The work, study and family balance: Gaining perspective by the beach

23 August, 2016Gabbi Stopp

Gabbi Stopp is the Head of Employee Share Ownership at ProShare, and is currently studying for a Diploma for Financial Advisors (DipFA®). Gabbi is also a wife, and mother to a three-year-old boy.

In this blog series, Gabbi takes an honest look at what it's like to study, while working and managing family commitments.

Friday July 29

Gabbi Stopp on holidays

I write this blog entry with the rosy glow of a good relaxing holiday. I've been back at work for three days and the holiday feeling has not worn off yet! Contributing to my mellow mood is the fact that I got my AFA assignment in a whole week early, just before I went on holiday. Nearly four thousand words on auto-enrolment pensions…I definitely needed that holiday. 

Holidays have taken on a new significance for me now, aged nearly 40 and with a small child and a ‘proper’ job. While in my younger days I used to look forward to holidaying with friends, partying hard and recovering on the beach the following day, all I really crave now is a good book, a cold shandy and a sandy beach for my husband and son to build sandcastles on. 

Gabbi Stopp on holidaysI now think that the best holidays give you a chance to regain some perspective on your life, and to think about the things that usually get crowded out in the rush of everyday day working and domestic commitments. This year we revisited one of our favourite Greek islands and on the surface found it little changed to our last visit, which was a couple of years before the EU debt crisis. Talking with the locals now however, reveals a different viewpoint. Our taxi driver told us that he had real difficulties repairing his car – genuine parts are far too expensive to buy and to import, so he has to rely on the genius of his mechanic friend who ‘re-purposes’ odd items into the engine parts he requires.  

It’s easy to lose oneself in the technicalities of debt instruments, markets and how they operate, and to forget that there are real people whose families and day to day lives suffer significant impacts as a result.

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