Does Smoking Improve Your Chances of Career Advancement?

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately on leadership, leadership training and what gets in the way of women being in leadership roles in corporate America.  There are factors like:  Lack of role models at the...Read More


How Bragging Can Benefit Your Career

I’m going to be leading a workshop called Own It! at STEAMfest on November 9th.  STEAMfest is an event for girls and women interested in or already pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)...Read More


Play the What If Game. Build Your Career Confidence

I am involved in the planning of an event for an organization I co-founded called STEAMahead.  This event, STEAMfest,  is set to happen on November 9th 2018 at the Nokia Campus in Naperville, IL (more...Read More


Move Your Career Up a Level

As many of you are aware, I am in the midst of a website re-brand. This process reminded me of something that I had not thought about in years that I like to call Leveling Up.  Many years ago, I attended a retreat. It was a...Read More


What the heck? I did not win the $522 Million!

I envisioned. I aligned.  I’m a good person.  I have plans to do greatness for the world with my winnings.  I spoke words aloud to whoever was listening. I expected to win.  So why...Read More


Your Career Reality Is Not As It Appears

A few years ago, my husband and I were invited to a holiday party by a couple that we did not know well. But heck, it was a party so we went.This couple seemed to have it all together. They drove nice cars, had a large house in a nice...Read More


The Spiritual Solution I Learned From My Son's Gaming Obsession

My 20-year-old son and I were watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.When the game finished another show came on that my son said was eSports.I had never seen a TV show like this before and my son and I were instantly riveted.eSports,...Read More


Moms, Careers and Making Trouble

I gave my mom a Notorious RBG coffee mug for Mother’s Day this year.     She turned to me and said, “I love this!!  But isn’t it sad that we are still fighting the equality fight?Hell ya...Read More


Say SO WHAT to Self Doubt

I was part of an event last week for women tech founders.What women technologists and women who are creating technology firms are doing right now is inspiring to me.This is a different form of using the female voice and expression from ...Read More


Eliminate What Limits You: Move Out of Scar City

I asked a question on a recent Facebook Live with Martha Beck- coach, author, artist, writer and tribe-leader extraordinaire.How does someone get to their limiting thoughts and beliefs if they are not aware of...Read More


The Number 1 Job Interview Success Tip People Forget

I was in the midst of prepping a candidate for an interview.Something I have done 1000’s of times in my career as a recruiter.She was telling me that: Her outfit was cleaned and ready to go She had written out her Success Stories...Read More


I'm Having a Love Affair... With My Kindle

A Kindle, for those who do not know, is Amazon’s e-reader. A Kindle lets you download books in seconds.It has an online library that takes up no space on my nightstand, floor or closet.When I travel, I no longer have to weigh my...Read More


How Changing Your Prepositions Can Help Your Job Search

I was out to lunch with a friend recently who wanted my advice on her job search.She went on to tell me about her current position that she really did not like but would not have to leave if only: Her boss was more...Read More


Creating a Career of EEE (pronouced ease!)

I have spent over 20 years and worked with 1000’s of people helping them to navigate the job search and career change process.What I have learned is that in order to have a career that continues to fulfill you and a job search that is...Read More


Cure Procrastination with 1 Simple Question

Laurie’s To-Do List January 22nd, 2017 Put away the holiday decorations Write my Blog Unload Dishwasher Write those thank-you notes Get my car washed Shovel Recruit Go to post office Plus, 101 other things on the never-ending list...Read More


Manifest What You Want in 2018

Once upon a time I was in college. My group of friends did a ton of fun things like Cubs games, concerts, played Frisbee, softball and, no surprise, lots of drinking games.  Ahh…those were the days. But I digress…One late...Read More


Getting Started is the Hardest Part

I like to have the content for my blog done by Monday so that my assistant can put it into the template and make it look pretty.  Then I can review it again. I edit and tweak, she applies my changes for another review and that usually seems to...Read More


Do You Fully Trust Life?

I was watching Super Soul Sunday (yes, again).Oprah had on a 92-year-old Benedictine Monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, who has written many books and even done a few TED Talks. He spoke of many ideas that were pretty great but one thing...Read More


The Rebound Job ...It's a Good Thing

Everyone has heard about, and many have participated in, a rebound love relationship.You know what I mean.The relationship that helps you get over or get out of that “other” relationship.The relationship that is often just prior...Read More


Are You Living Your Soul's Mission?

September 25th was one of my favorite days because The Voice was back!  For me, The Voice is right up there with Super Soul Sunday as the show that moves me whenever I watch.  I just feel good. In the first show...Read More


Do the Math -- Fulfill Your Dreams

All of us have dreams.Some of us are actively pursuing them and other of us are busy with our daily life having put the dream on the shelf... for now.Or at least that is what we have been telling ourselves.  Listen Up People with Shelf...Read More


Enlarge Your Pot, Enlarge Your Vision

I have several patio plants that add such wonderful color to my patio.I love them. They make me feel good or at least they did until I went to my parent’s house the other day.  Then…potted plant envy.   My...Read More


Access to All the Money in the World

Money can be a big quandary when a person is on or considering a job search. How much should I ask for so that I leave nothing on the table? Am I asking too much? Too little? What is my monetary value in the market? How do I negotiate...Read More


Finding the Gifts in Closed Doors: a.k.a. Soul's Mission Strategy, Part II

When I was in high school, the first interview I ever had was to be a lifeguard at a local pool.I had all the credentials.I was a very strong swimmer, I had been giving lessons for 2 years and I had passed my Red Cross Life Guard certification.After...Read More


Ideal Career Meditative Exercise: a.k.a. Soul's Mission Strategy, Part I

I have a good friend who is struggling on his job search.He called me because he had, once again, come in second for a job he hoped to land. “What am I doing wrong," he asked me? We went down the checklist. Resume in good shape?...Read More


Is Donald Trump Living his Soul's Mission?

It would seem like it.He had a desire to become the President of the United States.He worked hard for his dream.People supported him.He is making good money.He became the President of the United States.  That must mean that he is living his...Read More


Wonder Woman, Soul's Mission and You!

If you have not seen the new Wonder Woman yet, I highly recommend you run not walk to the movie theater.During the movie, I realized that Wonder Woman was following her Soul’s Mission.That’s my kind of gal!  How did I know Wonder...Read More



I remember one of the weirdest experiences of being a new mother was when son cried and almost instantly my breasts filled with milk. Very strange sensation for sure. I'm sure that the doctors told me about this, or I read about it in all my...Read More


Get Ready, 'Cuz Here I Come

Get ready. Big things are happening here. This will sound a bit like a commercial, because it kind of is, I hope you are ok with that. You will be seeing more emails and posts on my Facebook pages Get ready for a really fun contest! Get ready for my...Read More


Move the Needle

59 cents. That was on the green button I wore as I marched with my mom in support of the equal rights amendment in 1978. That is what women were making versus the $1 men were making doing similar work. Check out the path of the ERA: ...Read More


The Blow That Split Me in Two

When I was in the process of getting clean and sober I saw lots of therapists, watched many episodes of Oprah, read plenty of self-help books, attended retreats and went to a lot of AA/NA meetings to gain insight into what I was grappling with...Read More


A Seven Nation Army Couldn't Hold Her Back

People often say that you should "remove your masks". I think that is very good advice. A life spent hiding your authentic self is not only hard work but exhausting and not much fun. But sometimes putting on a mask (and I'm not talking about...Read More


It's Your Journey, Claim It!

It's been said that there are many ways to climb a mountain, but your path can change as you change. One person's path may be straight up, another way may be curved, another may follow a circular route while someone else may take the zig-zag. At...Read More


Grandpa Knows Your Life Purpose

How many times have you asked yourself, "What is my purpose?" Maybe you have felt as if you were not doing what you were meant to be doing with your life but are stuck in the "same old, same old" with no real idea what you are passionate about or...Read More


A Quiz: What do You Believe?

I love a great inspirational story especially when it offers me a new perspective and an opportunity to learn and grow. There was a young girl, Mary Morrissey, who was pregnant, in the hospital and at a low point in her life. A chaplain came to...Read More


I'm giving you permission to take the day off

Do you ever feel like there are so many obligations on your plate that require your attention yet you are frozen? You don't know where to start. Well I do. So, I woke up one morning last week and decided to take the day off from doing anything that...Read More


The Good New Days

Normally I walk on the paths on the south side of my town since they are closer to my house. Today I had to drop my daughter off for soccer on the north side so decided to walk at the park on that side of town, aptly named Northside Park. As I am...Read More


Fence me in...Please!

One of my favorite stories I ever heard was from back in the day when I was doing a lot of personal growth work. The leader of the group I was involved with, Judith Wright, told a story of a study she had read about where the researchers had young...Read More