Staying Grounded in the Face of Big Clients or Big Money

Do you feel intimidated in the face of powerful clients or big money? Have you ever changed your policies or compromised your mode of operation to accommodate a client or employer because they were affluent or yielded power? If you have, you've sold yourself short because of a hidden (or sometimes not so hidden) intimidation factor that happens when you stand in the face of a seemingly powerful force. ...more

As I learned from my parents -- we all put our pants on one leg at a time.  So early on ...more

Finding My Way In An Economic Downturn

By Guest Blogger, Tamara Arbeiter I was recently laid off from my job. The Record of Employment I just received in the mail stated “Economic reasons” for my departure.  As company policy goes, I was asked to leave immediately.  Comforted only by the fact that a handful of very senior executives were also laid off that day, I packed up my desk, grabbed my kids’ photos and artwork and left, without time for goodbyes....more

Tamara, one of the best things about being a woman who has had a successful career and who ...more

Charity: Do Your Gifts Make Recipients Feel Loved or Judged?

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Just because it is that time of year again...!

Now that it is almost December and our bellies are stuffed with turkey and, well, stuffing, I thought it would be a good time to review the year and reflect....and, drumroll please...make resolutions. Yes, I know they are cliche, but I'd rather reflect on this year and look on ways to improve my life. How better to do that than by resolutions?This is going to be broken down into a small series, to be updated every week until January. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to leave comments! xoxo ...more

Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day: Which Do You Choose?

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, kicks off the traditional holiday retail season. Stores and malls are focused on attracting shoppers with extensive “bust-the-doors” sales that offer dramatically discounted products, especially toys and electronics. Major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Toys R Us all offer significant bargains to customers who line up the night before to  run in stores at the crack of dawn (stores open their doors as early as 4 AM)....more

I'm against the mass consumerism that Black Friday represents.  Here's what we did ...more