‘A Fine Balance’ Podcast Trailer – out today

It’s finally time to share the trailer for my podcast, which I’ll be launching next Monday, 26th July, to coincide with the first anniversary of my blog. This podcast has been a while in the making, not just because the time I have available to devote to it is fairly limited. The technical side hasContinue reading “‘A Fine Balance’ Podcast Trailer – out today”

Disappointment

Disappointment You shouldn’t have done You couldn’t have done You wouldn’t have done The things you did then… As sung pitch-perfectly by this woman, the late, great Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries. I’ve been thinking a lot about this song since England’s defeat in the Euros final. Imagining how it must feel for those playersContinue reading “Disappointment”

Finding Balance on Her Own Terms: “Single by Choice; Childfree by Choice”. Laurie’s Story – On Doing ‘What Suits You’

Work-Life Balance Profile #14: Laurie Macpherson Work:Life Ratio 60:40 Bulletproof Laurie was bullied as a schoolgirl. I’m starting with this point not because it shaped the person Laurie grew up to become, but because – surprisingly – it didn’t. Well, perhaps it did shape her in some way; but it didn’t overcome her. Laurie wasContinue reading “Finding Balance on Her Own Terms: “Single by Choice; Childfree by Choice”. Laurie’s Story – On Doing ‘What Suits You’”

‘A Fine Balance’ Podcast – Coming Soon…

Since I started writing my blog, it’s been suggested to me on many occasions that it would make a great podcast. As an avid podcast listener, I can see the potential too. It hasn’t been something I’ve entertained seriously though, mainly because I was put off by the time commitment it would require, as wellContinue reading “‘A Fine Balance’ Podcast – Coming Soon…”

Marika’s Story – The Pursuit of Balance Before, During & After Maternity Leave

Work-Life Balance Profile #13: Marika* *The names and some details have been changed for confidentiality purposes Work:Life Ratio Chapter 10:100 (after second child)I’m a professional, get me out of here…! “Having a baby has been the best thing that has happened to me this year”, said Marika, smiling a tired smile, as her 7 monthContinue reading “Marika’s Story – The Pursuit of Balance Before, During & After Maternity Leave”

Jhilmil’s Story – “My Work, My Identity”: on competitiveness, co-parenting & surviving job loss

Work-Life Balance Profile #12 Introduction to Jhilmil’s ‘Work-Life Balance Profile’ Jhilmil was concerned that she would come across as “shallow” by saying how caught up her identity is in her work. On the contrary, I think that what she expressed is far from shallow, but rather a deep-rooted, universal feeling. Through my blogging, I’ve oftenContinue reading “Jhilmil’s Story – “My Work, My Identity”: on competitiveness, co-parenting & surviving job loss”

Parent Power

There is nothing ground-breaking about the theme I’ve recently noticed emerging from the interviews I’ve been conducting for my blog: the role that parents play on the balance that their children grow up to construct for themselves between “work” and everything else in life. I mean, the impact of parenting has been discussed and writtenContinue reading “Parent Power”

John’s Story – “It’s a Dad’s World”: on fatherhood, male primary care-giving & gender equality

Work-Life Balance Profile #11: John Adams Introduction to John’s ‘Work-Life Balance Profile’I interviewed John, the award-winning creator of Dad Blog UK, late one evening in January 2021. We had just entered our third Coronavirus lockdown in the UK, and both of us were adapting (again) to managing home-schooling children while working from home. This wasContinue reading “John’s Story – “It’s a Dad’s World”: on fatherhood, male primary care-giving & gender equality”

Do you want to feature in ‘A Fine Balance’?

Woohoo! I’ve reached the milestone of 10 published stories on my blog.   To mark this significant moment in my blog’s development, I’m putting out a call for new volunteers to feature in future posts. My aim is to create a collection of stories as diverse as possible and I’m interested in hearing from peopleContinue reading “Do you want to feature in ‘A Fine Balance’?”

Will the Real Imposter Please Stand Up?

A new online computer game has infiltrated my home this lockdown, and caught the attention of all three of my children. Readers with children of similar ages and tastes to mine may recognise the character in the image featured. For those that don’t, allow me to introduce “Imposter”.   The game in question is Among Us andContinue reading “Will the Real Imposter Please Stand Up?”