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6 Benefits of Going Back To Work

6 Benefits of Going Back To Work

1. Discovering Interesting Things and being Able to Meaningfully Contribute I think I was probably at my lowest when I felt I had absolutely nothing to contribute to conversations with my partner that weren’t about the house or the kids. I felt really sad because I...

Work Options

Work Options

If you're thinking about going back to work but are overwhelmed at how you are going to make a choice about whether or not it be full time or part time, just know you have options....like most things in life, it's not binary.  Here are a few (largely for my Australian...

Spring – New Beginnings

Spring – New Beginnings

  1. New Life In the southern hemisphere, spring has indeed sprung. Let's remember that spring is all about renewal & regeneration. So what parts of your life would you like to transform? And given Covid present some physical challenges, let's think beyond...

Why you shouldn’t wait for Covid to be over

Why you shouldn’t wait for Covid to be over

Why you shouldn’t wait until Covid is ‘over’ before starting to think about life beyond motherhood… As Melbourne passes 200 days in lockdown (not consecutively) there is a sense of fatigue blanketing the city and its people.  I hear many women say, “I have really...

Coping Strategies

Coping Strategies

For those finding themselves in lockdown (again...) then here are five strategies that might be helpful. Part 1: Something to look forward to For human beings, having something to look forward to is essential. It's why these lockdowns become so challenging...those...

Reasons why it’s OK to want more than being a mum

Reasons why it’s OK to want more than being a mum

5 Reasons why it's OK to want more than being a mum 1. It's largely unfulfilling, boring and monotonous Let's be honest, there are few amongst us who get excited about doing (another) load of washing, (another) trip to the supermarket, (another) round of preparing...

Finding your ‘thing’ now that the kids are back at school

Finding your ‘thing’ now that the kids are back at school

It really is terrific to get the kids back to school (except for those of you who are doing remote learning...in which case read this when they are actually back at school!) and have them back in their routine. So what about you? Now that they are back doing their...

How can I go back full time and manage the house and family?!

How can I go back full time and manage the house and family?!

The great news about going back to work is you can set it up on your terms. You don't have to go back full time. And of course if you want to go back full time you can make that work too, it's about boundaries and logistics.  Perhaps you'd like to go back just...

Fear

Fear

What’s Really Holding You back? When I’m talking to my clients about how they are feeling about the thought of trying to go back to work, there are a lot of the same words. Uncertain, insecure, lacking in confidence, no self esteem, overwhelmed…and I don’t doubt them...

Reflections on Mothers Day (and Motherhood)

Reflections on Mothers Day (and Motherhood)

As I sit staring at my beautiful flowers from Mothers Day from my husband (which ironically are kept in the outside room behind glass doors as my husband gets dreadful hay fever from fresh flowers!) I am thinking about what Mothers’ Day really is all about. The bottom...

Stay at Home Mom or Stuck at Home Mom??

Stay at Home Mom or Stuck at Home Mom??

Stay at Home Mom or Stuck at Home Mom??   When you have the opportunity to take maternity leave and then are able to stop work altogether to be home with your babies and young toddlers, you know you are incredibly lucky. Many women around the world simply do not...

Case Study – Amanda

Case Study – Amanda

Many women think they are ‘too old’ to get back into the workforce. And it’s funny because it doesn’t matter if they are 35 or 55 they think they are too old.  If someone tells you that you’re ‘too old’ or it’s ‘too late’, I encourage you not to play in their game of...

Confidence

Confidence

Do you remember your first day at work? I don’t mean your part time job when you were at school or uni, I mean your first professional job. My first first job was in industrial relations.  I was working for the government and working ‘in collaboration’ with some of...

Understanding Who You Are

Understanding Who You Are

Something I am always fond of, is watching a re-run of my favourite shows…doesn’t matter how many times I have seen them, there are some that I just love. I am particularly partial to M*A*S*H*, Blackadder, House…I suppose there’s something incredibly comforting about...

Is there any value in setting goals?

Is there any value in setting goals?

The Value in setting goals As we head to wards the end of the year, there’s always much chatter about setting goals for the next year. But is there any real point? So what is the value in setting goals? The real question, is do you want life to happen to you or do you...

Finding Your Place again

Finding Your Place again

It’s one of the hardest things to reconcile as we shift from staying home to be with our children to heading back to work. Our sense of self was very clear before children and then it suddenly shifts to being mother and now we are still mother but actually start to...

I can’t decide what to apply for….

I can’t decide what to apply for….

If you have been thinking about wanting to go back to work but feel stuck about which choice you ‘should’ make, chances are good you need to get a bit more clarity around what you want or you do have clarity but you’re fearful you are making the ‘wrong’ choice. Going...

What are you looking for?

What are you looking for?

The first place I always start with my clients, in their search for work after staying home to raise their children, is what are you looking for? Even if you don’t know what it is yet (maybe you don’t want to go back and do the same thing), it is so important to be...

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