Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0

Do you know your strengths? It’s likely you’re not able to use them every day while at the office or home. So many of us move through life without truly tapping into our talents and strengths. Strengths Finder has been around for many years. The first version came out in 2001 and my husband introduced…

5 Tips for Career Success

When 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…

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

When 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…

Book Review: Arianna Huffington’s Thrive

Sometimes we get a wake-up call when we’re running at warp speed for too long. Arianna Huffington’s wake-up call came in the form of a collapse on her bathroom floor. To the public, she had it all money, power and fame. That’s how we define success, right? Huffington was exhausted, lacked sleep and self-care. She was…

Defining Your Success

I came across a quote from Maya Angelou about how she defined success. It was in an article that included the definition of success from millionaires and billionaires. People often equate success with money and power but these people didn’t.

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning Mom

Did 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…

Book Review: Body of Work

Job longevity is becoming more rare these days. An employee staying at a job over 5 to 10 years is almost shocking. It’s not because people are fickle, but industries cycle and positions are cut. As employees, we often get locked into tunnel thinking. Our job title becomes our identity and we can forget that we do so…

Lean In… You won’t fall over

On 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…

Layoff Day

After seven years, I am saying good-bye to my corporate job. Life is supposed to go a certain way right?  Work for a paycheck. Buy the house with the white picketed fence and have the family (2.5 kids to be exact). Earn your retirement. Then, retire.