Simple school holidays

I love old-fashioned. I really do. Maybe it’s because old-fashioned to me is defined as … my childhood, grandmothers, cups of tea, climbing trees, simple good food, tablecloths, colouring in, knitting and crochet, the library … It all makes me feel safe, nourished, loved, and I think that’s because everything old-fashioned reminds me of my grandmothers and times I spent …

Husband v kids – what’s the biggest priority?

Years ago, a girlfriend said to me that her husband was her first priority, over her children. At the time, I was the bleary-eyed, leaky-breasted, hormone-laden mother of a two-year-old and eight-week old, so I found her comments outrageous. That anything could be more important than the all-consuming love affair I was having with my babies was just nonsense. Of …

KISS me, everywhere

No, it’s not a raunchy love letter. It’s my life mantra. Keep It Simple, Stupid. It’s what they teach to journalism students and cadets when it comes to writing copy – keep it simple, to the point, don’t over-complicate it. The KISS rule. Get to the essence of what’s important and focus on that. Don’t try and be clever by …

Rachael Jansen

Selfish is not (always) a dirty word

Being selfish isn’t about anything more than showing yourself some respect. It’s not about failing to care for your family, but making sure you don’t fail to take care of yourself. It’s about showing yourself the same consideration, care and attention that you do for everyone else. When you take the time to put yourself first, you’re showing yourself that …