Work: How to Design Your Own Career

Today’s advice comes from Susanne Goldstein, an Ivy League-educated engineer-filmmaker-consultant-web designer-business strategist-career coach who has spent the past 25 years successfully inventing and reinventing herself. She has helped clients of every color and stripe be whatever they’ve wanted to be. Her book, “Carry a Paintbrush,” is about creating your own idea work situation. “Carry a Paintbrush” author Susanne Goldstein It …

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Spirit: Alexander McQueen and why we need to move on our life’s work

I am in New York this week. This is the city that made me think and feel and act as I do. It made me love certain things and loathe others. When I am anywhere else, including my Los Angeles home, the world is in smudgy pastels. In New York, it is wild crisp color. I have the great delight …

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Profile: Sue Chipperton’s Trained the Taco Bell Dog and Other Famous Four Legged Friends

“I have two sea lion bites, I have been thrown across a barn with enormous velocity by a ram (who knew?), and hit in the face by dolphins.” Sue Chipperton is a Hollywood star maker, but not in the way you’d expect. The 40licious animal trainer has made a career by helping her four-legged (and sometimes two-finned) friends steal the …

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Relationships: Women in China Waiting Until Their 40s to Get Married

My mother took this picture of the happiest bride ever dancing. That would be me. As a person who came very late to my first marriage, this story in the China Daily caught my eye. Apparently a growing percentage of women in China are rocking it so hard at work, that they are delaying marriage until well into their 40s. …

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Work: How to Start Over Again and Switch Careers

“Something happened while I was doing that three month gig. I fell in love with my new job, my new company, and the weekly paycheck that came with it. Gone were the days of the real estate roller coaster. I could eat!” Today’s guest post comes to us from Lisa Affi, who is so capable and beautiful and talented she …

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Work: Play Hard to Get, Even When You’ve Got the Job

“Once you have a job offer, it’s not a done deal until you accept it. Until that happens, keep networking and looking for jobs. It may give you valuable market-worth data about the position you’ve been offered.” As women, we’re generally raised to be pleasers. It’s well documented we don’t do as well negotiating salary, and are trained to say …

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Work: Sexual Harassment Still Common in the Workplace

“In some ways this suggests that sexual harassment is such a widespread problem that women have figured out ways to deal with it so it doesn’t interfere with their psychological well-being.” We came of age in the ’80s, when we suited up with shoulder pads and looked to movies such as 9 to 5 and Working Girl as our plucky …

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