Ladies, Don’t Take a Seat at the Table. Own the Table.

As women, we’ve been encouraged to proudly and boldly take our seat at the table. But what happens when the door is locked, and we can’t enter the room with the table? What does it say when women take a seat at the table but aren’t given the chance to own that table? What does this say about women? And what does it say about our value?

It says that it’s up to us, as women, to redefine it.

Yes, the work starts with us. We must recognize our own value, set appropriate goals, and fight against policies that treat…


Post-COVID Work: How To Make a Hybrid Approach to WFH Work

The impending return to office has been a point of media attention and employer-employee contention. Understandably so — when COVID-19 availed the conditions for a global experiment, the positives and negatives of at-home working became clear quickly. The initial pride of ‘pulling it off’ led industry giants like JP Morgan and Facebook to announce bullish plans toward full-time remote work, shedding company real estate in the first months of the pandemic. But after eighteen months of trial and error, the answer is becoming more and more clear: there are important benefits to both.

Gaining popularity, the hybrid approach to WFH…


5 Ways to Beat the “Sunday Night Scaries” and Be Happier at Work

Do you experience the “Sunday night scaries,” dreading the thought of Monday morning? Or hit snooze on your alarm so many times you lose count because you don’t want to get out of bed and go to work?

Overwhelmed, overstretched, and just over it, you find yourself caught in a vicious cycle of work sucks.

It’s time for an intervention.

Here are five things you can do to be happier at work. Or at least less grumpy!

Procrastinate.

Why? Procrastination helps you cull your to do list. How often have you looked at your to do list and seen for…


Tips To Remember When Negotiating Your Next Job Offer

In the current bounce-back economy and tight labor market, you are in a great position now more than ever to negotiate your next job offer or promotion. While many of us are hesitant to haggle over an exciting new position, remember you should not be fearful of asking for what you want.

Before we jump into the tips to remember when negotiating your next job offer, it is important to understand why we are afraid of negotiating. In a recent study from Salary.com, 48 percent of people said they are always apprehensive about the negotiation process. Another study from Payscale…


Navigating Your Life as an Empath

The ability to feel empathy is a gift. It allows us to understand and share the emotions of other people, pushing us outside of our own narrow views of the world. Empathy is the root of friendship, trust, collaboration … even love. It’s a feeling of connection that we all know and share.

But being an “empath” is something quite different.

Empaths take the experience of empathy to a whole new level. They are highly attuned to the energy and emotions that swirl around them; energy that may flow from individuals, groups, physical spaces, sometimes even animals or objects. This…


Self-Care: Love Yourself so You Can Love Your Life

You know the feeling too well: you’re worn out. The rope you’re dangling at the end of is frayed and about to snap. But you can’t stop. Your to-do list is longer than the beginnings of that novel you’ve been working on, and every second that ticks by is gone forever. STOP! You’re no good to anyone in this state — not to your boss, your best friends, your family, and most of all yourself. Here are a few tried-and true suggestions from ladies like you and me for taking good care of number one.

SLOW DOWN

Let me share…


Bending Reality: Don't Wait For the How - Do it Now

Are you one of those people who have learned to think outside the box, to color outside the lines? From a very early age, I’ve done that. More often, I’ve challenged reality and authority by trying to erase the boxes and lines that I saw as only impediments to my own journey. I still hold the belief that no one other than me knows how to create my future. At the end of my life, I’m sure someone will play “I Did it My Way.”

With that backdrop, I was delighted to have the opportunity to read “Bending Reality.” Authored…


How I Built A Thriving Online Community -- And Business -- By Doing What I Loved

At 22, right before I was to be married, I was offered an amazing entry level job at the local electric coop. It was the kind of job that offered room to grow and retirement benefits that many people in my small Kentucky town dreamed about. I felt blessed. Over the years of working there, I grew to truly love my workplace and the people there. I was able to move up to some different positions along the way, and I was making a good living in a place that people would have worked for their entire career. But I…


How to Create a Healthy Work-From-Home Space

Working from home (WFH) is here to stay. Whether you love it or hate it, chances are you will be given the option to embrace this trend more often than ever before, as the aftereffects of the pandemic keep teaching us valuable lessons about productivity.

If you expect to continue doing your work from home, it’s high time to create a proper home office. This is a space that you’ll enjoy and that will be a healthy nook to spend your working day in.

Let’s explore some tips.

Divide and Conquer

First, separate your WFH space from your living space


The Mommy bind…again, forever?

One of the two toughest life lessons I ever learned was that motherhood, as a role, is not easily delegated. The other was that bias is at work everywhere, be it class, race, sex or economic situation. It’s hard to admit, but as a young, smart, educated white woman who had doors opened easily due to being young, smart, and educated — I didn’t fully appreciate how those two things would define my career path. Awareness is good, but experience teaches.

It makes me angry that these lessons have to be re-learned over and over again by women today. It…

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