I'm a big geek and a big rebel

I’m a big geek and a big rebel all at the same time. 

I am ace at the Countdown numbers. Even when the big number is 75

I have a weird and extensive knowledge of the TFL network…if you are ever drunk and lost at 2am, call me- I will direct you onto the right bus. 

I love ironing. 

I have folders for everything. 

I rub out unnecessary apostrophes on pub chalk boards. 

I have been known to borrow a pen to add one in if required. 


I don’t subscribe to age requirements…by the time I am x…I have to be y. I will be that poem, the old woman who wears purple…

I have invented my own job as I knew I wasn’t suited to one that already existed.

I can get deep really quickly. There are so many people I have met at weddings, airports, in waiting rooms and at conferences that I know waaay too much stuff about but have no idea where they live or which motorway they came on. 

I think about my green Doc Martens a lot. 

And as for Blue Monday or other social calendar date that puts an odd societal pressure on things, I’m not into. Rarely has the ‘best night ever’ been on New Year’s Eve. I really like Mondays. Sometimes I want to have a bath, read a book and get an early night on a Friday night. Sometimes I want to get really drunk on a Wednesday date night. 

January is a time of limbo. We are all desperate for some light and warmth on our faces- even I am saying that as a ginger, pale person. We know we are supposed to be working on our big, bold 2019 goals but the cold weather is suggesting otherwise. ‘Come my sweet friend, it is warm under here in this cloud like duvet’. 


I know I am in a small percentage of people who don’t get the appeal of pancakes. Nor Yorkshire puddings. Too spongy. Too rubbery. On Shrove Tuesday, I will probably be having a lasagna. 

Basically it is all about what works for you…if you are springy in January, spring. If now is your hibernation time, use it wisely and set some deadlines. 


If setting yearly goals is too overwhelming, set 6 monthly goals. Or monthly or weekly or daily. Just get clear on what feels good. Most of our bills are paid at the end of the month and sometimes that is a great time for me to set the next round of goals for the following month. It makes it real. 



Interview with Annie Ross, Founder of Team 52

Did you catch my latest episode with Annie from @team52challenge We met when we were both speaking at @stylistlive 
This is a really uplifting and motivating one- perfect for a cold January morning.

A slightly ranty, alternative Christmas

An alternative, slightly ranty Christmas story... Today I have been asked by three different women whether I was ready for Christmas. When I said no and stated that I hadn’t done anything... I received looks of horror, distain and panic. 'I finished two weeks ago...glad it is all out of the way' was one of the replies. 

Now I know Christmas is a busy time of year and it is good to be organised, however it is only November. Of course, I want to create and be part of a lovely Christmas but I want to do other things too. 

I still have lots of work to complete, clients to serve and planning to do for 2019. That is how I can make a difference. I can also have a carpet picnic with my son and my man that they love any day of the week- our best day of the year doesn't have to be the 25th December. With a death in the family last week, there will definitely be more reflection this year. 

Judging another woman about her Christmas prep is one way we will all stay small. Due to societal pressure we will convince ourselves that we are behind, imperfect, disorganised or a shambles. We are not. There is plenty for time... until Christmas and for what we want to do. I doubt these three women would have asked this question to men. 

When we get caught in this cycle of worthiness being equal to perfection, this is when we don’t progress. We don’t launch the business, make the move, write what’s on your heart or do the things we really want to do. 

We get trapped in busyness, overwhelm, small talk and looking side to side instead of what’s in front of us.


I’m sure those who asked did so as a simple conversation starter. Or maybe they didn’t. Either way it made me think.



PODCAST: Episode Eighty Five with Sarah Gregory

E P I S O D E E I G H T Y F I V E is live with @srosegregory@makemotherhooddiverse I promise this episode will have you nodding along. I love Sarah’s heart, mission and collaborative nature. She is collating and celebrating so many wonderful, rich, thought provoking conversations. I urge you to check out @abouttimesnews - this edition is edited by @toomuchmotheringinformation