Is Cleaning Demeaning?

One of my responsibilities at my new job happens to involve cleaning. When I read the job description, I knew it mentioned “light cleaning” but did not exactly know what that consisted of. Having been my own full-time housekeeper since I became a stay-at-home mom almost 14 years ago, I didn’t mind. Sure, it isn’t ideal when I really want to write or edit professionally full-time, but what with my family’s schedule, this temporarily fits the bill....more
DeliberateMom Thanks! I'm much happier when things are clean, so that is a point of pride to ...more

8 Ways to Stay Healthy at a Desk Job

In college, I was an active person. It wasn’t that I worked out a lot or played sports, it was inadvertent, but true. It was roughly a 10-minute walk to my classes from the dorm I lived in, and the house I lived in during my junior and senior years; I typically made that walk several times per day. ...more
I realized finally that sitting at my desk all day was killing me! I'm not the "gym" type of ...more

On Your Mark: The Working Mom's Sprint Triathlon

My husband participated in a sprint triathlon last month. It's really quite remarkable considering the training and skills needed to be able to move from event to event with speed and stamina. It takes thoughtful preparation and great mental and physical endurance. Last year was his first experience, and we learned how important the transitions were; nearly as important as the race itself. If he gets stuck taking off socks, drying feet or removing a wet suit, that could be the difference between first and third place or beating his personal record or not. ...more

Start Your New Year's Resolutions Now With These 10 Tips

Shortly afterwards we're left with 12 months of gym payments, gym clothes at the back of our closet, and a bunch of healthy food we can't pronounce that eventually will get thrown out. It's said that it takes at LEAST 21 days to create a habit, but for some reason we think that we can successful create a New Year's resolution and make all the necessary changes to achieve it overnight. ...more
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5 Reasons Entrepreneurial Freedom is a Complete Lie

When we hear about entrepreneurs and freelancers who cast off the shackles of the 9-5 to follow their dreams of self-employment and creative freedom, we can easily romanticize the idea that these individuals live a life completely free of societal rules. We envy the self-made millionaires living life the way they choose without having to answer to anyone. That to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer is to live a life of complete freedom.It’s all a lie....more
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5 Simple Steps to "Fall Cleaning" Your Mind

For me, fall always feels more like a season of renewal than even New Year's does. And seeing that autumn is the new "hip" time of year, I'm apparently not alone on that stance. Who can say why the past decade or so has generated a sudden manic appreciation for pumpkins, but I'm not going to snub my nose at it. ...more
I enjoyed this post. I regularly "fall clean" my mind but I leave the cobwebs;)  +Grandma Rosemore

Waiting For the Day I Can Be an Artist Again

This post first appeared on Semi-urban Mom. I recently had the pleasure of visiting an art studio with my daughter, who was invited to a birthday party there. It was your typical little storefront art studio: walls crowded with completed works of art, paint splatters on the concrete floors, the smell of tempera and modelling clay in the air. It was enough to make me want to puke. ...more
Even if you can give yourself 10 minutes in a day it is something and the heartache of not ...more

6 Ways To Be A Better Friend When They Need You Most

I've recently had something sort of rotten happen: the man I live with and I are calling it quits. Even worse, we have to live in the same house together for a few more weeks before I can move out. I know everyone's got problems, and most of them are worse than mine. But right now this pretty much feels like the worst thing. I just feel so bad. During times of extreme duress, people tell you to lean on your friends. "Surround yourself with people who love you. Now is where your friends can really come through." Or where they fail you miserably....more
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Why Did Buying Groceries Online Make Me Feel So Guilty?

A few weeks ago, I ordered my groceries online and had them delivered. It felt like an extravagance—a 1 percent kind of luxury that I shouldn't be able to indulge. But a friend of mine, who is a working mom, told me to do it. I balked that it would be more expensive. "It isn't," she insisted. "You can shop the sales, and because you stick to your list, you don't spend as much on impulse buys." The nominal delivery fee was waived if you got up to $100. I always get up to $100, even when I shop at discount stores. So, I tried it. Here's what happened....more
Nope. If you look at it rationally and logically, paying for any service is about the value (in ...more

Why I Don't Feel Safe In Public as an Orthodox Jewish Woman

I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves, and we basically live in our own little bubble. I understand that you don't "get" us, but I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us. ...more
Lately there has been a huge upsurge in antisemitism.....enough to make me more wary and ...more