All those vacation days...gone

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing group of people who report into me at work. But I am on their case right now: I want them to take some time off. I'm asking them to look at their calendars from now until the end of the year and plug in the days they want off. I am not worried about being understaffed over the holidays or about them taking days all at once - I am worried that they will not use their vacation days at all....more

Doing nothing on a day off

I have a day off soon. I am not going on any trips or spending time with friends or traveling somewhere fun. I am not doing anything but sitting still, ignoring all chores, and enjoying the idea that no one needs me. And I am crazy excited about it. ...more

Giving your guy a break

My husband is a good family man. He takes excellent care of me and our son, and he participates in lots of family activities with us - even when they are no fun for adults. He is the kindest and best of men. ...more

The Right and Wrong Ways to Request Time Off This Holiday Season

It's officially December, and that means family vacations, extended holiday celebrations, and, of course, getting the annual flu shot are in our midst. With all of the fun and festivities of the season, it's also the time of year where making up a schedule also requires checking it twice and then remaking it once more, to accommodate everyone asking for time off (regardless of whether they've been naughty or nice)....more

Do You Give Yourself Enough Time & Space?

You promised yourself that you’d leave the office at a sane time for the upcoming weekend or that long-awaited vacation, but do you?  Or do you try to do “just one more thing”? Sound familiar? You decided to be your own boss because you wanted freedom and flexibility. But, are you giving it to yourself? ...more
It actually depends on what type of business that you are in. I have had multiple businesses ...more

Do Working Parents Deserve First Choice on Shifts?

Working parents have a lot to juggle. So does everyone else. The question at hand is: Do working parents deserve to have first choice and priority in choosing work shifts and receiving work flexibility? According to a Canadian Court, employers are obliged to accommodate employee's child-care requests and needs. The Globe and Mail reports: ...more
I worked in a grocery store for almost 20 years, and every year I was expected to close ...more

5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Vacation!

My work has been done, my voice mail message changed, my e-mail auto-responder set, and my laptop powered down and clicked shut. My home office is now closed for business until August 7th, and I am on a break! ...more
 @victorias_view Thank you so much! :)more

Find Your Rhythm

Being self-employed is a distance run, not a sprint.  It doesn’t “end”.  Therefore the habits you put into place at the start of your business need to be sustainable.  Some might say achieving balance is impossible, and they are right. But, not in the way you think they are… I believe balance is an elusive and unattainable goal.  More stress is created in people today because of their quest to achieve balance than in simply creating a rhythm to life that works for you regardless of whether that meets some nebulous balance criteria. ...more
Would be interested to have an update on your quest for finding your rhythm and invite you to ...more

Taking Work on Your Vacation This Summer?

Our family just got home from a peaceful week in a tent, at the edge of Yosemite. For one exciting, very wet day, thunder and lightening crashed around us. The rest of our vacation was sunny days by the river, swimming, fishing, and eating popsicles. I even read a whole Aimee Bender novel! The absolute best part of the trip was all the focused outdoor time with our kids. The second best part was that we had no cell phone reception. ...more

Love it Amanda. Listen to those whispers from deep in the marrow. Your intuition is wise... and ...more

Time for a baby-making break

Another negative pregnancy test result today....The worst part, perhaps, is that since I'm taking progesterone, my body feels pregnant for the time that I'm taking it. On the one hand, it helps me from getting my hopes up; I can blame the changes on the progesterone (like that song...blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol). But on the other hand, having had a miscarriage at 8 weeks, I remember what it feels like to be pregnant. It adds to the rollercoaster and helps ease the dips at the same time....more