when does a girl's potential disappear

When does a girl’s potential disappear?

It’s that time of the year of school presentation nights and final farewells for the Yr 12s, where schools across the country applaud the achievements of their hardest working or top performing students. Sitting in the audience of my kids’ school, I marvelled at the magnificence of many, many kids and their achievements. Among them were a significant number of …

balance

Balance is a misunderstood creature: here’s what it really is

Very few, if any, women ever say they have a work-life balance. Not a good one, anyway. If you think of the idea of balance as if you’re on a see-saw, it’s not unusual to feel the ride you’re on swings from high to low and back again like a theme park rollercoaster, with your Supermum cape flapping wildly around …

Complete Life podcast

Ep 34: SHE is gone and in her place is a more Complete woman

Soooooo, what is going onnnnn? If you’ve followed me or the podcast for a while, you will have heard me mention or speak about pivoting many times – that I’ve done more pivots than a ballerina. And here is another one. SHE is gone, and in her place, is a more complete woman. The podcast is continuing but s h …

successful life

How to have a successful life even if you feel like a failure

Before I became a mother – back when I was just me – I felt I had an incredibly successful life. Certainly by all standard measures of success, it was. I had an incredible career that I valued above almost all else. I earned great money. I had (and still have) a great husband. We had (and now have a bigger) house in …

work-life balance

Unravelling the work-life balance knot: making time when you have none

If life as a working mother had a trinity, it would be: balance, time and guilt. We want one, need the next, and the last gets in the way of both. These three elements seem to endlessly loop around each other – we want to unravel the knot, yet somehow keep tying ourselves up in it.     Work-life balance is …

work-life juggle

Three mistakes I made doing the work-life juggle

I know the work-life juggle can be tough – it’s a busy load to carry, no doubt, when you’re a working woman with a family, household and job. It is doable though and you can actually manage it well, with energy and enjoyment, if you take reasonable care of yourself and practice some boundary-setting around your time. It’s a complete …

The secret to doing less

You know that feeling of HAVING to do everything around the place? It’s that thought that if you don’t do it, it won’t get done. The feeling that you are responsible for every aspect of home life as well as work and everything in between. My husband says to me all the time: “You don’t have to do everything.” To which I will typically …

Practicing gratitude when times are tough

Well, hello 2016. I’m glad to see you. Before we get too far into this new relationship though, I feel I need to mark a line in the sand where the last one has ended. I feel a need to close off what was, before I can look fully and optimistically to what will be. I wish I could say how wonderful 2015 …