31 Meals in 31 hours

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I spent time a lot of time in the kitchen this weekend making 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals. We put our favorite music on the iPad, cracked open a bottle of wine and got to work. We talked and laughed a lot and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was a nice little bonding experience for us as a couple. It felt like old times when we traveled overseas and made meals in youth hostel kitchens.

For your entertainment, the following provides a snapshot of how it all went down.

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31 Crockpot Freezer Meal Recipes - Ingredients

New response to the age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” 

“What’s for dinner?” This question asked sometime between 4 and 6pm each day makes millions of women angry, tense and exasperated all at the same time – myself included! There has to be a better way, right? I’m hoping so.

Effective immediately, we’ve implemented a new meal-making system in our household: 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals.

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Buddha Quote - Do What Matters

3 Practical Tips to Help You Focus on Your Most Important Work

Word for today: Focus

A New Chapter
Earlier this month, I joined the ranks of the “employed” (as opposed to “self-employed”) and accepted a full-time position as a VP of Marketing & Communications for a 180-person company. My new position comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s also going to be a ton of fun. I’m very excited…and a little nervous.

Over the past several years I’ve been working as an independent marketing consultant. This provided me with considerable flexibility to dial my workload up and down based on family and personal commitments. So, while I’ve definitely been a “busy working Mom” juggling many balls in the air, it’s been primarily on my terms.

Now, I am what I consider to be a traditional busy working Mom, working for a company and receiving a paycheck. After more than a decade of being an entrepreneur, this “regular paycheck” thing is quite a novel concept! ☺

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5 Valuable Life Lessons for Busy Working Moms

Word for today? Lesson.

Do you ever feel like you are supposed to have ALL of the answers?

I felt like that back in the days when I owned a marketing agency. Any time someone on my team had a question, I felt I had to have the “right” answer. Immediately. On the spot. Every time. If I didn’t have the answer, I would do one of two things:

  1. Make up something and pretend I had the answer. This, in turn, made me feel like a poser and a fraud. But most importantly, this never led to the best result. Instead of being focused on my need to always have the answer, I should have been focused on doing whatever I could to help the team meet the needs of our valuable clients.
  2. Since I’m not very good at masking my emotions, I would get visibly frustrated and annoyed with the person asking the question. This happened often enough that, over time, my peeps asked fewer and fewer questions. I can assure you that it’s not a very healthy work environment when employees don’t feel empowered to ask questions.
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Grab Your Tissue Box…

Apple released it’s new 90-second holiday commercial called “The Song.” With over 2 million YouTube views in four days, the spot features a young woman using her Mac to make a song for her Grandmother.

It’s very touching and definitely brought a tear to my eye. Enjoy!

 

Young girl playing dress up in red high heel shoes

Ever been embarrassed at work? Join the club!

Word for today? Embarrassing.

I’ll be starting interviews for “The Girl’s Got Balls” podcast soon. One question I plan to ask each guest is: “What is something embarrassing that has happened to you in your career?” If I’m going to ask others to share something embarrassing, I should do the same. So here goes…

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

3 Benefits from Taking a Sabbatical

Word for today? Sabbatical.

In a previous post, I talked about the burnout I experienced from running balls to the wall in my business for way too long. As a busy working Mom, chances are good that you might be headed toward burnout at some point in your journey. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means that you’re human.

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Are YOU on the Brink?

Word for today? Burnout.

Imagine a coach expecting an athlete like Aaron Rodgers, LeBron James or Tiger Woods to be in peak physical condition and to perform at the top of his game every single week, for 48 or 49 weeks out of every year. And, to maintain this level of performance year after year after year. It sounds ridiculous, right? We all know that professional athletes need an off-season to rest and recover from the tremendous strain intense athletic competition places on their bodies and minds.

Yet, that’s exactly what the rest of us “mere mortals” are expected to do year after year after year.

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3 Simple Ways to Get a New Mentor Relationship Off to a Great Start

Word for today? Mentor.

Earlier this year, I started a mentor/mentee relationship with a young woman who is working to take the next step in her career. I am actually the mentor – which feels weird to me. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I do actually have some valuable life experience. I think we all take our experience for granted. We think, “Everybody knows how to do that!” But guess what? They don’t!

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