Browsing Tag: work life balance

Thank you for showing up

My boss just thanked me simply for showing up. Not for working hard or coming up with good ideas. Not for being risk management extraordinaire (that’s a thing in lawyer world). Not for being an awesome employee (I’m that too, by the way).  For showing up. And showing up late at that…

“Table for one?”

Here I am, at a real restaurant, on my table for one, having ‘me time’. That’s what we’re meant to do, right? ‘Me time…

A rose by any other name …

If you’ve followed me for a while (I’ve been blogging for a year already – where did that time go!?), you’ll know that I’ve changed my blog name more times than I care to remember. I’m not good with names and I couldn’t think of something that embodies what I want to represent, so I’ve decided to just stick to my…

5 things I do differently to other working mums

I love being a career-mum. Like, really love it. What do I do differently to other working mums that helps me love my life? Here’s my list…

Why aren’t we asking dads how they ‘do it all’?

Six months ago, my husband Jack volunteered to do the 750m swim leg of a team triathlon. 50 minutes in, he was pulled in by a JetSki, defeated and exhausted. Today, he crossed the finish line of the Bunbury Iron Man 70.3 in 5 hours. In just six months he has taught himself to swim, bike and run. While waiting at the finish line, something struck me: why doesn’t anyone ever ask…

The art of saying no

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…

How motherhood inspired this scientist to lean in to her career

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…

Ursula Tavender’s Mumbelievable mission: to support a million mums

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…

The mum on a mindfulness mission

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…

Time vs money: why working parents should outsource household chores

I returned to work shortly after my daughter’s birth and I very quickly resented that I was spending half of every Saturday morning cleaning the house. Within weeks we had hired a cleaner and for the first time in my life I was paying for a service that I was equally as qualified to provide myself. How did it feel? Freeing…