This month, I’m sharing two conversations about work life balance and staying true to your identity. In this second interview, we are exploring what happens when a caring need changes our career choices because everyday life needs just a little more from us.
Vicky Haynes and Lottie Storey are both freelancers and mothers of children with diagnoses of autism. Both are so brave in today's interview that I've let it run a little long because I felt it deserved the time. This is a conversation that needs to be considered more because often in our rush to praise career choices and a screen free life, sometimes we marginalise and hurt those whose lives need a different structure in order to cope day to day. There’s a quote that struck me deeply as I edited, Lottie says “As a parent you have to change, you have to toughen up”. I felt a long pause after she said this and I’m still thinking about that even today.
I’m curious to hear too that if *you* are autistic, what this conversation feels like. I wonder about our conversation as 3 neuro typical women. I would welcome feedback (better yet a conversation). This isn’t the first time autism has been a part of the podcast but it is the most explicit I’ve been and I’m aware of trying to be supportive and open up experiences that often become sidelined while still remaining respectful.
I also want to extend my gratitude to Ruth Maddock whose beautiful sewing and knitting collection was the starting point for this whole interview. I’ll be sharing my own project for this on social media and the blog very soon. It’s a wonderful resource for those with high sensory needs.
Links from today's show:
Chris Packham's documentary, Asperger's and Me.
You can find Lottie in the following spaces online:
You can find Vicky in the following spaces online:
To download the transcript of today's episode, please click here.