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
You decided to have kids. Bed. Made. Lie.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
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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
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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

Home for the Holidays

Oh, the holidays! Fa la la la la. Such fun, so festive, a time of celebration! Or, as it’s known in my world, HOLY SHIT ARE THERE REALLY ONLY 10 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS???????  The fact that the past year has been a complete blur isn’t really surprising to me. However, the fact that we’re 18 days away from the New Year is shocking. Where has all the time gone? And now it’s the holidays! Do I have a tree? Nope. Gifts purchased? About 5 percent of what I need to get. Holiday plans? Not-a-one, unless “sleep until noon every day” counts. ...more

I think the kid pulled a bluff

Kids are right tinkers they are. At lunchtime today my phone started ringing. I picked up the handset, "Hello?" "Hi, it's Miss Chambers here - Izzy's teacher at school," said the voice at the other end. "Oh hello, what can I do for you?" I asked. "Izzy isn't feeling very well and I was wondering whether you could come and collect her?" asked Miss Chambers. "Yes of course, I can," I replied, before adding, "what's wrong with her?" "I am not entirely sure to be honest, I think she might just be feeling a bit delicate." ...more