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Top Tips To Keep Children Occupied So You Can Work Productively

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Working from home is becoming more and more popular. Especially thanks to covid!

Whilst it sounds appealing, working from home with children can be very challenging. There are constant interruptions and you feel pulled in many directions as work and children vie for your attention.

So how do you keep your kids occupied when working from home?

Schedule work around your children.

One of the benefits of being a work at home parent is being able to create a flexible working schedule.

Ideally, I start my day at 5:15am. I get up and go for a walk or exercise. By 6am I am in the…


The challenges of the challenge.

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As May drew to a close, so did the 30-day challenge I had set myself.

As a refresher, here is David Majisters original 30-day challenge.

And here is my pledge post from what feels like eons ago.

What were my goals and did I achieve them?

The BIG goal: Submit 30 articles in 30 days to 30 different publications.

The results: 14 submitted and 14 published articles.

Of these 14 published articles, 10 were chosen for further distribution. This is a curation rate of 71%.

Although I didn’t reach the 30 articles in 30 days goal, I am pretty happy with that distribution rate. Perhaps if I had tried…


Take a holiday without ruining your writing business

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Sadly, one of my first thoughts, when we started planning our big family trip to the UK, was “but what about my freelance work?” I started stressing about how I was going to manage to take a 5-week vacation, and STILL WORK!

(Yes, this was pre-covid times. I drafted this article 2 years ago, but the advice is still relevant to this day!)

The answer?

Do not work.

Gasp! No work? How can I NOT work for 5 weeks? I tell you, it has taken a lot of organising and planning. But it is possible. And I deserve it.

Everybody…


Why we lie about how we are feeling

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The biggest lie I tell is that I am fine.

I say it to my co-workers, my friends, my family, my husband. Even my doctor.

I nod and smile and say everything is ok, whilst inside I am shattered.

I am trying to hold it all together. I am trying to be strong, calm, and collected. Like the perfect wife, mum, daughter, sister, and friend society wants me to be. On the outside, it appears I am succeeding. On the inside is a different story.

I am so used to it now that sometimes I don’t even realize that I…


A 6-week rotating meal plan

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(Kayla Bloom this one’s for you! 🤣😉)

It’s that time of the week again. Meal planning. Gah!

If you are like me and dread sitting down to plan meals for the week, this time-saving hack is for you!

I used to spend at least 1 hour a week meal and lunch box planning and writing up a grocery list. 1 whole hour…although usually, it was more!

It gives me a headache just thinking about it. Trying to come up with easy and quick meals to cook, that my children will eat and that are nutritious? So time-consuming and frustrating.

Are you ready to claim back your time?

If…


Dealing with difficult people in your life

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Everyone has a toxic person (or people) in their life. Whether it is a family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance.

Your time and energy are precious, so why let a negative nancy bring you down?

You cannot control other people, but you can control how you react to certain situations and how much of an impact they have on your life.

Types of Toxic People

Vanessa Van Edwards wrote this amazing article “7 Types Of Toxic People And How To Spot Them”. It perfectly sums up the different types of toxicity you may encounter in those around you.

The Conversationalist Narcissist

We all know this one! I…


As a WAHM these tools save my business!

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As a freelance writer and a mum, I am busy! I am pulled in many directions during the day so I need to be super organised or I would never get anything done.

Hands down the BEST organizational tools I have found as a freelance writer and work-at-home-mum are school, childcare and my hubby! Those child-free hours are incredibly valuable and important. Strictly speaking, they are not tools….but they are most definitely needed as a support system to get anything done!

The following is a list of the tools and processes I have found that keeps me organized, productive and…


Thank goodness for our amazing support people!

My husband is my rock. He is always there and he is one of the main reasons I have been able to move on from my experiences and be the person I am today.

As a nurse, I am always aware of medical procedures and how they can make our patients feel. I always ask permission, for even something as simple as touching their shoulder or doing a blood pressure.

We never know what people have gone through, and what could trigger them.


Creating a positive birthing experience

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“Have you ever been the victim of sexual abuse or rape?”

My midwives blunt question caught me by surprise, and my knee jerk reaction was:

“No, I have not”.

I lied.

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or CSA for short.

I am part of those tragic statistics you hear about. Such as these ones by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

  • “According to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey (ABS, 2017), 11% of women and 5% of men in Australia report having been sexually abused before the age of 15 years.
  • In total, the ABS estimates that approximately 1,410,100 people living in Australia experienced sexual…


A JOURNAL ENTRY

Why does it plague me so much?

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Today was a bad day. A very bad day.

From the moment my two children woke up in the morning — they were grumpy, short-tempered and generally acting like a-holes. I can totally say that. I am their mum.

They wouldn’t eat their breakfast or get dressed. They wouldn’t brush their teeth or wash their faces. They fought with each other, they fought with me. Every little thing was a battle. EVERY. LITTLE. THING.

There was constant nagging and whining and generally crappy behaviour from all of us.

I was exhausted and grumpy myself, and this crappy start to the…

Rachel Maree

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