Finding flow in my work

I’m trying to work out my next steps at the moment, figuring out whether to continue with part of my business or whether to start something new instead. As part of that I’m paying close attention to the things I think about, the things I’m drawn to do or explore. I don’t find it easy…

Using blogging to decide what comes next

I’m “between projects” right now. At the start of the year I was doing some medical communications bits, waiting for something else to come to fruition. Then I focused on untangling ideas – how could I take that service to more people, what would I need to do? Lockdown happened, and I combined little bits…

Moving forwards by stopping doing things

It’s funny, I’m going through one of those phases where I seem to be leaving things or putting them on hold. I’ve been reading and learning about self-development for years now – and in the course of doing that, I’ve learned that in order to move forwards, you need to: Try things out – which…

What have I been doing for the last 50 days?

It’s been 7 weeks since I had my first proper day of “staying at home”. Approximately 50 days. Most of those days in lockdown. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to do much of my freelance work, and that I’d be spending most of my time entertaining a nearly 3-year-old, I started off thinking up…

I changed my mind, and I’m back!

So everyone is staying at home. We have been for a while. I may or may not decide to write about the actual lockdown in this blog, but I couldn’t write a new post after all this time without at least mentioning our current situation. Anyway, so I decided at the end of last year…

A plethora of penguins

I’ve decided to look back in my photo archive and share some of my older photos. Today it’s penguins. I love penguins. I’ve been fascinated by them for many many years, and even if people only know me as a passing acquaintance online, that’s possibly the one thing they know about me! My favourite places…

Watching Maidenhead change

This week I’ve been focusing on my freelance business – updating marketing materials and going out and meeting people. Which combined with the rainy weather means that there hasn’t been much opportunity for a proper walk. But as one of my meetings was in town, I took the opportunity to take another photo for a…

How trying out ideas can help

I have lots of random ideas. I write them down and sometimes I take action on them. I’ve noticed that taking action is the best way to figure out whether the idea is worth pursuing. I’ve done this many times over the last 9 years or so, starting small projects or offering a service to…

A gratitude post

Today I’m feeling grateful. I’m grateful to be alive. I may want to lose some weight, eat more healthily and exercise more often, but I’m well. I have a lovely husband and an amazing curious daughter. I still have both my parents, and my sister and niece are nearby. I have friends locally and all…

Are dreams with limits still dreams?

As I continue with my journey through motherhood, I come to new stages. First there was the scary intensity of the early days, then it calmed down but wasn’t always that exciting until my daughter started moving…… Then after a year away from work I started back, freelancing, and she started at nursery. And now,…

Disjointedness and time

It all feels disjointed and there’s too much going on. My paid work sometimes bears no resemblance to the things I like doing. I run out of time for me every week. I never get round to certain important tasks. Until they become urgent. Or until they don’t so they just lurk in my brain.…

Why am I writing anyway?

I’ve been writing regularly again for a while now, diverse topics, whatever has sprung into my brain at the time. But at the moment I’m not sure why I’m doing it. I suspect I know why it’s not working for me. Maybe it’s because I have a cold and am grumpy. Maybe it’s because writing…

Have you ever watched a toddler?

I never really spent time watching children until I had one. But now I have a 22 month old daughter, it’s something I spend a lot of time doing. I read a description some time ago that I love – saying that small children are like little scientists. They’re investigating the physical and social worlds…

Pointing things out

I realised that I spend quite a lot of my time these days pointing things out to a small person. Sitting in the living room, I’m made aware of just how many planes come in to land at Heathrow each day, as I point many of them out to her. Wandering around the local area…

How can I simplify life?

I am increasingly feeling that life is too complicated and full of superfluous information and activity. We create work for ourselves, and we put pressure on ourselves to keep up with what’s going on outside our own lives. Our minds are often elsewhere, planning the next thing, worrying about problems that sometimes aren’t even within…

I love and hate social media

Since I joined Facebook in 2006/2007 (can’t remember which), thinking it was a nice way to share photos with my Rotaract friends, social media has become a big part of many people’s everyday life. I joined LinkedIn when I was made redundant in 2009, and I joined Twitter in 2010 to share my blog posts…