Are you thinking abut designing your life – then don’t forget about the space around you

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Yes, an unusual name for a site but you won’t be disappointed. This is a stunning blog with great tips on design.  In fact, this is more than a blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere  celebrates the little things in life that make a difference. Check it out and enjoy. Plus have a look at the ‘ask Emily tips’ – they are little gems. 

Work with your stregnths

What is it

The basic idea is that you should focus on activities, projects and tasks  that  bring you alive at work.

 

How can it help

If you focus on your strengths you will not only find fulfilling work but you will increase your chances to succeed in your career and achieve your ambitions.

Where can you find out more information: 

Books:

Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: Six Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

Website:

Strengths campus

Returning to work after children, is it just about the money?

What the evidence tells us

Work is the primary source of income for most people,and,  for some,work is just about the money. This is not only natural but ok.  Did you also know, work is generally good for you? Yes, it helps you meet your basic needs of food, shelter and warmth. It does much, much more than that  according to some recent research.  If your are thinking about returning to work after having a child, you might be interested in an independent review by the Department of Work and Pension. The report revealed two interesting facts to help us think about the broader benefits of work:

  • work is central to identity, social roles as well as  social status;
  • your economic status is also linked to physical and mental health and  life expectancy

But there is a caveat, the quality of work is crucial. The  job has to be in a safe environment  and you need to have accommodating boss, for work to be good for you.

If you want to read a bit more about the research, you can find a short overview  here.  If you want to read the whole report press on this link here.

Do you have any personal success stories and experiences that you would like to share about returning to work, you can do so in ‘share your story section’.

Where can you find help about getting into work