Category: Career

Work life balance or work life mix?

People are rebelling against ‘work-life balance’ in favour of work-life mix. What is this ‘mix’ you speak of…

What does ‘having it all’ really mean?

The phrase ‘having it all’ is usually used to refer to a woman’s, usually a mother’s, successful balance between her work and family. But who is defining whether a woman’s balance is ‘successful’? And what is it ‘all’ anyway…

I Know How She Does It

I recommend this book to anyone struggling to keep all the balls in the air, who feels like there isn’t enough hours in the day or who is looking for an alternative to the trade-off between a career and family. But I also recommend it to busy people who, like me, think they’re not doing too bad of a job by themselves…

7 tips for work-life balance for working parents

The key to a meaningful life is living the life you want to live. In an aim to find and live out our passions and joys, many of us juggle multiple commitments. Finding the right balance between these can be a struggle. Being mindful of your competing priorities any why they are important to you is key.

Here are my tips for finding work-life balance as a working parent…

How to set meaningful goals

2017 is very nearly upon us and with the new year come new goals. The tradition of making new years resolutions / goals / plans / intentions is beginning again. We see the new year as a clean slate and as an ideal time to put our plans to better ourselves into action. Making resolutions is a good thing. It shows that we are interested in and aware of self improvement, gives us vision and motivation.  We all…

Managing expectations as a working parent

When I first started taking my daughter to work my boss gave me some great advice: don’t have too many expectations. In one sense this goes against everything I believe in – what’s a life without goals! But at the same time, I get it. Life with a newborn can be chaotic and unpredictable. What he was really saying was ‘don’t worry if things don’t go…

5 tips for taking your baby to work

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I have taken my daughter (now almost 8 months) to work with me since she was a few weeks old. Many people have asked me how I make this work, so here are my top five tips for taking your baby to work. 1. Have realistic expectations  Some (ok, most) things will take longer to do than they did pre-baby. Make a list of…

A day in my life: Taking my baby to work

Many people have asked me about the practicalities of taking my baby to work with me. How does it work? Do I actually get work done? What does my baby do all day? When Lilly was a newborn my days looked much like they did pre-baby, except that I’d breastfeed and change a nappy now and then. My happy newborn would wake to feed and then go back to sleep for a…

Working mum stigma 

I love my daughter and my job and there’s no reason why I can’t have both. But there is a certain stigma that comes with being a working mum. There are three things in particular that bother me…

#babiesatwork

When I finished work for maternity leave (if 10 days counts as maternity leave) I didn’t plan to return to work within a matter of weeks with my new baby girl in tow. I didn’t plan to give up working altogether – I’d studied for six years to get my degree and had worked hard at my job. I also loved working – it was (and still is) a…