I have recently hit a wall. I hit a wall with some of the people around me who are happy to settle for how they live and accept the lack of empathy for migrants amongst us, the lack of support for the gay people amongst us, and the lack of support for working mothers and fathers. The lack of willingness to rock the system out of fear of losing their comfort and comfort zones, really upset me. Also, recently my husband started openly speaking that he has PTSD, and out of his seven good friends, one has openly supported him and the others didn’t say much at all. I was so upset for him. Be with you stiff upper lip; damn it, talk about mental health! It’s not going to kill you! Not talking about it might kill you. Argh! Anyway. We live in suburbia. As much as I want to believe that we live in a village, we don’t. I am realising it’s such an insular environment. I was starting to feel disheartened, I was starting to think that my kindness fighting was coming to no avail. But thank fuck for social media where powerful women inspire me, and books! There are women like Anna Whitehouse, like Olga The Big Fat Greek Mother, like Michelle Obama, like Nadia Murad who keep trailblazing, who give me hope. I even almost lost the will to keep fighting to publish my book which is a story of a war child; of love, loss, trauma, hope and the strength and the power of love in human kind. My book is about how life is too short not to be kind.” But I’d feel absolutely shit if didn’t keep fighting. I’d burst out of injustice and out of frustration. And thank you Mother Pukka once again for inspiring me to not give up. Thank you for fighting for my children and for my future daughters in-law and my grandchildren. So I salute to all trailblazers of this world, who are hitting multiple walls, but who keep knocking them down! #inspiringpeople#inspiringwomen#womenempoweringwomen#menempoweringwomen#mentalhealth#mumlife#dadlife#momlife#mummyblogger#mamablogger#mommyblogger#writer#motherhood#flexappeal#parenting#suburbia#comfortzone#mindfullness#wellness#wellbeing#mentalwellbeing#ptsd#realtalk#therapy#community#support#awareness
Now that the kids are old enough to beat each other up without supervision, I'm training with @digitalmums to be a social media manager. To save you posts you don't want i've set up a new Instagram account. For those interested in SMM or wanting tips and links for small businesses to better manage their own social media, please follow me at @socialsurrender. If not, stay here! Wish me luck!!! #workthatworks#digitalmumtobe#socialmediamarketing#flexappeal#boysrock#donttouchthecomputer
“They say an eye for an eye, we both lose our sight And two wrongs don't make a right But when you been wronged and you know all along that it's just one life At what point does one fight? Before you knock the boy, try to put your dogs in his Ten-and-a-halfs, for a minute-and-a-half Bet that stops all the grinnin and the laughs When you play the game of life and the win ain't in the bag When your options is none and the pen is all you have”
Anyone else feeling burnt out today? I started the day so tired and not wanting to do anything this evening except go to bed as early as possible! My sister came over to help me with the witching hour (if you don’t know what the witching hour is then are you even a mum?) When I tell you there was non stop crying and tantrums from 3:15 until 6:30pm. Lexi (sister) turned round and said ‘I have a new found respect for you’ 🙌🏼 yessss acknowledgement!!! Anyway The girls are now asleep, the house is spotless, I have my new dress on and I’m going out! The stresses of the day will soon be forgotten 🙌🏼 see link in bio to get my dress, or swipe up in my latest story #witchinghour#motherhoodunplugged
Generations differ on what makes them happy at work but agree on flexibility - Around 74 percent of millennials, and 94 percent of baby boomers, want a flexible schedule that works for them. Is it about time more companies offered flexible working options - for everyone?
A new survey into happiness at work suggests it is viewed differently according to age. Baby boomers: aspire to have job security and think careers are defined by employers. Gen X: aspire to have a work-life balance and although are loyal to a profession will not necessarily stick with the same employer. Millennials or Gen Y aspire to have freedom and flexibility and are digital entrepreneurs while Gen Z aspire to have security and stability. The report by Instant Offices’ considered what is important to each age group, and how employers approach the age gap. It found that eight in 10 millennials look for a manager to act as a mentor or coach; Baby boomers want a boss to be ethical, fair and consistent, while 61 percent of Generation X, and 55 percent of millennials, think team consensus is important. However, despite their differences and thoughts about the workplace there are some similarities between the working generations, including more opportunities for flexible working, and feeling appreciated for their efforts
Full Article: https://workplaceinsight.net/generations-differ-on-what-makes-them-happy-at-work-but-all-want-more-flexibility/
Wouldn't it be amazing if all managers were as supportive as this ?
A huge reason for publishing these reviews is to showcase some of the amazing things that some employers are doing for families and parents to be. Another reason is to help you benchmark, compare and negotiate for better policies.
Imperial College London is certainly leading the way with some fantastic initiatives. Swipe left to find out more and check the full review on the site (link in bio)
So this evening we were invited to the #PressNight performance of The Wizard of Oz at the @wgbpl 🧙🏻♂️ As fitting with the story the normal red carpet was replaced with a yellow brick road & backdrop for photos 📸 I may have created a monster 🦖as Charley hogged the area for a good 10 minutes , shouting ‘picture , picture ‘ and strutting her stuff like a catwalk model much to the delight of the organisers 🤣
Full Review of the evening to follow 💚
#modelbehaviour#wozbpl#todaysmomentintime#whatcharleywore @wonderfulwoz #presstrip#gifted
I love my daughter - but I also love my career.
I’m passionate, driven, obsessed even, at making sure that my family have everything they need - and that includes my time as well as money I make.
I miss working full time probablynjust as much as I’d miss my daughter every day I’d be at work. So why is it that when I try and find a balance, people doubt my ability to do so?
I’ve had several conversations this week about my next steps in my career when I go back (I’m choosing to do so when Bea is 6/7 months) 99% of people I’ve spoken to have said “you’re great, and let’s definitely work together on a project in the future, but how is that going to work around your current ‘situation’?”
My child is not a situation - she is a person. A choice that I made to create.
I gave birth - I didn’t give up.
This year, I’ve been turned down for jobs, had contracts terminated and just not even been considered because I was pregnant or I have a child.
I want to be a strong female role model for my daughter and I want her to know we can have it all.
So, just let us.
Dream on dreamer 🎤🎤 📸 @sarashakeel
Mrs Wedding Planner will host SHORTcut's first workshop in the heart of Central London - Home House, London on Saturday, the 5th of January 2019.
The workshop will focus on understanding how to balance education in running creative businesses with social capital giving female entrepreneurs access to role models, networks, career guidance, #mentoring , work experience and friendship.
If you want a very raw reality about how to approach business like a pro, book you seat now☝🏼☝🏾☝️click link in bio
The power of creativity. The way to amplify impact is by inspiring creativity in others. Treat everyone as an extension of your marketing team: employees, partners, and even customers. Customers today are not just consumers; they are also creators, developing content and ideas — and encountering challenges — right along with you. Creativity in marketing requires working with customers right from the start to weave their experiences with your efforts to expand your company’s reach.