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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…

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,…

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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…

Hacking the system with podcasts

I’m a busy lady. With two teenagers, a fairly demanding job and (oh yeah!) a life to enjoy, I am always on the lookout for ways to hack the system. That being said, I believe that when you stop learning, you stop growing. Period. So how to continue learning without spending all of my free time in a classroom? PODCASTS. Now, I’ve written about this before and since that time, I’ve found a few new favorites so if you’re looking for some new ideas (or have never explored the world of podcasts) the following are a few to try: Stuff You…

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Melissa Case, the voice behind Honeybee Consulting (a boutique copy writing firm based in picturesque Annapolis, Maryland), is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park (Go Terps!), with a degree in English Literature. After a long tenure in PR with a firm in Bethesda, Maryland, she worked for several years doing freelance writing of all kinds for customers in the fields of Real Estate, Video Game Technology, Theatre and many others. Now, she crafts creative copy for customers all over the country, as well as help to plan their digital marketing strategies, and engages their customers in…

Laura Wallace

Laura Wallace is the Owner and Creative Director at Worx Graphic Design. In 2007 while expecting her son, Kandon, she took a risk to start a new business. Nearly 7 years later, her business is an award winning design studio with 3 employees. Laura married her high school sweet heart, AJ and will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. She has a new love for running, reading inspirational books and soaking up the great outdoors. Something interesting? Laura has a strawberry colored birthmark that runs up her left hand and arm. Over the years, how have you learned to…

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After a longer-than-I-care-to-admit hiatus from the Working Mom Spotlight, we’re back on track with one of the most popular features on Hip As I Wanna Be – the WORKING MOM SPOTLIGHT! Today’s mother is a fantastic example and a true inspiration. Enjoy! Evgeniya (Jen) Usmanova is a mother of two and a co-founder of CareLuLu, a free online resource that helps parents find child care specific to their needs. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters from Georgetown University. After struggling to find the right daycare for her daughters, Jen and her spouse Patrick decided…