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Top tips for travelling with a toddler

Top tips for travelling with a toddler

Who here is excited about the prospect of travelling with a toddler? What? *Crickets*?! I suspected as much which is why I have compiled some toddler travel tips for you in the podcast below. Whether or not it’s summer where you are, it seems that loads of us are on the move at the moment and our family is no exception. Within the last few months we have actively taken a couple of breaks from our jobs / entrepreneurial endeavours and have enjoyed quality family time (in sunnier climes than we have here in London!) Where are you off to this summer? Any other travel plans for 2017 or the near future? If like me, you are a parent of a small child AND love to travel, you may feel like those things don’t go together with the ease and grace you like so in a departure (pun intended) from chatting about career and lifestyle goals on the Creative Career Solutions for Parents podcast (haven’t checked it out yet? What are you waiting for?!) – I have published a podcast episode entitled 7 (+) top tips for travelling with a toddler, which you can access here. We recently went on trips to Malta and the Dominican Republic with our toddler and through our experiences (both personal and what we saw) and I felt compelled to record a little somethin’ somethin’ that fellow mamas / papas out there might appreciate, if travel with toddlers / young child/ren is on the cards for you too. In my humble experience, even when you love your job (and *cheers* to you if you... read more
Is flexible working a myth?

Is flexible working a myth?

Unicorns. Santa. Stilettos that don’t hurt your feet. Is flexible working also a myth? What does flexible working mean for you? Flexible working is something I’ve been interested in for years (especially since I went 4-days in my employed work so I could have one weekday to work on my coaching business) – and it has become of greater interest to me since becoming a parent. (In full disclosure: That Limitless Coaching day is now an extra-cuddles-filled mummy and Naila day… and my coaching work is back to evenings and weekends… and some nap times) It’s funny. In what feels like a previous life – I used to work all. the. hours. Seriously – to the extent that I’d sometimes get a 15-minute warning from the building’s security guard to let me know it would be closing soon. Y’see… until now, until becoming a parent, my idea of ‘contracted working hours’ was as confused as Trump’s use of the English language (#Covfefe anyone?! Yes I went there). That all changed in an instant however earlier this year when I went back to work after my maternity leave. Suddenly, my ‘end time’, certainly in terms of the time I leave the office, became non-negotiable as if I didn’t leave by the designated time, I wouldn’t be on time to collect my little girl from the childminder. Time (which once was as flexible as the most impressive yogi, claims of EU related savings on the side of a campaign bus and the current U.S. administration’s alternative facts…) was suddenly very precise. Yet this… this sort of represents flexible working. Work in which I can... read more
No FOMO here… I’ve got you

No FOMO here… I’ve got you

*Are you signed up to the Creative Career Solutions for Parents newsletter yet? Sign up here. Takes less than 30 seconds… and you’ll get emails like the one below, adapted for this blog, and so much more).*  The post below is adapted from my (6 May 2017) newsletter… I sit here writing this as our house is quiet. No buzz of activity. No hum of TV or radio in the background. No infectious toddler laughter. I write this in one of those rare quiet moments when the things rattling around my brain are settling down into quiet contemplation. I’ve missed checking in with the Limitless / Creative Career Success for Parents community over the past couple of weeks while employed work life, home life, toddler sickness (boooo… but she’s on the up now), personal development activities (Yasssss…. I went to see my girl Denise Duffield-Thomas live here in London last week… that’ll be a proper tale on its own soon), anniversary celebrations (6 glorious years – whoop whoop!), business strategizing (got some exciting things coming up!) and more have kept me away from chilled writing… so I am relishing this time today. And I thought I’d pop in here and ask “How you doin’”? (Said Joey from Friends or Wendy Williams style depending on what you’re into). How are you today? Are you fully embracing all things weekend and family? (From park time to swim time… activities for the kids…) Are you working on your side hustle? (Y’know… your passion beyond your day job?). Are you out and about eating yummy food? Are you travelling somewhere exciting? Maybe spending time getting your... read more
Makeover your aspirations for maximum productivity this spring

Makeover your aspirations for maximum productivity this spring

Let’s be real here… At any time in the last 2 weeks, have you uttered the words “How is it already April” – or something to thaåat effect? If you haven’t (and I’m willing to bet that you have), were you part of a conversation where someone else did? Again, I’m pretty sure you are no stranger to this conversation and I will tell you why I am almost smugly confident about this. It’s because once again, time has flown by. Just beyond our amazement that 2017 had already arrived, we’re already a quarter into the year. So… don’t hold back… tell me, how was Q1 for you? What did you get up to? Which of your goals did you make progress with? Did you embrace self-care? What did you prioritise? What awesome things have you done with your family so far this year? What professional wins have you had? What can be ticked off because it’s done (whoop whoop!) or moved down – or off – the list because it’s no longer as important as it was. What did you celebrate? Remember, it’s all about the big and small wins and in the spirit of us sharing as a community, I’ve listed a  few of mine for Q1 2017 here: Celebrated Naila’s first birthday Settled Naila into a fantastic childcare setting Started my Creative Career Solutions for Parents podcast Successfully reintegrated back into work after maternity leave (and delivered some important careers events for the students) Decided on where we’ll take family holidays this year (though to be fair, we’re normally more ahead of ourselves with this – making these... read more
I feel sad today… A Brexit inspired keep-your-head-up post

I feel sad today… A Brexit inspired keep-your-head-up post

Brexit / Politics Disclaimer: *This politically inspired post is part of my processing of the evolution of Brexit today, from my perspective, embracing my feelings. These are not alternative facts or facts facts and are not meant to put anyone down or start a debate.* So here goes… I have to admit, since mid 2016 when I binged on news at the time of the UK referendum vote (now known as Brexit), I have tried (often unsuccessfully) to have a news detox… Head in the sand ostrich stylee. (Yes, one of the unsuccessful times was around the US election period – *shudder*)  I am viewing democracy respectfully and I’m not going to go down the political rabbit hole which, I have to admit, stresses me out and upsets me right now – but I want to take a moment to step into my feelings. At the time of writing this today, I’m sitting on the tube on my work commute and looking up at headlines about “our PM” triggering Britain’s exit from the EU. And I’m exhaling. And actually making an effort to hold back a tear. And repressing the anger that I feel bubbling away at the outcome of what I perceive to be a knee-jerk “vote for me” inspired referendum. I’m inhaling and exhaling through my belief that my daughter now exists in a world where fear fuels divisive decisions and her mamas #achievemoretogether mantra is the opposite of what is being executed.  I don’t say any of this to get into a political discussion or debate (trust me, I’m a busy working mama with zero bandwidth for... read more
How to befriend mum-guilt (and why you should)

How to befriend mum-guilt (and why you should)

When was the last time you experienced the oh so dreaded but oh so common “mum-guilt”? (Papas in the house – please note that this subject is not meant to exclude you. Like International Women’s Day the hope is that good men among us will embrace and understand it so I’m speaking to you too. You’re welcome to feel the feels but this is such a common experience for mums that I need to truly speak to it as mum-guilt as opposed to parent-guilt). The “Mum-Guilt” series starts here I’ve been aware of the phenomenon that is “mum guilt” for a long time, even before becoming a mama for the first time in 2016. You know that feeling I mean. It’s that heart wrenching “I’m not good enough” feeling you get – often in relation to what you have done (or didn’t do!). Mum-guilt knows no bounds. It runs the full spectrum and below are just a few examples: I didn’t make that costume for lo (little one). I bet other mums made theirs from scratch I forgot the extra blanket for baba at home, and it’s cold, really cold, what kind of mother forgets something like that? I’d love to get to the gym / nail salon / theatre / football match – but feel bad about leaving lo to go do something fun for me I want to introduce a bottle feed before 6 months old but everyone says breastfeeding is better I don’t know how much milk lo is getting when I breastfeed. Should I top up with formula just in case? Lo is not sleeping well…... read more
A whistlestop summary of my new podcast

A whistlestop summary of my new podcast

Celebrating 10 episodes of Creative Career Solutions for Parents   Working parents of the Creative Career Solutions for Parents community and beyond… I am beyond excited to celebrate the fact that my new podcast, the podcast that I dreamed of starting two years ago… is not only here but within a month there are now 10 episodes for your listening pleasure. That’s right – 10. There would have been more too had I not been poorly recently and lost my voice. I’ll be back on track imminently though but in the meanwhile, please don’t be shy about digging in, listening and participating. Here’s a run down of the first 10 episodes: Episode 1: An Introduction to Creative Career Solutions for Parents Episode 2: 5 reasons why I started this podcast Episode 3: Why is your career and / or professional life important to you? Episode 4: My feelings on my last day of maternity leave Episode 5: Rambling thoughts on returning to work after maternity leave Episode 6: Why I cried on my way into work Episode 7: What are your career and lifestyle goals for 2017? Episode 8: How to choose your ‘inspirational word’ for 2017 Episode 9: Productivity, planning and sanity tips for half term Episode 10: Love trumps hate – Easy ways to share the love today Please feel free to dip in and out as you wish however listening to episode 1 and 2 before any of the others is highly recommended, for context. I’ve received some lovely feedback so far and every episode is created with a lot of love and in the spirit... read more
Am I an #epicfail as a working parent?

Am I an #epicfail as a working parent?

Over the weekend I reflected on how my first couple of weeks back at work have been. I am thrilled (and somewhat relieved) that there have been significantly more ups than downs. Overall, getting back into the swing of things as a working parent has been positive so far… and I am reconnecting with aspects of my work that I do love. I feel inspired. I have all kinds of ideas. I am making a positive contribution to my working life again.   That said, I recently cried on my way into work.   Yup. Cried. Shed tears. Genuinely… felt quite sh*tty.   Why you say? Why when by all accounts I am reporting a positive reintegration back into work so far?   Simple really. I got a little bit teary because on Friday, on Naila’s first birthday, after some of our very early morning cuddles, I snuck out of the house when she woke up far earlier than she needed to. Y’see, it was too late for me to continue the cuddles (as I had to go if I was going to get to work on time) and too early for her to get up with her dad and get ready for the childminder. What that meant was that I quickly exited so she didn’t spot me… and it was just at that moment that I heard R quietly singing “Happy Birthday” to her.   Cue waterworks as I left the house. Mummy / working parent guilt alert. Does this make me a bad mama? Is it wrong to admit I felt a touch resentful of my hubby in... read more
Returning to work after maternity leave

Returning to work after maternity leave

Monday 23 January 2017 was life altering for me. Genuinely life (as it has been recently) altering. Why? Well, after just under a year of being on maternity leave from my employed work – I went back this week. Whoa. Considering that I am coming up to 15 years in the work place (post-education… with some years part time before that), it’s incredible how “big” this moment feels. It genuinely feels momentous and that tells me so much. It tells me that this one year in my life, the year in which I had and spent full time with my daughter, in our bubble at times, my world changed so significantly that even for this career-loving (recovering workaholic) gal, going back to what was always my normal feels completely alien.   In returning to work after maternity leave, do / did you relate to this?   Now I know that this unfamiliar feeling is temporary. Getting up early and commuting to work feels strange at the moment. (Well half does. New mamas, you’ll know early mornings are probably the norm – it’s just the leaving the house for the incredibly early commute that’s different!) I am sure that I’ll get back into my stride incredibly quickly and my old normal will become my new normal… or will it?   To be honest… I don’t want my old normal, as it was, to creep back in. I don’t. Yes I loved it pre mamahood. I loved my employed work (part of which involves working with teenagers in a secondary school), I loved my self employed Limitless Coaching day one weekday a... read more
Introducing Creative Career Solutions for Parents

Introducing Creative Career Solutions for Parents

When was the last time you felt ridiculously, mind-bogglingly, can’t sleep at night, jump-out-of-bed-in-the-morning passionate about your work? Be it your employed work or your business. I have to say… I’m kind of experiencing that at the moment. Because I have an idea… an idea that I am in the process of executing and I believe that if I connect with the right people, people like you – I will be using my talents, skills and qualifications in a way that will vastly improve the lives of hundreds. Hey… thousands if I really go for it. And if you’re a parent… my new career coaching focus of “creative career solutions for parents” has the potential to greatly improve what you’re up to as well (in a fun, non-pressured way!).   Isn’t that amazing?   I really am excited about this but before I get carried away, let me give you some context (or at least develop it for anyone who was along for the ride as this idea was beginning to evolve in this blog post I shared in spring/summer 2016).   Last year, in 2016, my life changed. Massively. Incomprehensively. Undeniably.   I became a parent for the first time.     Holy c*** – that can really change a person. No? C’mon… if you’ve been there, you are in on the ‘secret’ about how one little person can change your trajectory so immeasurably.   Within the space of 3 days (my little one arrived early – just after my maternity leave started!), I went from being a workaholic in employed work which I loved (most of the time) 4 days... read more

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Slow down for a minute. Make the shift from overwhelmed to organised with a simple tool to help balance your goals. Download the free Work Life Balance Cheat Sheet and join the Limitless Community for regular, actionable doses of inspiration.

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