Why aren't you living the life you really want?

No matter how much planning you put into it, life is still a big mystery. You just never know where it will take you.  I guess that has some good and bad points....more

Listen To Your Mother Came to Portland

Listen To Your Mother came to Portland. I know. I was there. 32 cities across the country each produced a local show that featured 90 minutes worth of stories that were honest, shocking, raw, inspirational, validating, familiar, hilarious and new. Over a thousand stories that took the stereotype of motherhood -- any stereotype: soccer mom, adoptive mom, stay at home mom, sitcom mom, hippy mom, absent mom -- and tore them open to reveal a unique portrait of human life. ...more

The Waiting Game

I've earned my degree.  I've already had a couple of job interviews.  Now the waiting game begins.Interviews are terrifying.  Period.  Hands are sweaty, nerves are shot.  I think they are even worse when you're older and realize that those few minutes can have such a profound effect on your life.  The interviews went well as far as I can tell...but the waiting game begins....more

Clearly a wife, vaguely a professional

What happens when people don't see you as you see yourself? Should you be offended?Recently, the hubs and I were at a community event. I was in attendance as spousal support. Arm candy, if you will. <I'm laughing as I type that.>Spousal support = verbal filter fully engaged. Don't be an idiot. Tuck in the crazy....more

I dare you to mentor

I dare you to mentor  I attended an ...more

How to Gain Respect at Work

Having a hard time gaining respect at work? Tired of being at the bottom of the office totem pole? One of the hardest parts of being in your Terrible Twenties is starting out in your career. Employers often treat entry-level professionals like they're fungible. And who can blame 'em?? At least with regards to the legal job market, there are hundreds of applications for every one vacancy. Can't cut it? No worries, there are 50 others just like you, lined up and ready to start tomorrow....more

Job Seeking? Try a Career Fair

By Cathy Francois, Career Coach at American Public UniversityWhat I like the most about career fairs is that you have an opportunity to meet with hiring managers and recruiters face-to-face. There are no easily agitated receptionists, evil gatekeepers, or electronic and political red tape in your way. This is the one place where it is the recruiter’s duty to meet you personally!  ...more

It's Stupidly Hard to Be a Woman Director in Hollywood. Still.

After many years working in the film industry, I am struggling to find work. It's hard for me to admit when I need help, and even harder to ask for it. I got into film so I could tell stories about the world from a woman's voice. It's in my nature to care about social issues and the environment. I've won awards as a director, worked as an editor and done various jobs for producers and post facilities. ...more
SocalMom   Thank you!  I have seen many women leave the industry.  I'm determined to hang in there!more

Where The Heck Have I Been? A Story In Graphs

By now, you've noticed I haven't been blogging as much. Lately, once a week is about all I can manage. Why, you ask? Well, I have a convenient chart ready that explains where my time has gone and simultaneously demonstrates my bomb Excel skills.Where Natalie Spends Her Time...more

Get Ahead During Your Lunch Hour

It’s noon in San Francisco’s financial district. The streets that were previously empty moments before are now filled with fast-walking professionals, trying to make the most out of their limited lunch hour....more