How can I make time for creativity?

I’ve got some writing projects I’d like to do. And some photography, as always. But I’m spending all my child-free days working or doing personal admin and chores. And getting creatively frustrated. I’d like to be doing more, but I don’t have the time. Is that not having the time or not making the time?…

The paradoxes of nursery care

It’s a weird thing. My daughter was ill last week, so I wasn’t able to take her to nursery. Or anywhere else where she’d pass on germs to other children. So I spent three days with her, pottering around the house, popping out for walks round the local area. And at times being driven insane…

I’m really bad at doing nothing

Here I am, almost at the end of 5 free hours to do whatever I want. No work to do quite yet, daughter at nursery. So why have I been busy and not relaxed? I don’t know, but I do know that this isn’t new for me. For some reason I feel like I have…

Things going on with this blog

So I’ve finished maternity leave, starting back at work as a freelance marketing and communications consultant, focusing on health. I decided that my motherhood-focused posts belonged in a separate place, as I still have lots to say on the subject of being a mum, but I suspect it’s not of interest to everyone who has…

Freelance mum life day 1

I sit here at 8.30am, my daughter dropped off at nursery for a half day session. I have a nice cup of tea in my hand (one of those really good ones), the traffic roars in the distance, the birds let out the odd tweet, and the day is starting to warm up. So what’s…

How creative jealousy can be useful

I’ve had two envious moments recently. One relating to writing and one to photography. Neither of these envious moments is a surprise to me, as I’ve had similar ones before – seeing other people doing things I wish I had done myself. I’d love to have an article published in a magazine or a newspaper.…

Writing

I am a writer

I wrote this in October 2012 and published it elsewhere. I can now say that yes I am a writer – in addition to the many other things I do. I blog, I contribute to newsletters, I’ve published creative and factual ebooks, and I also write stuff in my job. It’s an interesting rambling read…

Blogging and a 9.5 month old baby

Spring has almost sprung, and I now have a 9.5 month old baby. Time is going quickly! Life has got busy, and I have no idea where my days go. So once again I’m going to step back from my blogging. I’ll still be posting photos on Instagram from time to time, but I doubt…

Last week’s ponderings – mainly about snow

I started this blog post when there was snow all around. Now there’s not and it does feel a little out of date. But, some important life questions remain: Do they make gloves for babies? Because mine doesn’t like mittens. What about baby balaclavas to protect their faces against the cold wind? What happens to…

What’s this blog all about anyway?

I see other people with their lovely one topic blogs, and I’m a little envious that they can describe their blog’s content so easily. Not to mention that they’re seen as experts on that subject, which often leads to other opportunities for them. I’ve been writing this blog for almost 6 years and it’s still…

How to find local mum and baby activities

If you’re new to being a mum or have moved area, where on earth do you find out about local things to do? I’ve listed some general ideas on this blog post, and some Maidenhead ideas here. To find similar things in your area, try the following. Some groups are easy to find through a…