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Retirement: An Unexpected Work/Life Challenge

Retirement: An Unexpected Work/Life Challenge

I started my career in the age of “you can have it all” in the late 1970’s. Over the next 40 years, my husband and I had four children while we both worked. I enjoyed my career and loved my family. But, like others, I struggled to find the trade-offs to create a manageable work/life blend. “You can have it all” was impossibly stressful! (Most likely jump starting the work/life balance movement.)...

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Book Review: “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us” – A Fresh Look at Millennials in the Multigenerational WorkForce

Book Review: “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us” – A Fresh Look at Millennials in the Multigenerational WorkForce

You Raised Us – Now Work With Us by Lauren Stiller Rikleen will appeal to all generations who work in today’s multigenerational workforce.  The book focuses on Millennials as they march forward to becoming 75% of the workforce in 2025. As a mom of four Millennials, a former corporate executive and now a speaker on the topic of work/life, the title alone attracted me to this book. Although...

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Favorite Day of the Year

Favorite Day of the Year

It’s my favorite day of the year.  The day we get an Extra Hour!  We get to turn our clocks back as daylight savings time comes to an end. At my Work/Life Pursuit workshops I ask the question, “What would you do with an Extra Hour?”  The answer gives you a clue to what’s missing in your work/life blend.   Some say, “Spend more time with their children” – even though they spend every minute...

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Extra Hour question provides clue to Work/Life Pursuit

Extra Hour question provides clue to Work/Life Pursuit

Another fun Baby & Toddler Expo at Cardinal Health! The question at the Work/Life Pursuit booth was “What would you do with an Extra Hour?”  Why do I ask the “Extra Hour” question? The answer gives you a clue to what’s missing in your work/life blend, your pain point or stress factor. Some said, “Spend more time with their children” – even though they spend every minute they can with their...

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Karen Murphy quoted in DESTINY Magazine

Karen Murphy quoted in DESTINY Magazine

Check this out! Karen Murphy was interviewed by South African author, Thandi Skade, for Thandi’s Love Notes feature article, Tunnel Vision, on parenting teenagers appearing in the October 2013 issue of DESTINY Magazine – a high-end business and lifestyle magazine for women. “Being a good role model to your teenagers by upholding your own standards, says Murphy, is central to...

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The Ultimate Challenge?

The Ultimate Challenge?

Can you spend five minutes doing absolutely nothing?  Have you lost the ability to relax, even if you try? There are a couple of theories on this phenomenon – 1) we truly are overloaded or 2) we purposefully live life on fast forward. Overloaded? We are just plain overloaded in our dual income, single parent and/or sandwich family structures.  Women are particularly affected with our...

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