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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.

5 Tips to Make Saving Money Fun

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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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WANTED: Tips for dealing with money blocks

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Money I hired a new coach recently. This one - actually, these three - were hired to help me formulate a business plan and figure out how I’m going to launch my upcoming book. (PS - I have a book coming out in a few months.) We spent six hours talking about messaging, branding, strategy, marketing, and all sorts of uber professional type things. It was great.

And then, right at the end of our meeting, someone pulled out a calculator and we started to talk about actual dollars and cents. And I started to cry.
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Do you have a side hustle?

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BaristaMy friend J$ (no, that’s not his real name) taught me about the importance of a side hustle. What, you may ask, is a side hustle?

A side hustle is the stuff you do in addition to your real job to make extra money.

J$ says everyone should always have a side hustle. A side hustle can help you:

  • Save more money
  • Pay down debt faster
  • Diversify your income
  • Protect yourself from job loss or changes in the market
  • Keep learning new tasks
  • Expand your network

All good things, right?
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Two out of three things you have to do to climb the ladder

Categories: economy, the new office

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Ladder to heaven?Last month, author Neil Gaiman spoke at the graduation ceremony for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. As you might expect, his advice was geared towards people pursuing a career in the arts; a refrain of “make good art” was repeatedly met with applause. But the successful writer also offered a simple recipe for success that can be applied to any work life.
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Why we don’t have nice things

Categories: Uncategorized, economy, office life, relationships, the juggle

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Day 21 Occupy Wall Street October 6 2011 Shankbone 16It’s not uncommon to blame children for a couple’s inability to have nice things. My husband and I, however, have no one but ourselves to blame.

A year ago, my husband and I sold just about everything we owned - including our beautiful home and my beloved shoe collection - so that we could move into an RV and travel for a year with our kids. That year of travel has come to an end and we now have room to put stuff again, but we’re not running out to replace all of our stuff. Why? Because we don’t want to go back to real jobs.


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What does financial security look like to you?

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Looking over the cliffA few weeks ago, I wrote a post about what was more important to me than financial security. I shared that, for my family, the freedom to come and go as we please has become more valuable than a steady paycheck. The comments on that post surprised me.

I wasn’t surprised to read about different priorities, that was to be expected. What I hadn’t been prepared for, however, were the multiple ways financial security was described.

For some people, financial security means being able to cover major bills and health care expenses. For others, having a certain amount of money equates to security. One commenter mentioned the word self-reliance. I realized there is more than one way to interpret the concept of financial security. It made me take a closer look at my own ideas and examine whether any of them really meant what I thought, what I needed financial security to be.
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What kind of client are you?

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As a freelance writer and professional blogger, I have multiple clients. I also find myself being the client as I have to outsource many parts of my business. Recently, I’ve started worrying about what kind of client I am.

I had someone who worked for me end their relationship with me without a formal email or conversation. In fact, I wasn’t entirely sure that the relationship was over until I read a somewhat cryptic post on a personal blog. I immediately began to second guess my role as a client.
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Do you know how good you are at your job?

Categories: economy, office life, working mom

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One of the most amazing women I know recently returned to work after being at home with her two boys for eight years. The transition happened a little earlier than she and her family had anticipated, but the perfect opportunity came along and she decided to jump on it. I’m excited for her and proud of her.

And I was completely shocked to learn that her confidence isn’t what it used to be.

This is a woman my husband has met exactly once and instantly admired and respected. This is a woman who is smart, compassionate, and articulate. This is a woman that other women want to be like when they grow up.

And it turns out she struggles with some of the same nerves and doubts that may of the rest of us do.


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Don’t mess with my money

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I am constantly amazed at what little respect employers and co-workers have for other people’s paychecks.

A morning phone call with my husband reminded me of how frequently this problem comes up in the workplace.  He is a subcontractor and bills for his work on a daily basis.  The person in charge of processing that billing is consistently dismissive about any problems that come up.

“Oh, it will probably be fine.”

“If there’s a problem, we’ll just resubmit the invoice and you’ll get paid for it next time.”

“What’s the big deal? It will get taken care of eventually.”

Statements like this make my normally mild mannered husband fume, and understandably so.  After all, the reason he shows up to work every day is to get paid. It’s kind of a big deal in our household.  And while his monthly bills aren’t his co-worker’s concern, presumably she has personal experience with the expectation of being paid properly and on time.


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The lost art of sacrifice

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The phrase “it must be nice” is one of my personal pet peeves.  Not that there is anything inherently wrong with the words themselves, but the apparent meaning they often come with drives me nuts.

You know the one.

It must be nice to have a great job.  It must be nice to have the money to buy (insert recent purchase here).  It must be nice to get to go on vacation.  It must be nice to be thin.

It must be nice.


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