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
@Denise It's all in the implementation :-)  What I find is the only person standing between ... more

Over-Giving: Are You Putting Your Business at Risk?

Lately I've been on a weekly pilgrimage to a local microbrewery to try their new beers and fill my growler. While I'm not a huge beer drinker (more of a wine geek), I like good and interesting brews. I particularly love this brewery for their innovative creations. Their friendliness is a huge boost as well. They are up and coming and growing fast with a loyal following. Recently while I was sipping my samples, the owner was having a conversation with someone who stopped in looking for a donation for an upcoming event and my ears perked up as I overheard some of what was said. ...more
@Kristen Daukas Oh good for you!  I wrote all about that "pick your brain thing"... you might ... more

Over-Giving: Are You Putting Your Business at Risk?

Lately I've been on a weekly pilgrimage to a local microbrewery to try their new beers and fill my growler. While I'm not a huge beer drinker (more of a wine geek), I like good and interesting brews. I particularly love this brewery for their innovative creations. Their friendliness is a huge boost as well. They are up and coming and growing fast with a loyal following. Recently while I was sipping my samples, the owner was having a conversation with someone who stopped in looking for a donation for an upcoming event and my ears perked up as I overheard some of what was said. ...more
@ItsAllRelative The connection is SO important, right?  And you have to choose. I agree with you ... more

(EXCERPT) The Fault in Our Stars

If you haven't had a chance to get your hands on BlogHer Book Club's pick, The Fault in Our Stars, here's an excerpt to get you started. ...more
I literally just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. Like @Rita Arens  I think this ... more

What Yoga Can Teach Type A Types

I love yoga. I’ve been practicing for a long time. I’m not even really sure how long…maybe 8 years? I’m being trained to teach and I’m finishing up my certification in April. So last night, I’m with my husband and another couple. They are dear, dear friends who have been a constant, reliable, supportive part of our lives for 15 years or so. I love them. I just want to say, I love them and I love my husband. I want to put that out there before I really lay into them. ...more
Love this!  I used to be obscenely type A. 11 years of Yoga has shifted that (among other ... more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
@April Byrd You are welcome!! more

Sheryl Sandberg's Most Important Words

"Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported."  Sheryl Sandberg, NPR's Morning Edition, March 11, 2013. ...more
"You can lean in all you want - but if you don't have anything to lean on, you'll just fall ... more

Dear Bicyclists on Curvy Road: Move Over

Editor's Note: A North Carolina driver pens an open letter to all bicyclists - particularly those with "snazzy bright skin tight attire, shades and slick helmets" - and it's a hoot. --Heather...more
I feel called to respond here as well as I did on the original post..   ... as a cyclist and a ... 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
@scargosun Yeah - reasonable solution could be so simple, right?  That's what I am saying! 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
@andils I would love to hear how you feel...it's about conversation, not someone being "right" ... more