‘About’ pages are tough, aren’t they? I never know whether to start with the ‘business’ or the personal; after all, I’m just ‘me’. So, in no particular order, I work as a lawyer and business administrator at Perth-based law firm Birman & Ride. I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter who is the light of my life and I am married to my high school sweetheart.
During my pregnancy I longed for a working-mum role model who could show me that it was possible to be a happy, loving mother and have a successful career at the same time. I had no footsteps to follow and, like us all, was thrust into the deep end of parenthood with little understanding of who I would become. I very quickly learned that it was possible to have both a fulfilling career and to be a great mum at the same time. Not only that, I also learned that, for reasons I still struggle to understand, working motherhood is not something that is shared or celebrated. There are lots of us out there, yet we often feel so alone.
I am now passionate about helping other working mums to take charge of their motherhood journey and manage their career and personal life in such a way that enables them to live the life they want to live.
I am an advocate for flexible working, conscious leadership and work life integration as mechanisms through which employers can help their employees to live their best lives.
‘A career and motherhood are not mutually exclusive. We can have both and we can excel at both, too. I do believe we can ‘have it all’, we just need to work out what that ‘all’ is for us.’