Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…
Mar16

Lockdown 3: The end is in sight…

Well, the kids have gone back to school, we’ve got the government’s ‘road map’ and the end of lockdown 3 is in sight. I don’t know about you, but every lockdown has felt very different, while also feeling very familiar. During lockdown 1, I counted the weeks for a long time. I remember everyone was so hung up on the end of the first three weeks and many people genuinely thought life would instantly get...

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Why running is good for mental health
Mar09

Why running is good for mental health

I think most people’s mental health has taken a knock over the last year. But for me, and many others, running has been a huge help. I’ll be open with you from the start here – I don’t have mental health problems. But I do have mental health. We all do. And it’s important to look after that. I am a big worrier though. I wake up most days worrying about stupid things. I often feel overwhelmed by them. Then...

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The (not)parkrun PB
Mar04

The (not)parkrun PB

I have run a (not)parkrun every week since parkrun ended on 14th March last year. The first few weeks were unofficial, then in June last year it became an official thing. Whenever possible, I run my (not)parkrun 5k as close as possible to 9am on a Saturday – generally with my husband and my younger son. On the weeks when this hasn’t been possible because we’ve been busy (weeks when we would normally have done parkrun...

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The 500th invoice
Mar02

The 500th invoice

I’ve just issued my 500th invoice as a freelancer – to the company I issued my first invoice to, my very first client. I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly seven years now. I’ve worked for a lot of clients in that time, mainly small businesses wanting one or two bits of web copy, a short article or a press release. But I’ve also had clients that have stuck around for a long time – including that...

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Becoming the sandwich generation
Feb23

Becoming the sandwich generation

Most of us who are lucky enough to have parents still alive will, at some point, become part of the sandwich generation. The sandwich generation are usually people in their 40s or 50s who still have dependent children at home and are starting to care for their own parents. Sometimes they even have grandchildren thrown into the equation too. There was a meme out just before the first lockdown which I found far too funny. It summed up...

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The importance of sport for kids
Feb16

The importance of sport for kids

Many, many years ago, before we even had kids, my husband said: ‘When we have kids, we will make sure they do lots of sport’. And I thought yeah right, whatever… His thinking was that sport would keep them out of trouble as teenagers. Teenage trouble hasn’t been an issue for us, but then again, my kids do a lot of sport… It turns out my husband was absolutely right all those years ago. Sport has been the...

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