Category: Family

Saying yes

A skill I pride myself on is my ability to say no. As a working mum, I know that time is at a premium and I have no hesitation in saying no to things that don’t fit my priorities. I’ve become so good at saying no that I often forget to say yes. Or perhaps more accurately, I don’t even consider saying yes…

“Table for one?”

Here I am, at a real restaurant, on my table for one, having ‘me time’. That’s what we’re meant to do, right? ‘Me time…

A rose by any other name …

If you’ve followed me for a while (I’ve been blogging for a year already – where did that time go!?), you’ll know that I’ve changed my blog name more times than I care to remember. I’m not good with names and I couldn’t think of something that embodies what I want to represent, so I’ve decided to just stick to my…

A ‘normal’ day 

Happy Father’s Day! I’m not usually one for Hallmark occasions, but I do have a soft spot for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
We aren’t doing anything special today. In fact, Jack made me breakfast this morning, not the other way around. As mundane and boring as that sounds, it is exactly what I need. Away from the ‘busy’ of late and into the ‘normal’ of every day life…

Remembering my own advice … notice the little things 

I should be preparing for this morning’s conference, I’m already half an hour late for work, but instead I’m writing this. I’ll take these 23 minutes to myself and I will relish them! I’m sure my boss will understand…

5 things I do differently to other working mums

I love being a career-mum. Like, really love it. What do I do differently to other working mums that helps me love my life? Here’s my list…

Why aren’t we asking dads how they ‘do it all’?

Six months ago, my husband Jack volunteered to do the 750m swim leg of a team triathlon. 50 minutes in, he was pulled in by a JetSki, defeated and exhausted. Today, he crossed the finish line of the Bunbury Iron Man 70.3 in 5 hours. In just six months he has taught himself to swim, bike and run. While waiting at the finish line, something struck me: why doesn’t anyone ever ask…

The art of saying no

Saying ‘no’ is an art that many people struggle with – they don’t want to let others down, miss out on opportunities or jeapordise a relationship – but it is a valuable skill to master and it doesn’t have to be difficult…

5 things my first year of motherhood has taught me

As I reminisced on Lilly’s first year – how fast it went (seriously, it feels like she was only born 5 minutes ago) and how much she has grown in every possible sense – my thoughts kept coming back to the ways in which I have also changed in the last year…

Time vs money: why working parents should outsource household chores

I returned to work shortly after my daughter’s birth and I very quickly resented that I was spending half of every Saturday morning cleaning the house. Within weeks we had hired a cleaner and for the first time in my life I was paying for a service that I was equally as qualified to provide myself. How did it feel? Freeing…