As a modern woman, juggling a career and my family life, I often call on lots of extra resources. My husband, extended family, nannies, baby sitters, friends – you name it, I’m not shy in asking for a bit of help to get me through my day.
But – just days away from International Women’s Day – I know that what I’m able to juggle today wouldn’t have been possible in the past.
My story is one that would be similar to many women. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter and a professional… I also carry my fair share of guilt, as most mums (and dads) feel.
As for spending time with my friends and broader family – well, if they’re not on Facebook or Instagram we have probably lost touch.
But when my son was born, I was hit by a very harsh reality. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it all. There was no doubt in my mind, things would always be compromised. I loved my son, my husband and this new adventure in our lives. But I was also driven by my work… my career had always defined me.
In our house at the moment it’s all about Santa. How will Santa visit us? What time will he arrive? How will Santa know what I would like for Christmas?
These questions wouldn’t be a surprise when you know that I have a very excited four year old in the house. This is probably the first year where my son has really understood Christmas – and that he will be receiving a number of gifts from Santa… if he’s a good boy.
As Christmas is the time for giving, at Telstra we also wanted to give something back to you – our customers and our community. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce Telstra’s 12 Days of Christmas.
Music awards programs aren’t normally preferred viewing in our household. We prefer the music without the thank you speeches, thank-you very much. But for some reason we had the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (#BBMAs for those playing along at home) on in the background the other day.
It was here that I saw something new and exciting, but also a little bit confronting: Michael Jackson there in the virtual flesh. He was performing – as a hologram – a single off his posthumous album XSCAPE. Singing. Dancing. Entertaining.
Anzac Day has always been a day of mixed emotions for me. For years, my step-grandfather would refuse to acknowledge the day. After fighting under the Australian flag during WWII, the day would bring up memories of things that he preferred to forget.
That changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. Knowing that he wasn’t going to be with us for much longer meant that he wanted to reconnect – with his past and with his mates.
He only marched in the Anzac parade for one year, but it was special for him and our family. Of greater importance was sharing a beer with some of his long-forgotten mates at the local RSL and reminiscing over a time that had provided him with equal levels of pride and sadness.
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