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?”

Ali’s Story – Artistic License: When ‘work’ is life, and ‘life’ is work – Dyslexia and the Trappings of Domesticity

Work-Life Balance Profile #10: Ali Miller Ali and I struggled to find a date for our interview. Between our respective work schedules and family demands, we eventually settled on an early evening one Saturday in January, and even then our conversation was interspersed with interruptions on both our sides. I was left scratching my headContinue reading “Ali’s Story – Artistic License: When ‘work’ is life, and ‘life’ is work – Dyslexia and the Trappings of Domesticity”

The Pursuit of Balance: Plain Sailing or Pushing Against the Wind?

The pursuit of balance is not always plain sailing. In fact, often it seems that finding balance is more like pushing against the wind. I’ve observed this many times now through interviewing people for my blog. I start each interview asking my subject to put a figure on what they perceive to be their work:lifeContinue reading “The Pursuit of Balance: Plain Sailing or Pushing Against the Wind?”

Susan’s Story – Climbing High: on Single Motherhood and Social Mobility

Work-Life Balance Profile #9: Susan* Introducing Susan, the subject of my latest Work-Life Balance Profile. Having come across my blog on social media, Susan approached me to share her perspective on finding balance as the single mother of two children, one of whom has particularly demanding needs. The story I unearthed about social mobility, however,Continue reading “Susan’s Story – Climbing High: on Single Motherhood and Social Mobility”

New Year Musings

I recently discovered the term “hobby blogging”, which is arguably becoming a less “relevant” medium since its peak around 2006, and the subsequent meteoric rise of social media. Apparently, research has been done on the subject, concluding that few “hobby blog” projects endure beyond their first year. I started blogging about work, life and theContinue reading “New Year Musings”

What have I done to deserve this?

As the end of 2020 closes in, I’ve been reflecting on the writing I’ve done over the course of the year. A year that has taken twists and turns I never could have predicted, not least with the creation of my blog and my apprehensive foray into the world of Instagram.   When asked whether anyContinue reading “What have I done to deserve this?”

Matthew’s Story: The Work-Life Balance Logic of a Full-Time NHS Key Worker – It’s a Science, not an Art

Work-Life Balance Profile 8 – Matthew* This has been the year for recognising the value of healthcare workers. As we ride the wave of a global pandemic, the world’s population is leaning on their skills and services like never before. I interviewed Matthew, an NHS key worker, some months ago and my write-up has satContinue reading “Matthew’s Story: The Work-Life Balance Logic of a Full-Time NHS Key Worker – It’s a Science, not an Art”

Soli’s Story – “Sunny-Side Up, Please”: Self-Care for Caring Professionals, Finding Balance in Mid-Life & Staying Positive When the Course of Motherhood Doesn’t Run Smooth

Work-Life Balance Profile #7 – Soli Lazarus I grew up in a family of teachers; my late grandfather was a retired Headmaster, my mum was a primary school teacher, and my brother undertook his teacher training qualification while we were both still living at home. So I know first hand how much work, and role modelling, takes placeContinue reading “Soli’s Story – “Sunny-Side Up, Please”: Self-Care for Caring Professionals, Finding Balance in Mid-Life & Staying Positive When the Course of Motherhood Doesn’t Run Smooth”

Sam’s Story – Fighting the Good Fight: Part-Time Working Fatherhood, Paternal Working Rights, and Living with Cancer

Work-Life Balance Profile #6 – Sam Franklin International Men’s Day (IMD), which takes place annually on 19th November, has never been more on my radar than this year, thanks to the subject of my latest blog: Sam Franklin. IMD is an occasion to address and champion serious issues affecting men and boys, such as highContinue reading “Sam’s Story – Fighting the Good Fight: Part-Time Working Fatherhood, Paternal Working Rights, and Living with Cancer”

Lockdown 2.0: The Next Chapter

Stuck at home during the first Coronavirus lockdown, I noticed that many of the podcasts and articles I enjoyed listening to and reading mostly covered stories of people celebrated for their impressive accomplishments and accolades. It started to get under my skin that this was a narrow representation of success. What about those people whoContinue reading “Lockdown 2.0: The Next Chapter”