Return of the Jilted Interview Candidate 

Everyone has that moment. The one you wish you could go back to. The one you for which you would like a do over. There are rarely second chances. It is virtually impossible to reclaim the time, take back the words you play over and over in your head.  It wasn't supposed to be that …

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What Happened When I Closed the (Face)Book

The only thing to have FOMO about, is FOMO itself. It's been two weeks without any real withdrawal.  I removed Facebook from my phone. It started out as an experiment, inspired by this interview with Aziz Ansari, as well as the encouragement of an old friend (who I ironically reunited with through FB) that quit …

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Forget the Golden Ticket- I Got the Golden Handcuffs!

I knew I was considering a career change, but I didn't realize Escape Artist would need to be at the top of my list. "How can you have never heard of the golden handcuffs?", Eliza asked incredulously as we sipped rose beside the rooftop bar on a beautiful Chicago afternoon. It had been a full …

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Mom’d Ambition: Striving to be a Madonna

Who says having children is a reason to turn in your career ambition and sacrifice it for homemade baby food, Music Together classes, and endless breastfeeding talk? One minute we're lamenting how there aren't enough women in executive roles, instructing high potential women on things like gravitas and dressing for the role you want, and …

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Handicapped by Handicaps: Understanding Golf Culture 

Golf culture. Can someone please explain this to me? When winter thaws, and spring begins to transform branches into buds, another metamorphosis happens in the workplace. My male co-workers adopt a new language, their conversations turn from fantasy football into a whole new dialect. Just when I think I'll be able to hack it and …

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Smoke, Mirrors, and the Pursuit of Substance

There's a lot of BS out there.  There are a lot of gullible people out there.  Put those two together and it's a very dangerous formula. I work in an industry that thrives on numbers- stock prices, valuations, economic data. Revenues, revenues, revenues. How much revenue were YOU responsible for in the past year? That …

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Becoming Zensational: Putting the ME in Meditation

The first time I heard Justin Timberlake announce "I've got this feeling inside my bones" I thought for sure he was singing about anxiety. C'mon, I know you know what I'm talking about. A slight constriction in your chest. The smallest sense of difficulty in getting air into and out of your lungs. Asking yourself, …

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