Life After Five

Hey, That’s My Idea!

Stealing ideas. It happened in your 8th grade science project, it happened in your college Poli. Sci. course, and it’s happening now. Whether someone is entirely stealing your original idea or taking credit for an idea yo...

Back to Work After a Holiday – Strategies for Success

It’s the day after the 4th of July, and inevitably you’re experiencing the “what day is it” blues. Today will feel like Monday, tomorrow like some weird kind of Thursday, and you’re in danger of sp...

My Rate is My Rate

At the recent Tech Week Conference in Chicago, a “Women in Tech” panel featured Yesenia Sotelo, the Founder of Smart Cause Digital, a Chicago-based firm that builds digital infrastructure and implementation strategi...


The Power of Female Relationships

We’ve been busy the past two weeks looking at our negative self-talk and getting ahead of shame. To supplement our internal dialogue shift, I thought I’d talk about how female friendships turbo kick our ability to positivel...

TaskRabbit and Other Tools to Make Your Job Easier

In the words of David Harrison, Vice President of Engineering for Freelancer.com, “How would your life change if you had access to virtually unlimited labor at next to no cost?” For instance….Those tasks that ...

The 9 Reasons You’re Still Broke

If at the end of the month, you look at your checkbook and say to yourself, “Ramen?”, you’re probably in a place where the word “broke” can sometimes describe your financial situation. Sure, your p...


Getting Ahead of Shame

Last week we talked about identifying our negative self-talk and shame voices in “Tackling Negative Self-Talk: Are You Lying to You?” I asked you to pay attention to often you have shaming thoughts. Did you keep tra...

Half Marathoner, I Am!

The inaugural Chicago Women’s Half Marathon challenged its runners to ask – why will you run? I signed up for this half marathon in February and if you’ve followed my running journey, you know this was the thi...

Advice from a Slinky on a Treadmill

There’s a new YouTube video sweeping the nation – the epic (yes, they literally use the word epic) “Slinky on a Treadmill.” In case you haven’t seen it, I’m linking it below. I was introduced...


Does Your Paycheck Have Bragging Rights?

You just got a raise, and you want to jump up and down and shout it from the rooftops. You probably call your spouse or your Mom and tell them how awesome you are, all the great things your boss said about you, but then…&...