I was convinced this was because my job was demanding, but as I shuffled my responsibilities around, switched jobs, and ultimately became a freelancer so I could call my own shots, I was still drowning, drowning in work.
Women can have it all these days, so they say. We can be mothers and sex goddesses and ambitious career women, and can generally achieve great things. We can.
Through January I tried to do the odd day of work here and there, clinging onto normality as much as I possibly could by setting up shop in my living room and dialling into meetings. The thought of not being able to work absolutely terrorised me. So much of who I was (and am!) was linked to my work persona. All of a sudden I didn't have a clue who I was.
Coffee can make you fat. I know. Some of you will want to block your ears at this information. Sorry, I can't change our biochemistry! Caffeine acts on the adrenal glands by stimulating the production of adrenalin.
It was a normal Wednesday for me: a 6.30am start to make sure I was in a cab doing the first call of the day by 7am followed by back-to-back meetings until well into the evening. And I am by no means one of these amazingly inspirational, successful and accomplished women.
It's now two years since Shared Parental Leave gave families a new way to share care in the first year of their child's life. After two weeks of compulsory maternity leave, eligible parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with their partner.
In conclusion, I've learnt nothing of relevance from my time in unemployment and I need a job ASAP. If you're still at Uni reading this, please enjoy your last few happy months. It's hell out here in the real world, trust me.
A standard interview for a role that, at best, can be described as functional. For a position that most people do not understand or care for fully. Ac...
Technology may have taken over our lives, but we need to stay in control. It keeps us connected to the world, allowing us to share our opinions with millions and watch the latest shows. But we must have the power to put the smartphones down and walk away.
Don't get me wrong: Often it's okay to play the Child Card. But don't abuse it. Don't think that because life is so difficult for you as a parent, non-parents are obliged to make your life easier. I'll let you decide the date and place we meet. I won't comment on you turning up an hour late. But it's because I'm being nice, not because I owe it to you.
Living with M.E has taught me an important lesson about agency and self-ownership. In an age where tangible goals seem increasingly elusive, it's no surprise so-called 'millennials' are focussing their energy on achieving balance, purpose and freedom in life and work.
If you believe that the work you are doing is worth doing, then the much bandied about, supposedly aspirational attainment of a 'work/life balance' is irrelevant; in fact it actually gets in the way of the desired state of being fully absorbed in the work worth doing.
With this unconventional career comes a life of clichés. I've 'found' myself... several times in fact. I've learned to appreciate those 'little things', and a few big ones too. I've had more life changing experiences in the past two years than the previous 29 put together.
A lot of difficulties with your boss can be resolved by understanding your nature and your boss' nature. By truly listening to the spoken communication that lives in the realm of "being human", you can effectively dissolve the individual from being the rock that blocks your career progress.
The notion that time spent in the office is a measure of hard work or productivity is anachronistic and tired, and the sooner employers move away from it the better. The choice is no longer a binary one, between working or homemaking, and this all-or-nothing approach is counter-productive.
As a girl, I grew up reading stories of women being rescued, looked after, and generally depending on finding a mate to feel complete or whole. I was living in New York City, single, landed my own dream job and was supporting myself. I built my own support network of friends and co-workers who became like family and just went for it at work.