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The Messy, Imperfect Blog Post

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Reflect on the lessons you've learned recently. Reflect on what you might want to change. Reflect on how you might bust out of your comfort zone to get there. Be imperfect. But be real. Know that's the best way to be. And know that, in the end, it will all be fine.

Government's New Year's Resolution: Grant All Americans Affordable Health Care Coverage

Mark Steber | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

You may qualify for a tax credit to help offset the cost of health insurance. That credit is generally paid directly to your health insurance company. You, then, only pay the part of the premium that the credit doesn't cover. But, getting that credit requires you to file a tax return to reconcile your payments and actual credit due. Sound confusing?

The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Figure out what you truly believe and make a choice that works for you.

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

Learning How to Create Balance Through Life Challenges

Madinah N. James | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Madinah N. James

A caregiver's life is packed with grooming, doctor or therapy appointments, exercises and food preparation -- often all before noon. Here are seven practical ways to find some time during your day to look after yourself, as well as your loved one.

What to Do About the Cranky, Miserable People Around You

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Even when you don't do it, when you sit there quietly, they drain your energy. They create a cloud that surrounds you for hours. The good news? There's something you can do about it. You can walk away. No, really. Whether literally or metaphorically, you can extract yourself from these situations.

Playing Favorites

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

There's a reason I devote so much time and energy to identifying interpersonal challenges in successful people. It's because the higher up you go in the organization, the more your problems are behavioral.

The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Promise that we will -- literally and figuratively -- take our foot off the gas pedal when we feel ourselves getting sloppy. Which will help us avoid hurting ourselves, our reputations, and our beloved modes of transportation.

The Problem With Your Problem Solver

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

The Unexpected Leadership Lesson From My Very Italian, Very New York Mother

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Mama said it best. Read the room. Take a beat to read non-verbals and feel the energy of a situation before you launch into your own needs. Then act accordingly.

Why You Can Handle Anything. Seriously.

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

We think these people are so together when they're not; that they have no fear of looking stupid when they do; that they have confidence every minute of every day when they don't.

Dressed the Skill, Not the Part

Career Wardrobe | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Career Wardrobe

Every time I looked in my closet, that dream seemed further away -- how could I make a jump like that, all decked out in ratty food-stained clothes?

The Word We All Love...That Makes Us Miserable

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Recently, I found myself in the not-always-so-enviable position of finding a new apartment. The good news? Before long I stumbled on an amazing optio...

The Key to a Better Day? Stop Setting Yourself Up for a Miserable One

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Knowing your truths is the first step. Accepting them means a guaranteed better day. Figuring out how you'll manage them is how you make your life better and more successful in the long run.

Take Charge of Your Transitions

Lolly Daskal | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

When you find yourself going through a transition in your professional or personal life, the successful outcome depends largely on how you take charge.

The 3 Most Important Tips for Women on Negotiating Salary

Carrie Hammer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women
Carrie Hammer

We as women are often peacekeepers and people pleasers at work. It is often difficult for women to step out of the female archetype of "nice" when negotiating for a promotion, salary, or new role. Here are three things to remember.

How to Fend Off Work (and Life) Freak-Outs

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

What better way to learn a valuable, humbling lesson than by having a total, unadulterated freak-out? Having two of them. I would know. Though each ...

The Simple Way to Get More of What You Want in 2014

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

When my husband and I first moved to California a few years ago I was feeling vulnerable. Really vulnerable. We came here because he'd been promoted. Me? I was jobless.

Art and Music Are Professions Worth Fighting for

Blake Morgan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
Blake Morgan

We artists and musicians have the right to expect from our profession what others expect from their professions. That through hard work and determination, perspiration and inspiration, we'll have the same fair shot to realize our dreams, answer our callings, support our families.

The Big Lie We Tell Ourselves About Fear

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

It seems that some of the most powerful lessons come when you realize that something you used to believe with absolute certainty is dead wrong. I offe...

How I Let Go of Expectations and Became the Woman I Was Meant to Be

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.09.2014 | Women
Tara Campbell

I often felt stuck in the notion that I was a bad mother for feeling this way. After all, didn't I have the life every mother would want? How would I ever figure this out when I was a young mom and was guided by what the society I grew up in dictated?

The Three Questions That Lead Us Towards Gratitude

Lolly Daskal | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

In this upcoming season, when our families will gather and we're reminded how much our relationships matter, have we taken the time to think about, and thank, those who have helped us along the way in our business?

Your Holiday Gift: How to Manage the Frantic Energy of Others

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Sometimes the best thing to do when those around you are displaying frantic or negative energy is to get razor focused on something else. Anything else.

Work-Life Balance Is Bogus; Here's How to Get It Anyway

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Is it possible if you acknowledge that life is a messy stew, and that excelling at what's really important to you will take some extra forethought and strategy? Yes indeed! Easier said than done, but that's why we're in this together.

What's Up With Your Face

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

This is about how we, ourselves, deal with challenges. Our face is a clear reflection about our attitude, a direct indicator as to when we're psyching ourselves out -- getting ready for a fight that might not even be real.