Hi, I'm Laura and welcome to my blog! I'm a book publicist that works from home and this is about sharing what works for me while working the 'school hours.' I'll be writing about how I manage the juggle between work and parenting as well as highlighting other parents and their careers.
I’m lucky that in my job all I really need is a laptop, decent wifi and a phone. Access to a printer is always beneficial but I do not really require any specialised equipment.
My office is our kitchen – I work from the kitchen table most days. It’s also the table that my daughter completes her homework, we eat all our meals on and where my husband reads the newspaper from. It is the hub of our home. This means that my working space has to be transient – it is my ‘workspace’ only during the 9 to 3 hours. Everything that I use must be removed from the table before and after those hours for our normal family life to exist.
My set up isn’t pretty – it is functional (please see my blog post – my new tech set up for further details) but I work in a creative area and actually need a bit of ‘pretty’ at my workplace to help inspire me.
Ten years ago I would have laughed at what I’m writing now – when I worked in a pretty ordinary office but now I find that if I have a small bunch of flowers above my eye-line when I work, really lifts my mood. Flowers seem like such a luxury to me and when finances are a little tight, it seems an extravagance too far but a 99p bunch of daffodils is just the ticket. I’m so happy when Spring rolls into town – daffs, tulips, blossom etc… I’m not fussy!
I am waiting with bated breath on the influx of peonies and hydrangeas. They are very expensive but I grow peonies in my garden and I’m desperate to succeed with hydrangeas. Is there anything better then cut flowers from your garden?
What’s your (non) essential item that helps life you when working? I’m also rather fond of a cup of tea from my Emma Bridgewater mug.
Other recommended reads that may be of interest to you:
Just thought I would share a few things that are making my life sweeter at the moment! Quite like the BBC, the things that are either entertaining, informing or educating me!
First up has to be The Homeworker magazine. I downloaded the first issue last week while I was in London during half term and have been slowly reading it on my iPad. I wouldn’t recommend you read it on your phone. There are lots of thought provoking articles, it is beautifully designed and I love the mix of insight and whimsy.
During my London trip, I spent time working in the cafe at M&S on Oxford Street! (hello free wifi!) I was feeling VERY tired at the time and looked it too. You know when you are so tired but cannot be bothered to even put make up on that will make you look better but still you are cba? Well I shamelessly snuck into the beauty department and slavered on the Emma Hardie Midas Touch Revitalising Eye Serum which was amazing and really perked me up. (it is however out of my price league) However, while I was doing this, a lovely M&S lady came up to me and offered me a few samples to try at home and the standout was Pixi Vitamin-C Cavier Balm which is brilliant! I wear it at night and I wake up looking alive – not the half zombie. The closest to the dreamy Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum I have tried. And it is a lot cheaper at £24 from M&S.
Having flowers in a vase near my laptop as I work is definitely a luxury that never fails to boost my mood and normally I view this as a treat but I am loving having Daffodils available to me at the moment. 99p a bunch normally and they do last a good week. Bringing sunshine to my working day! (although this crazy warm weather is also a real mood lifter)
I’m also mainlining podcasts as I work too – I’m working on a few projects that need an extra boost of creativity on my part and I find listening to inspiring people really helpful. I recommend Hashtag Authentic with Sara Tasker – and also any podcast that has her on as a guest. She has a book out too now. She speaks with honesty and clarity on running a business whilst also suffering from chronic illness. My friends think I’m bonkers but I’ve always had a soft spot for David Tennant (he just seems like a really nice man who is VERY good at his job), so when I saw he had a podcast, I was there. I loved his interview with Olivia Coleman and Jodie Whitacker.
What are your favourite things at the moment? I love hearing about great books, podcasts, clothes or anything really that brings happiness!