Archive for January, 2014

Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

What I Want to Teach My Kids About Work

Categories: kids, the new office, working mom

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Lego generationsPersonal development gurus and motivational speakers promise that those who do what they love will never work a day in their lives - and those lives will be filled with happiness and purpose. But writer Miya Tokumitsu insists that the “Do What You Love” mantra is bad for work and workers. As a working mother with two children to influence, I find myself wondering what I believe and what I want to teach the next generation of workers.
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Do You Celebrate Yourself Enough?

Categories: Uncategorized, break from reality, holidays

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I turned 34 this month, and I’m happy to say that my birthday was a wonderful day. I received gifts from my husband and mom, and cards and texts from friends and family. But perhaps my favorite thing I received that day was something I gave myself: permission to celebrate.

It seems like the older we get, the more we’re supposed to insist that our birthdays aren’t worth recognizing. We’re not supposed to request gifts or expect singing. I don’t know if this is because turning a year older can be a little scary, or because with age comes the expectation that we aren’t worthy of a fuss.

Well, I am worthy.

And with age has come the realization that I don’t need to wait for someone else to throw me a party.
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5 Tips to Make Saving Money Fun

Categories: Budget tips, economy

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Conventional wisdom says that money can’t buy happiness, but I’m certain that saving it makes me feel fantastic. In fact, few things make me feel more safe and secure than a stash of cash I’m not spending. A savings account helps me sleep at night with fewer fears about the “what ifs”… what if the car breaks down, the roof leaks, or someone gets laid off?

Of course, having money in a savings account and putting money away are two different animals. The process of building up a nest egg can seem impossible - or at least mighty inconvenient. These tips and a little mindset change can make saving money almost as fun as spending it.
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Hey Moms, Do You Need a Social Media Diet?

Categories: balance

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Two and a Twenty-FifthI remember a time when Twitter was only populated by bloggers and tech writers. Now, even grandma might be checking out her twitter feed during Sunday dinner. Not only that, but you’re more likely to find out about school delays and winter road conditions on Facebook than the morning news. Social media is the new Internet, and everyone is plugged in.

In part because of that pervasiveness, many people are finding that social media is crossing the line from enhancing their lives to disrupting it. Smartphones - and the platforms they connect us to - are now omnipresent at dinner tables, in the checkout line, and on the night table. Our tendency to always have one thumb in the digital world means we never have to be bored or alone - but it can also rob us of mindful moments and opportunities to deeply connect in person.
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