Work-Life Balance Profiles

Exploring the personal history behind work-life balance choices, one story at a time.

I’ve set out to use this blog to feature “work-life balance profiles” of people from across the working spectrum. Individually these stories may not be remarkable – I am not setting out to interview the most celebrated or accomplished people in the world (though many surely will have done outstanding things throughout their lives). But my aim is to showcase and celebrate the variety of work-life balance ratios by giving voice to, and seeking to understand, individuals’ motivations.

Interviews

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

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 ratherContinue 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) toContinue 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 onContinue 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 demandingContinue 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 keyContinue 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 firstContinue 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 championContinue reading “Sam’s Story – Fighting the Good Fight: Part-Time Working Fatherhood, Paternal Working Rights, and Living with Cancer”

Sarah’s Story – Motherhood and the Mental Load: marriage, self-employment and primary care-giving

Work-Life Balance Profile #5 – Sarah Macmull Caitlin Moran paints a brilliant portrait of the “many lives” of the working mother, where “the wife, the employee, the mother and the housekeeper all take it in shifts”. The “niggle”, she points out, “is that they all happenContinue reading “Sarah’s Story – Motherhood and the Mental Load: marriage, self-employment and primary care-giving”

Marsha’s Story – From high-flying professional to stay-at-home-mum

Work-Life Balance Profile #3 – Marsha* This Work-Life Balance Profile tells the story of a high-flying City professional turned stay-at-home-mum, Marsha, who found working part-time after having children to be the “worst of both worlds”. After a devastating redundancy, she did not return to the workforceContinue reading “Marsha’s Story – From high-flying professional to stay-at-home-mum”

Sheara’s Story – Behind the Movie Scenes: A Tale of Full-Time Working Motherhood

Work-Life Balance Profile #2 – Sheara Abrahams Why is it that when discussing careers with full-time working mothers, invariably the conversation turns to childcare arrangements and relationship dynamics? Is it just me or are these topics slower to come up in similar conversations with full-time workingContinue reading “Sheara’s Story – Behind the Movie Scenes: A Tale of Full-Time Working Motherhood”

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