My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Finding Izzy already awake downstairs. Watching Moana on Disney+. Cooking and eating fried mushrooms and spinach on a toasted bagel. Pottering at home while Carl took Jesse to an empty field for a quick kickabout. As...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Waking up after a very long sleep. I think I went to bed at 8.30pm on Friday. I'm feeling even more tired than usual at the moment. Heading downstairs for a cup of tea. Savouring the peace and quiet while everyone else was still in bed. Curling up beneath a blanket on...

My weekend has mainly been spent…

My weekend has mainly been spent…

Sleeping in. Remembering everything all over again. For a few split seconds each morning it all feels like a bad dream. Padding downstairs for a cup of tea. Curling up on the sofa with a good book {The Salt Path* by Raynor Win}. Hugging the children when they appeared...

How to Read More

How to Read More

For as long as I can remember, one of my new year’s resolutions has always been to ‘read more’. In 2018 I read 27 books, last year I read 36 and this year I’m aiming for at least 40. Although I enjoy keeping track of the numbers, my focus isn’t overall volume. I...

Hello 2020

Hello 2020

I've been writing a version of this post every January since 2010. Reading through each entry in quick succession provides a wonderfully detailed overview of the decade. This time ten years ago, Isabel and Jesse were 4 years and 6 months old respectively. We were...

Notes on Perfectionism

Notes on Perfectionism

In Ep.13 of Friends With Business Benefits, the podcast I co-host with Charlie Swift, we shared an in-depth conversation about what it means to be a perfectionist. When the show went live in July, I hopped on Instagram Stories to discuss what we'd learned from our...

Our Summer Bucket List 2019

Our Summer Bucket List 2019

The summer holidays are upon us. I survived day one, and as I write I'm halfway through day two. So far, spirits are high. The sun is shining, the children are delightful and I'm enjoying the relaxation of our usual routine. I love this time of year, but it can be a...

10 Years of Love Audrey

10 Years of Love Audrey

Before it was a business, Love Audrey was ‘just a blog’. Today, that blog is ten years old. I can’t imagine what my life would look like now if I hadn’t claimed a corner of the internet for myself back in 2009. Blogging has been the catalyst for so many amazing things...

My Morning Rhythm

My Morning Rhythm

One of the first books I read last year was Destination Simple - Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlery. It's a quick read packed full of practical advice designed to help you live more simply. Brooke's description of her morning rhythm and the thinking...

Hello 2019

Hello 2019

I'm writing this on the first Saturday of 2019. It's bitterly cold outside, so I've got the fan-heater running as I type. The constant whir of its motor muffles the sound of Sigur Rós playing from my new Echo Dot on the floor below. The light in our attic-office is...

A Family-Friendly Mini Guide to Koh Samui

A Family-Friendly Mini Guide to Koh Samui

Our trip to Koh Samui, Thailand, in July had a rocky beginning. The Malaysia Airlines flight from Heathrow was initially delayed and then cancelled due to technical difficulties. After spending the night in an airport hotel, we woke early for round two, battling...

How to Take Time Off When You’re Self-Employed

How to Take Time Off When You’re Self-Employed

I know how hard it is to take time off when you’re self-employed, but I believe it’s vital if you want to build a business that’s sustainable. Assuming everything goes according to plan, by the time this post publishes, I’ll be lounging on a beach in Thailand. As I...

5 Things I’ve Gained From Co-Mentoring

5 Things I’ve Gained From Co-Mentoring

For the last 18 months, I’ve been meeting with my friend and fellow freelancer, Charlie Swift, for regular co-mentoring sessions. Establishing such a supportive, nurturing relationship with another business owner is one of the best things I’ve ever done and it’s...

Our Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

I love a summer bucket list. I try to write one every year. Sometimes they make it on to the blog, but more often than not they linger in a notebook or on a piece of paper pinned to the fridge. Making plans and setting goals for the summer isn't about putting pressure...

How to Delegate Like a Pro

How to Delegate Like a Pro

As a business owner who serves other small businesses, I’ve come to appreciate the power and importance of learning how to delegate. Not only have I needed to outsource things myself, but a large proportion of my income relies on other people choosing to delegate...

5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Bristol

5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Bristol

I may not blog about them as much as I’d like to, but weekends are still sacred in the Love Audrey household. I like a lazy Sunday as much as the next person, but I also enjoy plotting and planning a packed day out. After four and half years living in the city, we’ve...

Seeking and Doing the Work You Love

Seeking and Doing the Work You Love

I never thought I’d miss the formal management reviews I was forced to endure when I worked in retail, but I do. Sometimes external expectations, accountability and encouragement are nice things to have at your disposal. Being my own boss means it’s up to me to review...

In Defense of Rest

In Defense of Rest

I’d been planning to write about rest for a long time. Not about briefly slowing down after a busy season, or occasional moments of downtime in an otherwise hectic schedule, but about small, significant ways to make life more restful in general. I thought I had a lot...

A Love Letter to Lunch Breaks

A Love Letter to Lunch Breaks

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome {CFS} I was diagnosed with in 2016 prompted an array of lifestyle changes. To aid my recovery, everything from my morning routine to the food I eat has been overhauled and transformed. One of the simplest, but most effective things I’ve...

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