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6 Lessons I’ve Learned Working For Myself

August 19, 2016
working for yourself

What did you want to be when you grew up? I had dreams of being a Solicitor, Journalist or member of the Hollyoaks cast, and this year’s A-Level results day had me fondly thinking back 13 years to that time when I used to daydream about the career I’d have ahead of me. Funnily enough, in none of these dreams was I ever working for myself. My dad, my most prominent career role model, worked in Marketing for a big…

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Life Stories: Alice Audley, Founder of Blogosphere Magazine

July 5, 2016
Alice Audley, Blogosphere Magazine

What did you want to be when you grew up? My aspirations were: fashion journalist (not far off), solicitor (I watched too much Ally McBeal), and Hollyoaks cast member (WTF). My dreams changed depending on the day of the week and the direction of the wind, and I was a terror for spending more time thinking about who I wanted to be than actually working on being it. I think it’s wonderful to have dreams, to shoot for the moon…

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Losing Your Spark (Then Finding It Again)

April 14, 2016
Who run the world? Girls

This winter was a bit strange for me. I felt metaphorically stuck. Bogged down, heavy, tired. I was lacking drive and confidence at work, my get up and go had left the building: when you’re a mum you usually have LOTS of get up and go. It was in all aspects of my life – my clothes always looked crap, work felt rubbish, I was dropping balls all over the place, couldn’t be arsed for the gym and my usual…

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10 Ways You Know You’re a Work-From-Home Parent In The Holidays

April 5, 2016
Easter

Hooray! It’s the Easter holidays! Otherwise known at that time when the kids are off school and us lucky Freelancing parents – workload depending – get to juggle the delight of our children being at home while we frantically attempt to not lose work momentum (or our minds). Hah. Good luck with that. I genuinely miss the bones of my two when they’re at school. They are the lights of my life and there is nobody I’d rather spend time…

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Motherhood

Mums: Why Are We So Hard On Ourselves?

February 12, 2016
does divorce turn you into a commitment-phobe

On Monday night I did not sleep well. The wind was howling away at our windows, which meant Elfie, who’s a light sleeper when there’s background noises, spent the night shouting out in her sleep. It used to be alarming but it’s now generally pure comedy: she says the funniest things in her sleep and is always SO cross – “NO HUX, THE LEGO IS MINE!!!” – but it doesn’t half keep me awake. I had that kind of sleep…

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Do You Need To Be Less Nice To Get Ahead At Work?

February 3, 2016
Dating in the Digital Age

In life isn’t it nice to be nice? At home, at work, with your family. I’m a big believer in getting back what you give out and try to use this a basis for the way I treat other people. My thought is, that if I treat others the way I wish to be treated then I shall set myself up for the happiest life possible. Right? But then last year, working as a Marketing Director for a creative agency led by…

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The Curse of Imposter Syndrome

December 9, 2015
Imposter Syndrome

There’s no demographic I know that holds themselves up to such high standards as mums, and women in general. For one reason or another we always seem to set ourselves the most ridiculous high bars of achievement. At home, at work, with our friends…. Everywhere. This is something I’ve noticed increasingly in myself as I’ve grown older. Back at school I was highly mediocre in my effort levels – ‘rigorously competent’ as my friend Emma says. I was good because…

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Going Balls To The Wall, Learning How To Fail and Other Life Lessons From Thailand

June 28, 2015
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I‘m going to start this story with another story, which is surely how all the best stories begin. When I went to Thailand a couple of months ago I had the absolute pleasure of crossing paths with Laura, someone I’d known on Twitter for yonks and yonks. We’d be in Bangkok for 24 hours at the same time and had never managed to meet up in London so we agreed to hang out on the other side of the world.…

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What Feminism Means To Me

March 8, 2015
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What is a Feminist? This morning I tweeted about International Woman’s Day and said simply that I have never been happier to be a girl. And it is true… this is why. Pre-separation I didn’t really think much about the concept of the Feminist. I’m ashamed to say that for me at that time it brought to mind men-hating bra-burning women with radical political views and clothes made from hemp. Back then I was a woman who definitely enjoyed being one,…

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Divorce: What I’ve Learned

February 19, 2015
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Two years down the line and my divorce is final. It happened last week, the week after I was made redundant and on my last day in the London office. It was a big day for life changes, that Thursday – divorce and redundancy – totes emosh, as the kids say. Or actually not so totes emosh, really. I’ve known this has been coming for a long time and the only way I can describe how I felt upon being…

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The Redundant Life

February 16, 2015
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My job, my lovely lovely job in the brilliantly wonderful ad agency has gone. It has moved down to London without me, like a 23 year old bright eyed graduate leaving home with stars in her eyes. Along with the rest of my lovely lovely team’s jobs, it’s migrated down the M1 to the big city for bigger and better things. Obviously I, the mum of two children who are well and truly happily based 40 miles north of London,…

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