Today I’m sharing driving to the Loire Valley. I thought I’d try something different so I’m going to start sharing little snippets from the book to give you a glimpse inside my writing world. This excerpt is from our first day driving to the Loire Valley on our 2013 Europe road trip. We arrived in Read More
It’s time for me to take a step back and practice what I preach.
I’ve written on numerous occasions about the impact Social Media can have on our lives as well as the difficulty in balancing earning a living with family. As a single mum I have chosen not to work in paid employment but to be self-employed and with this comes stress – a lot of it.
But I still choose to settle for an irregular income because it allows me to spend time with Lola.
At times I feel like chucking it in and seeking full time employment, but that would bring another set of problems. I went down that road a couple of years ago and whilst I had money in the bank I had a miserable four year old child who told me just before Christmas…
“I don’t want any presents mummy, I just want to be with you at home.” Read More
As we approach the end of August I have to wonder where the year has gone. It has been another eventful one for Lola and me, most recently we moved house and of course earlier in the year I published our book.
The good news is that we are now settled in our new home. Having lived in several countries around the world I am back in the village I was born in and I am at last content. The sunset last night was stunning and today, as I write I glance out across green fields and am met by the stare of a local sheep. As she chews her grass, her eyes do not move until finally, a magpie lands on her back, breaking the concentration and causing a little wiggle of the ewe’s droopy tail. Read More
That old nasty guilt thing appeared again today. As I was standing checking my emails I felt a little warm body snuggle up behind me and a pair of arms wrap themselves around my legs.
There was no voice saying “mummy”, only a silent message of “switch it off please”.
I was just about to say “hold on a second” until I saw the thumb which was being raised with a tiny paper cut on the knuckle. Instantly I was annoyed with myself for even having the emails open in the first place. I had promised myself to only work during the hours when I am alone, yet here I was trying to sneak in a few minutes unnoticed. Read More
I wanted to write a short post today to share with you how the last couple of days have been having finally published Clancy Goes To France. If you have been following the story you will know that the book and the challenge was always about family. It was always about being able to share Read More
The downside of social media is playing on my mind, it’s a beautiful world out there and we’re missing out – have you ever really paid attention to how much time you lose online? The picture in this post is simple but a wonderful memory, yet I forget how happy these simple things make me Read More
The winter blues are upon me. Today I’m writing a very short post, one which I just wanted to get on paper because it is so grey outside. Those who follow Living La Vida Lola will know that I have a dream to have a little place for Lola and I somewhere in Europe within Read More
Clancy Goes to France is finished! The journey which began with a feeling of desperation when I was unable to help my father has taken me on a twisty and bumpy road. I have almost given up at times but now, the book is published. I’ve learned so much along the way and am looking forward Read More
Happiness with Less is my new motto. At times it’s hard to remain positive when the end of the month approaches and I have bills bearing down on me, but I remind myself of the choices I’ve made, I take a deep breath and trust that eventually things will come right. You see, I couldn’t Read More
Cherish every moment, it’s something I used to write about a lot but in the past 12 months I seem to have lost focus. I was reminded of it in Brittany last week and again today. Last year I was working almost full time and had very little time with my daughter, I wrote at Read More