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On Working Motherhood

Being a working mom is messy and uneven. Somedays your employer wins the coin toss and your children lose out. It is a constant back and forth. The pendulum never really stops swinging. Over the years I’ve learned to relax into the rhythm of the pendulum and focus on creating […]

Notes on Barcelona Trip

The second leg of our Europe trip was in Barcelona. We learned from our visit to Paris to just relax and throw out the itinerary. We did manage to do three structured activities – day trip to Sitges, a cooking class and a bike tour. Sitges We drove straight from the airport […]

Notes on Paris Trip

Repeat after me, vacationing is self-care. You have to jump off the work treadmill at least once each quarter. To that end, I recently spent 10 days in Europe, 5 of which were spent in Paris and the remaining days in Barcelona.     Quite frankly, planning this trip gave me […]

A Brief Break in Annapolis

As a working mother and wife, it is so easy to slip into a routine of who is making dinner, picking up the kids from sports practices or putting in late hours in the office that you forget to make time for your partner. This weekend we threw our routine […]

Grab a newspaper and a cup of tea

I’ve always been an avid print newspaper reader but I got away from it in recent years and have been primarily catching up on news listening to NPR and spending my free time reading my favorite bloggers. Lately, I’ve been hungry for hard news beyond what a well-respected blogger could […]

On bedtime and morning habits

Recently, I’ve been making a few small changes to my daily routine to improve the likelihood I will go to bed earlier and wake up more refreshed. The returns has been tremendous. My cell phone is now banned from my bedroom in the evenings. This is key. I’ve been using social […]

Notes on Grounding Activities as the World Shifts

I am not alone in feeling a bit topsy turvy since inauguration. As if this event was not enough, it was immediately followed up with daily assault on our emotions via executive orders. While my committment to being actively engaged in the direction of this country is at an all […]

February Career To-Do’s

Managing your career should be tackled in small daily and monthly actions for long-term success. Notes From HR monthly to-do’s are actions you can do in small bites. February is ripe with opportunities to lose the fire in the belly spirit the month of January swept in. There’s something about the month […]

Notes from the Women’s March

My oldest daughter’s college basketball team played against Drexel University last weekend, so I found myself in Philly for both the game and the Women’s March. Quite honestly I went to the March out of curiosity. I was ambivalent about the March when I heard about it months ago via […]

Travel Adds Value to Our Career Psyche

Traveling adds tremendous value to our career psyche, not just in terms of relieving stress and recharging but boosting our career game. Years ago I made a pact to travel outside of the U.S. at least once a year, This year, my wanderlust bug led to South Africa and the […]

Table Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

In part one, we covered the function of tableware and place setting. Read it here. In this post, we will cover the do’s and don’ts of business etiquette. I hope this post will take the hand-wringing out of that sometimes nerve-racking business dinner. Let’s be frank, people will judge you by […]

Notes on Formal Dinner Table Setting

The season for celebrations is upon us. Over the course of the next few weeks or your career in general, you will be invited to formal business dinners. A formal business dinner can be stressful if you are unfamiliar with table etiquette and trying to be a good conversationalist with […]

Start a Career Journal

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who like to journal and those who don’t. I fell in the latter category until I discovered career journaling. I learned that I’m one of those people that had to have a specific topic to write about and only then […]

The Minimalist Mindset for Career and Life Success

I’ve been tinkering with minimalism lately and it is making a profound impact on my mindset. Minimalism is the act of stripping away excess stuff from your life and getting off the vicious consumer ferris wheel. We’ve all fallen under the spell of our social media feeds with inspiring outfits, […]