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Work

Let’s talk about work in all it’s forms: Careers, day jobs, school, studies, even decorating your office, and working from home.

Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay)

Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay)

Working at a job as a person with an offbeat lifestyle is one thing, but landing that job in the first place? That can be a minefield of prejudices, frustrations, and distractions from your skills. But it can be easier if you’ve got a plan. Plus, it’s easy to forget the basics of job hunting when you’re thinking about what they’ll be thinking about you. Here is some job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers like you…

I’m a therapist with self-harm scars

I am a Residential Therapist and a recent graduate. And I have concern about how to address my self-harm scars to my clients.

I have considered surgery for the major scars and tattoos for the minor scars. Looking for insight from others in the professional or helping field.

World making you feel old? Here’s why I’m not letting it

Did you happen to see this 60th birthday boudoir shoot we posted recently? It’s deliciously sexy and makes age seem irrelevant, so much so that it sent a couple of our staff members into look-inward-mode about aging. It was a tiny reminder that age is just a number and you don’t have to succumb to those being-old tropes if you don’t want to. For me, it was a reminder that we don’t have to pre-age ourselves (AND especially not have it thrust upon us by our peers).

Dealing with vacation anxiety (yes, it's a thing!)

Guilt, comfort zones, and buffer days: Dealing with vacation anxiety (yes, it’s a thing!)

I’m going on vacation! I booked a real, non-weekend-only trip where I’ll fly outside of the United States for the first time in 16 years. I’m so excited and grateful. But on top of that gratefulness and excitement is a bit of anxiety. I know, I know, get over myself and embrace the vacay. I plan to, but I still need to deal with a few latent fears and anxieties that I know some of y’all are also feeling about vacation.

Here’s how I’ll be handling vacation anxiety…

The perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished: How I deal with job insecurity

Guys, I’m currently working my dream job. It’s awesome. But the very existence of my job is dependent on outside factors, and is re-evaluated every six months. The last year in particular has been really really uncertain; I’ve kept my job, but just barely. The next evaluation is looking very grim.

I’ve found ways of dealing with the perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished. Maybe these tips can help others with job uncertainty, like me…

How to change careers, despite having a not-too-helpful degree

I had no idea what career path I wanted to choose. I had no way to go back to school (even part time was beyond my financial means). But I was able to change careers, and change my path, despite having a not-too-helpful degree. Here’s how I did it…

Working while pregnant: How to both work as, and work with, a pregnant person

Working while pregnant: How to both work as, and work with, a pregnant person

For the last two and a half months, my pregnant coworker and I have been on the road for work. The experience taught me a lot about working while pregnant and how to work with a pregnant person…

Balance for working parents in emotionally demanding jobs

After a particularly difficult day at work, I snapped at my 3-year-old over something minor that totally didn’t warrant such an overreaction. As I registered the hurt in her eyes, I realized what had happened — I had given so much of my patience to my students that day, there was none left for my own child when she needed it. After a good long cry and some consolation ice cream (for both of us), I knew I needed to start being more intentional about my work/life balance if I didn’t want my psyche to implode like a dying star of stress and guilt.

These are a few of the strategies I’ve put in place to preserve my sanity and ensure that everyone in my life—myself included—gets the care they deserve.