(VIDEO) Melinda Gates' Message for BlogHers

I'm thrilled to share with you this video from none other than Melinda Gates, who has a message specifically for BlogHers....more
Thank you Melinda Gates for sharing this important initiative with us. I write about midlife ...more

I Graduated, and It Feels Great

It was instilled in me for years that I was supposed to get my college degree, but my path to this goal was far from typical. This post is part of BlogHer's Goal, Accomplished! editorial series, made possible by Always Infinity. ...more
I am so happy for you and we can be our own worst enemy. Only you could decide and achieve what ...more

If My Boss Hadn’t Been a Single Mom, I Would Be Toast

I have one full-time job, two kids, zero husbands, and no child support. This post is part of BlogHer's Women @ Work editorial series, made possible by AFL-CIO. ...more
Your boss is an angel in disguise. Stay encouraged.more

Reporter Helen Thomas Paved the Way

She was a fixture. She sat in the center seat of the front row. She usually asked the first question and then closed the press conference with the simple phrase, “Thank you, Mr. President.”...more

My New York Internship: The Job That Was Not a Job

I was making, roughly, $70 a night as a waitress. Two hundred dollars sounded amazing. This sounded like a golden opportunity hovering in the air, just waiting for me to seize it. ... Part of the Women @ Work series, sponsored by AFL-CIO. ...more
If only you could share their real details so that others could avoid the same fate!more

No Insurance, No Paid Sick Leave: A New Life at What Cost?

"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" may come in most handily in romance, but it works for health insurance, too. This post is part of BlogHer's Women @ Work editorial series made possible by AFL-CIO. ...more
I find myself in a similar situation only I didn't quit my job.  One day like any normal nurse ...more

Let's Talk About Careers, Mothering, & the Struggle for Balance

I am a stay-at-home mom who writes a little on the side. My younger son Sachin will be in kindergarten in the fall, and then my stay-at-home gig will be much less interesting (or much MORE interesting? Is this the time to get a cabana boy?). ...more
I was just writing about some of my related struggles but not in a blog post yet...I was ...more

5 Tips for Recovering From Perfectionism

As I headed to Albany, New York, last week to film a 90-minute public television special as well as six hours of additional DVD content that would be included as part of the PBS fundraising pledge package, I knew I was walking into a situation that was completely out of my comfort zone. I so wanted to feel like I was going to just nail it on that television set, that I would get it all perfectly right on my first try, that I would wow everyone with my professionalism and TV chops, that everyone would come to me later and say, “Lissa, you’re a natural!”...more
This reminded me of my first boss who really traumatized me! I was 21 and in my first job out of ...more

Blog to Book: Interview with The 52 Weeks

Want to try something new but can't get yourself off the couch? It definitely takes effort to break old patterns and incorporate novelty into life. In 2013, I've tried a week with no gluten, taking my newest cat outside on a leash, reorganizing my kitchen and using my crockpot more often. I talked to blogger-turned-author Karen Amster-Young, who decided to try one new thing a week for a year. She and her co-writer and friend, Pam Godwin, blog at The 52 Weeks. They even turned their idea into a book, which will be out next year from Skyhorse Publishing. Whether you're interested in turning a blog into a book or just want to try something new, check out our conversation....more

I'm a PWM (Proud Working Mom)!

I am a PWM. (That's a Proud Working Mother for all of you out there.) Period. End of sentence. It may come as shock for some but there is no, "...but if I could afford it, I'd stay home." That's it. A PWM. Let that sink in. And you know what else? Even if I could afford it I wouldn't stay home with my kids. There! I said it! No guilt, no shame, just the truth. ...more
I want a t-shirt with this on it!more