Saying ‘no’ is an art that many people struggle with – they don’t want to let others down, miss out on opportunities or jeapordise a relationship – but it is a valuable skill to master and it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Reese McMillan is a mum of two living in a small close-knit town outside Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For Reese, motherhood changed her career goals in a way she didn’t expect: it showed her just how much she was capable of and made her more ambitious. In addition to her full-time position managing environmental projects, Reese also cares for her two young children and her mother, volunteers for her church and still makes time for bubble baths! Reese has well and truly mastered organisation and time management!
After starting her blog, Mumbelievable, Ursula discovered her passion for helping other working parents to regain confidence, overcome guilt and achieve better work life balance. She now supports women to manage the demands of being a working parent through live events, online programmes and confidence-boosting products.
Given the name of my blog, it will come as no surprise that Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In makes it on the list of books I love. In Lean In, Sandberg examines why there are still fewer women in leadership roles than there are men, and, controversially, she suggests that women take charge of their circumstances and focus on what they can do as individuals to take charge of their own path and, ultimately, change the percentages at the top.
Hayley Saunt is a mum of three (a six year old boy and two year old twin girls) and works as a secondary school teacher. She is also a qualified mindfulness trainer and is passionate about teaching mindfulness to others. Hayley aims to raise awareness of mindful living and how it can help people to be more resilient, creative and focused and encourage us to live in the present and to be more empathetic and self-compassionate.
Meagan is a mum of one who juggles motherhood along with her career as a digital marketing manager and running her successful blog, The Mum Project. Amongst all that, Meagan even makes time to train for the Brighton Marathon! Meagan is well-placed to share her views on working motherhood, leaning in and ‘having it all’.