What’s in a Name?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the term “work-life balance” and how imperfect it is in summing up the issues that my blog addresses. Should alternate sides of any scale represent opposites? “Work” is not the opposite of “life”, therefore how valid are those words in ratio form? And, in turn, how helpful isContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

A Fine Balance – The Podcast: Episode 2 Out Now

I was first introduced to the guest of my second podcast episode, Jhilmil Kishore, in April 2021. She had read my blog, said that she thought it was an exciting project, and put herself forward to be interviewed. At the time, I hadn’t appreciated what a cathartic experience she had found it to talk aboutContinue reading “A Fine Balance – The Podcast: Episode 2 Out Now”

Finding Balance in Retirement: Tom’s Story – on Empathy, Leadership & Passion for your Vocation

Work-Life Balance Profile #15: Tom McLaughlan Introduction to Tom’s Profile When interviewing people for my blog, I make every effort to set aside any preconceptions or judgements as I listen to their stories and write up my observations. I’m afraid to say that when I interviewed the latest subject of my “Work-Life Balance Profiles “series,Continue reading “Finding Balance in Retirement: Tom’s Story – on Empathy, Leadership & Passion for your Vocation”

Happy 1st Birthday, ‘A Fine Balance’!

Today marks a milestone moment in the life of my blog: a full year since the publication of my first post! And what better way to celebrate than to launch my brand new podcast…? My very first guest is teacher and ADHD expert, Soli Lazarus, who featured on my blog late last year. Unapologetic aboutContinue reading “Happy 1st Birthday, ‘A Fine Balance’!”

‘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 Introduction to Laurie’s Profile I once read that you can tell a lot about a person by the wording they use when setting email ‘out of office’ messages. There are those of a controlling nature, specifying instructions for every eventuality; those full of apology, betraying a sense of guiltContinue 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 Introduction to Marika’s Profile When I asked Marika, as I ask every person I interview for my blog, how she would quantify her work:life ratio, she gave me not one but three answers. Similar to the distinction that AliContinue 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”