First Impressions, Lyn Bromley, Women in business, Work Life Balance

Can we have it all?

Firstly a huge thank you for everyone who has taken the time to read my blog and special thanks to those who have commented, I really appreciate it.

Yesterday’s blog seemed to strike a chord with many, eliciting the most responses so far, so more on the subject of women in business today.

karren-brady_2239475bI was thrilled and delighted when my question posed yesterday about women in business was answered by Karren Brady on the Piers Morgan interview last night!  She talked candidly about her life as a business woman.  Sadly, I know that there will have been those watching who want to criticize her because she went back to work straight after having her children and that she spends lots of time away from her family.  In my view, that is her choice, and the the choice of her family.  We all have our own decisions to make about how we work.  Certainly in our Western Word, we have more choice than ever before.  I am sure it is not easy and she commented last night that it is hard at times to be away from them and to balance board meetings with nativity plays.  All working women have that and actually, so do men.

It does gall me when people sit in judgement, the phrase ‘waking a mile in someone else’s shoes’ springs to mind.  It’s very easy for people to sit in judgement from the comfort of their own armchairs, but have they ever tried the lifestyle that Karren has?  Like everyone, I am sure there would be amazing parts and tough parts, it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.

I thought that she came across pretty authentically, although I’m sure that even the most open people would appear slightly guarded in front of Piers Mogan!  I think that she was incredibly brave to speak openly about her miscarriage and her aneurysm.  Both of which have shaped her life irrevocably and have helped her to slow down a little – only a little though!

She alluded to the fact that she may enter the world of politics at some point – now that, I will be delighted to see – finally someone with business acumen and real life experience – that would be novel!  I shall look forward to that day.

Wishing you a wonderful Saturday,



4 thoughts on “Can we have it all?

  1. Great article, especially for us working Mom’s who often get mixed messages from the outside world about either how to be a better business woman or a better Mom and they often contradict each other, so what to do?

    I don’t feel like I can have it all, but what I seek to achieve is a fairly good balance, not necessarily on a day to day basis because some days I have to work long – but I look at my week. If I’ve been away a lot, with long hours and didn’t spend a lot of quality time with the kids (I don’t think quality time is getting them ready for school in the morning and coming home, just in time to tuck them into bed), then I make sure to clear the calendar and fit more time with them in. I think the hardest part is finding time for myself.

  2. I’m not sure we can have it all, and I’m also not sure we should want it all. We have to be realistic about our expectations, but more than that, we have to stop judging others for their choices. We aren’t in their heads, we have no way to know why they live the lives they live.

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