3 Easy Steps to Getting Our Work Done When Our Kids Are Home for the Summer

3 Easy Steps to Getting Our Work Done When Our Kids Are Home for the Summer

Whether you are starting your business from scratch, working from home as a freelancer, or have a traditional, full-time job outside the home, there is one thing we all have in common – when the kids are home from school for the summer, we suddenly have much more on our plate to manage.

I have a dear friend who is an Executive Director of Meetings and Events for a national organization and she is one of the hardest working people I know. Not one of the hardest working moms – one of the hardest working people. We often comment to each other that we don’t know how the other one does it. And we always say it with love and affection.

A Man I Barely Knew Just Died & I Don’t Know Why I’m so Sad

A Man I Barely Knew Just Died & I Don’t Know Why I’m so Sad

Yesterday, I found out that a man I barely knew died unexpectedly the night before. I am still feeling sad about it today—but I’m not sure why, since I didn’t even know him.

This young man was a friendly, scruffy-looking retail clerk at a small store in my town, and all I know about him is that he had just turned 25 years old, and that he was going to get married next month. I also know that he had just gotten his first tattoo. He was so proud of it and eager to show me the last time I saw him.

Maroon 5 Is Showcasing Women Activists in Their New Video—And It Is Powerful

Maroon 5 Is Showcasing Women Activists in Their New Video—And It Is Powerful

Maroon 5 released their latest single, “Girls Like You” this week and it was just what I needed in this #MeToo era—especially in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s arrest and the new allegations against actor, Morgan Freeman.

Full disclosure—I am a fan of Maroon 5 and might even have a somewhat ridiculous crush on Adam Levine, so I already knew and loved this song. However, I have never been one to ever really watch music videos.

But this one is worth watching.

Career Coaching Ourselves When It’s Time to Consider Plan B – or C and D

Career Coaching Ourselves When It’s Time to Consider Plan B – or C and D

What do you do when Plan A isn’t working out the way you expected it to – or even hoped it would? Go on to Plan B, right? But what if Plan B isn’t working out the way you’d hoped either?

What if all those side hustles you’ve been gathering while you work on the big dream aren’t quite bringing in the income you need to pay the bills? But at this point in your life, you’ve figured out what you love doing – and can’t imagine doing anything else?

The Downside of Figuring out What You Love to Do for Work

The Downside of Figuring out What You Love to Do for Work

A young friend of mine just contacted me to let me know that he received two jobs offers before he has even graduated from college — and he picked the one that is what he really wants to do for work instead of the one that everyone thinks he’d be great at.

I am so, so happy for him for working as hard as he has to get to this point – and for going with his heart in making the decision. And I also want to warn him – there is a downside to doing what you love for work.

3 TED Talks About Modern Masculinity & Why We Need to Redefine It

3 TED Talks About Modern Masculinity & Why We Need to Redefine It

Modern masculinity is a topic that is impacting our society and our world on a daily basis.

From the #MeToo movement, to the heart-breaking shootings that we experience every day in America, to the language that we are using to have conversations about masculinity—many are feeling that men are under attack and that masculinity needs to be redefined.

When the #MeToo movement happened, I wanted to hear from men about it. I wanted them to get curious, ask questions about what we’ve experienced as women, and then ask themselves what they could do better in their own life. And I expect nothing less from myself when it comes to the topic of modern masculinity.

Pope Francis & President Obama Speak out in Support of Our Young Leaders—Who Will Not Be Silenced

Pope Francis & President Obama Speak out in Support of Our Young Leaders—Who Will Not Be Silenced

There were so many moving, uplifting, and inspiring speeches given at the March for Our Lives this past Saturday. Many of them moved us all to tears.

And while the leader of our country spent Saturday at his golf course, and as of this writing, has yet to publicly comment on the March for Our Lives—Pope Francis and President Obama praised our young people for speaking out.

5 Co-Working Spaces for Women That I Wish Were in My Town

5 Co-Working Spaces for Women That I Wish Were in My Town

Working for myself has afforded me a lot of freedom. Thank goodness, because if I were to have a personal tagline, it would probably be, “You’re not the boss of me.”

I love the freedom I have to work from anywhere, and control my own schedule – you know, for taking your freshman to physical therapy once a week for her dance injury. Or when the school calls saying they’ve called 911 for your fourth grader. (Crisis averted…he was simply dehydrated. Although mommy’s heart might be in jeopardy now.)

Meaningful Work We Can Do from Home? This Entrepreneur Is Making It Happen—and Saving the Environment at the Same Time

Meaningful Work We Can Do from Home? This Entrepreneur Is Making It Happen—and Saving the Environment at the Same Time

She’s been called the queen of remote work.

And she knows that finding meaningful work that actually fits in with our lives and allows us the flexibility we need on a daily basis can feel almost impossible.

She would also be the first person to tell you that it’s not.

Sara Sutton Fell is the founder and CEO of FlexJobs. And this woman is fierce.

This Is What Sexual Harassment Looks Like

This Is What Sexual Harassment Looks Like

With the ongoing stories of sexual harassment flooding the news and our collective consciousness, there have been a lot of people—men and women alike—wondering what constitutes sexual harassment.

Is it ongoing and predatory and perpetrated only by people in a position of power? Or does it also include less overt behaviors?

Oftentimes, women are facing circumstances that they are shocked are even happening in the first place and aren’t quick to react in the moment, let alone even recognize the behavior for what it truly is. It might not be until later that day or week, when thinking back on the events that occurred that the victim thinks, “Did that really just happen?”

I Drove Myself to the ER this Week & This is why I’m Grateful.

I Drove Myself to the ER this Week & This is why I’m Grateful.

This week could not have been more of a medical mess in our house.

Things automatically get thrown off when you begin a Monday morning with a delayed school start due to snow. By the time I got both kids safely ensconced at their schools, I had just enough to run home and shower before having to pull my daughter back out of school for a physical therapy appointment. She had been having some pain for a while when she danced and we needed to take care of it with competition season coming up.

It’s 2018, Corporate America—Why Aren’t There More Flexible and Remote Work Options?

It’s 2018, Corporate America—Why Aren’t There More Flexible and Remote Work Options?

I am shocked that we still don’t have more flexibility in America in 2018.

Maybe my head has been buried in the sand. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve worked for a company that is so committed to helping people find the flexible jobs they need, that I thought there was more flexibility out there than there really is.

But my experience as someone who is currently looking for that additional side hustle is that there is still a limited amount of flexibility to be had.

I’ve written before about how I would really love to work full time at this point in my life, but I simply can’t within the rigid parameters of a 9-5 workweek. Two kids at two different schools with no busing means I just don’t have enough time that fits within the confines of a super-structured day.

Okay, Men—Why the Deafening Silence on Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Movement?

Okay, Men—Why the Deafening Silence on Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Movement?

First, I want to say that I am genuinely curious. I am asking this question from only the most loving and open-minded place. I am not accusing anyone of anything, and I honestly don’t want anyone to feel defensive.

I am simply fascinated by the complete and utter radio silence from the vast majority of men when it comes to the ongoing sexual harassment stories we are hearing about in the media.

And I want to understand.

Awakened Soul, Being A Lost, Hot Mess Is Better Than Being Comfortably Numb

Awakened Soul, Being A Lost, Hot Mess Is Better Than Being Comfortably Numb

There are days when I just feel lost.

Okay, if I’m really being honest, it’s most days.

I walk around as if in a haze, almost always subconsciously thinking about how lost I am. And then in the next moment, I think, how is that even possible?

How is it possible that a 48-year-old suburban mom of two, with a degree and a home and a minivan and a dinky devil dog can feel this way?

I’ll tell you how…

It’s Not You — It’s Me. I Promise.

It’s Not You — It’s Me. I Promise.

Sometimes I think it would be easier if I didn’t look like a middle-aged mom from suburbia.

Don’t get me wrong — that’s exactly what I am. And I am proud to be me.

But sometimes I think it would be easier if I looked a little more unusual. At least as unusual as I feel on the inside.