When Alex was born, it took a while for me to become – and to accept – this new version of myself. The dual personalities of Rachel and Mummy. And the crucial commodity in all of it has been time.
Fifteen years after completing her PhD in marine science, Rachael Peart found her perfect role. The catch? It involved moving her family from New South Wales to New Zealand. Rachael talks about making the hop across the ditch, how her family have adjusted to life in Wellington and why a job with NIWA was too good an opportunity to miss.
Ever notice how normal things can sometimes be the most overwhelming? There's nothing unusual about a toddler going to nursery. Except now it's my toddler. And it's her very first day.
Have you ever watched Toast of London? There’s this one scene where the main character Toast and his acting troupe are warming up for rehearsals, led by the eccentric director of their play. They’re standing in a circle, gyrating to the intro to Hooked on a Feeling. That’s me a year ago.
We're celebrating ten years together. And is an anniversary really an anniversary if you don't write your partner an open letter on the internet?
We’re sitting on this hill when Alex starts smiling at a couple walking past. The woman smiles back. The man takes a couple of steps towards us, bending down to say something to Alex I reckon. Except he pauses for a second longer than I expect and then speaks to me instead.
When it comes to flexible working, opportunities can sometimes feel few and far between. There’s all too often tension between employers and employees, with new parents in particular feeling torn between their careers and their families. But what about when it goes well? Wellington-based lawyer Louisa Gommans has a flexible working good news story – and it all began with a single conversation.