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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.

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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3 Tips for Working Moms to Nurture Friendships

Categories: relationships, working mom

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bffConfession: maintaining friendships is not my strong suit. Left to my own devices, I will get wrapped up in the busyness of my life until months have gone by without my closest friends hearing from me. Fortunately, I have had the pleasure of learning about friendship from some amazing women who are great at keeping in touch and nurturing relationships. I’ve taken some of these lessons and figured out how to maintain friendships no matter how busy (or self absorbed) I get.
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Are You Recharging Or Checking Out?

Categories: break from reality, working mom

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026/365 - addicted You already know that down time is valuable. Taking care of yourself by making relaxation a priority can actually make you more productive and help prevent burnout . But should we set standards for our down time? Is, for example, a soak in the tub more restorative than a Netflix binge session?

Full disclosure: I love Netflix. And Hulu.

I have been known to watching 10 years worth of TV in 10 days. I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong with letting yourself check out from time to time.


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How Expressing Gratitude Can Improve Your Career

Categories: balance, career advice, the juggle, working mom

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Gratitude is this month’s buzz word. You’ve probably seen it all over your Facebook timeline, and it will surely start popping up in TV commercials any second now. I’m a fan of gratitude myself and encourage people to practice it all year round because of how it can boost one’s personal happiness. But, did you also know that gratitude can help you get ahead at work?

Feeling grateful can make you more productive.

When you’re loving your job and appreciating the paycheck and perks, it’s easier to do your best work. If you’re feeling resentful, you might be tempted to hold back or do the bare minimum.
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How To Build Your Own Mastermind Group

Categories: office life, working mom

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I joined a mastermind group this summer, and it has been one of the best business and personal decisions I’ve ever made for myself. If you’re local to Pittsburgh, I highly recommend you checkout the group I’m a part of. But what about everyone else?

If there isn’t a mastermind group that you can plug into, the next best option is to create your very own.
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How To Balance Achieving With Appreciating

Categories: balance, mommy guilt, office life, working mom

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Nowhere to go As a working mom, I often feel like I get conflicting information. For example, I’m supposed to be sexy for my husband, but gender-neutral in a boardroom. (Hypothetically; I’ve never actually worked in a boardroom.) The advice we get on how to succeed also seems to contradict what we’re told we need to do in order to be happy.

In order to be successful, we’re supposed to set goals and have a forward-facing outlook.

In order to be happy, we’re supposed to focus on the present and be grateful for where we are right now .
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How NOT Being Flexible Can Make Balance Easier

Categories: balance, working mom

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Live and learn!We’re told that the ability to go with the flow is essential for success. But putting your foot down, drawing a line in the sand, or simply refusing to budge occasionally can actually contribute to a more balanced life. Balance is all about making room for everything that matters most, and stubbornness is the bouncer that keeps trivial stuff from taking up precious space.

Use a pen on your calendar. Some things can’t be rescheduled, like birthdays, anniversaries, and other days worth celebrating. You can be just as rigid about date night or family time, which makes it less likely that a business meeting will suddenly outrank personal time.
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How to Jumpstart Your Day (And How Not To)

Categories: working from home, working mobile, working mom

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Morning coffee...more like hot chocolate.Some people naturally leap out of bed in the morning, practically racing the sun to see who can be up first. And that’s wonderful for them. Me? Not so much. Although I’m generally more creative and productive in the mornings than the afternoons, it takes a little coaxing to get my engine running. There are a few things I’ve found that help - and a few things that make getting going even harder.
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Why don’t women like other women?

Categories: mothers in the media, working mom

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Pomoc ženám, na ktorých je páchané násilie“I don’t like women.”

“I just get along better with men.”

“Women are so catty!”

These are statements I’ve heard my entire life, not from chauvinistic men, but from other women. And, up until a few years ago, from my own mouth.

Then, a friend of mine, a woman herself, said something that shifted my paradigm:

“I don’t trust women who don’t like other women.”
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Why I Love Being a Working Mom

Categories: balance, working mom

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UntitledI’m pretty sure my life would be easier if I didn’t have kids. The sacrifices I made would mostly be mine and mostly for my own advantage, not because of a promise I’d made to one of the kids or hopes I had for their future. Without children, I’d have one less (or in my case two) distraction from reaching my goals. Traveling would be less expensive, and it’d be easier to focus on writing if I only had myself to feed.

At the same time, I suspect my life may also be easier if I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. I’m not saying all SAHMs have it easier than working mothers, but I think sometimes that my life would be simpler if I didn’t have my work to distract me from keeping house and enjoying my kids.

And yet, I am so grateful and thrilled that I get to have both of those “distractions” in my life.
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