Wednesday, June 22, 2022

I was on a podcast!

I've mentioned before that I have been a long-time listener of Best of Both Worlds (BOBW), hosted by Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger. I've actually listened to every podcast, which is pretty rare for me! The podcast is about being a working parents getting the most out of work and family/fun time. 

I was a guest on the podcast this week (click here to listen)! I never thought I'd be a guest on a podcast, especially one that is as popular as BOBW. But i commented this spring and said I'd be happy to share my experience of returning to work if they thought it might be helpful for other listeners - and I was thrilled when Laura reached out to schedule a time to talk. 

I was pretty open about my struggles with my return to work after I had Paul, so long-time readers of this blog might recall that season of my life. The cliff notes version is that I had a surprisingly hard time returning to work after having Paul. I loved my career before having Paul, but found that I really missed him when I returned to work. I debated whether I was meant to be a working mom but those feelings eventually improved/dissipated around when Paul turned 10 months. Now I can say with certainty that I am meant to be a working mom so I am glad I didn't make any rash decisions. 

I think I would have benefited from hearing from a woman who went through something similar when I was struggling, so hopefully someone else will benefit from hearing about my experience. I didn't think I would be able to listen to the episode because I loathe the sound of my voice, but I managed to listen and think it went pretty well overall! I've read several of Laura's books so it was really cool to have a chance to talk to her!

If you listen, let me know what you think! 


Katie said...

I just listened to this episode and it was so valuable and interesting.

I think this will be such a helpful perspective for anyone in those early stages of returning to work as a new mum, and knowing there will be some growing pains!

I think your husband gave great advice about not making any huge decisions while in that hard time. So hard to follow that advice while you're in the hard time, though! So kudos to both of you!

Nicole MacPherson said...

Oh how exciting! I have never even heard of this podcast so I'll go and check it out today! Yay Lisa!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! I can’t wait to listen!

Nicole said...

Lisa! I listened to this yesterday and it was excellent! You are so smart, well-spoken, and articulate. I am so impressed! Great job!

Stephany said...

I've never listened to BOBW but I'm definitely going to give this episode a listen because you're on it! As someone who has talked with you in person a few times, you have such a cheerful and eloquent way of speaking so I'm sure this will sounds great. :)

Grateful Kae said...

You did great!! You say you don't like your voice, but I thought you had a very nice, pleasant sounding voice! I agree- very articulate, easy to listen to, well spoken. A+! :)

Elisabeth said...

I STILL haven't listened yet (currently on vaca), but I'm very excited to do so...!
I talked to Laura on the phone last year after I finished her TBT study and it cool. I've listened to her in podcast form for so long, having her number show up on my phone was surreal. She's also just so, so sweet and relatable and calm in a way that seems impossible for someone with such a large family + a big career.
Congrats, Lisa.

Jenny said...

Wow! That is cool! You're like a celebrity. I'm sure your story will be really helpful to people. I didn't work for YEARS when my kids were little (outside the home, that is) and a big part of the reason was I didn't think I could handle it. Your story shows that everyone probably feels like that, but you can hang in there and make it work. I'll check out the podcast!

Anne said...

I have never listened to this podcast but I think I will have to listen to this one! What an awesome opportunity!