Category: Honest Conversations

  • Hush the inner critic with a pile-on of love

    Sometimes our inner critical voice can be louder than usual. Times when perhaps we’ve felt judgement, heard apparent poor opinion, or have a few hiccups in life. Those times when it feels like nothing is going right. That’s the time when our inner critic steps forward. Recently, having a tough day in which I felt […]

  • Default Setting: Kindness

    For some of us, kindness is automatic; we are just kind by nature (most of the time, anyway – there are moments… 😉 ). And it can be confusing at times when others are less than kind, whether to us directly or to others. But something we may then need to do, when we see […]

  • A Tale of #NeverGiveUP and Bouncing

    #NeverGiveUP Campaign 2019 by WP and UP

    Many of us do this, we never give up never giving up, over and over, as we move through whatever life throws at us. It’s not easy and can take a certain bravery, to keep going, to try again or pick ourselves up from whatever floors us. The following shares my tale from the first […]

  • #NeverGiveUP: Changing jobs and finding positivity

    #NeverGiveUP Campaign 2019 by WP and UP

    Our first guest post for the #NeverGiveUP campaign contributed by Simon Pollard. A story of hanging in there, getting the job done but also, indeed, not giving up when it all seemed bleak. I was working for a company on a project that two of us were assigned to. Another two developers had also worked […]

  • Freelancing and Invisible Illness

    When it comes to freelancing and invisible illness, they can be a match made in heaven or the lesser of two evils. So how do you balance your life when you have chronic illness and you work from home? Let’s think through some of this. What is an invisible illness? Invisible illnesses are just that […]

  • Anxiety: Don’t Leave Home Without It

    Tongue in cheek: but when I started thinking about this topic, I was reminded about the old American Express Tagline – “American Express: Don’t leave home without it.” Anxiety doesn’t give us a choice. It’s like your little sister who tagged along with you everywhere you went. Like many of us who have (I hate […]

  • Freelancers: It’s Okay to Say No

    Working from home may seem less important somehow and often others view your time as more flexible or, frankly, less valuable. When it comes to volunteering, it’s important to protect your business by protecting your time. This also includes your volunteer time. Volunteerism In The Open Source Ethos The goal of Open Source is to […]

  • Good enough…

    Goodness me, sometimes it is such hard work to work past the stuff in our heads, isn’t it (yes, that is rhetorical as I know I am not alone in this). Earlier this year my own confidence had become so incredibly low that in one particular project I feel everything I did was wrong or […]

  • One of us; we are all “one of us”

    Goodness, it’s harder than it seems, to write stuff quite so personal somewhere beyond one’s personal blog (and even that takes some gumption at times). My first #PressForward post was to be part of a personal month-long topic of “Good Enough” across the various blogs and online places in which I’m involved. But instead it […]