international women's day

International Women’s Day needs to be about men too

I am conflicted about International Women’s Day. I both love and despise it. I love that it celebrates the achievements of women. I love that it brings them together, to connect and form a solidarity. I love that it creates conversations about equality and helping women rise. I love that it highlights the fact that inequality is still rife and change is …

new you

New Year, not a new you

It’s not even the end of January and I’m already exhausted. I’m exhausted by all the New Year, New You malarkey that has flooded my inbox and social feed. Everywhere I look is someone exalting the benefits of turning me into someone new. The thing is, I don’t want to be someone else. I like me. I think the me …

balance

Balance is a misunderstood creature: here’s what it really is (Ep #38)

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 …