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How to achieve work-life balance

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Spoiler alert: “Work – Life Balance” is a misnomer. As a mentor once told me, the so-called work-life balance isn’t about balance, it’s about juggling–just trying to keep as many balls in the air as possible. In 20 seconds, I came up with all these “balls” I’ve tried to juggle last year: physical fitness, healthy eating, adequate sleep (dropped that one completely), friends, dating/spouse, kids/family, community service, church service, mentoring, work projects, work meetings, professional networking events, conferences, blogging, reading all those books people keep telling me to read…

You get the picture. Too much! There is too much stuff happening! How can a life bulging with so much stuff ever be in balance? In 2016, I learned first-hand that “balance” is NOT achieved by spreading out time among many, many things. Nuh-uh. That becomes chaotic and unfulfilling. I didn’t achieve any fitness goals, none of the three companies I was starting got off the ground, and I wasn’t at the service committee meetings enough to know what was going on, to name just a few of the ways that my attempt at a balanced life in 2016 failed. I was living fast and furious, sure. More like I was getting nowhere and totally exhausted. Not until October did I make a change that forever shifted my perspective on how to really live a balanced life. It was a crazy idea, but it worked for me. Maybe, just maybe, it will work for you, too.

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How to dress for an interview.

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what to wear to an interviewQuestion: What do I wear to my interview?

Answer: It depends.

Ugh. Seriously? I hate that answer! But…it’s true. What you wear to the interview depends on whether the dress code at the company is business formal, business casual or a catch-all category we’ll call “other”. Let’s drill down and get to some specifics about what would be appropriate to wear to an interview. Continue reading →

How to find a good mentor

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belinda hanMentoring has been on my mind a lot lately. No matter where you’re at on your career path, good mentors are invaluable.  I’ve been lucky to have mentors like Beatryx Washington, who have played both the coach and cheerleader for me. But rather than give my amateur advice on how to find a good mentor, I went to the expert–Belinda Han. Teaching people to find mentors and be mentors is basically her job, and she’s really, really good at it! Continue reading →