Making Time for My Husband

Sometime this morning, my husband and I will sit down at our kitchen table with two copies of our Microsoft Outlook calendars and hold a strategic planning session. Although we work together in our business, we will not be talking about client meetings, project reviews, or our business plan – we’ll be planning out who will do what (and when and where we’ll do it) over the weekend. Over the course of the last year, we’ve developed a very business-like approach to our personal lives....more

Discipline...and why I lack it!

Hello audience (or lack thereof!). It’s been a long time since I’ve written to you. You see, my job has kept me very busy and when I’m not working, I’m trying really hard to hold it together as a wife and mom and at least appear to the outside world as though I’m on top of my game. Yes, life is busy…and then came the holidays and it got even busier. Christmas card writing, present buying (and wrapping! and hiding!), party hosting, party going, baking, drinking too much, eating too much….yikes!...more

the Internal Struggle of a Working Mom   To Work, Or Not to Work...That is the Question...more

This is very much like my situation. It took me a while to get over my job being such a part of ...more

True Confessions of an Extreme Outsourcer

This morning while walking my dog, making coffee and heading to my front porch to write, I also finished these tasks: invoiced two clients for consulting work, compiled web research onto an Excel pivot table, entered a stack of random travel receipts into a database, shopped for vegetables for a stirfry and folded three loads of laundry. Even though I avoid laundry at all costs and I don't even know how to make a pivot table. ...more

You are kind of blowing my mind right now. I really want to do this . . . but I can never seem ...more

Motherhood Later

Until kids, I did everything ahead of schedule. Married at 22. Started trying to have a family at 26, with the goal of having 2 mini-me's by age 30. Type A, much? Things didn't turn out exactly the way I planned. Motherhood Later...Than Sooner, a vibrant, worldwide organization dedicated to connecting *ahem* mature moms with each other, wanted to know my story. And asked 27 thought-provoking questions that made me stop, reflect, and give thanks for all life has brought me. I am thrilled to be the Featured Mom on for the month of January....more

The Importance of the Office Xmas Party

No matter how fun your job is, it can be made miserable with a hostile environment. And no matter how boring your job may be, it can actually be made enjoyable with a positive environment. At my new place of work – a tiny start up called Memonic, a challenging job is made far more pleasant just by a few daily, weekly and monthly practices – which really make a difference, and which I wanted to share. 1. Be Nice...more

'What superpower would you choose?' 'The ability to not feel tired all the time.'

My church's young adults' small group has a tradition of asking a silly icebreaker question, like "How do you eat your carrots?" or "What genre would your life's movie be?" But sometimes, they do yield some poignant answers. Case in point: last week we asked what superpower each of us would want, and after the usual teleportation/flying/super-strength answers, one woman answered, "I'd like to not be tired all the time."...more

My son had to write a paper in class when he was in elementary school about 'if he could have ...more

Gloria Feldt on Women, Careers and the Power We Possess To Benefit Both

Recently, Brazen Careerist founder, Penelope Trunk, wrote a blog post that unleashed a torrent of diverse and sharply divided opinions about women's career pursuits in comparison with men's in the tech start-up world. After just over two weeks, the post has nearly 500 comments -- and they run the gamut. It a fascinating, infuriating and enlightening thread. But is it empowering? For that, we turn to a New York Times column by Gloria Feldt, "Where Is the Female Steve Jobs?" ...more

Thanks for sharing this aspect, Celina - I agree with you. Visibility and the use of social ...more

Most Powerful Women in Banking

Gee, it’s good to be a woman, particularly in October. Fortune is in the midst of holding its Most Powerful Women Conference in Washington DC. Don’t worry if your name was somehow left off the list or if you simply can’t make it. You can attend from the comfort of your own home while in your pj’s. Today’s the last day, so no time to waste....more

Finding the Time to Shower

I'm not sure how it happened, but in the last few years motherhood and work have taken over to the point that showering has fallen low on the list of priorities. As I sit here and write this, my hair is starting to look stringy and I'm growing a remarkably scratchy layer of leg stubble. This is not an unusual occurance - the stringy hair syndrome is common enough that I've developed a very effective hairstyle for masking it (it involves lots of upside down brushing of the hair and a barrette). How did I get to this point? When did showering become a luxury like pedicures once were?...more