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I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

Self Care For Beginners - 4 Easy Suggestions

In my 20s and 30s I used to brag about my invincibility. I would go non-stop and blithely pronounce to anyone who would listen that I intended to “sleep when I’m dead.” I know, I know. I was young and naive. The fact of the matter was that I rarely, if ever, took care of myself. I was always focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations I had of myself. I had a family to take care of! Dreams to achieve! Things to conquer! My high tolerance for discomfort meant I juggled all the balls I had in the air—but at…

Why I Walked Away From A Job I Loved

  If I could pick one word to sum up the last six months of my life it would be CHANGE. So. Much. Change. Honestly, when I think back on what I was doing six months ago I hardly recognize myself. Everything is different. Lifemageddon happened. Priorities shifted. Because of this, I knew something major had to happen. And it happened in the form of a new job opportunity. A job opportunity that quite literally fell into my lap. Mind you, I had a job that I loved with people I considered family. And that, my friends, was the problem. As much…

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As a working mom, shopping is a luxury. I love shopping, don’t get me wrong, but window shopping and shopping for pleasure are not something I’ve had the luxury to enjoy for quite some time now. Because CHILDREN. And WORK. And NO KIND OF FREE TIME WHATSOEVER. But this weekend I’m breaking protocol (thanks, family!) and spending some quality time at Queenstown Premium Outlets in Queenstown, Maryland. I’ve spent the last year of my life using and reusing the same work wardrobe and frankly, it’s time I added some pop to my otherwise predictable ensemble. How this working mom gets herself ready for outlet shopping days……

The ladies of Pursuit of it All

FINALLY the secret is out! I’m so excited to let you in on a littleproject that I’ve been working on with a few of my close friends for the past few months. It’s called Pursuit of it Alland it is a brand new online destination! This projectcame about in a way that all good things do: friends sitting around talking about what theylove over coffee. And because the “friends” in question happened to be bloggers and who are slightly obsessed aboutsharing happiness with others, we quickly decidedwe needed our own online space together. Pursuit of it All is about ALL…

We interrupt our normal blogging schedule to bring you this interesting experience… When you write a blog you have to prepare yourself for the unexpected. In sharing your innermost thoughts with a worldwide audience, you basically open yourself up to anything and everything – criticism, scrutiny, judgment and the possibility of random awesomeness.  I love it when the latter happens. So the other day I was sifting through my email when I happened upon an interview request from Australia. Yeah. THAT Australia. A producer from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was emailing to see if I would be available for a live radio interview to talk about blogging.…

amp your energy

It’s 3:30pm. You’re sitting at your desk. You’ve not moved for two full hours and yet, you suddenly find yourself EXHAUSTED. Recognize the scenario? Of course you do. Fighting fatigue at the office is a battle we all face. When your energy level falls into the red zone, you probably reach out for the quick fix: caffeine. (A recent USDA report reveals that women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, daily consumption leaps to 225 milligrams. Whoa! That can’t be healthy.) Now as fond as I am of a caffeine boost,…

No clothes

I was recently talking with some male colleagues and during the course of the conversation it was revealed that they are more successful at being a woman than I am. Well, maybe not being a woman, exactly, but certainly in investing in themselves. (We’re talking custom tailored shirts, countless shoe options and tremendous watch collections.) When it comes to fashion, they have absolutely no trouble spending money on themselves. Wait, what?! Custom tailored shirts? Boxes of  shoes? Multiple watch styles? OOPH. It’s just not right. When it comes to wardrobe, I’ve always been the kind of gal that just gets by. I…

DAY OFF

I literally winced submitting my PTO request. It is mid-November and have a ridiculous number of vacation days left to take before year’s end. I am an idiot. One might think that oodles of PTO would be a welcome bit of news, but I’m here to tell you that in my world, it is definitely not. All of my adult life (since having kids, anyway) I’ve hoarded my personal time off just in case something happened to the kiddos. Kids have a way of breaking bones, breeding germs and basically tossing your well laid plans aside. When November hits, I breathe a sign of…

Writing

My men have fled the house in pursuit of a testosterone-fueled sporting event leaving me all alone. At the moment I could be doing anything. Literally ANYTHING  at all. My options are wide open – dinner with a friend, manicure and pedicure or seeing a movie with my very own bag of popcorn. I have six hours of “me” time to play with. Six. Freaking. Hours. In mom time that translates into ETERNITY. I’m a planner by nature so when I found out about this impending opportunity I considered my options carefully.  (Decisions, decisions, decisions…) In the end I decided…