How would you best describe yourself?
Mother to 3 wonderful people, a hard-working person, trying to live in the moment, and just do my best. Also very lucky to have access to an amazing support structure in my husband, parents, friends, employer, and child care.
How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?
What had surprised me most is that I really enjoy what I do for work. I love being a working mother - it makes me a better mum and employee.
I've also realised that work-life balance is unattainable but rather that it's like a set of scales that will tip one way or the other depending on need and never (or rarely) be balanced ...
What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?
Not to stress... you always have a choice and nothing is permanent.
What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy/leave/returning to work? How have you overcome this?
Trying to 'fit it all in'. Overcoming it is through acceptance... realising that you can't do it all and that you have to make decisions and stand by them. There will be things you miss (both as a mother and employee) but make peace with it and change it if needed.
What strategies/initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?
To let go of guilt. Just live in the moment and be happy with your choice. When at work concentrate on work, when with the kids concentrate on them. You always have a choice and if necessary change things if they're not working. It might not be able to be done immediately but start taking steps towards the change required to make it work better.