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Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

  What are your thoughts on asking for help? Not emergency call-911-kind-of-help, mind you. I’m talking about asking for help in a workplace or professional situation. Confession – I totally suck at it. Ask anyone. I wasn’t always this way. I believe it started in earnest long a few years ago when I began to get fixated with doing it all and doing it all PERFECTLY. Which, of course, was impossible. So there I was, drowning in responsibilities and refusing to ask coworkers or board members or colleagues for help. You can probably guess where this tale is going, right? STRAIGHT DOWN…

one minute rule

  I’ve been sitting on a secret rule that may just change your life. This rule, which I instituted a few weeks ago, has dramatically improved like, EVERYTHING. No seriously. I’m not being dramatic. It’s a tidbit I picked up from author Gretchen Rubin (I’m a superfan!) called the “one minute rule.” Essentially, the rule is that anything that can be done in a minute’s time, should be done now. (Yes, RIGHT NOW.) That means no postponing until later. Whether it’s putting your keys away, turning off the light, picking up your shoes, etc. Just do it. Otherwise, all of these little tasks…

working moms guide to summer sanity

  For most of the world, the term “summer break” brings to mind pleasant thoughts filled with relaxation, happiness and fun. For the working mom, however, summer break can have a much different meaning. You. Need. A. Plan. If you’re considering “winging it,” don’t. That approach is nothing short of EXHAUSTING. Trust a veteran. The summer I winged it I failed so tragically that I ended up at a salon in September spending my hard earned dollars covering up my new grey hair. Not fun. Working parents should approach summer break like they would approach planning an African safari. Both are hot and sweaty, require tremendous…

  I’m going to hit you with a cold hard fact that I had to learn the hard way: YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP. There will never be enough time to complete everything you would like to complete. Unless you are in the position to hire a personal assistant, housekeeper, nanny and gardener you will continue to be swamped with work and personal responsibilities. Things will not change. Trust me on this. As a working mom who volunteers on multiple committees in the community (Frederick Speaker Series, American Advertising Federation of Greater Frederick and Women’s Giving Circle)…