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March 22, 2017 at 6:25 am by Angela
 

It’s February 2016 and I’ve been back at work after Maternity Leave for about three weeks. One of the female managers who I don’t really know asks me how I’m getting on. I’m honest and say it’s good to be back but it’s a bit of a shock to the system and I’m still finding my way. She nods empathetically and then says to me “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have it all. You can. I’ve never met any group of people more productive than working mothers.”. It was meant with a helpful and supportive sentiment and it was a positive thing to hear. However, I’m not sure if it was necessarily the right thing for me to here. You see, in the last 14 months I have pondered a lot on life and balance. And on that phrase that gets thrown at all new mothers:

“You can have it all.”

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March 11, 2017 at 8:40 am by Angela
 

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

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February 25, 2017 at 7:45 am by Angela
 

I have kept a Gratitude Journal since the start of 2016. Over that year it made a MASSIVE difference to my mental attitude; I now more naturally see the positive in things. My blog is a place to share thoughts and opinions. But more than that, it’s a place I record life so I can look back in the future and remember how things were. Whilst I will always have my private journals, in January 2017 I also decided to take a leaf out the books of other bloggers and create a monthly gratitude feature. Here’s what I am grateful for this month:

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February 18, 2017 at 6:29 am by Angela
 

Top10OnlineReadsWelcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

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December 3, 2016 at 6:35 am by Angela
 

It’s been over 10 months now since I went back to work after my maternity leave ended. 10 months! Longer than I was pregnant with Little H. Only 3 months short of how long I was off work. By the time Christmas Day arrives, it will have been over two years since I bid everyone farewell and hobbled off to prepare myself for becoming a mum. In January my baby will turn 2! I’ll be honest, I’m in a state of disbelief about the whole thing. I’m in denial that this amount of time has passed already. It feels to be racing by.

newborn

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May 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm by Angela
 

LMEAs some of you may notice if you’ve been to my site a few times, a couple of weeks ago I rebranded. For 9 YEARS my website had been named after me (so initially angelajcook and then angelajwatling). However, over the last 15 months, since becoming a mother, I have been using my blog even more heavily than before. I wanted a name that better reflected what my site was about so I decided to rebrand it to ‘Life, Motherhood and Everything’ (a subtle nod to Douglas Adams there for any ‘Hitchhikers Guide’ fans). Although much of my site is self-coded, my blog is on a self-hosted WordPress installation and this is where a majority of my content sits. Fortunately there are lots of helpful WordPress plug-ins to help migrate. So for anyone else thinking of doing the same, here’s what I did!
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April 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm by Angela
 

NoDataWhen I signed up for my contract in November 2014, 500mb of data seemed fine. Through 2015 I was on Maternity Leave so I had WiFi most of every day. Then I went back to work… In February a phone ‘glitch’ meant I used up all my data because Google Play was downloading all and every app update on 4G. Argh. EE to the rescue though – they gave me an extra 500mb for free. Then last Thursday my phone alerted me to the fact I had only 100mb for 9 days. No big drama, that was enough if I was sensible.

Then on Friday ‘The Haircut’ happened…

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April 15, 2016 at 10:33 am by Angela
 

TwitterHave you ever got to work, spent 20 mins browsing Twitter or the BBC News and then had to work at home after dinner because you did get everything you needed to done? Or have you ever watched a TV show whilst playing games on your phone only to suddenly realise the credits are rolling and you didn’t really see any of it? Or hold a conversation with your partner or friend whilst actually playing Candy Crush (which I have actually never played…) and just muttering “yeah” at sporadic intervals? If you have you’re not alone. Aside from the fact that people seem to ever be able to ‘switch off’ in the world of 2016, they also seem incapable of focusing on one thing at a time.
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April 12, 2016 at 11:35 am by Angela
 

TeaBreakI have been a part-time worker for almost three months now. People working a shorter week had never bothered me in my pre-Motherhood existence and I have anyways found it easy to schedule things in with a bit of thought and planning. I am now experiencing the reactions of others first hand though and it has been quite interesting; Most colleagues are happy to embrace and accommodate my working hours whilst some aren’t bothered by it but just forget my different availability and sometimes end up with some last-minute organisational challenges. But then very occasionally I get more extreme reaction where the annoyance fact that I’m not always available is visible on someone’s face. I’ve also been subjected to various comments, some jovial and others serious, such as “Enjoy your day off!”, “Hmm, yes it’s a bit inflexible.” and so on. It made me think about some pre-conceptions I feel many people have about part-time working. So for those of you out there who work with colleagues on part-time hours, here are some points to bear in mind:

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March 25, 2016 at 10:45 am by Angela
 

I’ve been back at work for two months now (has it really only been that long?!) and it has been a real rollercoaster of emotions. Normal post-Maternity Leave anxieties aside, I had always been looking forward to going back to work; But I also knew it wouldn’t be easy. I haven’t yet regretted my decision to go back. I am enjoying seeing my work colleagues again and using my brain more. H also really, really enjoys nursery so I am fortunate to rarely suffer from mummy-guilt.

Schedule

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to one small person. I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!


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