My childhood bullies contacted me on Facebook

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5 Tips on going from work to the playground in style

We all have seen her. She always looks so stylish and put together that it is hard to tell if she is going somewhere amazing or coming back. Her shoes are always fabulous despite the fact that she is running around with her kid. This rare species can usually be found with her young at the playground or school pick-ups and drop-offs....more

Spot a Bad Boss at the Interview Phase

As seen on the Huffington Post: I have a funny story: I’m on my lunch break.Oh, that’s not funny enough for you? You are so demanding.Fine. How about this: I’ve been on this particular lunch break since 2004....more

Do You Know I'm Glad Now That You Fired Me?

As seen on the Huffington Post: “Today will be your last day.”These words randomly emerged from the recesses of my memory the other night....more
Dr Curly Rita Arens My sentiments exactly.more

Where Have All the Cowboys* Gone?

*(or Cowgirls)My industry is facing a tough time.  Our workers are aging out or otherwise retiring from operating.  The work is high risk, mostly outdoors and very active, and therein lies the problem....more
It's funny that you are in a completely different industry than I am (construction vs. financial ...more

Leaving Your Job: Prepared?

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Can You Work From Home After Baby? Yes!

I’ve been working from home long before we had children. I started in 2007 when I opened up my own design company with my husband and set up our home office. There I was, free of the daily commute, Skyping into client conferences instead of physically being there, and usually blissfully getting through the day without having to apply makeup. Work and life felt balanced, and I felt happy....more
Pecked2DeathByChckns Thanks so much! Sounds like a mom who knows!more

Make Your 2015 Rock by Quitting. Yes, Quitting!

Right now you are likely thinking about New Year's resolutions.  But get this:  ...more

The Myth of the Burnt Bridge

As you might know by now, I very recently reached out to my former boss who fired me from my first college internship 14 years ago. And in the most amazing, fortuitous, even weird twist of fate, we are working together again, not in that hierarchical intern/employer relationship, but as colleagues; perhaps even better than our rekindled collegial relationship, we consider each other friends....more

Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more
OH!!  A video all about this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me9yrREXOj4more