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coworker gifts for your office bestie, your work spouse, or your actually rad boss

Funny coworker gifts for your office bestie, your work spouse, or your actually rad boss

If you’re lucky, you find an ally at work: someone with whom you can commiserate and who makes the bad days better and the good days funnier. Your work bestie, your work spouse… you know the one. If you need to gift them something funny, here are a few ideas. From a “Didn’t kill anyone” award ribbon to surviving another meeting that could have been an email, these coworker gifts will make another day a good one. At least until tomorrow…

How I express my offbeat self in my onbeat career?

How I find ways to express my offbeat self in my onbeat career

I’m a total Offbeater in an Onbeat career. I’m the business interface and management for a group of engineers in Tech in the Silicon Valley. And unless you can break the sound barrier on amazing code, your work clothes had better be “business casual.” Since I am the business interface, I find myself even more pigeonholed into looking more “corporate” than I’d prefer. I find little ways to express my offbeatness though…

Up your cubical or home office game with these office items

Up your cubicle or home office game with these office organization items

Whether you’re a cubicle warrior or it’s work-from-home life, your office needs to be a place you can make work for you. From organization tools to cpmfy and chic chairs to an awesome mug, investing in your workspace is never a bad idea. It’s time to channel Pam and Jim for that Office goodness (keep an eye out for the sign reference later!).

Here’s a big ol’ list of office organization items to up your office game…

How to dress as a goth at work in a corporate workplace

How to dress as a goth in a corporate workplace

If you’re into goth fashion and also starting a new job and need to slowly introduce yourself to unfamiliar coworkers, it can be a challenge to merge your style with their corporate culture. Or maybe you’ve been unsure about how much of your true fashion self you really can express at work, and you’re looking to combine your work and play wardrobes more. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to dress as a goth at work…

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).

How to survive your “sleep on that third shift” life

My husband is a brewer, and he’s worked third shift for a handful of years now. It was so rough, at first! Whenever sleep times are messed with, it’s difficult. But getting used to a completely opposite sleep schedule is a nightmare. He was exhausted and crabby, and I knew he couldn’t go on this way forever. So, I did some thinking and came up with ways to help him, which could also help YOU with your third shift life…

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.