Topic: planning

Bullish: Maybe Work-Life Balance Means You Should Work MORE

Bullish: Maybe Work-Life Balance Means You Should Work MORE

A lot of career-related writing targeted towards women emphasizes work-life “balance.” So you should really take some time out and nurture yourself, right?

Actually, I’d keep that to a minimum right now. “Balance” is not for the young and sprightly — instead, think of work-life balance over the course of your entire life. Do you intend to retire some day? Would you like to have a baby and invest substantial time in caring for it? If there is some phase of your life during which you will be working 15 hours a week, then maybe you should work 60 now. More »

Modern Etiquette: How to Negotiate Shared Holidays

Modern Etiquette: How to Negotiate Shared Holidays

he holidays are a wonderful time of family togetherness. Extended relatives make the once-a-year visit, honored family traditions are upheld and, in general, most of feel a little more lovey-dovey. Unfortunately, the larger your family gets, the more difficult it gets to share your time.

Every couple knows that things have gotten serious when you start discussing shared holidays. It starts with an innocent 4th of July barbecue. But six months later, your grandmother is crying because no one will appreciate her homemade cranberry sauce like you do. And secretly, you’re crying, because you’re really going to miss that cranberry sauce! Then comes December. Who gets Christmas Eve? What about Christmas morning? Day after brunch? What about extended families? More »

Bullish: How to Build a Modern Woman’s Hope Chest Without Looking Like an Insane Harpy

Bullish: How to Build a Modern Woman's Hope Chest Without Looking Like an Insane Harpy

I learned from Bust magazine sometime in the last couple of years that, in the 1950s, young women who hoped to one day get married would register, through ads in the backs of magazines, with companies that made different patterns of silverware. They’d sign up for a particular pattern and hope to receive forks, spoons, and knives for their various birthdays, until they had collected the whole set. As a token of having committed to forward-thinking silverware collecting, the company would send them a tiny pin — as in, a brooch that is a spoon. You wear it on your clothes. To announce to the whole world that you are collecting silverware for your future marriage. More »

Picking a Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Hold Back Your Career or Bank Account

Picking a Boyfriend Who Doesn't Hold Back Your Career or Bank Account

Many romantically-inclined people strenuously object to picking a partner based on any reason but love and attraction.

This, obviously, is a fairly new development in human society. In the past, and today in many other cultures, men have been (or are) judged by their ability to provide financially, and to a lesser extent, women by their perceived ability to be frugal or contribute to a household. In the current recession — in which traditionally male jobs have been lost at a much higher rate than traditionally female ones — it seems only a matter of time until this onus falls (at least equally) on women. More »

Hassle Me

Hassle Me

Have you found that you forget the little things? I have a feeling that most of us are simply too busy these days so when I spotted this site, it seemed like a good idea. It promises to hassle you … More »