Building the Plane While Flying It

Taking (and giving) advice is a tetchy process. We all come at life and career from unique positions.  Even identical twins have their slight differences.  The greater the differences among us, the harder it is to generalize — something very important to consider if one is in the business of giving impractical advice.  I have… Read More

Female Founders Over Forty: Understanding Toxic Workplaces

I’m back from a week in Italy, yes, it was lovely.  I met some great people, including an amazing woman in my age range.  Another woman with a remarkable past, stellar skills and jaw-dropping experience–and, like so many of us, under-employed, in a toxic environment, having to figure out whether or not we can make… Read More

The Identical Twins of Triumph and Disaster

Some people are world transformers.  We choose to go headlong into the breach, to try something, to build something, to create something that didn’t exist before.  People are not born risk-takers or leaders, or innovators, or founders.   We acquire the ambition, the skills, the experience and the know-how along the way, often at difficult cost. … Read More

Patience and the Female Founder

When I lived in Thailand, I participated in yi peng,  the tradition of creating and sending up these homemade balloons (khom loy).  People often have contests–they write their addresses on it and when people find the remains, hopefully someone will contact them.  A successfully balloon goes high and far until the flame snuffs itself out,… Read More

Where am I Going? (Female Founders Over 40)

Today, as I was going through the WordPress Reader, I stumbled on a post from a travel/lifestyle blogger that asked the question:  would you rather live abroad all the time and come home (to your home country) each year for a two-week vacation or in your home country with a two week vacation abroad each… Read More

The Pivot and the Female Founder Over Forty: This Blogging Life

How does blogging fit into career transformation?  What’s a “pivot”and what does it mean for your blog, your career, your life?   What do you permit for yourself?  And what do you allow to continue in your life, your blog, your career?  Read More

This Blogging Life: Getting Into Blogging

Can blogging pay the bills reliably?  Or is it more like acting as a career,  years of hard work, honing our craft and hoping for that lucky break?  Will thousands, even hundreds of thousands of us, never get our lucky break?  Here I review the book that got me from “blogging as a hobby” to “blogging as a business.” 🙂 Read More

Pivot or Persevere?

While working on my earlier blogs, especially the failed one,  —um, okay, so they were all failures.  The one thing one gets from things that don’t go as planned is experience.  Cue the ‘wah-wah’ music. Yes, I have tons of experience. 🙂  In creating this blog, I “pivoted” the earlier, failed blog, adjusting my objectives and… Read More