9 Lives for Women Blog

Guilty or Unhappy?

March 13th, 2012

No bout of the flu is as bad as a case of the motherhood guilts.  And if your husband, your mother or your best friend is making you feel guilty about working, it’s an ailment you just can’t shake. When I was growing up my mother did not work, but I was especially intrigued by…

Have No Fear of Switching Gears

March 13th, 2012

It’s an interesting phenonemom that some of the most successful women are the most fearful about leaving the safety net of a familiar, tried and true career.  I’ve spoken to so many fast-track women who seem to think they are one trick ponies—when I know, with a little confidence boost, they can do every trick…

Hope is Not a Strategy

March 13th, 2012

A smart, humorous and very witty guy I know lost his senior-level job and lived to tell the story.  To document the experience he wrote a job seeker’s manifesto called “Hope is Not a Strategy”.  Though my focus is wholly on women, I find that men sometimes have good ideas, too—so I’m sharing some of…

It’s Not the Money, It’s the Money

March 13th, 2012

Most people like to make money.  Most women who have been volunteering their time for years love the idea of returning to work and actually being paid for their time.  But few returning professionals really think through how much money they will be comfortable earning. In any circumstance money is a tricky issue.  In our…

Make A Professional Case for Flexibility

February 27th, 2012

In all my experience coaching women, no one has ever told me that they left the workforce because they hated working.  Most women say they left because once they had a family they couldn’t make work work. If you’re a mother who is working 60+ hours in your employer’s office each week, commuting and bringing…

There’s No Downsizing Your Professional DNA

February 27th, 2012

Thinking that you want to step off the fast track?  Had enough of the long hours, world travel and stress?  Yearning to do something that has a little more meaning? If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’re probably at the top of your game but feeling that something is missing…

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