, and I don’t blame her at all. The first thing she asked me, knowing that I have a young daughter myself was ‘Does it get easier?’ People had been telling her that it does get easier. I had to tell her the truth from my point of view. I honestly don’t think it does get any easier. I have been back at work now for about 5 months. I went back earlier than I had planned and to a

Returning to work

Last week something sort of unexpected happened. I got a new job. I wasn’t actively looking for a new job but something perfect just happened to pop up. I was actually really looking forward to having another 3 (unpaid) months off work before going back. When I went on maternity leave I was fully expecting to go back in January albeit part time rather than back to my actual job as full time manager. I happen to pretty much live across the road from a supermarket and one evening I saw an ad for an evening job. I looked online