• Self care

    How to work from home effectively

    Did you know there are 1.54 million people who work from home even in non-Coronavirus times? I have worked from home in various roles both employed and freelance. It has suited me as I have juggled the competing priorities of work and parenting. My biggest challenges when homeworking involved not having dedicated space just for work and also ensuring my jobs were valued as much as those of my husband who went out to work. With lockdown forcing many to change how they work, I thought I would look at how to work from home effectively. How to work from home effectively Homeworking is not a holiday or a duvet…

  • Ways To Make Self-Love A Priority
    Self care

    Four Ways to Make Self-Love a Priority

    Lamplight life will always be open to guest posts that help women take care of themselves better. With that in mind, here is one highlighting four ways to make self-love a priority. “Society is lying to us. They have been lying to us for years, decades, and centuries. As women, we’re taught to love hard, forgive quickly, and take care of everyone except ourselves. We’re encouraged to be selfless and to put others before ourselves. The expectations are not mutual. They’re one-side, with fine print side-effects including resentment, bitterness, burnout, anxiety, depression, and unworthiness. Who are these people telling women that WE must love others at the expense of ourselves?…

  • Positives About Being Single After A Relationship Breakdown

    Positives about being single after a relationship breakdown

    It can be difficult to feel hopeful following separation or divorce. You will have invested in another person and probably did not make the decision to go your on different life paths easily. We can always learn from other women so I asked some blogger friends to highlight the positives about being single after a relationship breakdown. Positives about being single after a relationship breakdown Kelly explained “I remember ending a long term relationship and feeling completely free. Knowing I liked the person’s parents more than them was a big sign it wasn’t to be, but when we finally parted, I felt elated. It’s kind of empowering to be in…

  • Milestones

    Understanding the menopause and how to handle it

    This blog is all about women and their lives. It highlights the milestones women face and I am delighted to share this guest post on understanding the menopause along with top tips on living positively at this time. “Starting on your menopause journey is certainly not like diving into a swimming pool. You can’t clearly see the direction of the lanes and the other side of the pool, nor how deep the water is. You will probably find yourself sinking in the murky waters of unpleasant and unexpected symptoms, unsure how long they will last, wondering who will throw you a life-line and how you are possibly going to come…

  • Songs For Funerals

    Songs for funerals that make people laugh and cry

    I  have often reflected that the deceased person at a funeral would be shocked to hear how very valued they are and the little things that identified them to their loved ones. This comes out in eulogies but also in songs for funerals that make people laugh and cry. Lives are a series of ups and downs for all of us whatever those apparently perfect social media posts pretend. So it seems apt that at the end of our lives our mourners should shed a tear but also have a giggle. I asked some blogger friends what they would choose as their last song. Songs for funerals reminding us of…