059: Having it all; Career, Kids and Contentment | Sarah Argenal

It is possible to find meaning and purpose and peace as a powerful mom and professional

[Sarah Argenal]

Having a successful career takes energy, drive and determination. Long hours, a heavy work load and the pressure to say yes to everything can be overwhelming. But when you become a parent and throw children into the mix, combining work and parenthood can start to really swamp you. But you don’t want to give either up.

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday you’ll discover a way through that fog. Because it’s possible to be committed, not only to your family, but to keeping your career alive.

My guest today is SuperMum, Sarah Argenal.

Sarah and her husband, Joey live in San Diego, California. They have a 3 year old boy Beckett, and are expecting their second son in June. After becoming a mum, Sarah found the demands of working in Corporate Litigation alongside juggling family life to be exhausting and overwhelming. So she started a futile quest for help and information. But there was nothing out there.

She knew that something had to change, if not only for herself, but for the many other corporate parents who wanted to keep a firm foothold in both worlds.  After hundreds of hours of research, Sarah created her own support system and founded the Working Parent Resource.

Sarah offers her community of like-minded working mums and dads reliable information and practical training to help them successfully manage their career and home life. Her Frazzled to Balanced™ Bootcamp “helps ambitious working parents slow down and reclaim their time so they can focus on what matters most.”

Today Sarah shares her journey of navigating her corporate career; keeping her relationships alive and her home life happy; and being the best mum she can possibly be. All whilst helping other parents figure out how to have it all too. 

I’m delighted to have Sarah on my show today as she’ll teach you how to manage your time, conserve your energy; take time out to recharge and focus on you; AND achieve a happy balance between home and work.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • The struggles Sarah faced during the early parenting years when trying to balance her career and life as a new mum
  • Why it’s better to focus on your levels of energy, rather than the amount of time you have
  • How to eliminate, automate and delegate when tackling your never-ending to-do list
  • How to ensure you’re taking time out to re-charge and focus on yourself, despite having a full life
  • Managing the energy-zapping and toxic people in your life, so you can be surrounded by high quality and supportive people
  • What balance looks like in Sarah’s incredibly busy but extremely fulfilling life

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Tell me what you think?

If you would like to leave a comment for Sarah  then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you determined to keep your career on track, despite the numerous demands of motherhood? How well are you juggling your work and home life?

We would love to hear your story.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

QUOTE : Taken from How Working Moms are Selling Themselves Short (and how to stop) by Sarah Argenal

SARAH’S INFORMATION

PODCAST: Working Parent Resource

PREVIOUS EPISODE: 002: Boundless Energy and How to Get It

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

BOOK: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME? Thanks to Pippa aged 7 from London, UK.

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053: Navigating the Complexities of Your Clan and Your Career | Fay Wallis

Our strengths come so naturally to us that usually we dismiss them

[Fay Wallis]

Life isn’t always straightforward. Blended families are now common-place. Women have careers to juggle as well as the kids. There’s so much to think about and so much to juggle that it’s hard to know what to focus on first. 

In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday we’ll be discussing blended families, forging a career you love and how to stay on top of work and home.

My guest today is SuperMum, Fay Wallis.

Fay lives in Greater London, with her husband, Ian and their sons who are 10 and 5 years. Fay’s blended family is a labyrinth, spanning two generations. Her parents having been married 4 times, she has two half siblings, two full siblings and 2 step siblings. This helped Fay to negotiate the logistics of parenting children with vast age ranges and different needs. For when she married Ian, he too had children from his first marriage, and she became a step-mother herself.

Whilst juggling the logistics of organising Sunday lunches and enough birthday and Christmas presents to serve a small army, Fay forged a successful career in HR. She later trained to become a Career Coach, helping people to access the tools to empower themselves to lead a fulfilling working life.

Fay will help us navigate the maze of returning to work, changing career and spending quality time with family, all whilst finding enough time to look after herself too.

I am excited to welcome Fay to my show today where she will tell us all about her busy life and empower you to live the career and home lives you deserve.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • How Fay balances a busy schedule of family events whilst running her own business
  • Fay’s advice for re-entering the work place after a career break
  • How to make your network work for you both, personally and professionally
  • Fitting quality time in with all family members when they are at different stages with different needs
  • Time management in your career without being thought of as ‘slacking’
  • What inspired Fay to launch her own business
  • Managing your employers and colleagues expectations

 

 Hope you enjoy todays show!

Tell me what you think?

If you want to leave a comment for Fay, whether it’s about the practicalities of blending many branches and generations of family; or how to handle a return to work and have a rewarding career, then we’d love you to come and say hello.

And let us know in the comments;

Are you from a blended family? How do you manage your career and family?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

FAY’S INFORMATION

ARTICLE’S BY FAY:

NETWORKING GROUPS

PREVIOUS EPISODES

PROFILE: Laura Stack 

BOOKS:

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done by Brian Tracy

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action by Susan Jeffers

PSSST, IS IT JUST ME?: Thanks to Dylan age 7 from London, UK

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035: Seek Out Your Strengths and Discover the Best Possible You | Nikki Smith

Build on your strengths and your weaknesses will take care of themselves

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In today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday, we’ll be talking about how to discover, understand and use your true strengths. As women we’re often quick to identify our weaknesses, but are much more reserved when it comes to seeking out our strengths. The thing is, if we can play to our strengths and see them as our superpowers, we can use them to our advantage.

My guest today is SuperMum Nikki Smith

Nikki is a Psychologist and Career Coach, and the mum of two daughters who are 7 and 4.  She’s a keen surfer loves to catch the waves at the beach near her home in Barwon Heads in Australia.

In her work, Nikki focuses on helping her clients get to know their true strengths and encourages them to leverage those strengths to transform their work life into something that they’re passionate about.

In todays show, Nikki teaches us that your true strengths are activities that energise you, and that you find ease with. The great thing about understanding your strengths, is that you can employ them in all areas areas of your life, including your role as mum.

When you discover your strengths, you gain clarity, confidence and momentum in your life; and when you play to them, you double your productivity, resilience and creativity.

I’m really excited to talk to Nikki today because she will help you understand your strengths and in doing so, discover the best possible you.

 

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • Why women find easy to identify their weaknesses, yet so difficult to uncover their strengths
  • How Nikki managed to create a dream life, and work that she loves, around her strengths
  • The benefits of understanding our strengths and how we can figure out what our strengths are
  • Whether it’s worthwhile spending our time and energy turning our weaknesses into strengths
  • How we can use our own personal strengths to double our productivity, resilience and creativity
  • The power of ‘mini-experiments’ and how we can use them to help us find the right path
  • How to stop fear and self doubt from holding us back from forging ahead with something new
  • How to break through the barriers that hold us back from creating an optimal life

 

 

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 Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Tell me what you think?

If you have a question or want some advice from a Psychologist and Career Coach who specialises in finding your strengths, ask away.

And tell us in the comments. What are your strengths? Don’t be shy – it’s about time we mums start announcing our strengths loud and proud.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

NIKKI’S WEBSITE: Nikki Smith: Transform Your Work Life

FREE GIVEAWAY: Strengths Guide

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

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015: Lessons from a Breadwinner Mum | Angie Newby-Stubbs and Ian Hunt

True teams are made when you put aside individual wants for collective good

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True teams are made when you put aside individual wants for collective good.

That quote certainly sums up my Mum-to-mum Monday guests today.

And yes, I did say guests. Because both members of an incredible husband-wife team are with me today, which also means we have our very first SuperDad on the show.

SuperMum, Angie-Newby Stubbs and her husband Ian Hunt have been together for 14 years and have two adorable daughters aged 8 and 2.

Angie and Ian both work in the construction industry. Angie as a designer, and Ian an architectural designer.

This time last year, Angie and Ian agreed to make a radical role change when Angie returned to work full time and became the family breadwinner and Ian took on the role of caring for their children and managing the home.

Listen in to find out why they made this decision, the effects it’s had on them as a couple and a family, and how things are working out one year on.

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • What Angie and Ian’s life was like before they swapped roles, verses what it is like now
  • Why they decided to make this radical change and what other people think about their decision
  • How Ian sees his identity as a full time dad, and whether other mums make him welcome
  • How domestic duties are divided, how they see their respective roles, and whether Ian does the chores to Angie’s liking
  • Whether Ian and Angie would recommend this lifestyle to other couples
  • If there is room for two professionals in the household, and the financial implications of having just one person working
  • What Angie and Ian like, and dislike about their lifestyle
  • The emotions Angie feels around being away from her children, and being responsible for keeping a roof over their heads

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Hope you enjoy todays show!

 

Please leave a comment:

Let me know. Would you consider being the family breadwinner? Is that a lifestyle that would work for you? Or are you already in that role?

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson

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003: A Complete Guide to Returning to Work with Impact | Lucy Pollard

Keep calm and return to work

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If you’re feeling apprehensive about returning to work after a period of time off with your children, this show is for you.

Today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday is all about returning to work after being on maternity leave and the challenges and concerns that mother’s face now they have to take responsibility for not only their child, but their career.

Today’s guest is SuperMum, Lucy Pollard.

Lucy is wife to Chris and mother of Charlie who is 3. Lucy works for a leading investment bank in the City of London and part of her role involves leading workshops called ‘Returning with Impact’ to help women intergrate back into the workforce after being on maternity leave.

The brilliant thing about what Lucy has to share today is that it can be applied irrespective of the length of time you’ve been out of the work force. It might be that you’ve stayed at home with your kids throughout the pre-school years and and beyond.

So whether you’ve been away for 6 months or 6 years you’re going to be hanging onto Lucy’s every word becuase what she has to tell us is massively useful and relevant, whatever stage you’re at.

Lucy has some real gems of wisdom to share with us today, for example, she gives us some actionable steps on how you can remind yourselves just how good you are professionally to really boost your confidence. She talks about how to free up precious time and get things off your to do list so you don’t feel bogged down by tasks. And this one you’ll love, Lucy not only gives us the green light to have some ‘me’ time but acually argues that it should be manditory to keep our sanity.  Lucy will also teach you how you can realisically hit the ground running when you re-enter the workforce WITHOUT working late or stressing out about playing catch with the time you have lost. She also talks about how setting expectations on day one is the key to success in the long term.

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How to rebuild your professional confidence when you re-enter the workforce
  • How to manage your time now you have competing demands of both work and your children
  • Ways to find a work-life balance so you give your best at work, but are not too exhausted to enjoy time with your children when you get home
  • How to deal with performance concerns as your company has moved forward since you’ve been away.
  • How to adjust to a different pace of working now you don’t have the drive or ability to work as much as you used to

Leave a comment:

Whether you’re on maternity leave, or even if you’ve been out of the workforce for years but considering going back, answer this question in the comments, what is your biggest concern with returning to work? And if you’ve already re-enetered the workforce, let us know, what’s your biggest struggle and if, or how you overcame it? Lucy and I will be on hand to answer your questions and help you out as much as we can.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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