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”

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’”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”