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Fired or Freed_ErinStraza

Fired… or Freed?

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I got fired by a client today. Before you feel too badly for me, let me explain. This client is a longtime colleague and friend, and I was tasked a few months ago to help her with an ongoing mini-writing project. Today when we were chatting, catching up about our…

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The Guilt Factor in a Woman’s Work

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Over the years, women’s rights activists have championed a society that embraced the voices, gifts, and talents of female persons. Their vision and determination produced profound societal change. Women gained rights in the marketplace, in politics, and in the home. Women have opportunities and access as never before. With rights…

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My Big Fat Greek Definition of Work

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By nature, I’m a dreamer. I could read and ponder my days away, staring into the skies and scribbling in journals to process the many thoughts that rattle about in my heart, soul, and mind. What I am by nature has also been influenced by nurture. I would name many…

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Does Our Daily Work Make Any Difference?

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In my last weeks as an undergraduate student, I spent my daydreaming on my yet-to-be-decided first professional job. I imagined it would match the project work from my capstone courses—research, problem solving, team discussion, discovery, reporting. To say I romanticized the notion of work would be an understatement.

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Cultural Wonderings

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It is damp and gloomy here in central Illinois today. This sort of weather always triggers a desire within me to snuggle-up under a blanket for a nap! Melancholy drifts over me too, like a wistful fog. What tugs at my heart today is a longing for last month’s vacation—not…

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Now we can rest!

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Our culture is anything but a culture of rest. We work hard and push ourselves to the limit with our work and our play. As motivation, we fix our eyes on one whole week each year when we might be able to take a break and go on vacation. It…

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