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The Most Overwhelming Part of Being a Parent

November 17, 2016
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On my computer I have a special document. A place I keep ideas, random jots, bullet points… the basis of blog posts and life-changing statements (at least they feel like that at 1am), of which approximately only 30% morph into anything of substance. This document, and the similar one I keep on my phone, is full of all kinds of ideas destined for greatness (ahem). On there we have sentances such as ‘The Only 3 Fake Tans You’ll Ever Need’, ‘What…

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Self-Employment: Finding Flexible Working Hours

October 17, 2016
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One of the main reasons to quit the rat race to work for yourself is flexibility. And by that I mean the flexibility to live your life in a way that’s most productive for you, whether that means being able to pick up and drop off your kids from school every day or spending more time with your husband: it’s your life, you should build it your way. When I first started working freelance I missed this point a bit.…

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New Parents: It Does Get Better

September 29, 2016
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When it comes to the depiction of motherhood, Hollywood has a lot to answer for. Think about it: even in the dope-smoking world of the movie ‘Knocked Up’, once baby’s born (via a massively cringe-inducing crowning scene, natch) even the jobless deadbeat dad and uncertain mum film are projected into the world of starry-eyed parenting perfection. Then there’s a bumbling uncertain Hugh Grant, who manages to become father of the year in Nine Months, and just look at how Sex and…

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Growing On Up

September 6, 2016
Growing On Up

When it comes to my children I hover somewhere between occasional private emotional wreck and purposefully stoical. I might shed the odd tear once or twice (hello, Cold Feet new season/random Radiohead songs/THE NOTEBOOK obvs) but by and large, in matters of motherhood, I manage to keep it together in public. OR SO I THOUGHT. In July I was that mum hiding behind big sunglasses with a suspiciously snotty tissue at Hux’s end of term pre-school play, thinking thoughts of bygone…

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The New Superheroes

August 16, 2016
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It goes without saying that we’re big on feminism and empowerment in this house. 5 years ago I never thought I’d be in my position – a single mum running a business around a hectic life – but the rollercoaster experience of re-building a family and becoming a breadwinner has been a true lesson in the strength of a woman. Back then I (of course!) acknowledged strong women and their achievements, but I’d never thought that could be me. I thought…

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Hux’s Birthday Party at Hollywood Bowl

June 6, 2016
Hux's Birthday

Today I said to Hux, “hey buddy, remind me how old you are again?” Because sometimes I look at him and I still see a baby, my sweet baby who curls up in my arms for comfort and kisses and couldn’t possibly be starting school in 3 short months. I can’t reconcile the growing boy in front of me with that tiny baby I spent a week cuddled up to on an overly warm hospital ward in that glorious May. Gosh,…

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What Being a Single Parent Feels Like

June 1, 2016
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I watched Myleene Klass’s Single Parents On Benefits programme last night. In fact, 24 hours before it aired I got cross when I read the title of the programme (mistake number one). And then, at 2am that night when I couldn’t sleep, I read the Daily Mail article slating all the mums on the programme (mistake number two). Which is why, at 7am the next morning when I was getting my single mum arse on an early train for a big work…

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My Number One Baby Tip

May 18, 2016
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It’s funny that, now I’m a bit older, I can see the whole baby experience through slightly wiser eyes. OK, ok. So I might not be wiser. Will I ever be wiser? Probably not. But I do think that, over the last six and a half years of pregnancy and motherhood, I have learned one or two things about babies and children. Some of it I’ve forgotten, cheers sleep deprivation. Some I’ve tucked away in the darker recesses of my…

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My Becoming

May 13, 2016
Becoming Laura Jane Williams

One of my very favourite quotes in Lena Dunham’s girls is when Hannah explains why she’s short on time: “I have work, then a dinner thing, then I am busy trying to become who I am” Because that is how I have felt, ever since I split up with the person I thought was the love of my life 3 years ago. I am busy trying to become who I am. You see, I used to think personal development was…

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Mum Life: Why I’m So Tired

March 15, 2016
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When I became a mum, the standard answer to the question “How are you?” meant one thing, and one thing only. “Tired” That became boring after, ooh, three years or so, and so I started to diversify my answers. “Great! Still not sleeping through the night!”, or “Fabulous! As soon as she stops waking at 5am…”. The sleep, oh the sleep, it’s always about the sleep. Recently, to my surprise, the children have actually started to sleep. I KNOW. From…

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7 Things That Make Me Feel Like A Mother

February 23, 2016
Things That Make Me Feel Like A Mother

There are people who’d have you believe – Hollywood and the media in general, I’m looking at you – that the process of becoming a mum is one and the same. You pop a (clean, non-gungy) baby out, gaze at its perfect rosy pink face and are magically transported into a world of blissful love and unicorns. Sometimes this happens. As an avid fan of birth stories (why are they so addictive?), I adore reading the ones that really do…

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