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Is it Possible to Recover From the 12-Steps of Job Searching?

I’m continually amazed at how little the job search process has changed in the 20 or so years that I’ve been in the workforce full time. This includes everything from the process itself to the questions being asked to the resulting conversations that are had during the interviews. While there is lots of new technology …

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Why Leaning Out Might be the Best Step Toward Leaning In Again

As you might know from reading this blog, in June I left my previous company and, instead of taking the six-figure executive level role I was I leaving it for, had a change of heart and decided to take a career “pause.” I’ve spent the summer effectively “leaning out,” which is the best way I …

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Following Up On a Successful AirBnB Hosting Experience

I wanted to write a quick follow-up post about my experience prepping to be a first-time AirBnB host, now that my four guests have checked out of my house and I'm back in it. Overall, it was a success! My approach to being a host was to treat it as a social experiment to see …

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A Drink On My Patio: 10 Prep Tips for First-Time AirBnB Hosts

I don’t know exactly when what I did for a living, my title and the amount of my salary (as well as how easily I could spend it without worrying much about what I was spending it on) became such an important part of my identity. It’s only now, when I have neither a title …

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Drinks on the Patio Q&A with Genifer Murray, Cannabis Pioneer & Entrepreneur

As part of my journey to better understand what I want to do next now that I’ve taken a midlife career “pause,” I thought it made sense to talk to other women who’ve made a change. Specifically, women who changed careers in their late 30’s or early 40’s, decided to start their own businesses as …

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Curated RiNo: 7 Places to Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Denver’s River North District

I decided to take a break from the angst, self-help and midlife awakening posts this week to feature a curated Denver experience. If you love to explore new neighborhoods by eating and drinking your way up, down, across, around and through them, this post is for you. My boyfriend and I spent a fun-filled weekend …

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Kombucha Confessions: 3 Reasons I Miss Having a Job

I don’t know where kombucha has been all my life, but I’m sure glad it’s readily available now. It’s refreshing and delicious, although perhaps somewhat of an acquired taste. For those of you that haven’t tried it yet, I describe kombucha as tasting like tangy, fruity, vinegary soda, but with a fraction of the sugar …

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Margaritas and My Midlife “Awakening”

Margaritas were made for patios: sunshine is a critical component to enjoying them. I like mine mixed simply: tequila (preferably reposado), lime juice and agave, with a salt rim. Luckily, Denver has some of the best margaritas in the west, and a plethora of sunny patios to sip them on. Margaritas also seem like a …

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Sip On This: 3 Reasons I Don’t Miss Having a Job

As I slurp my large cafe au lait on the patio at Common Grounds in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, I can understand why my friend recently told me to stop expecting people to feel sorry for me when I tell them I’m unemployed. After all, it was my choice. Also, if you work 60+ hour weeks …

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Taking the Red Pill in Santa Barbara

The idea for this blog came about while on vacation in Santa Barbara, on the patio of Wildwood Kitchen — an upscale BBQ restaurant in the city's Funk Zone — after three happy-hour margaritas and two plates of juicy rib meat and chicken tacos. Their food is made with joy and love, and perhaps that's …

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