5 Tips for Career Success

Five Career LessonsWhen I think about my career, five moments stand out as game changers. I never forgot the valuable lessons I learned and how each one taught me a way to manage to stay away from a career meltdown.

1) Avoid cardiac arrest with a side order of divorce
One of my first corporate jobs was at a start-up. It just went IPO, but still operated in start-up mode. People worked 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends. The perks of Silicon Valley companies come with strings attached. Don’t let the free food and dry cleaning fool you.  Continue reading

5 Ways Stay-at-Home Dads Are Changing the World

Stay-home Dads RockWhen we lived in Silicon Valley, we did what a lot of what Silicon Valley parents do. We had the double income, two mortgages and two car payments. We also had two kids with two childcare bills. The American Dream, right?

We struggled. We were miserable and knew it wasn’t for us anymore. It was hard to let go because we were both born and raised in San Jose, before the term “Silicon Valley” became so popular. We wanted something different from the norm and California was too expensive to raise our kids on our terms. It took us a few years to decide to relocate. We relocated to Arizona before we had kids and then moved back to the Bay Area. After we had kids, we realized we couldn’t make it work there and the costs were a constant struggle. Continue reading

5 Ways to Live Your Dreams without the Fluff

Live-Your-DreamsAre you a dreamer, but already grown up? I remember being a kid and dreaming about becoming a championship horseback rider. I also wanted to ride skateboards for a living. I could do a mean 180 back in the day. I was a fearless dreamer.

I also became one of those young adults who didn’t know what I wanted to do. I went to college and obtained my communication degree. Yes, that’s communication not communications. There’s a difference. And then I fell into marketing and stuck around ever since. Continue reading

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning Mom

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning MomDid you know that moms are the sole or primary breadwinner in four out of 10 households with children? According to the Pew Research Center, women make up almost half (47%) of the U.S. labor force today, and the employment rate of married mothers with children has increased from 37% in 1968 to 65% in 2011.

The role of women in the workplace and home is constantly changing and the old tradition of mom stays home is being challenged economically and socially every day. Continue reading

Your Conference Survival Kit

Your Conference Survival KitDo you attend conferences and events as part of the job? I went to the Digital Summit in Scottsdale, AZ for the second year in a row. It’s a great event for digital marketers or any type of marketer.

I went for a day and drove to the event. Some of the people I met flew in from other states and had much longer travel time than I did.

One thing is for sure, I rarely head out to an event without these items.

 

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Lean In… You won’t fall over

Book Review: Lean In by Sheryl SandbergOn the heels of the Yahoo! work from home ban by Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In was met with a hefty amount of backlash. In just under a month, gender roles and flexibility in the workplace came to the forefront. Debates flared and blogger keyboards burned up!

My first reaction to the book title was similar to most. The reality of leaning in more could certainly mean I’d fall over and hard. Who wants to lean in when you are already maxed out, right? Not the intended meaning of the title though. I started reading with both excitement and an open mind. Continue reading

My Corporate Skin

I’ve been in the corporate world for many years. I have worked at a couple of large corporations with very recognizable names and a handful of small firms.

The interpersonal interactions in both large and small companies have always been fascinating to me. Now that I have little ones, I can see how easily comparable it is to kids playing in a sandbox.

Sometimes kiddies behave for the greater good, like building a sand castle all together. And others may have a different plan that doesn’t involve all that much teamwork and includes throwing a lot of sand.

So when I completed a fairly large project and another manager received the credit for this accomplishment (and gladly took it), I was forced to take a moment to pause before I reacted with a temper tantrum as a 3 year old would do in the “sandbox.” Continue reading

Manic Monday

What is it about a Monday? You can have everything prepared by Sunday night, but for some reason, the Monday morning drill of chaos rears its ugly head. This morning made me think of that song “Manic Monday” by the Bangles. I know I’m showing my age with the mention of that 80s hit. Either way, this morning ended with a list of mishaps for this working mom.

I squeezed in a work-out before the crack of dawn. I was up at 4:00 am with my little boo (a.k.a. the little teether). My hubby helped with the baby so I could get the work-out done and start lunches. Before long it was 6:45 am and everyone was still asleep. Now we were running late!

 

I kicked it into gear and got the kiddies dressed. I got breakfast for my little guy. I was running around trying to get everything and everyone ready for the day. Hubby was done getting dressed and we were about to head out the door when I realized we had a stinky pants situation.

Isn’t that always the case when you are ready to leave the house? This mess couldn’t wait. So back in the house we go. Once little boo was cleaned up, we headed back out the door. Little guy and hubby in the truck. Little boo and mommy in the car. Off we went…

My “Manic Monday” was not over yet. I pulled up to little boo’s daycare and felt panic move over me. I was still in my slippers! I frantically looked around the car and found my shoes on the floor under the front seat. Whew! Dropped off little boo and headed out for my commute.

I looked down at the gas gauge and saw that I was on 1/8 of a tank. Great. With my commute, I would never make it on that amount of gas. So I gassed up and had 15 minutes to get through my 30 minute commute. Yep, I was going to be late (again).

I was driving along and thought it was a good time to put on lip gloss. I realized I hadn’t brushed my teeth. Gross! Now I was focused on getting to work as fast as possible so I could make a B-line to the bathroom and brush my pearly whites. Still gross, I know.

I was cruising along and then traffic came to a dead stop. Lane closure. Really, how could all of this happen in the same morning? I thought you might wonder that! I actually thought the same thing to myself and then I started laughing out loud. The poop, the slippers, the gas, the teeth and now traffic! Did I mention I had an 8:30am meeting to attend as well?

Traffic started rolling and I made it to work finally. I was late but with 5 minutes to spare before my meeting. I brushed my teeth right before it started. Lucky for my co-workers!

My silver lining was that I remembered to grab the yummy lunch I made for today. On a morning like this one, it was entirely possible the lunch would have been sitting in the fridge at home… I was very pleased that it wasn’t!

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