paris terrorist attack puts life in perspective

It was our team’s assistant who told me about the Paris terrorist attack on Friday afternoon.   Right before, I was busy updating a presentation and worrying about something I don’t even remember now.  I quickly halted both to follow what was going on in Paris and contacted our neighbor to find out if his daughter and

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coach valvano

A big thank you to our Executive Author, Cindy Wong-Zarahn for writing this article In the U.S., the national college basketball tournament affectionately known as “March Madness” mesmerizes much of the country for a few weeks in March. The latest tournament is recently behind us, and throughout the TV coverage I was reminded of one of

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How to Stop thinking about work

It is critical to your mental and physical health to know How to Stop Thinking about Work.  This post is written for my benefit and yours, if you find yourself in a similar situation. During the last six weeks, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about work.   I love my new job, and theoretically I am only working about 40 hours a week,  8:30

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career break

Can you take a career break – time off from work to do other things like travel or be a full time mom?  If so, how long can you safely take a career break if you want to come back to work afterwards.  These are popular questions among new mothers with young children as well as from anyone who

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work life balance path

Achieving work life balance takes self-awareness, making tough choices, and being disciplined.  As a recovering over-achiever and perfectionist, this is hard for me.     My natural tendency with any job is to err on the side of working over-time and prioritizing my job above anything else.   The only reason I was able to maintain

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Paul Walker

Paul Walker was a down-to-earth, fun-loving guy who also happened to be a famous actor.   I was shocked to find out he was killed yesterday in a car accident at the age of 40.  Since I have met Paul Walker, I wanted to dedicate this post to remembering him and reminding us that life is

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work life balance

Three weeks ago, the weather was amazing in San Francisco — close to 80 degrees. As it is rare to have such good weather, and since my kids love the beach, I decided to spend the day at the beach with them. You might be thinking that this seems like a rather abrupt choice, maybe

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My husband sent me this story today.  I have been struggling between my old “over-achiever corporate fast tracker” self with my new “mother of two want balance and be an entrepreneur” self.  This story centered me. ————————————————————————————— SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” SON: “Daddy, how much

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In my last post, I talked about Living Life with No Regrets.  The 5th most common regret people have is “I wish I let myself be happier.”  On this topic, Jyri Engestrom shared in his talk the 9 tips for Happiness – what we can practice in our everyday lives to be happy.  I broke them down

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no-regrets

Last month, I heard this great talk by Jyri Engestrom, a successful Internet entrepreneur on the topics of happiness.  He said, most people have five regrets in life – all of which resonated with me.  And you probably would agree these are the most common regrets as well.  If so, then I ask you – why

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lunch break

Many successful and motivated business people get where they are today by working hard during times when others would not have the energy to do so.  This may include working longer hours, on weekends, and through lunch.   While working hard for a little while can get you further, you also need to watch out

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get outside your comfort zone

Success cannot be achieved if you only stay in your comfort zone.  That’s because success requiring striving, learning, testing, and falling possibly along the way, all of which are not comfortable. So  it’s important to be comfortable with being uncomfortable to achieve success and joy in life!  For this reason, I am ditching the traditional

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magnificent view

Whatever stress you may be facing in your job or job search, remember the big picture – life is short, appreciate and enjoy it while you can.   Why am I saying this all of a sudden?  Well, it’s also a reminder for myself as lately I have been bombarded with sad news that reminds

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Happy Holidays 2011

It’s the season to be thankful.   Whatever kind of year you may have had, it’s time to take a breather.  I hope you are finding time to relax and celebrate the year with family and friends. Job seekers: Xmas is usually the slowest season for recruiting as many hiring managers are taking vacations and budget

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happiness at work

A friend shared a great book with me by Professor Rao – Happiness at Work.  I completely agree with the 10 tips Prof. Rao proposes in his book on how to achieve happiness at work.  Let’s face it – there is no perfect job out there.  So the key to happiness at work is NOT

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