Play your way to a new career - why mums should wear their pants on the outside

Play your way to a new career - why mums should wear their pants on the outside

Play builds the kind of free-and-easy, try-it-out, do-it-yourself character that (y)our future needs. Robert L. Hymes Jr

Jump into the paddling pool and splash like your socks are on fire. Learn to skimboard. Hire a soft-top car. Throw a Captain Underpants party and wear your pants on the outside. Go on; bust out your inner child and play.

7 steps to a great summer while planning your career change

7 steps to a great summer while planning your career change

The summer holidays are here and it can be a struggle juggling children, jobs and everything else. But the shake-up in routine (a real Tango-slap for some of us!) can also be galvanising. It's a brilliant opportunity to make the first steps toward your career change. Don't waste it.

When work isn't working, and you want to find something more fulfilling but don’t know what to do next, then finding out more about yourself is a great starting place.

40 days of mum

40 days of mum

School breaks up this week and I don’t know about you but gone are the days when this is cause for entirely gleeful celebration. I tiptoe towards the holidays with trepidation. Much as I look forward to the idea of more time with my son, like most parents I also feel a sense of gathering doom. 

Like the Biblical trials (think Jesus in the desert, Noah and his Ark, Moses), this summer holiday is 40 days (and nights) long: 40 days of juggling the entertainment, sorting out the children’s arguments, mealtimes, moaning, late bed times, with being professional, showing up at work and generally getting stuff done.

But take a deep breath. Summer isn’t a form of celestial punishment for parents. Everything is a matter of perspective, choices and, in this case, a bit of organisation.

Why better work life balance isn’t the answer

Why better work life balance isn’t the answer

A recent client began our sessions together with the goal of better work life balance (or WLB). As we talked, an interesting thing happened. Turned out she wasn’t that interested in balance after all. What she actually wanted was meaningful work that she felt passionate about. Work she loved so much she was happy to put the kids in childcare to do it.

Instead, my client was paying eye-watering nursery fees to spend her days feeling undervalued, unfulfilled and often bored.

And that’s the problem I have with the idea of work life balance. It has become as popular to talk about how we have no WLB, as it is go on about how busy we are.