Industry: Health & Wellness
How would you best describe yourself?
Former chartered accountant with 25+ years in the corporate world.
After children I struggled to juggle career and motherhood. Lower paid and less responsibility in corporate roles left me feeling despondent and wondering why I was trying to do it all. Now I love the balance I have between a fulfilling career being Mum who works from home and being present for my family when they need.
How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?
My priorities have changed I still want to contribute and give back in a work environment but not to the detriment of my family. My new business venture has surprised me with how professionally fulfilled I am and how inspired I am to show others what’s possible
What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?
There’s never the perfect time to have kids.
What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy / leave / returning to work? How have you overcome this?
Returning to work and wanting a part time time but finding any role that was meaningful and challenging and not a role I had done 20 years earlier.
Being taken off the bonus program when I went back part time.
Having to go back to work 6 weeks after my first child was stillborn because I wasn’t entitled to any longer maternity leave because I didn’t have a baby.
What strategies / initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?
Working from home wan be a challenge so I try to time block my days and nights into work, exercise and family.