I’ve moved!

I decided to put my big-girl pants on and move future things to my very own domain: http://www.belleoftherustbelt.com

Catch you on the flippy flip 🙂


When should you just stay home from work?

[originally posted on the Imagine Careers blog here]

Back in June, on a Sunday, my then-fiancé/now-husband was in a car accident with his brother and dad. Without boring you with too many details on the factors we dealt with post-accident, let me just assure you it was a stressful couple of days.

I went back to work on Tuesday, because I had already missed Monday and I felt like I couldn’t be out of the office another day. I didn’t feel up for being in the office, but I went anyway.

Mind you, I was very well set up to work from home. Or just not work at all. No one would have thought the worse of me if I had taken one more day to rest and straighten things out.

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The Attack of the Stink Bugs

Karma is real.

At our wedding, BW and I played the always-fun Shoe Game. We tried to keep it a surprise for the other person, so we did a combination of questions picked by each of us — without telling the other person — and the rest filled in by our Best Peoples of Honor.

One of the questions was along the lines of, “If there’s a spider in the bathroom, who’s going to take care of it?”

Both high-heeled shoes rose in the air, and everyone had a good laugh at me being tougher than BW in the Spider Eradication Department.

Hah. Hahahaha.

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That Rust Belt Grit

This won’t take long. I don’t have a whole lot to say. This is just a preface.

I just attended a breakfast where we talked about legacy. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will you leave your legacy?

While my legacy has still to be determined, I am very proud of the legacies before me.

Both my grandfathers are and were engineers; one by education, and one by determination. One of my grandmothers worked when it wasn’t popular for moms to work; she did what had to be done. The other married a single dad and adopted his two young girls, who became amazing women. (They also had a few more kids together, which is the part I’m really glad about!)

My parents have coupon-clipped and penny-pinched, before all those couponing TV shows and books came out and made it the fashionable thing to do. They learned how to build houses so we could have a nice place to live. And they keep learning. Every several months, my mom will tell me about the latest idea she’s had for a new business or venture. Some of my favorite memories of my dad are when we would sit in his office or in a coffee shop, and we would dream and plan and think up adventures.

I’m so proud of my family.

What we have wasn’t given to us. It was earned. We’ve worked for what we have.

With that said, read this article: Why our Tech Startup is Based in Akron, Ohio

And since I know you most likely won’t actually click on that link, here’s one of the many gems from it:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglas

A funny thing happens when everyone is forced to struggle and overcome challenges. They come out the other side stronger and better for it. The Akron of my youth gave rise to the multiple Grammy winning Black Keys, one of the hardest working bands in the business, and to Lebron James, arguably the best basketball player playing the game today, if not ever. Lebron says what everyone from Akron already knows, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

What’s With Everyone Moving Offices to San Fran?

[Warning: there is a heck a lot of TechCrunch citing in this post. I didn’t mean to do that, they just talk about the things I think about. Explains their popularity.]

Everyone seems to be talking about different angles of this. I’ve had this post on my Drafts list for a few weeks, and in my head for even longer. I’m glad life has been too crazy for me to blog, because a few more voices have popped up in the meantime.

Levo League, a recent NYC-based startup to empower working women, recently started up a new office out that way. They got $7 million in funding, and immediately moved to one of the  most expensive places in the country to hire talent.

That news actually made me sad, because Continue reading

A Particular Rant On The Friggin’ “…”

I really don’t know what to say about this..

Some people just really don’t know how to end sentences with just one period…

Sometimes they use two of them, and sometimes three or more..

See, it makes sense if you are getting attitude with someone..

For example: you think the earth is flat? Um, OK…

But for normal everyday sentences?

“That’s a good idea..”

“Thanks for the heads up…”

Or is everyone actually always getting attitude and trying to do it in a nondescript way?

“Thanks for bringing that to the table..”

“I love the Penguins…”

“I’ll take care of that right away..”

This trend is one of my favorites……………



It is..