Getting to your new MORE

Getting to your new MORE

If you could have more of anything right now what would it be?

If you had asked me that question before I became a mother, I would have had a laundry list of responses; I want more opportunities, more vacations, more money, more clients, more bedrooms, more ... But now when I think about what I want more of, everything boils down to one word — time.

My Moment: How motherhood helped me understand the value of time

My Moment: How motherhood helped me understand the value of time

There's always more to do than there is the time to do it. And when you have children it feels like everything is moving at double the pace. Most of us don't notice it, because we're running on autopilot — until life happens and we're forced to step back and reflect on the things we've missed. And the value of time. 

Battle scars and fresh perspectives on fatherhood and business

Battle scars and fresh perspectives on fatherhood and business

Balance in life. Harmony in business. Equality in marriage.In a perfect world, sure.

But Phillip Oakley, founder of Common Giant, a branding and marketing agency in North Carolina, has learned the world is far from perfect and life is far from neat. The father of two has come through significant life changes with a few battle scars — and a fresh perspective on parenting and business.

International Women’s Day and the Plight of the Solopreneur

International Women’s Day and the Plight of the Solopreneur

My clients needed me throughout the day yesterday — as much as any day. There were conference calls and emails galore and a hot project just for good measure. At the end of a jam-packed day, I picked up my son from daycare. I made dinner. I cleaned the kitchen. I went for a walk. I danced to songs from “Frozen” with my kiddo. I engaged in an extended 90-minute bedtime that included six books, two trips to the potty and — oh, I don’t know —a million utterances of, “Close your eyes.”

This is a pretty typical day. But yesterday was International Women’s Day, and as a proud feminist, it seemed like I should do more. 

How One Dad Changed His Life for His Family

How One Dad Changed His Life for His Family

It’s a scene a lot of working parents are familiar with—crib next to crib next to crib, filling an entire room at a daycare center. After six or 12 weeks of maternity leave, you and your partner are faced with the reality of what it means to have two 9-to-5 working parents in the house.

Michael Barnhill couldn’t bear it. “I didn’t want my son in a crib eight hours a day,” he recalls. Barnhill’s wife had a corporate job, but as a co-owner in a company, Barnhill wondered if he could do things a little differently.

The Biggest Mistake I Made as a Work-from-Home Mom (and How I Fixed It)

The Biggest Mistake I Made as a Work-from-Home Mom (and How I Fixed It)

Three years ago, I was working for a child-focused nonprofit as a full-time remote employee. Initially, it seemed like the best of both worlds — I was making a regular salary, my commute was a few steps from my kitchen to my office, and I was home to see the kids off to school and welcome them home again.

But I made one crucial mistake in the way I looked at my work and family life: I mistook proximity for closeness.

3 steps to help you create your best life

3 steps to help you create your best life

Building a business is incredibly challenging for anyone, but the unique demands of an entrepreneur-parent create multipliers in satisfaction that our non-parent counterparts can’t understand.So, how do you balance the requirements of successful entrepreneurship with those of successful parenting?  Start with these three steps.