Find Work That Helps You Be Independent - Upgrade Your Skills

It is wonderful to know that you can find work that helps you be independent by upgrading your skills. When a person is independent, that person is free from outside influence and not dependent upon the will of another. When a person between jobs is looking for new work, work that will allow her to be independent, she must look at ways to upgrade her skills. By upgrading skills, a job seeker is able to do her job better and able to take advantage of advancements in the industry. ...more

My New York Internship: The Job That Was Not a Job

I was making, roughly, $70 a night as a waitress. Two hundred dollars sounded amazing. This sounded like a golden opportunity hovering in the air, just waiting for me to seize it. ... Part of the Women @ Work series, sponsored by AFL-CIO. ...more
If only you could share their real details so that others could avoid the same fate!more

No Insurance, No Paid Sick Leave: A New Life at What Cost?

"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" may come in most handily in romance, but it works for health insurance, too. This post is part of BlogHer's Women @ Work editorial series made possible by AFL-CIO. ...more
I find myself in a similar situation only I didn't quit my job.  One day like any normal nurse ...more

Helpful Tips for Managing Money, Marriage and a Small Business

For many couples, establishing a successful small business is a dream they have that will propel them to leave the rat race behind and embrace the American Dream. Unfortunately, sometimes these visions of success and independence can be easily shattered when the bills come, and the monthly revenue the business generates is insufficient. Before panic sets in, it’s time to pause and review the situation objectively....more

Married to the Mundane?

Isn't life so often mundane?Things we have to do every day, rain or shine, feeling like it or not.  Like brushing teeth, commuting, sitting in meetings, watering plants, doing tasks at home and work that are necessary, but not at all isn't that the way we picture our futures?  Find a dream job, dream spouse, dream boss, all stirring us to the core and enlivening our hearts every day all the time.  Yes, that's the ticket!...more

Out of My Element: Living in the City as an Introvert

For some of you this may come as a shock, for others you might have known longer than I have, but I am an introvert. One of the most confusing kinds – I might add.I am social. I enjoy being with friends and doing activities, but essentially, I get my energy from being alone. Days without solidarity and time to myself drive me to the point of insanity. It causes me stress and high anxiety, and if I’m not careful, some really horrific breakdowns....more

Free(lance) at Last

Today is my first day of self-employment. It is both exhilarating and terrifying. I feel lost and liberated.I never thought this day would come. I assumed I would always love office life. Working in teams, strategic planning, coworker happy hours. Sign me up for overtime! Work was a happy place of refuge and I excelled at being a model employee....more

Building a New Balance After Losing Your Job

One of the things that 'life experience' gives you is the experience of loss. We lose friends, lovers, and often, jobs. When we experience these losses, we either learn from them, or we repeat them. Job loss can be especially stressful, in part because we are trained to not acknowledge that we are mourning when we lose a job -- even a job we didn't love.  We mourn our connection to co-workers, our spending power, the sense of security a paycheck provides, the sense of status that our job title had given us....more
@kulls2 thank you. Too often we experience loss as 'the end of the world' vs. 'the end of ...more

"If I Had A Clone"--A Poem From a Tired Woman!

If I had a clone, how easy it would be. The things I would accomplish would be no small feat. The first clone would be dedicated to my son She would never tire of reading stories and would always be ready to run. Still, my list is too long, how will I achieve it At least three more clones are surely needed! One for my job, Dedicated and true, She would handle all the crap I hate to do. The second would be the Cinderella of the crew Washing and cleaning and cooking too. The third would focus on my personal upkeep...more

Never Been a Planner

I remember when we were putting our wedding together people said,“So what were you thinking?”I would stammer, all I was thinking was, “I just want to marry him. Isn’t that enough?”I didn’t have an iron clad vision of just how things needed to be, because in a sense they were already perfect—he’d asked me to marry him and I had said yes. Everything that was bound to follow the proposal was what I wanted, so I didn’t let the planning of the wedding bother or overwhelm me....more