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Tangy pork carnitas with red cabbage slaw

Tangy pork carnitas with red cabbage slaw

My sister Kirby’s tangy pork carnitas recipe is so good! It’s a fun, easy recipe that is always a crowd pleaser and best part it, you make it in a Dutch oven or crock pot. Those who know me, know I love to make food […]

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Peppermint essential oil by Now from GNC

Peppermint essential oil by Now from GNC

For me, peppermint essential oil is a must have, and I use it in all different sorts of ways. Peppermint oil can help with headaches, stress, and anxiety. I put a few drops in my diffuser before I start my workday. I mix it with […]

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Crispy baked chicken wings

Crispy baked chicken wings

I LOVE chicken wings! When I modified my diet, my husband, Tim, and I had to change up our standard poultry seasoning mixture. We came up with an easy and extremely tasty baked chicken wing recipe that still gives you the crunch of fried chicken wings.

What you need

12 chicken wings
2 Tbsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp oregano leaves or 1½ Tbsp finely ground oregano

How you do it

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix oregano, pepper, and salt.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Clean chicken. Place cleaned chicken on the baking sheet being sure not to overlap the chicken wings.

Sprinkle chicken wings with the seasoning mixture. Flip and chicken and sprinkle the other side.

Bake for 90 minutes flipping chicken halfway through (at 45 minutes). Once chicken wings are crispy and brown, remove from oven and serve hot.

P.S. Sometimes my sweet husband puts the chicken wings on the charcoal grill. This adds amazing flavor and takes about the same time cook – setup just takes a little longer, to start the fire and heat the grill.

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Focusing on nutrients for better health

Focusing on nutrients for better health

I’m not a chef, I was barely a cook, but now I eat to live. I modified my diet help with my headaches, digestion, mood, and overall wellbeing. I need simple recipes that I can make quickly and easily. I take existing recipes and tweak […]

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My migraine story

My migraine story

As far as I can remember, I started getting bad headaches when I was 16. The summer before junior year, I remember my parents having a party at our house. I remember I wanted so badly to hangout with the guests. I remember it so […]

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From employee to business owner and back again – the career lattice

From employee to business owner and back again – the career lattice

I always wanted to start a business I mean, heck, I have an MBA in entrepreneurship, I’ve taught entrepreneurship, management, and international management undergraduate courses at state universities. I wrote several business plans for several different ideas until I finally just did it, well, sort of.

I sold my condo and had newly found financial flexibility. I quit my job (to the dismay of my financial advisor) and started my own company, but not without first taking time off to travel, volunteer, and simply “do nothing” for a change.

Once back from my “rat race” sabbatical, I tried running a company without any real clients or even any idea where to start. What I’d learned from those MBA textbooks wasn’t quite translating to real life. As you can imagine, my first business venture lasted about six months, and I took a job with another company─with less pay than the job I quit to start my own company the first time, mind you─to keep the lights on and gas in my car. I still had some coins in bank, but things were getting tight.

Then, a few weeks into hating my career and life choices and frozen in the perplexities of what to do next, I got a lead. This lead asked me if I could help with their needs and of course I said, “yes!” It is sometimes true that you take on new business and figure out how to do it later. At least it was true in this case. I had my first client. One client turned into two, two into three, and I was well on my way to sustaining myself as a legitimate business owner with real revenues and even profits!

I really enjoyed owning my own business but found that I didn’t so much enjoy the constant selling. After a few years, I got out of the consulting business and started working full time at another firm. This is not the million-dollar, making-it-rich-quick story, but it’s a real story, and maybe one that is closer to most people’s experience in business.

Today, I work and have this blog, which is truly a passion of mine. Through it all, my missteps and my successes have taught me a few key lessons.

1. Define Your Boundaries. Define your boundaries and defend them.

Know what you’re good at, your strengths, and know what you’re willing to do and what’s important to you. For example, I know that I’m very process oriented and appreciate organization. I know that I need my flexibility─and time to myself─so my career choices will include ones that allow for this.

2. Endurance. Keep with it when times get tough.

Resilience is such an important factor for success. I heard something recently that really resonated with me─a career is a journey, not an end state; it’s a lattice not a ladder; those that understand this will always feel successful. To me that means that every step does not have to be a promotion or come with a raise. Do what’s best for you and your career.
If you take an unwanted side step or if you backstep a little, don’t beat yourself up, it’s about playing the long game.

3. Don’t let your strengths can become your derailers.

When you are building your career, it can be easy to get off task. Make sure not to over intensify your strengths so that they derail you from your goals. For me, I like things to be just right and when they’re not, I get the urge to flee from the situation. That perfectionism and avoidance can be helpful when working on a large, detail-oriented project or deciding when to disengage from potentially detrimental activities. It can also mean that I get bogged down in the details in search of “perfection” or quit before I’ve given it my all. Knowing my strengths and understanding how they can derail me, allows me to anticipate future situations and deal with them early and effectively.

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