Holiday Queen


Laini Shaw is the Holiday Queen.  And I’m jealous.  She has managed to intrinsically manouvre a HR career and massive chunks of time off to enjoy her passion of travel.

How? What? Why? How? Blink, gulp, how on earth did this HR Professional manage to challenge the status quo, re-align her entrenched professional ethos of 4 weeks annual leave per year and move to a more holistic, laid back, balanced lifestyle.

Well, her gorgeous bloke had something to do with it.  A Mr “Challenge the Status Quo” kind of guy who adores the pants of Laini and gives her passion room to roam and her head space to think.

Laini is fabulous.  She talks us through her background and how she came to breakthrough her thinking of enjoying life more, embracing her passion and loving life more and more, enjoying and thriving in her career and taking stock on what’s important.  Laini lights up my world when I’m around her, I hope she lights up your life for 40 minutes or so and you can enjoy her story.

Laini hopes her chat with Helen will inspire others to think outside the box of 9-5 and do things that make their heart sing – including travel…take that trip!!!

You can check Laini out on Facebook or Instagram – The Occasional Israeli.  

Enjoy x

Shake your Bon Bon

The delightful and talented Harry & Sally Bonning join us in this edition of Chewing the Fat on Flexibility to discuss their take on flexibility in life.  Harry & Sally are a dynamic duo – successful professionals who’ve travelled the world for work and pleasure, now have two gorgeous children, a raging social life but also a love of everything they do.

We were envious to know how they did it – and they told us!  Sally shared alot of tips and tricks that helped her with balancing her work and children, and Harry was a superb act in linking up how technology can assist with improving flexibility, for everyone.

We hope you enjoy shaking the Bon Bons as much as we did, the background noise is there a wee bit, but persevere, the message that the Bonnings give us is a joy! Enjoy!

My Work Wife

Jane & Jo have joined us for this special edition and talk about their work journey through working full-time, having a family, maternity leave, returning to work and finally their magnificent job-share arrangement.

It is a cracking interview of really inspiring and dedicated women who have carved a wonderful and rewarding path for themselves.  We recorded this lovely interview over a vino or two, please excuse the background noise.