Happiness = Balance/Family + Career + Money + Self-Acutualization? Oprah's Life Class Hard to Anyone?

I was a single mother for 13 years, I fought so hard to climb my career ladder and it finally paid off. I was able to move from my parent's basement to my own home through the USAD Rural Housing program. It was an adorable townhome, the last to be sold, a model. I had just gotten a promotion at work and was going on a 2 week trip to Alaska, 3 days after closing. Everything was very exciting, scary and fast moving, my boys aged 6 and 9 and I were almost in shock at something happening like this for us....more

Freelancers Don't Wait For The Phone To Ring

 I only blog about what I know and I know freelance life. I have been doing it for about 20 years. I love it and could not think of any other way to work. No cubicles here.But like anything we do there are down sides. The down side is that you are a gun for hire. People will hire you when they have the jobs. In this market I am sure most freelancers are facing a bigger talent pool. With fewer jobs in that big pool.So what to do? Panic. Jump. Call your shrink....more

Career tips from a workin' mama

All things being perfect, equal-opportunity workplaces would really be equal opportunity, regardless of race or gender. But the world's not a perfect place.I had an opportunity today to speak on a public relations panel to a group of students in a class that I was in myself about eight years ago, and it started me thinking how much I really love my job as a communication specialist in media relations at the very university and in the very college where I received my undergraduate degree....more

A Funny Thing Happened...

I work hard at reserving judgement.  Like, hard.You never brush your hair?  Dude, that's cool.  Neither do I!Your kids refuse to stay in their own beds at night?  I get it, honey.  I didn't sleep a whole night in my own bed until I was 8.  At least.  I'm grateful that my kids' night-waking years are (mostly) behind them....more
Your mother sounds like an amazing woman, like you! In my last job, I always thought I would ...more

How I balance children, relationship, and work life.

Day 7 -Monday, November 7, 2011Prompt -Making family time is important to me. How do you balance your children, relationship, and work life? (Guest Post by Ricki Lake, who can be found on Facebook or Twitter @RickiLakeShow)...more

For Better or For Worse

Well, I’m getting better. I just have this nasty sore throat but otherwise I’m feeling better! Riley went to school today so he’s feeling better too but Jared stayed home sick. I didn’t even know he was here until a little while ago. I was sitting on the couch working on something in my quiet little house thinking I was completely alone when I hear this cough. I will tell you….That is very unsettling. Then, out of the bedroom comes this zombie staggering to the bathroom and scratching his butt. I said, “Why didn’t you go to school today?” and the zombie said “I…....more

Reflections on a Year at ESPN

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my start at ESPN. It's been a journey filled with challenges, achievements, excitement and personal fulfillment I didn't know was possible. It's an alignment of passion, skill and relationships that make me proud to work where I do, and I'm happier than I've ever been....more

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

     I was tired from two days of thinking and talking theologically as I boarded the plane to return to Dallas. The flight attendant began the usual pre-flight schpeel, which is my sign to check out mentally.  The familiar words passed right by me until something new drew me back from my daze.  What did she say? ...more
@hollynielsen Holly, I totally agree with you! I remember last year when Tina Fey was ...more

5 Signs It’s Time For A Career Change

Making the decision to change your career can be a difficult one. Especially if you’ve been in your profession for years and feel that it’s part of who you are. But there are some signs that it might be time to think a little more fully about your work situation, and perhaps make the leap into something new.  Here are five indicators it’s time for a change:...more

Mentors and You: Learn How BlogHer Writers '11 Can Give You an Advantage

BlogHer Writers ‘11 is offering attendees something special in those small group mentoring sessions: an advantage. When you’re trying to understand or start something new, the help of others who have “been there, done that” is such a benefit. It doesn’t matter what that new thing is, the help of a mentor can make all the difference. We’re hoping that the mentoring sessions at BlogHer Writers will allow for attendees to break through their own mental stumbling blocks and give them a clear idea of “what’s next” when it comes to publishing. I thought, since it’s possible that some people have never had a mentoring experience, it would be helpful if we asked a few of our scheduled mentors their experiences with mentors as they made their way in and through their careers. ...more