I want to make my own money and be professionally fulfilled, but something in my brain won't let me.
Doing jumping jacks in the restroom is all well and good, until someone catches you and people begin to question why you aren’t at your desk when they need you.
leaning in
I think that a lot of efforts to “empower” women (or whatever group) would be much more impactful if they were turned around on men. Like, I don’t need to be empowered. I need men to stop disempowering me.

Jul 28, 2014 at 5:00pm | 72 comments

Nothing like being up to your elbows in Bully Sticks to give you some perspective on life.

Jun 24, 2014 at 1:00pm | 166 comments

I'm grateful for every stint. Especially the way-over-my-head, can-barely-stand-to-look-back-on-it ones.

Jun 11, 2014 at 9:00am | 61 comments

interracial dating
This strong, entrepreneurial black woman, someone I could look up to and aspire to, was alluding to the idea that dating white men was somehow against the rules.
Every day I'd dress up in my business casual outfit, make coffee and head to my car to keep up appearances.
Isn't there always that ONE person at work who everybody adores and you just can't?
One day I was sitting in my corner office, with an assistant to order my lunch every day, and then I was making seventy-five dollars (before taxes) by sitting in the background of a movie for upwards of fifteen hours.
If you’ve ever watched "Meerkat Manor," or even just watched a lot of David Attenborough, you’ve seen where I’ve worked.

Feb 6, 2014 at 2:00pm | 148 comments

After nearly seven years of living strictly within this budget, the Sappers have accumulated $50,000 in emergency savings, maxed out their IRAs each year, paid off their house and hit other key financial milestones.
An ID badge is the exact opposite of fashion. I know -- I have to wear one!
As new age-y as it sounds, I worked to become the person that I wanted to be and leaving feels a little bit like pulling a thread on an artfully woven sweater—why ruin a perfectly good, well-crafted thing?
Unless you work at a company dedicated to the crushing of dreams and suppression of fun, you probably have an office holiday party coming up this month. You've already got your outfit picked out, but what about your behavior?
How to create a professional work wardrobe out of the awful clothes you bought while you were in college -- or unemployed on your parents’ sofa.
I've been wanting more than ever to take a real, not-visiting-people-I've-known-all-my life, totally superfluous trip.

Nov 4, 2013 at 11:00am | 77 comments

breast milk
I was horrified by the idea that someone might walk in while I pumped because it's such an undignified process.
A quarter of British women say they have to "act like a man" to get ahead at work -- and with our toxic corporate culture, who could blame them?

Sep 26, 2013 at 12:00pm | 63 comments

I've worked for at least 13 different companies during my 20-year work history and the most I've ever given an employer is nearly five years of service. I actually impressed myself with that one because my average cutoff for professional positions is two years before I'm disgruntled and crafting a well-written resignation letter.

Sep 23, 2013 at 6:00pm | 352 comments

mental health
Would they fire me? Would they judge me? Do they think I'm just making excuses? Was this a mistake?
Why would they include this on a report to the department of labor, in what is sure to remain a permanent and possibly public record? I believe they intend to use it to shame me into withdrawing my claim for benefits.

Sep 6, 2013 at 3:00pm | 190 comments