That time-honored, sanity-saving ritual: menu planning

I‘ll confess that in the midst of all our moving back to our passport country from the one where we lived for three years, and then moving again across the U.S. to the Pacific Northwest, we spent about a year where our family just winged it, food-wise. No menu planning, no giving much thought to (read more…)

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How to work happily ever after with your spouse

“Will you be able to pull it off?” nagged a little voice inside my head when my husband and I decided to go into business together in 2011. The decision did come after a lot of thought and brainstorming, planning and strategizing, but still there was this little voice inside that asked repeatedly, “Will it (read more…)

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A day in the life

This post was first published on January 30, 2012, and even though my days are slightly different right now (we’re not homeschooling this year, for instance), the general vibe remains the same. 7:00 – My alarm goes off on my iPhone. We had a late night last night. I grab it, hit snooze, and tuck (read more…)

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Fighting the tyranny of the urgent at home

In the 1960s, Charles Hummel published a little booklet called Tyranny of the Urgent, and it quickly became a business classic.  In it, Hummel argues that there is a regular tension between things that are urgent and things that are important — and far too often, the urgent wins. In the business world, this means (read more…)

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How to get started as a virtual assistant

In 2008, I was 22 years old. I was a recent college graduate and I couldn’t get a job in my field, so I settled for working as an Administrative Assistant (a boring position with a terrible commute and a boatload of stress that wasn’t worth the pennies I was paid). I was a newlywed (read more…)

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