"MOM" Is the Show Allison Janney's Been Waiting for Her Whole Career

I was intrigued by the premise -- Faris plays a newly sober single mother, and Janney is her recovering addict mother -- so I welcomed the chance to watch the duo rehearse some (very funny!) scenes and then talk about this unconventional comedy, which premieres tonight. ...more
I wanted to like this but I couldn't make it past the second semen joke. I'll give the second ... more

A Message to My Younger Self: Jump

The summer after my sophomore year at a small Catholic college in Los Angeles, I applied for an internship at NBC in New York City. The craziest thing isn’t that I got the gig, it’s that I got the gig and didn’t go. I was broke, and unlike the characters in “Girls,” didn’t have parents I could fall back on to fund an unpaid internship in Manhattan for the summer. ...more
@bcherkowsky An asute comment. In the long run, I got where I wanted to get, it just took me ... more

My Guilt-Ridden Love Affair with Fresh Direct

I just got a whole organic chicken for $1.99 a pound and didn’t have to lug it home four blocks from Whole Foods. I have organic, local Honeycrisp apples and I didn’t even have to hike to the CSA pick up. I’ve fallen in love with Fresh Direct, the NY-based grocery delivery service that just launched in Philadelphia. I’m saving time, not spending much more money, and getting to browse the market of my dreams from my iPhone. ...more
I've been an online grocery shopping fan since the days of WebVan and Home Grocer (remember ... more

Can Blogging Help You Reinvent Your Career?

It took nearly 18 years before I realized that science just wasn't my passion. I was good at it, I had a bright future in front of me, but every time I took a coveted day off, I found myself wanting more. In fact, what I found myself wanting was to write. So I turned what I wanted to do into a career. ...more
@dontmesswithmama I've always believed that if you follow your passion, the money will come. And ... more

The 500 Blog Posts That Changed My Career

Sometime in June 2010, I pushed the "Publish" button on the 500th post on my blog. Those 500 blog posts changed my life – by helping me reinvent my career. In two and a half years, I went from stay at home mom to full-time journalist and blogger making a lot more than I ever did as a staff writer at a major daily newspaper. And it all happened because I blogged. ...more
@brisher7 The one downside of working on this series is the lack of time I've been able to spend ... more

The 500 Blog Posts That Changed My Career

Sometime in June 2010, I pushed the "Publish" button on the 500th post on my blog. Those 500 blog posts changed my life – by helping me reinvent my career. In two and a half years, I went from stay at home mom to full-time journalist and blogger making a lot more than I ever did as a staff writer at a major daily newspaper. And it all happened because I blogged. ...more
@LWILLROR I went to the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference last year and ... more

The 500 Blog Posts That Changed My Career

Sometime in June 2010, I pushed the "Publish" button on the 500th post on my blog. Those 500 blog posts changed my life – by helping me reinvent my career. In two and a half years, I went from stay at home mom to full-time journalist and blogger making a lot more than I ever did as a staff writer at a major daily newspaper. And it all happened because I blogged. ...more
@transplantednorth Wow, thank so much. As you pointed out, blogging can be the antithesis of ... more

Pursuing an Encore Career as a Teacher

This Week in Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series: changing careers to be a teacher. Watch the video now!...more
@isthisthemiddle Thanks for sharing the details of what sounds like an innovative program. And ... more

4 Steps to Identifying Your True Calling

In my work as an executive coach, clients often ask me about their careers. "What is my next step?" many whisper sheepishly, "and what if it's not what I'm currently doing or where I work now?" We've all heard the trite advice, "Do what makes you happy! Follow your passion!" But how are you supposed to do that? I've observed two prominent career paths that people take trying to figure out how to follow their passion: the path of flattery and the path of loyalty....more
@olisaNAPW Thanks Olisa: it would be nice to know whether NAPW offers any classes, online ... more

Why I Will Not Buy a Keurig Machine

This hardcore coffee lover has resolved not to over-brew anymore, but she certainly won't be indulging in an expensive trendy appliance that produces more plastic waste:...more
I'd have a hard time justifying all that packaging; of course, I buy pound-bags of coffee at the ... more