How to re-motivate yourself at work when you’re just not feeling it today

Everyone has lapses of motivation in their career. It can last a day or several months, but in any case, it is always annoying and can make you feel guilty. Since becoming a mum, I find my motivation fluctuates more than before. It might be a produce of more tiredness or of the fact that there is now a very strong interest outside of work (the kids) that can easily overshadow the average work tasks. Sometimes, it can be linked to a more profound need for “more meaning” in one’s work, maybe triggered by the emotional transformation that parenthood can bring, rendering routine assignments more menial.Read More »

Review of 2018 and resolutions for 2019 !

Happy new year to all !

So 2018 is over… It has been a bittersweet year. There were joy at home watching both the girls grow,  happily breastfeeding Peanut until she was 8 months, decorating our home, traveling, spending 2 weeks with family this summer. There were tough personal moments : losing my grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease, finding a lump in my breast and fearing breast cancer for a whole week. There was a very painful period in work that seriously knocked my confidence. There were some silver linings in the re-discovery of more junior tasks and in the meeting of clever and supportive new colleagues.Read More »

Why I no longer wear make-up at work

I have always worn make-up to work. Not an outrageous amount, just a bit of foundation and powder, a bit of eye-liner and mascara.

For years, I have cherished the morning routine of applying my make-up. Sometimes, it was just a nice bit of pampering. Sometimes, it was a way of preparing myself for the  day ahead. And sometimes, before an important meeting or presentation, it was a way to put on my war paints, to get ready to face the challenges ahead, at my best. I never in a million years imagined that I would one day stop wearing make-up to go to work.

And yet, a few weeks ago I started reducing my make-up routine and then stopped completely. Read More »

Tips to help your family eat healthily when you work full-time

When both parents work outside the home all day, time is scarce to prepare an evening meal. It is tempting and quick to reach for a ready-made meal or bring home some takeaways.

Whilst this is absolutely fine and enjoyable from time to time, it can become a drag in the long term on your health and finances. Also, it is useful to educate our children, boys and girls alike, how to cook a homemade meal that is balanced, satisfying, healthy and quick to put together.

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Travelling for work : bittersweet experience for the career mum

In November, I am going to be travelling a lot for work. Pretty much every week for a few days and to different (fortunately in Europe) locations.

Before I started my career, I thought business travels, especially by plane, would be so cool. I could expense dinners and taxis, sleep in a semi-quality hotel… And above all, I could tell my friends and family that I was going on a business trips ! How glamorous it would sound and how jealous they would be… Read More »

Having it all ? Or screwing it all ?

Because it is still relevant…

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Being a working mum, there are days when I feel I am kicking ass. Days where everything goes to plan : the kids both slept through the night, I made it to the office before 8am, my boss is in a good mood, my team is motivated, my presentation to the Board is met with approval and smiles, my husband tells me I look pretty and I just signed a big contract that will really boost the P in my P&L.

Those days are precious, but they are rare…

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