My midlife sabbatical: DAY 1

Why start writing today? Because -  right now - I’m about to take a huge risk and hopefully change the course of my life. I just quit my job to take what I'm calling a midlife sabbatical. I'm veering off the planned  "path" that Corporate America sucks you into. And I'm scared. So why did I quit? I'm burnt out, work-wise. My husband had open-heart surgery eight months ago and I decided life is just too short to stay on the same path that is no longer making me happy. The balance of life turned on me in some way....more

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Swimming

The other day someone asked me what it felt like, jumping from a steady, stable day job into a fresh start as a freelancer. My answer? So far, it feels a lot like diving headfirst into a pool of freezing water, right in the middle of winter. I’ve plunged from the warm security of a full-time, corporate job into the icy cold waters of freelance — and right now, my lips are a little blue....more

just keep swimming!more

Life As A Pineapple

Long ago, my friend's friend told her she needed to be, " tough like a pineapple not soft like a peach". The context of the statement was due to some serious boo hooing over a dumb boy. I thought the sentiment was hilarious and have used is as my own ever since. Later I was to discover that a pineapple was the symbol of hospitality. Again, I loved it and adopted this icon to be my own since I've been a Party Planning Goddess my whole life. As I started to study French I listened to how native French speaking people say the word "the" in English....more

Ambitious 29 Year Old Woman Kidnapped...

And replaced with an unsure mother. Have you ever felt, by becoming a mom, you have lost all traces of the former person you used to be? Have you ever looked in the mirror at your disheveled hair, clothes stained with baby milk, and dark circles and wondered what happened to that savvy, well-manicured, vibrant woman who used to inhabit the person who now knows more about Bubble Guppies then the economic bubble? ...more

IS IT EVER OKAY TO CRY AT WORK?

Have you ever had a meltdown at work? Did a conversation with a boss or co-worker leave you feeling angry, frustrated and in tears? If you’re a woman, the answer is probably yes. 41% of women admit to crying at work, compared to 9% of men. ...more

Be The Person Decision Makers Love to Hire and Promote!

Have you ever noticed that some professional women seem to get the best projects, clients, contracts and assignments, and their work is always in demand? Business women looking to move up must be constantly reinventing themselves, determining what skills they possess, acquiring those they need, and broadening their professional goals. Human resource professionals agree that executives consider the following skills and attitudes among the most important in promoting professional growth:...more

Work For Family

A big part of my life and what I am about is pursuing work that expresses what my spirit wants to express. Initially, I left home at age 20 and moved to The Big Apple on a one way ticket to pursue a career as a film actress. I’ll tell you more about that journey another day. Years later, I found myself working on film sets as part of the behind-the-scenes production teams in Los Angeles....more

Can Women Have It All?

A few weeks ago, I read a thought provoking Harvard Business Review blog by Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Work-Life Policy....more

The Pressure of Choosing the RIGHT Job!

Have you ever felt that you were at a crossroad in your life ?  Some crossroads are  no more than slight detours.  However, there  are some  crossroads that can seem like they can create or break a life....more

Be Aware and Friends Bearing Gifts