• Working Parents
    Career and Home,  Parenting

    Letter to the Working Parents

    Dear Working Parents, I’d ask you how you were doing but I already know. Tired. Busy. Grumpy. Surviving on leftover Halloween candy and cocaine caffeine. The usual. I’m with you. Over the past couple of weeks at work, I’ve: prepared and presented a training seminar, start preparing for another training seminar I will be facilitating next week, traveled out of town to attend a court ordered mediation on a litigated insurance claim I’m handling, attended two additional mediations virtually, and had days packed with back-to-back meetings and teleconferences. Then there’s what happened at outside of the 9-to-5 which included filing insurance and home warranty claims for a plumbing leak in…

  • Career and Home

    Purchasing A Home – What You May Not Have Thought Of

    Several months ago, my husband and I purchased our first home (as a couple). We were ecstatic about finally owning our own place, large enough where we could walk through the home and not feel like our son and his toys were trying to slowly shove us out so they could claim squatters’ rights. Going through the process of purchasing a home was… emotional. Interest rates kept increasing and sellers still had the upper hand in the market. We continuously got outbid on homes, even though we were offering $5,000 to $15,000 over asking price. Even after we finally found a home we agreed on, put an offer on it,…