The End Is In Sight

When I got home today, there was an envelope waiting for me.  Inside that envelope was a wonderful sight to behold- my graduation announcements.  Behold- the end is in sight!  I am so excited.  After nearly two years of blood, sweat, and tears- literally- the end has come.  It took a tremendous amount of work, effort, and dedication on my part, but also on the part of my support system.  My husband has supported me in my dream by heading the household nearly single-handedly while I’ve studied countless hours.  I’ve also been supported by my children, my father, my colleagues,

Some Signs You Might Be Overdoing It

Given that by about 1:30 on Monday, I was ready for my head to explode, I thought I’d share some signs that perhaps you might be overdoing things by just a little bit.  I hope that this can be a helpful guide to knowing when to slow down, if only a little bit. Signs You Might be Overdoing It: Your head is spinning, and you find yourself speaking in tongues to your children.  This is a clear sign that perhaps your are a bit stressed and need to slow down and perhaps reduce your stress level.  The children also appreciate

Ask For Help

I have the Getting in Touch With Your Inner Bitch Calendar on my desk at work, because I thought I needed some reminders to do for myself, instead of always doing for others.  It has been eye opening.  Today’s Quote is “It’s the strong ones who ask for help” ~anonymous.  I think that is a great reminder.  None of us is as strong as all of us.  It takes a village to raise a child, but sometimes it also takes a village to keep a mom who does way too much going.  It’s a reminder that accepting help is a sign of

Keeping Calm in the Eye of a Storm

By about 12:30 PM on Monday I was pretty sure my head was either going to explode or go spinning off my shoulders.  It was close there for a bit.  Between doctors’ appointments for my dad with a spine surgeon on Monday, and getting a back brace for him, going to work early, leaving late, and having to get my first aid/CPR training class done that evening, then multiple hours of testing for my oldest daughter this week- 8 of them to be specific- buying a wheelchair van for my Dad, and dealing with closing on a property, while trying

Advice for New Employees

What is your advice for new employees at your company?  As part of my job, I recruit, train, and manage a fairly large number of college interns – 9 of them currently.  I know that I’m constantly giving them advice. Take Notes.  Don’t rely on remembering everything that was said to you. Yes, you should study some of these things.  Linux commands, how the operating system works, and more.  Those are your homework. Show up on time. Communicate, regularly, early, and often. What items do you wish people knew, and followed when they start at your company?  If you could

Mommy Wars

You’d pretty much have to be blind, deaf, and clueless to miss the ferocity of the mommy wars.  Both sides are equally at fault, and the fights are mean, nasty, and frankly needless and pointless.  They are also heartbreaking to hear.  Frankly, what’s to gain from them? Let’s be honest here- each of us makes the decisions that are best for our families.  Women are not “giving up”, “wasting their educations”,  or doing something crazy if they decide that staying in the work force is not for them after having children.  Women who continue to work after having children, are

Queen Bees

In the technology field, there are very few women.  As you move into development, there are even fewer women.  If you move up the management chain there are also very few women.  It’s not unusual for me to attend a meeting and be the only woman in the room.  This is especially true whenever I travel to another one of my company’s offices.  I will look around, and be the only woman in a room with over 20 men.  So, needless to say, there are relatively few of us in this field. Unfortunately, some of the women who are in

Changes are Coming

The other night, I was at dinner with my two sons and husband.  My younger son told me that when he grows up, he is going to stay home with his children, and his wife is going to go to work.  Needless to say, I was completely intrigued.  So, I turned and looked at my other son, and asked him what he thought.  He said he isn’t sure, but he wants lots of kids.  He’d like to have as many as his wife will agree to having.  I think that changes are coming in the way that we think about

Challenges in the Multigenerational Workplace

There are lots of interesting challenges working in the multigenerational workplace.  In my office, we have Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y, and Millenials.  There are also an interesting number of cultural collisions between the generations. Electronic Communication in the Multigenerational Workplace It’s worth remembering that the current generation entering the workforce has always had cell phones, and texting is a standard form of communication for them.  Sending texts may not be considered “appropriate” by older generations.  It is also not uncommon to see text speak in emails, or in other communications. Baby Boomers many times prefer to use the phone to

Women in Leadership

You’d have to be ignoring the news lately to not notice that there are a number of women in leadership positions in top companies.  But, not all of that news has been positive, or even healthy. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that there has been a great deal of buzz in the media lately about Sheryl Sandberg, and her upcoming book.  What is interesting to me is the amount of negative commentary that has accompanied the buzz.  I’m seeing lots of comments about how she’s rich, she has no clue what it’s really like to be a working mom