I have two holidays, one at either end of the month, so I have been adding a few extra bits to my suitcase – swimsuits by Heidi Klein and Love Stories, shell earrings, a monogrammed straw bag by Rae Feather and a big straw hat with a grosgrain ribbon bow. I’ve also bought Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott and Swing Time by Zadie Smith to read if I manage to get any spare time. While in France, I know I’ll succumb to some vintage table linen because I always do – I spend every summer looking in the broccantes for an antique tablecloth with my initials embroidered on it. I haven’t been lucky so far. We are going to Greece at the end of August and I am sure I’ll bring back some trinkets from there too. I love to buy things for the home while I’m away because I like the memories that they’ll evoke when I use them.
Every weekend my husband makes pancakes and really good coffee for us. We spend most of the week in a frenzy, rushing between the school run and work, tag-teaming childcare, so I really cherish the slower pace and the time to enjoy each other’s company. Recently our eldest daughter Coco has been learning to ride her bike too, so we’ve spent a lot of time together in Knole Park, near Sevenoaks in Kent - a maze of rolling hills and parkland with deer wandering free - while she masters it. I have the opportunity to do a lot of amazing things thanks to my job, but really, it’s in those moments I feel luckiest.
You don’t have to be the most talented person in the room to be the most successful. I find it helps with imposter syndrome. Ambition, a positive attitude and tenacity go an incredibly long way to contributing to success. I’m also a big believer in staying in your lane – most meaningful achievements take time, and a lot of hard work. If you are prepared to dedicate both, I think you can do pretty much anything.
Accepting I won’t do either quite as well as I’d like. Like many women I know, I am both a perfectionist and a control freak, so I have to let both go a bit. I have realised that a lot of the pressure I feel, I put on myself so I need to pick and choose the things that really matter to me and be okay when everything else doesn’t quite go to plan. I’m grateful that more flexibility is coming into the work place too, which makes it easier to be a parent and have a successful career.
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