The Art of Saying No

What does it take to say a simple "No, thank you"? A lot of courage, it would appear. For many people, saying no is a matter of losing out on an opportunity to gain precious approval - even if the person on the other side is a complete stranger. For others, it is a matter of cowering down, because they do not know if they deserve better - or if they can get any better even if they tried. So basically, if we were to break it down into one neat ingredient, this is what goes into the recepie: insecurity. ...more

3 Clues You Were a Bad Intern

Confession: I did something crazy. I wrote a blog post about being fired from my first job as an intern (“6 Reasons I’m Thankful You Fired Me”). But that wasn’t the craziest part of my wild behavior. Because as soon as my declaration was published, I looked up my former boss—yes, that boss—and emailed it to her....more

What Target Canada's Closure Means to Me

To some people the thought of Target Canada conjures up images of bare shelves, very few guests, and prices that just can’t beat Wal-Mart. To me, Target Canada means so much more. When I think of Target Canada, I think of a company that believed in me enough to offer me a career straight out of university. To me, Target Canada means a company that allowed for me to have some of the most memorable experiences of my life, training alongside some of the funniest, kindest people in retail....more

3 Ways to Make Sure You Keep Your Business Resolutions

Even as we're just barely getting through January, business owners everywhere are trying to stick to their New Year's business resolutions- everything from hiring a bigger team, to taking bigger marketing risks. Big or small, sticking to resolutions can be tough. Here are three ways to stick to your goals throughout the entire year. Tell your team....more

Work Life Mom: An Interview with Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs

Let’s talk for a minute about how awesome the Internet is. Last month, when I wrote about the pitfalls of flexible work arrangements, it happened to catch the eye of FlexJob’s PR manager who reached out to me about the post....more
Love this! I'm a big fan of FlexJobs but haven't yet found the right job for me...not giving up ...more

Newspaper Print May Wash Off Your Hands, Never Your Soul

Even though I was only 23, I can still remember everything about walking into the newsroom for the first time and that feeling of actually being a daily news reporter.I had worked for a local weekly suburban newspapers for about a year and made the right friends and connections and had found my way here. Jeez, was I nervous? What if I wasn’t as good of a writer as I thought? What if everyone hated me? Oh, man, what if I whined too much and was the complete girl reporter that everyone despised?But what I didn’t know was I would find a little family in that newsroom. And after hearing recently of the passing of one of my fellow journalists, my mind is flooded with all the memories we had all of those years ago in that small satellite office in Collinsville, Illinois....more

Need a letter of reference? Write your own.

See now, that title is not meant to come across in any sort of sarcastic way. I really mean it: If you need a letter of recommendation, these are the three steps that I suggest you take: ...more

To avoid divorce, stay away from "professional listeners"

Let's take a mental break today....more

vocation communication

Today was one of those days when I feel like I didn't accomplish much at all. I spend most of the day in discussions with what seemed like everyone in my contact list. My face hurt from all of the jawing back and forth. I'm not used to spending so much time talking and feel mentally drained with nothing to show for it. What can be sadder than a person in a tangible vocation without anything tangible? ...more

Living Your Authentic Life Series: Part 2 – Reinventing Yourself

Hello, so much here resonates with me.  I just quit my job to start over- even though I loved my ...more