I give up on the work-life juggle

There is no such thing as the perfect balance.

Most of the time, the mix of work and family is one big cacophonous jumble. Children don’t time their sicknesses so they coincide with the weekend. They wake me up at 3am (bed-wetting incidents, night terrors etc) when I have an important meeting in the morning and need to be at my mental best.

The best way to describe the mix of work and family is the Channel 4 ident. Most of the time it is chaotic, messy or plain boring, and then for just a nanosecond, everything is perfectly aligned.

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Use sun cream. Or else…

Quite a good idea by Nivea to teach children the importance of applying their sun cream when they’re in the sun.

Whilst on the topic of sun cream, how can one not mention Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).

I first heard it when I was about 14. The lyrics are taken from a famous essay written in 1997 by Mary Schmich (a columnist with the Chicago Tribune) which gives some amazing advice for life.

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99
Wear sunscreen

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