I picked up this book on meditation not sure what to expect. While reading it, I sometimes felt like I know all of this, however, when I sat down to write this book review I realised I had actually learnt quite a bit.
A week before the end of the first half term, the girls started taking it in turns to be ill. First off, the youngest one has a cough and cold and heartrendingly asks me ‘Why do I always get ill?’ I really don’t know but she does seem to get coughs and colds a lot more than my older daughter. Maybe it’s because she’s still young. Continue reading “Pre-half term holiday sickness”→
I started reading Buddhism for Mothers while on holiday. On holiday its really easy to take on board all the exercises outlined and even to try out some of the meditating exercise. Since coming back, even though I’ve tried being mindful but its not that easy. However, the best thing about Buddhism is not to berate yourself about it but peacefully move along and carry on when you can again. Continue reading “Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Naptoli”→
It feels like September is almost done even though there is still a week left. This month has been busy again. With the girls going back to school and everyone attempting to get back into a routine things look good for a while and then the first birthday party of the season starts. Continue reading “September almost done”→
This post summarises my top 5 business books reviews. Over the years I have read and reviewed lots of books. Some are business type books, some are related to parenting and education type and although I like reading lots of fiction, I have only reviewed a few fiction books on my blog. The following books that I have read and reviewed are my favourite ones that have a more business focus.
This was an interesting summer holiday juggling work and childcare for six weeks. In so many ways I’m glad they are back to school. We can get back into a routine and they are not just sitting at home doing not a lot. However, I miss the mid-week lie-ins, half-hearted pyjama days and the no rushing around whatsoever. Continue reading “Happy New School Year”→
National Insurance Class 2 will be abolished from April 2019. So with only a year left and if you have been self employed at any point in the year, now is a good time to make voluntary payments via Class 2 in order to top up any shortfalls, if for example, you do not have your full 35 years of state pension. This works out to be cheaper than paying the voluntary Class 3 NI.
Here is a recap on all the different National Insurance and what they mean:
National Insurance Class 1 is the national insurance due by employed workers as long as certain conditions are met. It is paid by the employer through the payroll. Read about this in more detail in my previous post here:-
Class 2 is the national insurance paid by self employed workers. You do not have to pay Class 2 if you earn less than £6,205. This is however, going to be abolished from April 2019 so you only have a short time to make any voluntary contributions to make up any gaps in your NI history. You can read more about Class 2 below:
I’m sitting in the car waiting for one daughter to finish her piano lesson while my other daughter is reading my tax adviser magazine and I’m sitting on my laptop blogging! Hmmm… I wonder which generation we should worry about!
Anyway, this isn’t why I started blogging. We are half way through the school summer holidays and this is the first summer holidays that I will be working in an office job while juggling childcare. So far, getting to the half way point has not been too bad. The first week and a half, we went abroad on holiday, the next week and a half, the girls stayed over at my mums which is an hour away in a different town. That was incredibly hard as I missed them so much, especially as I had just spent 10 amazing days just chilling with them all day long.
This fourth week of the holidays, however, is proving to be a bit more difficult. They want to stay with me all the time. They don’t want to go to their other grandparents’ house or the summer camp I booked them in for which are the only choices they have. I had no idea how everything would work out over the holidays so I had back up plans for every day just in case something happened and I got stuck. Apart from occasionally questioning my reasoning for starting an office job when I could have been working from home and chilling with them over the summer holidays especially while the weather has been so good, it’s been ok.
Anyway, I’m at home two days a week so that helps. However, working in an office-based job does tie me down to our city which is fine most of the time but I do miss just spending holidays at my mum’s chilling with her or with my friends from back home and working around my summer social life. Oh well. I guess I can’t have everything and the grass does always seem greener on the other side.
I don’t, however, miss the lack of boundaries where I constantly worry about finding time to work and then working til late at night. It is good to have fixed cut off times for work. Plus, my daily hours fit in perfectly with the school run so for half the year, life will be good, the rest of them time I will enjoy the chaos.
However, the tax returns are looking good. I have completed quite a few of them and only have two big ones left to do. I still have a few last minute simple tax returns to do which usually don’t come til the last minute, however, they are usually quite easy to do so I don’t normally worry about those. Apart from feeling like I should be doing something more, everything generally seems to feel good at the moment.