This Freelancer’s Summer of Self-Love


I love this time of year as I have both boys boys at home (when they haven’t abandoned me in favour of the local holiday playscheme and all that they offer!). We have breakfasts in bed (mine usually), run down hills screaming, walk, paint, play and simply enjoy quality time together.

The flipside of this glorious coin is the fact that I am a full-time freelance copywriter with a number of regular clients as well as ad-hoc projects ongoing and needing my attention. With only twenty-four hours in a day shoe-horning everything in (otherwise known as the school holiday juggle) may be tough however I’ve always relished the challenge and haven’t dropped a child, a client or anything else yet.

This post isn’t so much about the juggle though, it’s about adding something else to my already busy week and making sure it gets done. This is my self-love time. Working for myself I don’t have sick days, don’t have properly defined (and never company paid) holidays and have a tendancy during the busiest periods to go a bit mad and over-work myself. As I refuse to give any less that 100% all aross the board real burn-out is a real thing and I’ve got very close to the flame a few times.

My self-love focus works two ways, firstly I make sure that there is time in the week just for me, to read, to take an extra long shower, to blast music for ten minutes and dance, to go for a walk (on my own); whatever I want or need to do which enables me to kick back and enjoy myself. The second part of my self-love summer pledge is to take better care of myself. I’m organising my time better and taking proper breaks.

I’m taking half an hour to eat lunch in the garden or at the dining table rather than throwing something down my neck at the desk, I’m getting up at 4am to take advantage of the quiet work time but I’m making sure I have a decent bedtime with fresh bedding and comfy pjs. I’ve made a hydration pledge (this makes me feel better and is important for my health) and overall I’m simply ensuring that I take more care of myself.

I’m important, I matter and I can’t afford to get lost underneath paperwork, deadlines and the sometime downright nuts schedules that parents try to squeeze themselves into.

And you know what? I’m feeling fantastic. I’m much more relaxed, more productive, unrushed and am thoroughly enjoying my summer. Self love summer looks set to become less seasonal and more of a conscious and ongoing intention to ensure that I look after myself.

What’s even better is that me taking more me time is something that my family completely support and have been pushing for (for some time!).

Do you make sure you take time out to look after you? You should!

Back to school… woo hoo!

I’m feeling very relaxed today, but also a bit excited!

Kieran sailed into school today without so much as a backwards glance so I’m guessing he’ll be fine. Everything was organised last night, everything clean, shined, creaseless and named. His packed lunch has been filled with yummy goodness and his hair had been cut. I’m pretty sure we remembered everything.

He’ll have a fantastic day no doubt, catching up with the friends he’s missed over the holiday and getting back to grips with the routine. I can hardly wait for 3.30pm and watching him bound out the door to give me a hug and tell me about his day, but to be honest, as much as we’ve all had a fantastic summer holiday together, it was time.

How am I? No lumps in the throat, no damp eyes… I’m quite excited! He’s fine so I’m fine but on top of that, I can get organised again! We have a good daily routine and of course have stuck to it as best we can but it’s been holiday time and lets face it, rules are meant to be broken! Now it’s my time new term, with my new sharpened pencil (or new unchewed biro), new notebook (my Dodo Pad is being given some welly this morning!) and I am already catching up.

You see, I work from home full-time a freelance writer. I still have nine month old Taylor at home but he has big naps and I can work around him while still making sure he gets plenty of attention. It’s a bit harder with a 5yr old who can’t find the craft clue, wants a playdate, or NEEDS to do some baking right away. It’s very quiet today, and very autumn feeling and I’m loving how productive today has been already! I am half through catching up on the bits and pieces that haven’t been finished due to the holiday fun, have cleared my emails, renamed files and folders and am loving every minute of it.

I’m glad he’s back now, he was ready, and so was I!