It’s been a while since my last work update – I’ve spent a lot of the last few months with my head down, immersed in a slightly all-consuming project that I’m excited to be able to share with you soon. In the meantime though, I’ve also been quietly cracking on with work on my usual […]
Stress and burnout were a pretty heavily recurring theme of much of my work last month. As a mental health journalist, it was a pretty good warm-up, because April is National Stress Awareness Month! It’s also the end of the tax year – or, as I like to call it, Freelance New Year – and, as […]
Happy New Year! Wow, 2016 was intense, wasn’t it? I can’t believe it’s over so soon. I’ve spent a lot of the last few days, between Christmas and New Year, reflecting on 2016 and planning for the year ahead. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m also a […]
I’m not a sporty person. At school I was the one who was always picked last in PE. I couldn’t throw or catch to save my life, and my coordination is non-existent. I’m basically useless at every team sport there is, and the humiliation of those PE lessons has been enough to put me off […]
August has been an interesting time in my freelance career. As usual during the summer holidays, I’m benefitting from freelancers being in demand while staffers are away – but I’m also busy planning ahead and building courage. In September my 12-month, part-time contract at Women for Refugee Women comes to an end and I’m returning […]
Happy freelance new year! The subject of a recent email from HMRC, “New Tax Year, New Approach, New You”, made me smile. I know, you’re rolling your eyes, but against my better judgement I’m still a bit of a sucker for the rhetoric of “new year, new you”. However arbitrary, there’s something irresistibly appealing about […]
It’s been a really productive, positive week (already – and it’s only Wednesday afternoon!) so I treated myself to a print of this quote for my office wall. “Nothing will work unless you do” – by one of my favourite women, writers and feminists, the brilliant Maya Angelou. Available from Etsy.
19th November is a busy old date in the calendar of national and international awareness days. Today is International Men’s Day (in honour of which I’ve written a couple of piece on men’s mental health, here and here), World Toilet Day (part of the UN water campaign) and, here in the UK, National Freelancers Day. […]