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Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.
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Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.

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Episodes

Juliet's School of Possibilities. Ep 84

3/12/2019
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In this special book-focused episode, Laura and Sarah chat about Laura's new release - Juliet's School fo Possibilities, a fable on time management, which is out TODAY! We get into the genesis of this idea, explore the (juicy) characters, and find out what Laura is thinking about doing next. In the Q&A, we address a listener who has the (great) problem of two enticing job offers - which to choose?

Duration:00:30:40

Travel. Ep 83

3/5/2019
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Travel is the topic of today's episode as we get closer to spring break for many of you! Laura and Sarah share upcoming travel plans and then chat with Jody Robbins, a family travel expert based on Canada. She shares some great family travel hacks as well as pro tips on top Canadian destinations for families. In the Q&A, we tackle a great question from a mother of a one-year-old who plays well independently -- what to do while you're with him, but not necessarily providing active parenting?

Duration:00:40:06

Life Management Systems. Ep 82

2/26/2019
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Life Management Systems - From swapping out work/kid bags to bedtime routines, Laura and Sarah chat about the systems that are currently working for their families. Hot topics also include laundry, homework, date nights, and morning routines. Join us as we lament always forgetting the socks at bouncy house places! In the Q&A, we answer a listener's query about starting a side hustle as a new mother to an 8-month-old.

Duration:00:52:09

Consulting with Amy Rasdal of Billable with Baby. Ep 81

2/19/2019
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In this episode, Laura and Sarah interview Amy Rasdal, an independent consultant who also runs Billable with Baby, where she helps other women set up their own successful consulting practices. She talks about growing up as a "Silicon kid", her role as a corporate superhero, and the best parts of doing remote work. She also gives some very practical advice -- including her take on what 80% of independent consultants charge per hour! Sarah & Laura also give some general life updates, talk...

Duration:00:41:53

Moving. Ep 80

2/12/2019
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Sarah has just moved -- blog, home, schools, and all! So, the two of us talk about the challenges and logistics around moving, from packing to integrating at a new school. We also talk about using tiny slices of time (inspired by the minutes I'll be losing on my commute!). In our Q&A, we discuss a listener's dilemma -- should she keep her job even if the commute is about to double?

Duration:00:34:59

Vacations with Kids. Ep 79

2/5/2019
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Gearing up for spring break (or even summer)? In this episode, Laura and Sarah get into traveling with kids, and particularly the planning aspects. We chat about how much energy we like to expend on vacations with kids, how far in advance we tend to set things, up, and more.

Duration:00:27:46

Katie Forrest. Ep 78

1/29/2019
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In today's episode, Laura and Sarah chat with Katie Forrest, UK criminal defense attorney, and mother to a 10-year-old girl with special needs. She also manages to write novels on the side! We both learned a lot about how she handles the challenges that come with raising her daughter while continuing to achieve in both work and her creative endeavors. To open up, Laura and Sarah also revisit "superficial things". Our question is a great one about sleep deprivation and sharing that very...

Duration:00:39:29

Mailbag Part Deux. Ep 77

1/22/2019
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Welcome to our second mailbag Q&A episode! For this fun and spontaneous episode (recorded together from Philadelphia!), Laura and Sarah asked listeners (via Instagram) for some spur-of-the-moment questions - and provided honest, off-the-cuff answers. Topics range from enneagram types to dealing with in-laws, and everything in between!

Duration:00:45:41

A Mindful Return to Work after Baby with attorney and entrepreneur Lori Mihalich-Levin. Ep 76

1/15/2019
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Lori is an attorney, mother of 2, and runs a side business coaching women on creating a mindful return to work after maternity leave. Lori dishes about her daily life in DC with her involvement in all of these important areas, and we talk about the highlights of what she's learned as a post-leave-mentor, from common pitfalls to pumping adventures. Sarah also shares her post-pumping thoughts (hint: her life is much easier now!). In the Q&A, we discuss whether it makes sense to 'batch' your...

Duration:00:57:08

Organizing in 2019 with Lisa Woodruff from Organize365. Ep 75

1/8/2019
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In this episode, Laura and Sarah take on the question of what it actually means to be organized, and Lisa joins us in the interview segment with popular tips and tricks from her own organizing programs and podcast. In the Q&A, we discuss a reader's question on pregnancy, baby, and parenting books.

Duration:00:44:17

Designing 2019. Ep 74

1/1/2019
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Laura and Sarah dive into 2019 with this episode on 2019 goals for each quarter (or quintile, in SHU's case). In the Q&A, we answer a listener question on maternity leave: what is the right length, and does Sarah wish she could have taken more?

Duration:00:29:18

2018 in review!

12/25/2018
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Happy holidays and we hope this light and shorter episode helps to get some of you through long-haul holiday travel to some fun destinations! Sarah and Laura are excited about winter weather (well - Sarah is!) and enjoy going through 2018 highlights, from personal to professional to family! We spend some extra time on our favorite books of the year and our biggest achievements of 2018. In the Q&A, we talk about entertaining young children through those long winter days.

Duration:00:26:21

Our Money Stories. Ep 72

12/18/2018
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In this episode, Laura and Sarah dip a toe into somewhat controversial waters and talk about money: making it, spending it, and their history and feelings about it. Find out whose kids get allowances and who is using a handbag held together with dental floss . . . In the Q&A, we address making the most of family travel when loved ones are separated in far-flung regions.

Duration:00:56:18

Mel Johnson. Ep 71

12/11/2018
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Guest Mel Johnson joins Sarah and Laura all the way from the UK to talk about single motherhood by choice. She gives us insight into the process, her decision making, and what it's like to parent as an SMBC (single mother by choice). Laura and Sarah also discuss holiday prep, and Sarah celebrates being DONE with pumping (she's excited!), and our Q&A listener question tackles the holidays and what to do when your nature (introverted, task-oriented, upholder) clashes with that of your...

Duration:00:40:50

Work hacks (and happy birthday Laura!)

12/4/2018
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This episode will release on a milestone birthday for Laura (listen to find out which one!). Join Laura and Sarah as they trade their favorite strategies for getting work done with efficiency and a minimum of angst (hint: so much of this is about finding focus and avoiding overload and distraction!). In the Q&A, they talk fitness with a listener who wanted tips on fitting workouts into an already-full life.

Duration:00:42:31

Achieving success in law while building big family. Ep 69

11/27/2018
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Kathleen Burns is a partner at a large law firm -- and she achieved this status while having 4 children in the span of 6 years! While Kathleen is truly in the thick of it (her children are 1.5, 3, 5, and 7), she has a number of strategies that help keep her work and home life fitting together well. And as a maternity leave veteran x 4, she helps answer a listener question about maternity leave - both how to prepare, and what it's like to come back. Sarah also talks about her family's...

Duration:00:40:45

Living with Illness. Ep 68

11/20/2018
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Emily Garnett is an attorney and mother of a 3-year-old who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in November of 2017. We had an inspiring, moving, and educational conversation with her about illness, uncertainty, logistics in the face of a true challenge, and resilience. Laura and Sarah also talk about Thanksgiving and gratitude, and in the Q&A, a listener asks about how a planner might contribute to the "invisible workload" of women (and how to avoid it!).

Duration:00:51:25

Gemma Hartley. Ep 67

11/13/2018
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In this thought-provoking episode, we pick apart the concept of emotional labor with Gemma Hartley, whose Harper·s Bazaar article Women Aren·t Nags · We·re Just Fed Up went viral last year. Gemma is releasing a book on the subject the day this episode airs called Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward. Gemma talks about why she feels doing less isn’t always the answer, her feelings on 50/50 splits, and much more. In the intro, Sarah admits she may have planning fatigue, and a...

Duration:00:41:46

Plannerpalooza Part 2. Ep 66

11/6/2018
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Welcome to this year·s Plannerpalooza! Last year, Sarah took a deep dive into her own planning techniques and the system she·s honed for herself over the years. This year, she delves into 10 fantastic paper planner options! There is something for everyone on this list, from giant daily custom planners to beautiful goal setting planners and beyond. If you’re looking for some visual aids, she is featuring reviews weekly of these products (theshubox.com) most Fridays until the new year. In the...

Duration:00:42:14

Kimmery Martin. Ep 65

10/30/2018
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In this episode, Sarah and Laura chat with Kimmery Martin, emergency medicine physician AND author of the delicious, popular, and medically-inspired novel, The Queen of Hearts. We learn about how her career has taken unexpected turns, her advice to other aspiring authors with day jobs, her workday habits, and we even get a glimpse into her next project. In the Q&A, we tackle a question about handling winter illnesses, and we announce our survey — please take the time to respond if you can!

Duration:00:25:52