All posts filed under: Inspiration

How I Decided to Follow my Dreams.

One year ago today, I decided to follow two of my life-long dreams: going to graduate school and living in Paris. It was a long time coming. I first had the idea to go to grad school in Paris when I was finishing up my undergrad. But it had taken me seven years to get my Bachelor’s degree and at 25, I was quite a bit older than most new graduates. I had some ambitious career goals and felt spending another two years in school wouldn’t give me enough time to get where I wanted. Marriage and kids would mean taking a break from the workforce in my early 30s for sure. And besides, I didn’t need a graduate degree to work in advertising. If anything, it would make landing an entry-level position more difficult. So I put it off. Ten years later, I was still single, didn’t have any kids and had accomplished everything I’d wanted in my career. The thrill of my work gave way to routine. I was bored and longed for new challenges. I again thought of my dream of grad …

Nine Inspiring Little Gifts from Kate Spade

Staying inspired sometimes takes a little effort. That’s why I love these gifts from Kate Spade. Not only do they have her classic mix of elegance and fun, they also provide a daily dose of inspiration to live life to the fullest.   This is the Year To Idiom Bangle, $58.00;  Food for Thought Placement, $16.00;  Things We Love Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug, $20.00;  “Start Something New” Scented Candle, $40.00;  “Be Dazzling” Scented Candle, $40.00;  “Escape the Ordinary” Scented Candle, $40.00;  Quick and Curious Spiral Notebook, $14.00;  I Married Adventure iPad Folio, $85.00;  I Married Adventure iPhone 5 Case, $40.00

My Eyes! My Eyes!

My Eyes! My Eyes! Some things you can’t un-see. And some things, you just can’t see. Period. It started about three months ago. I realized I was continually adjusting  the distance at which I was holding my iPhone. My friends and I talk almost exclusively via text messages, so I was doing quite a bit of adjusting. I texted Kyle, who’d previously confessed to me she’d been wearing reading glasses for about 8 months — 6 of which her husband knew nothing about. She had been whipping them off and hiding them under the nearest object every time her 7-years-her-junior husband walked in the room. Was I on the same track? “Sigh. Yes. That’s how it starts. And it’s a pretty rapid decline from there.” Ugh. Really? I’d kind of hoped to just bypass that whole thing. Didn’t my youthful attitude somehow make me immune? Then last week, at a dinner outing in a dimly-lit restaurant, I couldn’t read the drink menu. Kate offered me her “old lady glasses” only to find she didn’t have them. “That’s …

Is your résumé as current as your look?

Switching careers, or even just looking for a new job, gets a little more difficult after you turn 40. You start to notice things  — like how the hiring manager is 15 years younger than you. Maybe the jargon is a little different from you’re used to and the accepted style of dress more casual. The truth is, things change. And so should you. Of course, you never want to try to be someone you’re not. And you should never be ashamed of your age. No twenty-something can bring the same wisdom and experience to the role that you can. But you also have to stay current or you might get left behind. With the pace of technology advances across all areas of business, it’s just too easy to become irrelevant. And it can happen quicker than you might think. My day-job industry (advertising and marketing) is by nature a youth-oriented culture. This has some advantages for me, in that it naturally helps me stay on top of the latest trends. But even so, I …