Life After Five

5 Things to Know When Applying for a Mortgage

  It’s no secret that now is a good time to buy a home – it may be considered a “sellers’ market” these days, but mortgage rates remain low and the cost of buying is still cheaper than renting in most areas. Buyi...

Four Steps to Attract More Meaningful Connections

  I’ve lived in Raleigh, North Carolina over four months now. Out of all of the places that I’ve lived, Raleigh has been the easiest to make friends and establish meaningful connections. As a busy Career Girl with comp...

Emotional Intelligence: Raise It, Use It

A lot of us are logical. We love to think, analyze, and plan. When things make sense, we’re happy. However there is a completely different side of intelligence for us to utilize: emotion. As women, we are actually well equipp...


3 Tips to Healthy Friendships

We’ve all heard it before: no man (or woman) is an island. We all need friends to help us navigate the tricky detours and dilemmas of life, from the little things to the BIG things. Yet often, I hear from women – al...

Kids and Money – Tips for Success

  A recent survey on teens and money revealed that 15 year-old Americans fall in the middle of the pack when it comes to understanding money and making basic financial decisions. While plenty of jokes have been made about ...

How to Survive a Case of the Overwhelms

It happens every summer. Our schedules get more packed, projects build up and it’s Labor Day before we know it. Whether its budget season, reports are due to the finance team, the front door desperately needs a new coat of pa...


When Life Is Too Much

When life gets overwhelming we all wish we had a magic reset button that would clear away the busyness, worry, and clutter and let us start over. Well, guess what, you have the ability to do that whenever you choose. By becomin...

Fitness on the Fly

Finding time to workout while traveling can be a difficult task for anyone–I know I still struggle with it from time to time, especially if I am traveling for vacation. Sitting on the beach or by the pool sounds so much m...

3 Tips to Staying Young

Ever wonder how that 65-year old looks decades younger than her biological age? Ever wonder how that 25-year looks ten years older? While some people have the assistance of botox and other other human-science-assisted age-defyi...


3 Ways I’ll Spend My Annual Raise

  It’s annual review time at my job, which also (hopefully) means raise time. Before I even know how much of a raise I’m being rewarded, I am putting a game plan in place to make sure that whatever increase I receive h...