Working from home – is it remotely possible?

Sitting by the pool on holiday recently, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation two mums were having about how difficult it had been returning to work in London after having their children and fantasising over how great it would be if they could work from home and not commute.  Amongst other things, they discussed about having more time at the end of each day to work and not travel, being able to exercise more, spend more time with the kids, concentrate better with no one to distract them, getting rid of the dog walker, lower nursery fees etc. etc.  Having left the corporate world a long time ago and spending a fair bit of time working out of a ‘home office’, I did have a bit of a chuckle over perception versus reality on this.  Yet would I return to the world of commuting five days per week?  Never!!  According to the Office of National Statistics,  “Commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters”.  Enough said.

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Learning to Fail: Turning mistakes into success

It’s that time of year again – where anticipation runs high and dreams are either realised or shattered. What am I talking about – the Olympic Games in Rio? Winning medals or crashing out? Quite literally in the case of the cycling events! No I am talking about something much, much closer to home – the impending A-level results.

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Positive Force

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see two legends perform in 24 hours; Shirley Bassey at the quintessentially English, Henley Festival and then my joint all time favourite artist – Stevie Wonder at British Summer Time in Hyde Park.  Of course, the build up to both of these festivals was all about “will the weather ruin it?”  “have I got time to pack a picnic?” and most prevalent, “have I got the stamina to stay awake to make the most of this musical extravaganza?”.

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Practising Wholeheartedness – The Legacy of Jo Cox

As the old phrase goes – “A week is a long time in politics” and it comes as somewhat of a shock to realise it is only two weeks since the sad news of the murder of Jo Cox. For many of us, the past week has pushed this terrible event to the background of our minds as we all focus on the future impact of the “Out” vote.

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Time to shine

Well hello there lovely people; it’s Lola the Change-Gear Dog-blogger and I’m back!  You may have noticed I’ve not been around for a while.  To be honest I was starting to wonder whether I was going to be replaced by a new model.   Cliché I know, but I was beginning to lose my confidence at work, so I decided to get my act together and start reminding the team just how good I am.   And it worked.  Here I am back with my new blog and it’s all about re-building your confidence.  If you’re feeling any self-doubt right now I’m hoping my 8 top tips will get you back on form:
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