Aligned and Thriving Podcast | Strategies for Work Life Balance

Judith Bowtell | Career Development for Achieving Work-Life Balance

Welcome to Aligned and Thriving, your premier resource for inspiration and guidance to elevate your career development and personal development journey from challenge to triumph. If you've ever felt drained at work or struggled to stay focused amidst life's demands, you're not alone.

Hosted by Judith Bowtell, a former corporate leader turned career development coach, this podcast empathizes with the quest for work life balance. Drawing from her own midlife crisis and extensive client experience, Judith advocates for integrating work life balance as a core value, not just another task on the agenda.

Tailored for those juggling work, family, health, caregiving, and the complexities of modern life, Aligned and Thriving shares stories of resilience. Judith's own narrative, marked by setbacks and personal struggles, exemplifies the profound impact of achieving equilibrium.

Join us to explore the intricacies of work life balance beyond conventional self-help methods. Aligned and Thriving features in-depth conversations with mentors who have conquered long-term balance, including professionals who pursued unconventional paths, educators who became entrepreneurs, and individuals who carved out personal time within the traditional work structure.

Uncover how a life aligned with your principles can be both invigorating and empowering. This podcast offers more than just quick fixes—it provides the compassion, insight, and encouragement essential to not only survive but thrive in both your professional and personal spheres.

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Episodes

Unplugging the Workday: Understanding Australia's Right to Disconnect Legislation
4d ago
Unplugging the Workday: Understanding Australia's Right to Disconnect Legislation
In this episode, we delve into the Right to Disconnect Laws recently passed in Parliament, exploring what this means for Australian workers striving for work-life balance. Judith shares personal experiences, shedding light on the impact of always-on work culture and the necessity of setting boundaries. She offers insights into the legislative changes and their implications for employees and employers. The aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new legislation and its potential effects on work dynamics.Podcast Episode SummaryThe Right to Disconnect legislation allows employees to refuse contact outside working hours unless deemed unreasonable.Examples of unreasonable contact include emergencies, legal requirements, and excessive disruption to personal time.Small businesses have exemptions for 12 months, and certain matters like national security are exceptions.The legislation aims to protect employees from repercussions for ignoring after-hours communication.It addresses the negative impact of availability creep on mental health, productivity, and work-life balance.Article References:Herbert Smith Freehills Right to DisconnectRight to disconnect? We’re already doing it, say bossesAustralian Union - The Right to Disconnect: allowing workers to properly unplugConnect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How Being Your Own Boss Supports Work-life Balance?
Feb 18 2024
How Being Your Own Boss Supports Work-life Balance?
In this episode, host Judith Bowtell, a former burnt-out executive turned creative career and leadership development coach, is joined by Michele Hayes, a clarity and confidence coach. The two speakers, who have known each other since high school, discuss the topic of how being your own boss supports work-life balance. They share their personal and professional experiences in the context of this theme.Podcast Episode SummaryJudith Bowtell and Michele Hayes, former high school friends, delve into the concept of work-life balance and its relevance in today's fast-paced world.They explore the idea that work-life balance is not about perfection but rather about finding joy and fulfilment in everyday work.Michele shares her journey from teaching to coaching and how she found her passion in helping individuals unlock their full potential and achieve their goals with clarity and conviction.The discussion touches on the influence of upbringing and societal norms on one's perception of work and life, highlighting the need to challenge traditional beliefs and find one's unique path to success.Michele explains the satisfaction she gets from seeing her clients gain clarity, confidence and ability to articulate their visions.Michele Hayes website: www.livingwithgrace.com.auFacebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/livingwithgrace.com.au/Here's a link to my new low ticket offer for people starting out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clarityfor7 My main group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/speak23Outro Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
Letting Go for Your Ideal Working Life: A Conversation with Artist and Disability Advocate, Casey Gray
Feb 11 2024
Letting Go for Your Ideal Working Life: A Conversation with Artist and Disability Advocate, Casey Gray
In this episode, our host, Judith Bowtell, a former burnt-out executive turned creative career and leadership development coach, is joined by Casey Gray, an artist, an agent for change in her community and author with a focus on disability advocacy and inclusion in the arts. The speakers met through a program called Front and Center, which supports women with disabilities in pursuing their ideal working lives. Throughout the episode, they discuss the importance of letting go to create space for an ideal working life, work-life balance, and the impact of values on career choices.Podcast Episode Summary:The significance of creating space for an ideal working life.Casey's journey from disability advocacy to embracing her creative side and pioneering Easy Read literature for adults with disabilitiesThe impact of values on career decisionsProductivity hacks, such as the Pomodoro technique and overcoming resistance to tasksThe role of programs like Front and Center in supporting individuals with disabilities to pursue their ideal working livesThe importance of work-life balance and managing anxiety-provoking situationsThe transition from traditional employment to a more creative and flexible working environmentThe impact of the Front and Center leadership program on identifying and pursuing a career as an Easy Read content specialistThe development of creative writing workshops and an accessible book club for adults with intellectual disabilities or difficulties in reading and writingCasey’s Valentine’s Day event: Love tales: An accessible story sharing workshop for Valentine's DayCasey Gray website: www.byed.com.auFront & Centre Program: https://www.albanylane.com.au/front-centreOutro Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How to Beat Post-Holiday Sadness and Monday Blues with Basic Self-Care
Feb 4 2024
How to Beat Post-Holiday Sadness and Monday Blues with Basic Self-Care
Welcome to the Aligned and Thriving Podcast episode "How to beat post holiday sadness and Monday blues with basic self-care." In this episode, host Judith Bowtell, a former burnt-out executive turned creative career and leadership development coach, shares her personal struggles and strategies for overcoming the challenges of returning to work after the holidays. The episode delves into the importance of staying connected to personal values, the impact of post-holiday blues, and practical self-care strategies to support mental well-being.Podcast Episode SummaryJudith Bowtell discusses the challenges of returning to work after the holidays, including financial, health, and family worries, and the impact of societal expectations on well-being.She shares her personal strategies for supporting mental health, including going outside daily, staying hydrated, eating regularly, and limiting social media scrolling.Judith Bowtell emphasises the importance of aligning change efforts with intrinsic values, practicing self-compassion, and using trial-and-error approaches to develop sustainable habits.Article References:The Benefits Of Vacation Diminish After Just A Few Days Back At Work, Survey Says8 Days Is The Perfect Vacation Length, Study SaysThe Psychology of Your Scrolling AddictionConnect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How novel writing became a creative life raft during challenging times? With guest speaker Michael Nest
Jan 28 2024
How novel writing became a creative life raft during challenging times? With guest speaker Michael Nest
Welcome to "Aligned and Thriving," where today our guest is Michael Nest, an award-winning author and consultant in the anti-corruption and anti-fraud field. Michael was born in rural Australia, completed his studies at the University of Melbourne, and has lived in various places, including New York, Dili, and Montreal. He has recently published his first novel, "Take Out the Jocks," and will be sharing insights into his approach to work life balance and the creative process.Podcast Episode Summary:Michael Nest discusses his approach to work-life balance, emphasizing the importance of taking breaks and setting boundaries.Michael Nest, a former consultant and author, reflects on a career shift to a less interesting job for practical reasons. This change causes them to fear losing their identity and becoming mundane. They emphasize the significance of creative projects in maintaining a balance between an engaging life and work, resisting being solely defined by economic roles.Michael reflects on the differences between writing nonfiction and fiction, the role of creative projects in maintaining mental well-being, and the impact of structured timeboxing on his productivity.He also highlights the significance of balancing personal responsibilities, such as caring for his mother-in-law, with his professional and creative pursuits.Take Out the Jocks Novel - https://www.amazon.com.au/Take-Out-Jocks-feminist-revenge/dp/1738184013Take Out the Jocks Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555254423522Connect with Michael Nest in LinkedIn - linkedin.com/in/michael-nest-8141144Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How the values of Gen X support our approach to work life balance with Marlo Newton
Jan 21 2024
How the values of Gen X support our approach to work life balance with Marlo Newton
Welcome to the Aligned and Thriving podcast. In this episode, host Judith Bowtell is joined by Marlo Newton, a Senior Manager of Major Gifts at the Alfred Foundation. Marlo is an accomplished fundraiser, manager, educator, performer, public speaker, and author. She shares her insights on how the values of Gen X support their approach to work-life balance. The discussion explores the influence of early life experiences and family values on work life balance.Podcast Episode SummaryThe episode explores how the values of Gen X influence their approach to work-life balance.Marlo Newton discusses her childhood experiences and how they shaped her views on work and life.The conversation delves into the core values of Gen X, including skepticism, fun, informality, independence, and resilience.Marlo shares her career journey in the not-for-profit sector and the importance of aligning work with personal values.The discussion highlights the evolution of work-life balance policies and their impact on working mothers.Connect with Marlo Newton in LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlo-newton-48431434/Article reference: Work Life Balance - https://www.kumanu.com/defining-work-life-balance-its-history-and-future/Gen X Values - https://www.upworthy.com/what-is-generation-x-rp5#:~:text=According%20to%20a%20generational%20differences,and%20motivated%20by%20%E2%80%9Cfreedom.%E2%80%9DPS. Are you finding this podcast useful? Share it with someone you know who could benefit from unlocking the full potential of their career with the power aligning it with their values. You get to help a friend & I get to reach more individuals  just like you.We want to hear from YOU! Share your feedback and thoughts. Rate and review the episode. What insights did this episode bring to light?Any burning questions on your mind?Subscribe to "Aligned and Thriving" now to unlock a world of inspiration and practical strategies. Join our community for additional support, and remember, be kind to yourself, take care, and stay well. Don't miss a single episode!Outro Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How to gain surprising benefits by aligning with your personal values?
Jan 14 2024
How to gain surprising benefits by aligning with your personal values?
In today's episode, we explore the profound benefits of living in alignment with your values. Having guided numerous clients through transformative journeys, I've witnessed the positive outcomes that come with aligning with one's core values. This marks the final installment of a three-part series setting the foundation for meaningful conversations on achieving work life balance.Podcast Episode Summary and Key Points:Alignment with values has a significant impact on mental and emotional well-being, activating reward circuits in the brain and contributing to a sense of purpose and satisfaction.Decision-making processes related to values are linked to increased prefrontal cortex activation, crucial for executive functions such as self-control, goal-setting, and emotional regulation.Living in alignment with values can reduce stress, strengthen resilience, and contribute to long-term changes in brain structure and function through neuroplasticity.Shared values enhance relationships, making communication, conflict resolution, and decision-making more straightforward, fostering meaningful connections.The podcast explores personal experiences illustrating how values can strengthen friendships and connections, even in the face of life's challenges.Neuroscience reveals that shared values increase empathy, activate mirror neurons, release oxytocin, and contribute to conflict resolution within relationships.The episode highlights the intersection of values, neurodiversity, and the importance of creating neuro-affirming environments in workplaces and communities.The surprising benefits of values alignment extend to societal impacts, fostering prosocial behaviors, supporting major social change, and promoting communal action.PS. Are you finding this podcast useful? Share it with someone you know who could benefit from unlocking the full potential of their career with the power aligning it with their values. You get to help a friend & I get to reach more individuals  just like you.We're thrilled to embark on this podcast adventure, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.Subscribe to "Aligned and Thriving" now to unlock a world of inspiration and practical strategies. Join our community for additional support, and remember, be kind to yourself, take care, and stay well. Don't miss a single episode!Outro Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How to find your personal values and overcome work life challenges?
Jan 14 2024
How to find your personal values and overcome work life challenges?
In this episode, we explore practical steps to align your life with your values, including setting priorities, making informed decisions, and navigating work life challenges. If you've been struggling with work-life balance or seeking more fulfillment in your career, this episode is tailored just for you.Podcast Episode Summary:Setting clear priorities, making informed decisions, and navigating challenges are crucial for work-life alignment.Discover how personal values drive decision-making, impacting career choices, and satisfaction.The importance of regularly reviewing personal values and aligning them with current priorities.Real-life examples of long-term value-driven decisions, illustrating the journey towards work-life alignment.The significance of starting small with safe, modest steps to build confidence in aligning with one's values.PS. Are you finding this podcast useful? Share it with someone you know who could benefit from unlocking the full potential of their career with the power aligning it with their values. You get to help a friend & I get to reach more individuals  just like you.We're thrilled to embark on this podcast adventure, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.Subscribe to "Aligned and Thriving" now to unlock a world of inspiration and practical strategies. Join our community for additional support, and remember, be kind to yourself, take care, and stay well. Don't miss a single episode!Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
How being aligned with your values supports work life balance?
Jan 14 2024
How being aligned with your values supports work life balance?
Welcome to Aligned and Thriving: Strategies for Work-Life Balance, the podcast where we delve into the foundations of creating a meaningful work-life balance. I'm your host, Judith Bowtell, and I'm thrilled to have you join me for our inaugural episode. This marks the beginning of a series of conversations with individuals who have crafted diverse strategies for achieving work-life balance.In this episode, I'll share the inspiration behind creating "Aligned and Thriving" and how it can assist you in fostering a more balanced working life. I'll also take you through my personal journey, from being an overworked government executive to running my own business focused on self-development, career coaching, and leadership programs. Join me as we explore the importance of aligning with your personal values in various domains of life.Podcast Episode Summary and Key Points:Discover the motivation behind creating "Aligned and Thriving" and how it supports a more balanced working life.Explore the role of personal values in shaping our thoughts and actions.Uncover the neuroscience behind values, particularly the influence of dopamine and key brain regions.Understand the impact of social context on personal values and how they evolve over time.Learn the process of discovering your personal values and common pitfalls to avoid.Gain insights into the transformative journey of aligning with personal values and its numerous benefits.Recognize the signs of misalignment and how it may manifest as a midlife crisis, presenting an opportunity for reflection and realignment.Embrace the idea that aligning with personal values leads to comfort, motivation, and support, ultimately contributing to a well-balanced life.Head, Heart and Hands article referenced: PS. Are you finding this podcast useful? Share it with someone you know who could benefit from unlocking the full potential of their career with the power aligning it with their values. You get to help a friend & I get to reach more individuals  just like you.We're thrilled to embark on this podcast adventure, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.Subscribe to "Aligned and Thriving" now to unlock a world of inspiration and practical strategies. Join our community for additional support, and remember, be kind to yourself, take care, and stay well. Don't miss a single episode!Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify
Aligned and Thriving Trailer
Dec 22 2023
Aligned and Thriving Trailer
Welcome to Aligned and Thriving, your go-to resource for transforming your professional life from a struggle to a success. If you've ever felt exhausted at work or struggled to maintain focus amidst life's chaos, you're not alone. In fact, a staggering 50 percent of Australian workers reported feeling exhausted at the start of this year.Your host, Judith Bowtell, a former burnt-out executive turned career development coach, understands the challenges of achieving work life balance. Through her own midlife crisis and extensive work with clients, Judith shares insights on integrating work life balance as a guiding value rather than just another task on the to-do list.This podcast is tailored for those juggling the demands of work, family, caregiving, health issues, community involvement, and the challenges of staying connected in a digital age. Judith's personal journey, marked by a missed promotion, a serious back injury, and a diagnosis of major depression, serves as a powerful testament to the transformative potential of finding balance.Join us as we explore the topic of work life balance through in-depth conversations with mentors who have successfully achieved long-term balance. Discover how a life aligned with your values can be energizing and motivating. Aligned and Thriving offers more than just quick solutions—it provides the empathy, understanding, and support needed to thrive in your professional and personal life.Don't miss an episode—subscribe to Aligned and Thriving now to unlock a world of inspiration and practical strategies for a happier and healthier working life. It's time to prioritize your well-being and thrive in both your professional and personal endeavors.Connect with Judith Bowtell on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judith.bowtell Come say hi on: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyLane/ To learn more about how we can work together: https://www.albanylane.com.au/ Let’s be Instagram friends: https://www.instagram.com/judithbowtell/ Let’s stay connected on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-bowtell-4977a04/Don't forget to rate, review, or drop your questions on: Apple podcast Spotify