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feeling lazy or lacking willpower?

Are You Truly Lazy or is Your Willpower to Blame?

Do you feel that you are lazy or do you find that you are just not motivated? Many people will tell you that their motivation is not there and this is why they just feel like being plain lazy.

While being lazy is often viewed as being a sign of weakness it is connected to your willpower. Or more appropriately put, your lack of willpower. So what can you do to improve this?

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Why I think children should use an iPhone….all the safety reasons

It’s often suggested that children are given a brick phone when they start going to school independently. This is so that, should they be targetted by thieves, they don’t lose out on an expensive phone. A thief would probably spit at them than to take the phone – and that is safer than being beaten up or stabbed for the latest smartphone.

 

While I see the logic behind this, I don’t agree. That’s why my son has an iPhone. I probably shouldn’t even be putting it out there for the world to see, but I’ll explain why I would rather he uses a smartphone (and the iPhone is easier because it connects to all my own devices) than a brick.

Never Underestimate the Power of Five Minutes

Do you always feel like you are running from one activity to the next and never seem to get a few moments to yourself? Do you find it hard to schedule in time to take a break?

Never underestimate the importance of five minutes. No matter how busy a day we have, we all have five minutes to spare in our day. That’s the equivalent of just 5 out of 1440 minutes of each day. It can do so much to change our perspective on the pressures of life. 

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You are strong (enough) to make the right decisions! Believe it, girl.

No-one is born with a stronger willpower than others. This is a skill that can be taught, and knowing how to develop strong willpower can lead to huge rewards in your life. Just think. about your labour story.

For most of us mums, there must have been a point during either the pregnancy or labour (or both, bless us!) that we had had enough and wanted to yank our bundle of joy out. Or those sleepless nights when you just want to disappear for a day to just get a decent night’s sleep and recharge your batteries. But you didn’t give up (or haven’t given up)!

Are you a #bossb*tch or just intimidating without realising it?

Social stereotypes are everywhere and the workplace is no different! It’s amazing how, even in 2018, women as men do not have a level playing field when it comes to their expected behaviours. If a man is assertive in the workplace, he’s a great boss, or an asset to the team, but a woman doing exactly the same is labelled bossy, confrontational or a b*tch.

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How to get over working mum guilt

Whether it’s dropping your child at a nursery and hearing the screeching as you leave (and trying to stop the mascara ruining your work makeup); or feeling guilty that you have to miss your child’s assembly or Sport’s Day (yet again) we’ve all been there.
Feeling guilty about having to go to work – or wanting to go to work in the first place – is quite normal. However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Here are some tips to reduce the working mum guilt.
If you fall, I will catch you

If you fall, I will catch you

At some point, we all need to grow up and can’t be the little sister, little cousin or the baby anymore. We now have babies of our own to coo coo over!

Two years ago, when my Mum passed away, it was life changing. I went from knowing she’d always be at the end of the phone (several times a day) – forever my cheerleader – to not knowing who to call. No group of people combined could replace her. 

I can and I will

I can and I will!

When you feel like everything is stacked up against you, it’s time to talk yourself up. some say, fake it till you make it – fake that you are in that moment of success, that you have the courage to do whatever it is that you need a confidence boost…

What’s wrong with being a Billy (or a Betty) no mates?

I had an amazing conversation with one of my favourite cousins recently (you know who you are, Canada! Lol), and we spoke about what can happen to friendships when you start a business. The main focus of our conversation was the fact that when you start a business, priorities and interests can change or become more time consuming, affecting relationships.

No, you can’t shorten my name! Or try to tell me how to pronounce it!

Is it just me or does anyone else want to scratch something when someone tries to change their name? So, ny name is Joycellyn. It’s pronounced in two syllables: ‘Joyce’ ‘Llyn’. My experience is that many people hear me introduce my name and stop me part way because they think they know what it is: ‘Joyce’. No! ‘Jocelyn’ (pronounced, ‘Jo’ ‘Sir’ ‘Lin’. That’s not my name!

Weekendvy and the lies told about the weekend

It’s not often we get a survey sent to Mother Who Work Towers that make me chuckle. In this case, my fit of giggles was in the knowing that some of the results must be true!

The years of working in the media and cringing whenever someone asks what my weekend was like, and the truth is that is was filled with child or baby-related activities I knew would bore most people to hear about, but was a special moment for me and my hubby.

How to love your work when you can’t change your job

Despite common belief, it’s not always easy to move jobs when you fall out of love with it. Whether it’s because there just isn’t anything else available in a small town, or because you need to upskill or get more qualifications (that you’re either working on or can’t afford to pay for) there are a number of reasons why a job change may not easily be on the cards.

So, besides throwing the towel in or sinking into panic mode every time you walk into your workplace, what can you do about it?