Christmas Eve greetings!

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It’s Christmas Eve! This is one of my favourite days of the year, with all of the cosy traditions, excitement and anticipation that the festivities bring. I especially love how everything just seems to stop, the bustling shops begin to calm and families, friends and loved ones gather together to celebrate.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; day 19, forgiveness

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Today’s post is particularly personal to me; it is often said that we can forgive and we don’t necessarily forget, well this I can relate to and is true. I can honestly say that this is one of the most difficult posts I have ever written, but I now feel strong enough to be able to finally talk about it.

When I was in my twenties, I met someone who influenced so many aspects of my life, some were for the better such as how I shaped my career; but others were not so good such as how relationships are not supposed to be.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 9th December

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“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare

Sunday greetings to you all, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far!

Weekends are for spending quality time with those we love and generally having that much needed time off from the stresses of work. Therefore this challenge is one which gets you supporting those closest to home.

Being kind to friends and family sounds like it should be a given, however, it is something we can too easily take for granted when we are busy with work, studies or general life, which can result in us becoming unintentionally neglectful of the relationships that matter the most.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 2nd December

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Welcome back to my blog and happy Sunday to you!

The picture that accompanies this post is simply perfect to sum up a festive Sunday, a good cup of coffee and a good book, how very hygge!

I hope your challenges went well yesterday and that lots of compliments were paid, it is great to make people around you feel good.

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Returning to work when juggling life as a parent

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For many new parents, the thought of returning to work can be a daunting one. As part of my blog collaboration series, I am joined by Laura Izard known as the Comeback Girl (@C0mebackG1rl on Twitter) to discuss how parents can prepare themselves before returning to the world of work.

Whether you are at the end of your maternity leave or you’ve taken a career break, returning to work can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, and confidence can play a big part in the decision-making process. Having children changes your life so thinking about returning to work and putting yourself first can make you feel guilty as a parent, but it shouldn’t. Returning to work can be fulfilling, exciting and rewarding, but most of all, it can make you feel like ‘you’ – pre-children!

Understandably, when you become a parent your priorities change in a big way, so firstly, it is important to understand and be realistic about the expectations you have for yourself. You may feel guilt about leaving little ones at home, that’s normal and it’s also normal not to feel it. It’s vital self-care to consider your needs too.

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