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Career Suicide Averted – But Did I Choose Correctly?

April 30th, 2012, posted by Aimee

About a month ago, I got thisclose to committing career suicide. Here’s how it went down. My mom called with an irresistible offer: 2 free tickets to Puerto Vallarta if we could all four take a quick tropical holiday together before the end of spring to celebrate our eight-year wedding anniversary and her birthday. Once a friend at work showed me photos of a five-star luxury hotel in Punta Mita and promised his friend could get us an insanely discounted rate, it was a done deal. With just a quick glance at my Outlook calendar for client conflicts (none!) and a signed request from my supervisor, I picked up the phone to give her the OK. By the next morning, four round-trip tickets and two hotel rooms were booked and the itinerary sealed. Unfortunately, the euphoria of an impending vacation was short-lived. At the office, one of my colleagues innocently pointed out, “Isn’t that during our annual senior leadership workshop?” Gulp. Sure enough, I had overlooked the mandatory and extremely critical two-day training “retreat” required of every single VP and more...

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That Nasty Word, “Choice”

April 19th, 2012, posted by Aimee

For the past week since the story broke about Democratic advisor Heidi Rosen’s bitchy remark about Ann Romney “never having worked a day in her life” and the subsequent uproar from the rest of the world about the validity of raising children as “real work,” I have been chomping at the bit to comment here on the blog about the whole hullabaloo. Ironically, perhaps, I was way too busy with work (hello, 12-hour days!) to get in any blogging on this or anything else. So, many apologies for being late to the party on this one. But the ruckus is just too ripe to skip over this renewed catfight between the SAHM crowd and defensive WOMOs. So, here’s my take … if you care. And I will make it snappy so you can get back to Facebook or “Real Housewives.” 1. Much as it’s politically incorrect to say it, I have to say that I understand where Heidi’s admittedly bitchy remark came from. Particularly in those first early days back at work after maternity leave feeling pissed about having to more...

The Forbidden … What You Should Never Say to a Working Mom

April 8th, 2012, posted by Aimee

o “I’m so tired. I have insomnia and just can’t seem to sleep no matter what I try.” (Uh, shut up. If you’re getting more than three consecutive hours in a night at a time, you’re golden compared to someone with a nursing baby, a teething toddler or a nightmare prone preschooler). Sleep is for the weak, anyway! o “I could only get to the gym three times this week!” (Hello, most working moms are happy if they snuck in a 30 minute run between errands on one day of the weekend. The luxury of 90 minute yoga classes, spinning after work or pounding the pavement at dawn seems just that … a luxury to this busy crew.) o “I just don’t know how you do it. I mean, for me, it’s just hard to imagine letting someone else raise my kids.” (Stab me in the heart right now, why don’t you? Wow, I just always dreamed of the day I would hand over my precious baby to a stranger to play with all day?) o “It’s okay if you’re more...

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