9 Lives for Women Blog

9 Lives for Women: New Look, New Flexwork Brand!

February 1st, 2018

I’m so excited to share my new website at www.kathrynsollmann.com. It’s easier to navigate, more mobile-friendly and helps you find flexwork even faster. My site URL is no longer “9 Lives for Women” so that I can focus more clearly on the key services I provide as a flexwork expert. My new branding is indeed all about flexwork—on my…

When it Comes to Childcare, Think Outside the Usual Sandbox

January 10th, 2018

The 2018 mid-term elections will keep the heat on politicians to make childcare more plentiful and affordable. But until significant changes are made, more creative thinking is in order before women at all income levels make the choice to forego work and stay home. Many women decide to avoid childcare expenses and stay home when…

Family First, But Financial Security is Priority #2

January 7th, 2018

Ask any mother what she considers her #1 priority and the answer will inevitably be “my family”. As it should be…but the question is, what is priority #2? Recently I came across a book written by a college friend called Priorities. There are lots of good reminders as author Elizabeth Stuart-Grimes prompts readers to understand…

When Women Propose Flexwork, They’re Not Asking for the Moon

January 5th, 2018

When Hillary Clinton almost won the Presidency, were more women inspired to “lean in” toward the C-Suite? Probably not. Many highly educated, talented women don’t fret the glass ceiling—they want and need to lean in halfway to less life-consuming, more sustainable, flexible work that accommodates child and aging parent caretaker roles.

From Mom to Moneymaker: Negotiating with Family for the Back to Work Move

January 3rd, 2018

There’s one skill that women returning to the workforce after a family hiatus will revisit right away: the art of negotiating…with family and potential employers. When there’s not a dire need to restart your career tomorrow, the first deal-making is with family—and your goal is to convince your partner and children that any initial inconvenience…

Exercise Toward Financial Fitness, Too

December 11th, 2017

Most women have gotten the memo on physical fitness. If we’re not going to the gym religiously, we’re fretting about making more time to exercise. We spend hours thinking about whether to eat this rather than that—especially when a zipper doesn’t zip or a button pops. Though we may devour every article about a diet that…

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