Stress-busting hacks for small business owners

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 […]

Balance 2017

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 […]

3 things I learned from swimming 22 miles

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 […]

On courage making, podcasts and commuting

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 […]

New freelance year, new you?

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 […]

Wednesday inspiration

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.

National Freelancers Day: 3 perks of #freelancelife

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. […]