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Time to Pause

Once a year something magical happens. The world stops. Stores are closed, and when you go outside, you can hardly hear any traffic. I really look forward to this time of year every year.

The world is frantic. We are always in a hurry and there is always something to be done. Our lists are always long and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often forget what the holiday season is all…


Added by Will Thomson on December 24, 2013 at 12:36am — 6 Comments

California’s Paid Family Leave Act to the Rescue

Serious illnesses often extend beyond just the person who’s sick. Family members worry about how they’ll be able to care for a loved one while still maintaining their jobs. As of September 24, 2013, there is an answer, at least in California. 

On September 24 Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill…

Added by Jill on October 8, 2013 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

The Most Important Job in the World

Today I dropped off Kennedy, my daughter, at Kindergarten just like I do every day.  When I was walking her to class, I was deep in thought.   Kennedy was holding my hand tightly and my 2 year old son, Trace, was in my arms.  I passed the cross-guard and said “hello” just like I do every morning.  I walked in…


Added by Will Thomson on September 26, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

When Unemployment Hits Too Close To Home

My mother is on Facebook. I’ve been mildly amused by this until last week when that’s how I found out my mom lost her job. That’s right, my mom - who lives a mile away, who I see twice a week and talk to on the phone almost every day, told Facebook she got laid off before her recruiter daughter. My jaw dropped. My eyes watered. I immediately grabbed my phone and ran down the hall to call her. After two tries she finally picked up, in tears. My brother, 12 years younger…


Added by Amy Ala on December 12, 2011 at 6:52pm — 24 Comments

Your Unemployed Friends and Relatives

In our line of work, underemployed and unemployed friends and relatives seek out our advice.  Usually a resume rewrite, LinkedIn account, and updated resume on a job board will get them further in a hour than 6 months of blindly applying for jobs. For my two nephews, this helped them land in 3 weeks in a down market.  "Uncle Bert, people were calling me the next day." Way to go Patrick and Aaron!


I have a…


Added by Bert Shimabukuro on May 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Vacation At Your Office...

Well, August is upon us. Time for family vacations, time spent on the beach, bbq’s, school shopping for the kids, last minute house-cleaning before Labor Day and all those projects at home and at work that keep piling up. No time for vacation you say? Well, how about we plan a vacation at your office?

Whether it’s your home office or one that overlooks the ocean, everyone needs time to regroup, refresh and renew in order to get prepared for the next season. Some of us feel in order… Continue

Added by Lisa Kaye on July 30, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

Work travel and work life balance

Now there's a conundrum. How does one make the two work together. I am writing this from a hotel room, after a day of interviewing and attending one of the most inspiring meetings I have been to in years. I thought I must have been out of words... obviously not.

How does one travel for work and still maintain the family life? Is it really possible to juggle? I tried.. but not sure if I succeeded.. I stepped out of that awesome meeting as it was time at home to sing bedtime songs, a… Continue

Added by Dan Nuroo on January 15, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Happy New Year - from the "RaisingFive Family Dance Troupe"

It's the last day of the year (as well as my 11 year old's birthday). So, I thought I'd give you a peek in to the secret lives of the Smith family.

We had a different twist this Christmas to the family get-together at my in-law's house.

Each family was forewarned: "Be prepared to do a skit - sing a song - anything to make us laugh."

Well, we're certainly not short on crazy at my house, seeing how we're in the process… Continue

Added by Dennis Smith on December 31, 2008 at 3:57pm — 2 Comments

Where do YOU live?

"Gaining the balance and balancing the gain" has become somewhat of a mantra for me. The most difficult part of being a spouse, mother/father, daughter/son, sister/brother, friend, recruiter, sales manager, business partner, writer, actor, director, or student is learning to balance all the things you get to do, all the things you need to do, and all the things you want to do. An old friend used to say things like, "I get to mow the lawn today," or "I get to go home and make dinner now."… Continue

Added by Rayanne on August 25, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments


My daughter's first birthday is in a couple of weeks and I have to say that I'm taken aback at my reaction to her first year of life. Fatherhood is amazing.

Everyone thought that we were having a boy because of how my wife was carrying (we waited to find out), except for me. Something inside my soul told me that we were having a girl, and low and behold, almost a year ago she arrived and turned me and my wife into a family.

I could not love my daughter more than I do and know that… Continue

Added by David Sprinkle on May 31, 2008 at 10:48pm — 2 Comments

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