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Night Time, My Time

I was asked recently if I’m a night owl. And I emphatically answered yes. I’m at my most productive and creative late at night. With no interruptions. I love the peacefulness of a sleeping house, the phone and inbox free of almost all new notifications to distract me. Especially after a long day at work,…

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Goodbye 2022… Hello 2023

As the sun sets on 2022, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what this year has held for my blog and podcast A Fine Balance. On the blog I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of featuring four full-length stories in my “Work-Life Balance Profiles” series this year. Each one of these articles…

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An Update from ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’ HQ

I’m excited to be back in my metaphorical podcast editing suite (i.e. around my house on my phone) working on the next episode of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’. It’s been months since I had the opportunity to catch up on the podcast with people I’ve featured previously on the blog about their work-life…

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Marathon Running and the Pursuit of Balance

What running a marathon taught me about Work-Life Balance What does running a marathon have to do with pursuing a balance between work and everything else in life? Having spent the past six months or so training for, and then participating in, my first marathon, I can safely say that it isn’t the most obvious…

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A Working Life of Duty, Service & Purpose

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family, to which we all belong.” These are the words that Queen Elizabeth II, a royal Princess at the time, pledged on her 21st birthday in 1947.…

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Interviews

“My Work is My Health”: Finding Balance When Work Comes First – Gilles’ Story – On the Virtues of Working Hard, the Perils of Loneliness, and the Importance of Quality (over Quantity) When it Comes to Spending Time

Work-Life Balance Profile #20: Gilles Dahan (TL;DR heads-up that this is a long blog post! The following introduction provides a flavour of the content) Introduction to Gilles’ Profile References to improving your work-life balance usually allude to reducing the “work” side of the work:life ratio. For example, by taking regular lunch breaks, clocking off earlierContinue reading ““My Work is My Health”: Finding Balance When Work Comes First – Gilles’ Story – On the Virtues of Working Hard, the Perils of Loneliness, and the Importance of Quality (over Quantity) When it Comes to Spending Time”

Finding Balance by Using Time Wisely: Julia’s Story – on Time Management, Choosing Jobs that “Matter” & Advocating for Improved Flexible Working Rights

Work-Life Balance Profile #19: Julia Elmer (TL;DR heads-up that this is a long blog post! The following introduction is a brief summary) Introduction to Julia’s Profile Julia’s story is one of a full-time working mum of two, who considers herself to have an optimum work-life balance of 50:50. This hasn’t always been the case forContinue reading “Finding Balance by Using Time Wisely: Julia’s Story – on Time Management, Choosing Jobs that “Matter” & Advocating for Improved Flexible Working Rights”

“It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way” – Finding Balance by Setting Precedents: Katherine’s Story – on setting work-life boundaries as a legal professional & sharing the workload in marriage

Work-Life Balance Profile #18: Katherine Brownstein Introduction to Katherine’s Profile There are so many ‘work, life, balance’ facets to Katherine’s story that my challenge in writing up my interview with her has been how to summarise them concisely: finding balance in a traditionally inflexible profession; sharing “work” equally in a marriage; the conflicting struggles ofContinue reading ““It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way” – Finding Balance by Setting Precedents: Katherine’s Story – on setting work-life boundaries as a legal professional & sharing the workload in marriage”

“Multitasking Mastery: A Seamless Work/Life Blend”. Adunola’s Story – on finding balance after being let down by an employer & valuing financial independence within a marriage

Work-Life Balance Profile #17: Adunola* Introduction to Adunola’s Profile The subject of my latest Work-Life Balance Profile, Adunola, has got it all figured out: an exact equilibrium between work and home life, which includes holding down a career that she loves while simultaneously being the main carer of her children. How does she do it?Continue reading ““Multitasking Mastery: A Seamless Work/Life Blend”. Adunola’s Story – on finding balance after being let down by an employer & valuing financial independence within a marriage”

“Stay at home, Mum”: Nadine’s Story – on opting out of a career path & valuing a mother’s presence

Work-Life Balance Profile #16: Nadine* You can listen to the episode of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’ based on this blog entry by clicking here. Introduction to Nadine’s Profile Writing a blog about how differently individuals strike a balance between “work” and “life” has brought me into contact with many working mothers from acrossContinue reading ““Stay at home, Mum”: Nadine’s Story – on opting out of a career path & valuing a mother’s presence”

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Giving voice to the multitude of work-life balance possibilities for both men and women.

Celebrating role models from across the working spectrum.

I begin each interview by asking my subject to put a self-perceived figure on their current work:life ratio, and whether they aspire for it to be any different.

Of course, quantifying something this multi-faceted isn’t a science. 

But it’s a good place to start for getting to the heart of their story….