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 …

Women in Media

Four strategies women need to succeed and lead: lessons from Women in Media

If you’re looking for inspirational women who have risen to the top of a competitive, male-dominated profession then it’s hard to look past Australia’s top female journalists. When you’re in an industry in which sexism has been rife not just within the office but also without with viewers and readers judging you for your gender more so than your work, …

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 …

when does a girl's potential disappear

When does a girl’s potential disappear? (Ep #39)

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 …

sleep dr rach wyndham

Ep 36: Sleep and how to get more of it

Hopefully this episode will put you to sleep. Not permanently and not immediately but certainly more often! As part of the new look podcast, I want to address some of the reasons and issues we don’t thrive as working women juggling family, and a big part of that is related to our health and lifestyle. Some of it is obvious, …

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 …

Liss Amyah

Ep 35: The courage to choose your own life

This episode is all about having the courage to choose yourself and your own life. It starts out about business and Instagram but the story of Liss Amyah is ahhh-mazing and she is the definition of true courage, grace and strength. I met Liss at Problogger conference via a mutual friend and over drinks Liss shared her story and I …

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 …

Karla Gilbert

Ep 033: From Ironwoman to Ironmum

Karla Gilbert is still one of Australia’s most loved sporting icons, still considered the Queen of Surf Lifesaving  even post retirement. She dominated the beach and waves during a professional sports career that saw her win the first ever professional Ironwoman race in 1990 at only 15 years age, against much older and more experienced competition. She went on to …

middle age

Middle aged? My middle finger I am!

My little darlings informed me recently that I was ‘middle-aged’. While my brain screamed “WTF?” my mouth worded: “Excuse me?” Apparently the topic had been discussed in Miss 12’s Year 7 health ed class and at 45, I slotted into the bracket of middle age. The look on my face soon had my Mr 10 clarifying that actually, “Dad is …

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 …