Families interrupted by work

As soon as I got pregnant, two things started happening right away:...more

Sometimes I Miss Being a Selfish & Self-Centered Twenty-Something

By: Wendy Castellanos-WolfIt is the curse of the dynamic woman in her thirties to live in a state of perpetual exhaustion. It’s not that we are now older and do not have the required energy to keep up with the pace of our lives. It is the opposite. I attribute this exhaustion to being so fabulous at life, that we have made ourselves indispensable. Career, family and personal life, (a thirty-something’s version of the holy trinity), come together on a daily basis and demands our undivided devotion....more

Overwhelmed, Overworked, Underpaid, with a Big Dose of Headache, Anyone?

Alright, my original plan was to blog about something positive, something for which I am thankful. However, I have a splitting headache, which started early this morning. I have just put down two children to bed, who clearly are not sleeping. There are two other children who aren't doing what they're supposed to do. Two online classes I am teaching turned in assignments the day before yesterday, for which I have done zero grading. One of the classes has officially ended; so, I don't have much time to grade that assignment and work on final grades....more

Learning to Relax

For someone who has a love affair with their bed, you would think relaxing would be an easy thing.  Let me tell you, it is not an easy task at all.  The last few weeks had me selling my house and all of its worldly goods, closing a business, celebrating Christmas and moving. Now that all that is behind me, I finally can take some time to relax and breathe a bit.  The problem is my mind hasn’t quite received the message yet. Who knew learning to relax would be so … intense....more

On the Brink of a New Decade...

Right now, it's 6pm Chicago time on New Year's Eve. I'm sitting on our couch, surrounded by the stacks of work I've been busting my butt over for the past three days, and I'm trying to figure out what to eat, and it seems like this is what I've been doing all year. It's been a heck of a year, and for me the end of so many things: my single status, my 20s, being completely broke. So it feels interesting that I'm on the brink of a this brand, spanking new decade of being married, possibly a parent some day, of being in my 30's, and so much more. ...more

Do You Need A Sabbatical?

Skipping out on your career could prove to be a shrewd move. That was the case for several workers interviewed in recent stories in American Public Media’s Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal: ...more