Carpe Diem

I took a leap of faith last October as a midlife career changer. Leaving a prestigious Fortune 125 publishing company (Bloomberg) for a different kind of giant (a huge public university) meant stepping out of my comfort zone. Years of publishing meant I had built up a significant knowledge base and was the ‘go-to’ person who trained a cadre of Quality Assurance contractors. Moving from go-to person to ‘fish out of water’ takes gumption. During my ‘settling in’ period, I… Read more »

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely rejuvenated and… Read more »

Last summer, I passed a phone screening for an out of state job interview. One of the questions I was asked was “What will be the most difficult thing for you if you are accepted for this position?” I was honest and replied, “The location as I will need to relocate with my family, but I’m willing to do that.” Little did I know that several months later, I would be called upon to do so…! Fast forward to September…. Read more »

Last year, I decided to finally follow my heart and change careers. Career change was not new to me. In 2002, faced with the choice of accepting a generous severance package from The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Inc. or working in a different department at the same pay grade, I opted to temporarily bow out of the Washington, DC rat race to focus on family and finish up my graduate degree. Dual Career Path During my time away from… Read more »

I am so excited….I just signed up for Erin Chase’s Grocery Budget Makeover and took advantage of signing up at the same time for her new MyFreezEasy program as well. Since the beginning of time (well, ok, since I became a working parent), my mom, who studied Home Economics at Cornell, has insisted that I would save time and money if I cooked meals ahead and froze them. Sixteen years later (never too late to learn), I am finally gearing… Read more »

  Guest blogger Stephanie Keltner shares the health benefits of listening to relaxing music. For many of us, a day wouldn’t be complete without music. Whether you wake up to it, pass time at work listening to it, or even play a soothing song or two for your sleeping baby, music plays a role in nearly every part of our waking lives. And whether you like Mozart and the classics, alternative, jazz, acoustic or anything in between, the benefits for… Read more »

Last weekend, thanks to a Groupon offer, I tried out Bethesda Salt Cave, touted as the first and only salt cave in the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland. I opted for the special deal for two sessions and thankfully had a willing volunteer, my 12 year old son, who tagged along for the halotherapy experience. The salt cave consists of chunks of imported Himalayan pink salt adorning the walls, with ground salt on the floor (think ‘beach’ but instead of sand… Read more »

Guest blogger Pamela Moffatt reflects on finding inner peace and meditation.   “Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart,” wrote one of my favorite authors, Unknown. Someone unknown, like me, thought about peace while their toddler screamed in the checkout line? Or when the Social Security officer they had waited hours to… Read more »