Life After Five
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Direct and Home Party Sales Companies: Annoying, Empowering or Both?

As a little girl, growing up in North Dakota, my mom was a stay-at-home mother until both my brother and I were in school full time. During that time, though, my mom was what the 1980′s branded “The Avon Lady.”...

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Changing Workplace Culture is No Piece of Cake

My taste has been called many things, but never “normal.” I’ll pass on cookies, but never say no to salt and vinegar chips. I think frosting is gross, and to be honest, sweetened ice tea is a crime. This might sound like ...

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Sick of Being Late All The Time? Take This Advice

I often tell people I am “annoyingly and perpetually early.” And while that annoyance may not be as annoying as those who are perpetually late, what I know from my own experience being early is that it’s somet...


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How to Handle a Fear Overload in Your Life

Fear is a tricky little guy. He sneaks his way through our system’s security check points, disguises himself as logic, and pretends to play it cool, when he’s really throwing our dreams out the back window. Are you letting ...

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Why You’re Not a Good Advocate for Your Own Health

I’ve become a great big fan recently of the Hulu series “Larry King Now.” Sure, we like Piers Morgan, but no one is quite like Larry King. His Hulu show has become my go-to program to watch on my iPad as I dri...

There’s No Such Thing As A Safe Investment

I’ve had a lot of questions about investing lately – Should I invest? What should I invest in? How much should I invest? While it’s hard to answer these questions in a way that will apply to everyone, it’s clear to me t...


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Working While Sick? STOP IT!

The sick season is upon us and a common theme is that women completely ignore their symptoms to the best of their ability.  Instead of calling in sick, taking a nap or turning off the email for an afternoon, women pop an extra...

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Yourself Accountable

Accountability is underrated. When you set out to create real change in one or more areas of your life, you will likely get in your own way. Real change requires you to navigate the unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable and, fra...

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Lash Out!

A few years ago, Ellen Bryon of the Wall Street Journal interviewed me about consumer buying trends in the mascara category. What was hot? Mega-brush mascaras, primers, eyelash curlers, eyelash growth serums, etc. If it goes on...


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Workaholic? Can You Be One Without Being Constantly Stressed

Workaholic. It’s a word loaded with innuendo. In one sentence it can be a compliment, like when your boss says, “We just love having Jen on our team. She’s a workaholic.” Moments later, it’s a pain...