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This month felt simultaneously like it flew by and was the longest month ever. Maybe it was coming off the holidays and extra days off of work in December, but I’m finally finding my groove in the new year. Read on for some useful information and good vibes from every corner of the web. [ 334 more words ]

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This month felt simultaneously like it flew by and was the longest month ever. Maybe it was coming off the holidays and extra days off of work in December, but I’m finally finding my groove in the new year. Read on for some useful information and good vibes from every corner of the web. Live …
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When I decided to start this blog, it was because I found very few resources online for a working mom. It felt like there weren’t that many working moms out there sharing their experiences (most likely because no working mom has much time to build and maintain a blog). One of the greatest outcomes of putting myself out there has been finding other working women that really are sharing their experiences out there. [ 1,061 more word ]

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When I decided to start this blog, it was because I found very few resources online for a working mom. It felt like there weren’t that many working moms out there sharing their experiences (most likely because no working mom has much time to build and maintain a blog). One of the greatest outcomes...
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It’s hard enough to keep up with the needs and desires of employees, and when you’re trying to attract and retain top talent, you want to be able to offer them the world. But if you are in an old school corporate culture, how do you convince employees to come--and stay--when other companies and industries are offering a slew of amenities and perks that you can’t? [ 487 more words ]

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It’s hard enough to keep up with the needs and desires of employees, and when you’re trying to attract and retain top talent, you want to be able to offer them the world. But if you are in an old school corporate culture, how do you convince employees to come–and stay–when other companies an...
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I'm lucky enough to call Kristine a friend, mentor, and colleague. Only a few years my senior, Kristine has achieved so much in her career and is still very much on an upward trajectory. As a working mom, she somehow manages to be present in a high-stress, high-visibility career as well as in her three children's busy lives. Read on for some seriously useful advice on managing parenting and a career. [ 2,205 more words ]

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I’m lucky enough to call Kristine a friend, mentor, and colleague. Only a few years my senior, Kristine has achieved so much in her career and is still very much on an upward trajectory. As a working mom, she somehow manages to be present in a high-stress, high-visibility career as well as in her ...
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Business planning optimizes success by requiring you to analyze the potential successes of and obstacles to your business goals. A business plan is typically used at the start-up of a business and to apply for loans, but it is also very useful when running a business to organize for growth and development. As the Small Business Administration notes, business plans should be a "work in progress." [ 546 more words ]

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Business planning optimizes success by requiring you to analyze the potential successes of and obstacles to your business goals. A business plan is typically used at the start-up of a business and to apply for loans, but it is also very useful when running a business to organize for growth and devel...
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When I was younger, I wanted to sell my parents on the idea of buying me a new car. I created a PowerPoint presentation, complete with financial details (cost of existing car vs. the one I wanted), vehicle comparisons (safety features, gas mileage) and an analysis of what’s in it for them (lower payments due to leasing new car and a commitment to taking over car payments after one year). [ 932 more words ]

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When I was younger, I wanted to sell my parents on the idea of buying me a new car. I created a PowerPoint presentation, complete with financial details (cost of existing car vs. the one I wanted), vehicle comparisons (safety features, gas mileage) and an analysis of what’s in it for them (lower pay...
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I’ve talked about how important it is for me to give of my time, but it’s also important for our family that we give money to causes that are important to us. As the year quickly comes to a close, we took a look at what we’ve donated this year and wanted to execute on donating some more earmarked money before the new year. [ 780 more words ]

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I’ve talked about how important it is for me to give of my time, but it’s also important for our family that we give money to causes that are important to us. As the year quickly comes to a close, we took a look at what we’ve donated this year and wanted to execute on …
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I was fortunate to meet Ria about ten years ago through family. I had an immediate girl crush on her. She’s bright, spunky, energetic, has a heart of gold, and seems to really know her way around this whole parenting thing. In a world, and particularly in a county, where we see more and more entitlement, selfishness, and meanness, she and her husband somehow are raising the most incredible, driven, gentle, loving, and respectful children. [ 1,073 more word ]

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I was fortunate to meet Ria about ten years ago through family. I had an immediate girl crush on her. She’s bright, spunky, energetic, has a heart of gold, and seems to really know her way around this whole parenting thing. In a world, and particularly in a county, where we see more and more …
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I initially planned to write about how I’ve gotten away with throwing away all my kids’ crappy artwork by taking photos of them and turning them into photo books. And I have, in fact, done that. But every mom blogger out there is talking about this idea. It’s not a novel one. Instead, when I was organizing my photos and making sure they were… [ 322 more words ]

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I initially planned to write about how I’ve gotten away with throwing away all my kids’ crappy artwork by taking photos of them and turning them into photo books. And I have, in fact, done that. But every mom blogger out there is talking about this idea. It’s not a novel one. Instead, when I …
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This month has flown by and I can't believe the holidays are fast approaching. After taking three trips in August and September, this month was about schedules, organizing, and making plans for the upcoming new year. Check out some of the intriguing and inspiring content from around the web this month that is satisfying my inner #girlboss, my wanderlust, and hitting on that mom life. [ 481 more words ]

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This month has flown by and I can’t believe the holidays are fast approaching. After taking three trips in August and September, this month was about schedules, organizing, and making plans for the upcoming new year. Check out some of the intriguing and inspiring content from around the web this mon...
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We can’t always afford the time or the money to take a weeklong vacation with the family. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t utilize our time off. Historically, I always felt like I should just stock up on PTO if I’m not doing anything fun. But that’s a bad idea for two reasons: first, many companies, mine included, max out PTO and you stop accruing it if you don’t take it; second, the burnout struggle is real if you never take a day off. [ 1,068 more word ]

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We can’t always afford the time or the money to take a weeklong vacation with the family. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t utilize our time off. Historically, I always felt like I should just stock up on PTO if I’m not doing anything fun. But that’s a bad idea for two reasons: first, many …
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Plenty of people start businesses that aren’t right for institutional investment but require additional funding to get to the next level. Angel investors are a great resource in that scenario. An angel investor, by definition, is a person who invests his or her own money into an entrepreneurial company. The term “angel” was originally used to describe investors in Broadway shows, but has since been expanded to general business. [ 554 more words ]

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Plenty of people start businesses that aren’t right for institutional investment but require additional funding to get to the next level. Angel investors are a great resource in that scenario. An angel investor, by definition, is a person who invests his or her own money into an entrepreneurial comp...
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I’m an old Millenial, but I’m a Millenial nonetheless, so please spare me the eye roll when I talk about passion at work. As a rule, logic dominates my thought processes, so I never expected to find a day job that was a “dream job.” (Those expectations died with my dreams, in chronological order, of being an Olympic gymnast, an actress, and a sports broadcaster.) Still, as I’ve moved forward, backward, and sideways in my career, I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that despite my general contentment in my work these days, I’m not “feeding my soul,” as one colleague put it. [ 506 more words ]

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I’m an old Millenial, but I’m a Millenial nonetheless, so please spare me the eye roll when I talk about passion at work. As a rule, logic dominates my thought processes, so I never expected to find a day job that was a “dream job.” (Those expectations died with my dreams, in chronological order, of...
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One of the realities of life is that bad things happen. With any luck, we can avoid these scenarios as much as possible. However, someone in your life will certainly experience unfortunate events, and it’s in these difficult times where we can shine the most as friends. [ 612 more words ]

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One of the realities of life is that bad things happen. With any luck, we can avoid these scenarios as much as possible. However, someone in your life will certainly experience unfortunate events, and it’s in these difficult times where we can shine the most as friends. Divorce Everyone knows someon...
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I had been feeling a little defeated lately about having no energy and being out of shape. I’ve been thinking about it for months. So naturally, I waited until the very end of summer to decide I was going to challenge myself to follow a workout plan. I even planned to do it in August and then pushed it back thinking… [ 613 more words ]

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I had been feeling a little defeated lately about having no energy and being out of shape. I’ve been thinking about it for months. So naturally, I waited until the very end of summer to decide I was going to challenge myself to follow a workout plan. I even planned to do it in August …
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True story: I am the least crafty person on the planet. Okay, well, maybe not, but I definitely rank in the lower-than-average realm. I am not a creative person and spending what little free time I have doing arts and crafts does not sound appealing. Nor does the post-craft cleanup. But we can’t spend every weekend day at the park or out somewhere, and I know that a little variety is good for my kids’ development and imagination. [ 819 more words ]

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True story: I am the least crafty person on the planet. Okay, well, maybe not, but I definitely rank in the lower-than-average realm. I am not a creative person and spending what little free time I have doing arts and crafts does not sound appealing. Nor does the post-craft cleanup. But we can’t spe...
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This month I spent a lot of time digging into where I am in my career, where I want to be, and how my dual role as mother and career woman affects that path. Accordingly, a lot of these articles that spoke to me have to do with work or career and how it shapes all aspects of my life. Let’s just say this month’s good vibes from around the web is one in pursuit of work-life balance. [ 341 more words ]

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This month I spent a lot of time digging into where I am in my career, where I want to be, and how my dual role as mother and career woman affects that path. Accordingly, a lot of these articles that spoke to me have to do with work or career and how it shapes …
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