Category Archives: Starting out as a single working parent

The Flip-Side

A new day and a 5-minute addendum to yesterday’s post: I woke up to the sun. My world immediately feels more accessible when that happens. I have another personal mountain to climb today, but seeing blue sky and glinting fields … Continue reading

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One Day …

* One day things will different. One day my heart will stop racing; One day I will stop forgetting to eat; One day I will stop myself before screaming at my child for not using his knife properly when I’m … Continue reading

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Welcome back to the real world

Clicks Send … waits in ever worried anticipation of a ‘message fail’ popup … leans back, smiles and utters the tradional ‘Yaaay’! … the ritual final steps in delivering on a deadline. I then look up … and around. We … Continue reading

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The Unravelling – Pt.1

I’m wired. My head’s full of electro-static cotton wool … don’t google it, I just made it up. Nothing else can fully paint the picture of a feeling of cumulative nothingness piqued with jabbing, piercing needles which are prodding at … Continue reading

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I’m just ….

I have an ‘I’m just’ monster at home. Well actually, I don’t …  I have two; one of whom, aged 3, is off with his Papa for ten days and my brain is working overtime on all the things I … Continue reading

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The blog that should never be written

I get angry sometimes. Tonight is one of those times and I’m breaking all my own rules of not writing when I’m in that moment. But something has to give and I’d rather it be my pride than something worth … Continue reading

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Another door slams shut

Good Morning … yes, thank you for seeing me …. Yes, that’s right, I was here a year ago requesting advice on child-care as all the Kindergartens in this area were full Yes, I now have a place, thank you … Continue reading

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The things they don’t warn you about when setting up your own business (a more light-hearted view!)

Background (the short, serious bit but it’s over quickly!) The decision to take the plunge and set up your own business can be an exhilarating one but the process of converting ideas into reality involves intricate planning, an enormous amount … Continue reading

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When the best laid plans fall off the agenda

I used to be an all-or-nothing person, full-on until I had seen an idea through to the end and not satisfied until all boxes were ticked that related to my original objectives. Socially, my confidence wore itself on my coat … Continue reading

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Emerging from the fog

Sunday afternoon and hunched over my PC (voluntarily this time having just delivered on a deadline) I can’t help but ponder over what on Earth I’m doing. Looking around at the detritus which is my apartment and musing that I should be using the time to clear up and start afresh for the new week, I’m thinking it shouldn’t be this hard to tear myself away from the screen and give my myself a break. I’m wrecked, my back is screaming and I haven’t been out for a walk in weeks, yet all I can think about is the lure of the machine. Looking back over the last 2 years I have to ask myself, again, if what I’m doing is really the right thing. Continue reading

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