Practice Retiring

What is a workaholic supposed to do when retirement looms ahead them? This question has plagued me for the past year, when my early retirement date came and went. Many find it very difficult to unde...more

All up in my business...

Day 293 - In business the client is always right. That axiom aside, it is a challenge to meet their needs when expectations are unchecked....more

What is Important About Today?

Sometimes life is stressful. Have you ever been so busy plowing through your long list of tasks and obligations that you have no time to enjoy things?  In times like this, lethargy, resentment, frustration, and even anger creep in....more

Why You Need to Go on Vacation

I went on vacation last week.  For most of you this is probably not a major event, but for me this was a major milestone.  The sad truth is that my husband and I could not remember the last time we had taken a true vacation.  My husband's family lives very far away from us and over the last couple of years, there have been many family events that have required us to travel to them.  So, most of our time off has been used to attend these events and while we love visiting family, it is not the same as a true getaway. ...more

Shifting Gears to Fully Appreciate the Gift of Parenting

Smack in the middle of editing a piece that's due to a client by noon tomorrow, I get the school district robocall to my cell phone telling me my boys are being released early from school due to the snow storm that is becoming heavier than expected.Drat. Just as I was getting into my writing groove....more

When to Take a Nap

 I know when I reach my limits – there is a lot of crying, naps, and wine involved. I reach my limits on a regular basis. About quarterly I need to stop, regroup, reassess, rearrange some part(s) of my life. This is just my nature. I like a mix of orderliness and newness (two things that don’t always jive with one another). When I was a kid I would tear my bedroom apart playing imaginary games.  My bedroom served as a pirate ship, a haunted mansion, a prairie schooner wagon, a classroom, an office, a castle, and my future Grown Up Self’s fabulous mansion....more
J-MOM  Absolutely! I think as moms we often put ourselves last.more

Not “One-Size-Fits-All”; Maternity Leave Isn’t The Same for Every Mom

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, announced that he will take two months of paternity leave. A few months ago Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, announced that after she gives birth to twins she will be taking two weeks of maternity leave - the same amount of time she took with her first child. The news caused mixed reactions and in depth conversation globally because she’s not just a CEO - but a CEO with a uterus....more

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start Working From Home

A while ago, we wrote about tips to get your boss to let you work from home. But working from home isn't always roses and butterflies....more
thistlesandwhistles So glad to hear! Wishing you all the best in your new contract. Exciting and ...more

3 Ways to Acknowledge Yourself On Employee Appreciation Day

First let me say that this is actually my first post since 2015 began and's a timely one. For those of you that don't know, I've been grinding it out in the world of self-publishing in order to launch Say "I Do" In A New York Minute along with the website to support it. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been collecting oodles of thoughts about women in the workplace in the past 90 days....more

There's no such thing as work life balance!

There's no such thing as work life balance.  That's the conclusion that I've come to.  I got married at 26, and joined "Corporate America" that same year.  I was convinced that I wanted to be a career professional, pushing myself to make more money, get promoted as quickly as possible so that I could become a Director or Executive in my company as quickly as possible.  ...more