Author: Irish Life

Don’t be a Valentine’s Day Cliché – There’s a New Kind of Present for Your Loved One

Read time: 4 Minutes Do traditional Valentine’s Day presents really stand the test of time, or is there a new kind of gift making its way into the heart of your special someone? Where does the time go? It seems like it was only last week when we were splashing out to treat the better half to the perfect prezzie for Christmas. Now the dust has settled (or should we say glitter), the new pair of socks have been worn in and we’ve had the whole month of January to get ourselves back in gear. But with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re back to square one and left wondering “What do I buy the person who has everything?” Luckily, you’ll be glad to hear, help is at hand. Avoid the last minute dash to the petrol station, frantically searching for a bunch of roses that don’t look as if they’ve been pawed over. They always do. No matter how much we try to convince ourselves “they’ll do the job”. Diamonds and rubies. Are these …

Make 2018 Your Year to Shine! 3 Golden Rules to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

Read time: 3 Minutes Congrats! You’re now on the home straight to making it through the Winter Blues. You barely recognise your kitchen cupboards without the stockpile of tins of Roses and come to think of it, your waistline is beginning to thank you for it. But let’s be honest – it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The temptation to sink back into old habits hasn’t exactly kept itself at bay. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Over a third of resolutions have been put back on the shelf before the end of January. Sound familiar? Luckily, we’re here to offer you some top tips for making sure your New Year’s Resolutions become much more than that. Keep calm and carry on We’d like to offer a helping hand so you can become an even better you! Below are our 3 Golden Rules for keeping on track for the whole year. 1. Join a group We’ve all heard of the old saying “the more, the merrier!” Well, this is the key to transforming your newly-pledged resolutions …

5 tips to avoid the winter blues

Read time: 2 Minutes January can often be a month of renewal; setting new goals for the year ahead and hitting reset on all the bad habits you’ve picked up in the previous 12 months. However, it can be a tough month to get motivated and it’s probably fair to say that we’ve all had our fair share of the winter blues at some point in the past. As we’re less than a month into the new year – it’s not too late to set your own goals, however small, for the year ahead. Check out our 5 tips to help avoid the winter blues: Plan your next break Christmas is over, so why not plan for your next big holiday? Summer will be upon us in a few months, start planning that trip to East Asia you’ve been dreaming of, or take a trip to see a friend in Australia or the US? Start your saving and plan for the trip of a lifetime. Can’t wait that long? Why not book a winter break …

Freelance work - how does it count for pensions?

Ladies! We strive for workplace equality… what about in retirement?

Read time: 4 Minutes Retirement – for some of us it feels like years away, for many others it can’t come soon enough. No matter what stage of your life you are in, if you aren’t already making plans for how you’re going to fund your golden years then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about it. According to the Irish times, nearly two-thirds of women have found themselves with a much lower pension entitlement than expected. While reasons for this vary and the rule to qualify for a full state pension are complicated, factors such as working abroad, self-employment, being a stay-at-home mother or carer have had a huge impact. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission found the gap between men and women’s pensions currently stands at 38%.  However, the existing gender pay gap, along with the fact that a larger percentage of women work part-time or take career breaks due to family commitments, have resulted in women retiring on average with over a third less than men. These statistics show that many Irish …