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Don’t Do Like Steven Slater: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Quit
August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am 0

steven slater
With Jetblue's Steven Slater famous "jump" from his job after yelling at unappreciative flight passengers and the recently staged "Jenny" video showing her quitting her job after her boss called her a HPOA (hot piece of ass) there's lots of news about -what to do when you quit your job -when to quit -what "going too far" can do to your career -how to know when it's time to quit But before you get to the point of desperation when you're ready to light your office on fire, tell your boss where to go and leave with guns a blazin' make sure you ask yourself these 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Ditch Your Job Photo Credit: from Steven Slater's Myspace profile
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Using LinkedIn To Grow Your Business: 8 Tips
August 9, 2010 at 7:28 am 0

Succesful Woman

For many professional women managing a career profile on social media sites is extremely important. You've come this far, right, so you need to make sure that all that hard work pays off! Hands down the best social media site for professionals is LinkedIn. But how do you get the most out of it? Victoria Ipri from www.theconfidentcopywriter.com has these 8 tips: 1. See the future: How much new business can you comfortably handle? Be realistic. One new client a month is 12 for the year. Not bad. 2. Choose a target market and do not stray from this focus 3. Join groups for those markets and actively participate in a meaningful way 4. Educate yourself on effective LI search…there are ways to search and findspecific information about specific people 5. Stand out: Be active! Be proactive! Be visible! Get out there and get involved. Create a highly compelling profile; not a resume rehash. 6. Answer questions to highlight your subject expertise 7. Accept connections and request connections. People want to connect with you! 8. Talk to people. I mean, really talk. Show an interest, look for ways to help each other…seeking connections isn’t only about having lots of connections! This advice also works if you are an employee and not an entrepreneur. Managing your LinkedIn can be the key to your success. Make sure that your profile is updated regularly with job information, great articles, and get involved in discussion boards related to your area of expertise. Don't wait until you need to find a new job to refresh your profile. You will have missed a lot of opportunities if you wait until you need something. Recruiters are constantly scrubbling LinkedIn for professionals - make sure you are easy to find! Have you joined the Cashmere Clutch Women In Business group on Linkedin yet? It's the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies.
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5 Tips To Deal With Office Conflict
July 16, 2010 at 4:32 am 0

Ready for boxing

Recently Ali de Bold of ChickAdvisor asked me to write an article on office conflict. Office conflict is soooo incredibly stressful, and how you deal with it determines how successful you will be in your career. For the article I wrote about how to deal with office conflict, escalate to senior management, and when it's time to move on. Check out the article here
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Top 10 Lessons Of Successful Female Entrepreneurs
June 8, 2010 at 10:39 am 0
Many female entrepreneurs struggle to make their businesses succesful, sometimes wondering if it's worth it. But it doesn't have to be so difficult! There are a million opportunities for women and also a million lessons we can learn from other women who are successful female entrepreneurs. The following article is from a post on smartcompany.com - written by Amanda Gome. It's a great read and provides excellent information that every women will find valuable! --- Recently I interviewed a young female entrepreneur, Lisa Messenger. Although she had almost 10 years experience working in large corporations, her first venture was a disaster. The reason? She spent all of her time doing favours for other people, and told everyone that she didn’t care about money but just wanted to follow her passion. Soon after she launched her sponsorship company, she paid $30,000 for a staff member and an office, but took no salary for herself. Of course she went broke before coming to her senses and launching a successful business, Messenger Publishing. Unfortunately this is a story I have heard many times: the ambitious businesswoman who tells anyone that will listen that money does not matter, shuns any talk of profit and works long hours in low growth or no growth businesses. Often they start their business because they see a niche and want flexibility and independence. They end up, if they are lucky, barely replacing their salary and wondering what the hell they have done; this was never the plan. But then there is the breed of extremely successful female entrepreneurs. By successful I mean bringing in revenue of $1 million and $100 million. They operate in a very different way. From day one, they start with adequate funding. They are not afraid to think big, take a risk and borrow. So what makes a woman a successful entrepreneur? What differentiates her from a struggling business owner? And what traps does she need to overcome – traps that are often specifically related to her gender? Lesson One: Money is good – talk about it, borrow it, control it, embrace it Nice girls don’t talk about money. Nor do nice businesswomen. In fact women in Australia have been so indoctrinated that many (like Messenger) try to use an anti-money statement to position themselves in the market. Entrepreneurs that I interview often proclaim that they are in business not to make money but to “make a difference”. Even highly successful business women like Amanda Briskin who founded Mimco, refuse to discuss revenue. In 2006 I researched 100 successful female entrepreneurs and found that 28% say they hate to talk about money, and most agree that most men are far more at ease talking about money than women. This has profound implications for the business. It can mean the focus is not on the bottom line nor on revenue. It is not on getting money in the door to ease cashflow, and it is certainly not about badgering clients for money. (Nice girls don’t confront.) About 54% of the female entrepreneurs also admit that generally women in business are more risk averse than men and that they are conditioned to take less risk. The difference in ambitions and the way this is communicated means women are often misunderstood by financial institutions. They cautiously start smaller enterprises with a longer start up period, often in traditional industries (which may be low growth). Financial institutions consider them unworthy of investment. This lack of external financial support means many businesses never get launched or at a later stage, fail to expand. It’s a vicious circle because with so few businesswomen talking money, the culture does not change. My research also shows that half of them needed between $5000 to $100,000 to start their businesses. When asked what had held them back, 51% nominated lack of money. A third say they struggled because they could not get enough funds at the start. They regret not starting with more and say it held them back. About 30% say they faced enormous problems getting money to grow while 17% say they tried but failed to get a bank loan. None got money from a venture capitalist and only one entrepreneur got money from a business angel. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Two: Find time and brain space to read that BlackBerry brochure The digital economy was going to increase opportunities for women. Women could embrace new technology, work remotely and combine families with business. So what happened? The current landscape is characterised by a low uptake of e-business by women, research shows. While women lead in the use of computers, they lag in the uptake of e-business. Women also take less advantage of mobile business opportunities. A research paper called “Women entepreneurs in the digital economy: What skills do they really need?” by Patrice Braun of the University of Ballarat, concludes that many women with their family commitments and limited leisure time prefer self guided and learner-managed modes of learning. The report says there is ample research to show that male and female entrepreneurs possess different business profiles – they start and run businesses in different sectors, develop different products and pursue different goals. Yet since the majority of entrepreneurs are males, perspectives based on the male experience have dominated the business skilling arena. Anecdotally many women also complain about the technical language and time it takes to get used to new technology and programs. Yet a high proportion of successful female entrepreneurs love their gadgets and are quick to update, knowing that new technology saves them time and gives them the flexibility and independence they crave. Design software and systems that act as an automatic audit check of your work to compensate for times when you cannot adequately focus, was a recommendation from Wendy Erhart of Withcott Seedlings. Lesson Three: Have a life partner who doesn’t travel Sad, but true. Behind most successful female entrepreneurs is a very supportive life partner. In my research, the majority (68%) of successful businesswomen, when asked what has been a very significant help in expanding the business, report that their spouse was of enormous help. Equally, women report that one of the biggest drawbacks is an unsupportive spouse and a spouse that is resentful about earning less money. Successful female entrepreneurs have one word of advice – dump an unsupportive spouse and find one that backs the dream. Lyndal Thorburn, who runs Innovation Dynamics, advised that it was best to have a husband who doesn’t travel. Lesson Four: Fight discrimination and bullying Women face a range of cultural barriers that do not exist for most men. It starts when they first enter the workforce; they earn less than men the higher they progress, despite doing the same work. Women also report that some men, particularly older men, hate having a woman boss. Marie Hatzis who runs Hussy Clothing, said “some men hate the fact that I am dominating at work”. While some say they have no problem, many report that men play power games and “bulldoze” decisions. Successful women entrepreneurs say they deal with this in several ways. First, they don’t pretend it doesn’t exist. They learn to look for these traits when recruiting or dealing with clients. Many say they don’t recruit older men with entrenched attitudes. What they don’t do is ignore bad behavior from men. As for direct gender-based discrimination, they confront it head on. My research found that a third of women say they have suffered direct gender-based discrimination when setting up the business, and half say they took action. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Five: Make the baby part of the business plan Yeah, yeah, unexpected things happen, of course. But successful female entrepreneurs take a very strategic approach to having their families. Almost 70% of the successful female entrepreneurs have children. Half of those say it has been very hard combining entrepreneurship with having a baby. But they also say long-term planning is the key. The best time to have a baby is when the business is between six and 10 years old and when the woman is in her 30s. But half of the successful female entrepreneurs say they deliberately slowed the growth of the business on occasion to cope. While half say they did not mind, the other half say they were not happy to slow growth. Lesson Six: Don’t feel guilty Society still has high expectations that women are the primary carers of children. Carmelina Pascoe from My Coffee Shop sums it up: “It’s bad enough that both mothers and fathers have to sacrifice their time with their families to start a business. It’s criminal that mothers also get a guilt trip laid on them for doing so. We’re already berating ourselves about this without the community’s help.” The most successful female entrepreneurs are ruthless time managers and are determined to run their own guilt-free race. Tamerlaine Beasely, who runs Beasley Intercultural, said she had learnt to “multi-task, constantly prioritise” and to use “flexibility, use technology and systems and good child care”. “Ignore the guilt placed on you by the community,” advised Nicole Dickson of Beyond The Square Communication. Margaret Lomas, who runs Destiny Financial Solutions, said: “Don’t listen to others. Do what feels right for you without guilt.” Lesson Seven: Pick businesses in high growth industries I have consistently found when researching female entrepreneurs that they tend to lean towards industries that have less financial barriers, less sexism and are less technologically oriented than men. Even successful female entrepreneurs congregate in four industries; property and business services, personal and other services, education, and retail. In fact the research I did in 2006 showed that none ran businesses in the booming industries of mining, construction, infrastructure or utilities. Only 3% ran information technology companies. This does not mean you cannot run a highly successful business in traditionally “female” industries such as retail. Janine Allis started the highly successful Boost Juice but came up with an innovation that changed the industry. Diana Williams started Fernwood because of her observations while at the gym that women preferred to exercise away from men. Besides, many traditional industries are dominated by highly aggressive companies dominated by men. Gillian Franklin, who runs the cosmetics company The Heat Group, with revenue of $75 million, says her competitors are run by men. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Eight: Join the right networks Women are great communicators and have extensive networks. Right? Well partly. But are they the right networks? My survey of successful female entrepreneurs showed what while they rely on mentors, accountants and business people, very few use industry groups, consultants, business coaches or government bodies. Research from the European Business School in Germany shows that women have a limited access to social networks that are crucial for career development. They also have a tendency to avoid occupational activities, which eats into their individual free time. Researchers have already noted that the differences in network access between men and women could have a significant impact on the rate at which women start ventures and their subsequent performance. Another recent study has shown that there is no significant difference in the overall number of networks, with entrepreneurs accessing more than four different networks over the course of a year. However male entrepreneurs did make a more intense use of formal networks while females made more intense use of informal networks (friends and family). The research says that too much time spent networking with family and friends is likely to be counter-productive. The research, from the University of Western Australia called “Gender Networking Differences” and its association with firm performance, concludes that entrepreneurs need to monitor the resources they devote to networking so the benefits they receive exceed the costs. Lesson Nine: Don’t wash the tea towels Women can wash tea towels quicker, better and cheaper than anyone else. So they do. Besides who else is going to do it? A common trap for businesswomen is to take on a whole range of small tasks, from preparing invoices to paying the wages. Female business owners loathe outsourcing. Money is tight and why pay for something they can do themselves? This is the classic trap, and means they are always working in the business not on the business. A further disadvantage is they spread themselves too thinly, keep the company small to cope with the workload, or burn out. But successful female entrepreneurs learn to overcome this trap. In fact they become ruthless outsourcers. Cleaners, cooks, nannies, accountants, a top management team and child-tolerant staff are all essential…. and so is a sense of humour. The female entrepreneurs also say they learnt to take on skilled workers earlier and delegate more. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Ten: Get tough with staff; they are not your friends Female entrepreneurs are usually excellent communicators. They also prefer a consultative, inclusive style of management to a hierarchical, aggressive style. This leads to a big problem, often acknowledged by the women – they are too soft on staff, who subsequently take advantage of them. The answer? Don’t adopt the traditional male style of managing. Just learn to manage a lot better and walk a comfortable line between being friendly, but not necessarily being a friend. This article was originally published here http://www.smartcompany.com.au/premium-articles/top-story/20080214-top-10-lessons-of-successful-female-entrepreneurs.html
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What It’s Like To Be Your Own Boss
May 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0
employee of the month...every month!

employee of the month...every month!

If you are like most women climbing the corporate ladder you have dreams that one day, you'll have your own office, your own employees, and yes, your very own company. But what will that be like? Recently I started my own business. It was a huge transition from the standard office environment, and for me a very welcome one. I always knew that I wanted to work for myself - partially because I'm an incredibly independent person, partially because I didn't want to be held back by corporate culture, and partially because the very thing that makes you a great entrepreneur makes you a not so great employee for the vast majority of the companies out there. If you are a super motivated, forward thinking individual that loves to try new things, test things out, and always looking to advance there is often not a spot for you on the corporate ladder. Corporations exist because a lot of people are just doing what they always do, and that keeps things rolling along nicely. If you aren't happy to just toe the line you either become a threat, an easy target, or you just don't fit in and find yourself standing alone on an island at work. Or worse yet, you work at an intensely political environment where it's more like a snake pit than an agreeable workplace - and in those places the entrepreneurial mindset does not work at all. And that very thing that doesn't work in corporate cultures does WONDERFUL things for you as an entrepreneur. Quite frankly, you just get shit done. And you do it well. And it's cool stuff that you get to work on. There are some amazing things about owning your own business: - You set the hours - You figure out how hard you want to work - You figure out who you want to work with, and who you'd rather not - You don't have to pussyfoot around irritating office politics; as an outsider you don't have to care - You don't have to deal with a boss - If you know a project will work you just go with it...often your gut will not lead you astray - You get to feel proud of what you have achieved on a daily basis - And best of all only you place limitations on your success. If you can break beyond your comfort zone and try new things, pick up the phone to make a few calls and keep it all together you'll soon find out it's pretty easy. And then there are some not so amazing things: - You may miss the company of having colleagues around - It's harder to bounce ideas of other people and build something great as a team...it's just you, and the few friends that answer your calls for creative input - You can so easily start working all the time! Last month I worked everyday (but it was worth it) - If you are not outgoing making those cold calls, introducing your company or asking for business can be absolute torture! - You may have dry periods where no work comes in and that means no money! But overall working for yourself is truly amazing. The very simple things in life are so easy again; going to the doctor is now possible without seven cancelled appointments first because your office life took a priority. You can take a walk in the afternoon for an hour to brainstorm ideas, and it actually is work! If you are exhausted on Tuesday and the work is just not happening you can stop, and pick it up when the ideas start to flow again. And it's that exact freedom coupled with discipline that makes the entrepreneurs life a dream! If you are interested in starting your own business be sure to read the following: Introducing Fabulous and Fearless Female Entrepreneurs Interview with Lisa Ng: Owner of Hello DJ Interview with Ali DeBold: Owner of Chick Advisor
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How To Deal With A Diva Boss: Get Ahead Tips
May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am 0
Bitch I'm Da Boss With all the craziness in the economy over the last two years even the top bosses are feeling insecure in their jobs...which doesn't bode well for the underlings. Crazy deadlines, no praise, damnation for small errors, and ignored emails are tell tale signs that all is not well with your boss. Here are some great tips on how you can deflect the bad energy that's being downloaded on to you from the levels above. Your boss says: It's late I know, but have this ready for me tomorrow by 8am" What she means: I know this is a crazy request, but my bosses are on my ass to get this done ASAP, so help me out and get it done! What you do: Involve your boss in the process and ask her what she would do to make it a success - by asking her and getting her advice it's harder for her to blame you later if things don't go well. Your boss says: Zip, zilch, and she never replies to any of your emails. What she means: I'm really, really, busy and very, very stressed. Keep me in the loop, but don't ask for direction unless it's urgent What you do: Don't leave all the decisions in her hands. You can keep her in the loop, and tell her the actions you are going to take by a certain date - just make sure you've given her enough time to read the emails and respond if necessary. If you really need something set up a meeting so you can have your questions answered, but make sure you come in with clear questions and have strict objectives for your meeting. The last thing you want is for her to get annoyed because she thinks you wasted her time with an unnecessary meeting. Your boss says: You haven't finished that yet???? What she means: I'm stressed, very busy, have lots of pressure to make miracles happen. Since I'm overwhelmed and you're standing in front of me, I'm taking it out on you! What you do: Take it. Sorry, that's the truth. Sometimes you're boss is going to need to vent, and if you happen to be the unlucky person standing in front of her, than you just have to take it. Don't get weepy, and don't take it personal - we've all freaked out at someone because something else was bothering us. *Image courtesy of Jewlzbailey
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Starting a New Job: Getting Your Groove Back
March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm 0
When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation Heena found herself in five months ago. But what now? Since her last post Heena has secured a great job in a company that's just perfect for her. Here's the story on what it's like to go back to work after a few months out of the work force. Starting a new job after being out of the workforce for a period of time can be quite daunting. Much like your first day at a new school, you face the same anxieties as a sixth grader – ‘what do I wear, am I smart enough and the all important – will people like me?’ On my first day on the job, I admit I took special care to look my best – professional but not overly stuffy, choosing my outfit the night before and setting the alarm clock a half hour early to ensure I had enough time to have breakfast and the necessary jolt of caffeine. Trekking to the subway in the morning I felt as though I was in a time warp – as if I had not been out of work for a period of months. It seems funny that when you are looking for work you feel as though the rest of the world is moving on without you. But as soon as I heard the familiar subway chimes and squeezed onto the overflowing car, I knew that the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” couldn’t have been truer. As I made my way to my new office I felt a nervous flutter in my stomach and started to sweat under my tweed jacket and wool skirt. I took a few deep breaths and made sure my hands weren’t clammy for the round of introductions and handshakes that were sure to follow. As I stepped off the elevator, I felt like a little girl, excited by the prospect of something new and filled with the desire to fit in…. Two months later, I can safely say that I am really enjoying my job. As with all things new, there was a learning curve and you’ve got to accept that it will take some time before you reach the top. The more important thing, in my view, is building a solid foundation of professional relationships to navigate the curve and make it easier to climb. Of course, you will have to prove yourself in the initial period with both your hard and soft skills. This stage is crucial in your career, as this is when you will build your reputation. The following are a few tips on how to successfully navigate the pitfalls of the corporate jungle. - Always act in a professional manner, whether in one-to-one interactions, over e-mail or the telephone; - Don’t get involved with office politics – it is important to be aware of them but do not engage in them; - Be cordial and friendly with co-workers but don’t over share – boundaries are important in working relationships; - Make sure you understand expectations early on – you don’t want to be surprised when you fail to meet them; - Exercise a high degree of honesty and integrity in everything you do – take responsibilities for failures and live up to commitments; - Understand the corporate culture – view on coffee breaks, jean Friday’s, involvement in team social activities etc. Work is a very curious thing, while we all need to work to support ourselves, in many cases, a large part of our self worth is derived from what we do. If you don’t like what you’re doing and you don’t enjoy the people you work with, it may be time for a change. While the grass may not always be greener, you’ll never know if you don’t dare to look.
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Dealing With A Job Loss
November 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm 3
Today's post is a guest post from my friend Heena. Heena is a Toronto lawyer who was "restructured" earlier in 2009. Enjoy! Ingrid ---- When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation I found myself in five months ago. I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming and the whole scenario seemed a bit surreal as I sat there, with a VP, HR and outplacement services. Once I peeled myself off the floor, consulted my lawyer and negotiated a severance package I was left with the daunting task of reconciling my feelings of hurt and anger over the loss of my job. To put things in perspective, you probably need to know a bit about me. At age 34, I’m a successful professional woman with a condo in a swish area of Toronto, with a mortgage, student loans and other financial responsibilities of the typical 30 something set. I live a pretty good life, I like to vacation, eat out, shop and go for cocktails. Not quite the ‘Sex in the City’ life but certainly a watered down version. So being the sole income earner in a family of one, was going to throw this ‘girl about town’s’ life on its ear. The first step was to deal with the anger. I needed to vent and vent I did. Confiding in my close knit circle of friends, I cursed, yelled and cried, until I was emotionally spent. Then I stepped back and looked at this situation for what it really was, an opportunity. As my friends reminded me, I had not been happy at my job for quite a while but had remained there out of complacency. I had been half-heartedly looking for other jobs, but I had become trapped in the comfort of familiarity and a steady paycheck. Not to mention the recent global economic melt-down had me nervous about making any risky moves. So here I was, not of my own free-will but forced to face my career dissatisfaction head on. I let go of any feelings of inadequacy and blame and prepared a plan for moving forward. With the help of a career counselor I took stock of all of the things I didn’t like about my previous jobs, identified my key strengths and weaknesses and made a list of my interests. From there, I narrowed down my career options to four different paths and assessed their suitability by comparing pros and cons. Once I decided on the top two options, I started doing some research and tapped into my network to see if anyone I knew was doing those jobs currently and met with them to do a bit of informational interviewing. I also met with everyone I knew to let them know that I was looking and told them exactly what I was interested in. Through networking and conventional means of job searching, I have had 7 interviews and am confident that I will land something very soon. Being out of work is a very stressful time and it can often be difficult to remain motivated and positive. My experience has been not to fake it. If you’re having a bad day, give in to the bad day. Here are a few tips to make it through the rough patches: - Treat yourself – “food is love”- sometimes it’s ok to indulge in that burger or piece of chocolate. - Don’t feel guilty for not spending 24/7 in front of the computer searching for jobs - go for a walk or window shop to get some fresh air - Stay connected with friends and family - you may have to be more frugal about spending money but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out for coffee or invite people over for a glass of wine. - Get into an exercise routine and make sure you eat well most of the time - this will energize you and keep you in a positive head space. - Pick up old hobbies or start a new one - Organize your day so that you are doing a variety of activities - get started on small projects you’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had the time - Ask for help - if you don’t have anyone to talk to and the stress is getting the better of you, speak with your doctor or get a counselor. We all need help sometimes and it is not a weakness to ask for it. Losing a job is right up there on the stress scale with divorce and death. Remember, losing your job is not the end of the world. If you take this time to figure out what you really want out of life, chances are, you will end up in a much better place than where you began. Heena
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How Much Change Is Too Much?
November 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm 0
Most girls love change. We change our clothes a few times every morning, our accessories every day, our hair a few times a week, and sometimes our male companions monthly and jobs and homes semi annually. But how much change is too much? When the major components of life - living, loving and labouring - are always changing, it may be too much. There’s something nice about constants in life. Like work you've maintained for years, friends you've had since grade school, or homes that have been in your family for generations. It says you're rooted, comfortable, and reliable. Maybe your vacations change, or your Tuesday dinners, but you're not always in flux. People know what to expect from you...and you've passed the test of time in many situations. You don't have disposable friends, temporary housing, or castaway career ambitions. Like most girls I love change. I thrive on it...it fuels me up and gives me energy. I find nothing more exciting than travelling to foreign soil and being thrown in a land of surprises, where everything is changing and dramatically different than what I'm used to. I've lived all across Canada, moved to France without speaking more than 20 words of French, and migrated to Asia without a clue of what I was getting into. But when I got engaged so much change was on the table. Was I going to change my name? Was I going to sell my apartment, move into my fiancés apartment, rent another one, or buy a house? What about a family...were we going to try right away? Were we going to have a big wedding, a small wedding, a destination wedding, a themed wedding? Were we going to have another one in Argentina (where my fiancé is from)? And that was just too much change. So for now, I'm going to get married and move into my fiancé’s apartment after we get married. And when, and only when, those changes have settled in I'll be ready for more change.
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Stolen Moments
August 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm 3

Sometimes we’re given stolen moments of time, when our appointments end early and we have no pressing plans. Of course we have things we could do to fill the time, clean, go to the bank, call our boss, check work emails……..but really since no-one is expecting us at this time why are we in a hurry? These are the stolen moments that help restore some of the peace in our lives. So sit back, look around, sip a cool drink, and relax. Take some time to reflect and cherish your stolen moment. It will help to restore some of the balance in your life and you won’t feel so hurried in your life all the time. Feeling guilty? Don’t! You’ve earned it.
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