“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”

End of Year Reflections 2021

My most recent podcast, published earlier this week, has sparked a lot of interest and generated many comments and conversations. The episode focuses primarily on finding balance as a stay-at-home-mum and opting out of pursuing a career path. Some have remarked that stay-at-home-motherhood is a luxury that only a privileged few can afford; others haveContinue reading “End of Year Reflections 2021”

“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”

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”