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Lessons in self-care

November 13th, 2009 by Lauren · 2 Comments

I hope it will come as no surprise when I say that we don’t always live up to the standards we put forth in our book. We’re human, after all, and although we believe passionately in creating and celebrating new models for success, not every day at Raised Eyebrow is a banner Boss of You […]

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Mat Leave for the Self Employed

November 4th, 2009 by Emira · 2 Comments

So as I sit here on my three month count down to my own mat leave (which will be wholly subsidized by my company), our federal government is about to finally pass some legislation that would bring mat leave benefits to the self employed. Bad timing or me? (I’m too far down this road to […]

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Balancing Work & Motherhood: the Journey Begins

October 2nd, 2009 by Emira · 23 Comments

Yesterday I received a very topical and timely email in my inbox from one of my favourite email newsletters, YoyoBelly. The email, which you can read here, was all about Employment Insurance in Canada for gals taking time off to have a baby and for those of you working in Canada and planning for a […]

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The Balance Myth, Part 2

September 24th, 2009 by Lauren · 3 Comments

In my previous post on this subject, I suggested we relax our hold on the myth that we can achieve a perfect balance between work & personal life, online & offline, etc. This philosophical musing was inspired by the following question from a friend during an email conversation about Twitter: How the hell do you […]

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The Balance Myth

September 23rd, 2009 by Lauren · 15 Comments

A friend of mine sent me an email today that contained 3 questions about Twitter. The first two were standard “how-to” questions (inquiring about such things as the simplest way to send a direct message), but the last one gave me pause for thought. Here’s what she asked me: How the hell do you balance […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Twitter

September 15th, 2009 by Lauren · 5 Comments

It was March 2007; I was in Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, the annual gathering of the tech-geek tribe, and it seemed like Twitter was all anyone wanted to talk about. The Twitter server kept crashing because everyone at SXSW was using it nonstop: to tweet about the panels & keynotes, to find each […]

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Sign of the times: The decline of family businesses

August 10th, 2009 by Lauren · 5 Comments

Things are tough all over right now, but since we like to keep things focused on small businesses, I want to zoom in on a story that started with The New York Times and which is garnering responses from around the web. It started with this article in the Times that points to some very […]

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Dude on a Yacht: The Legend Lives On

July 31st, 2009 by Lauren · 4 Comments

It’s Friday, so I’m taking a tangent. As some of you are aware, there is a particular breed of business book to which we are itchily, madly allergic, and that is the type we refer affectionately to as the Dude on a Yacht book. The Dude on a Yacht book promises a life of luxury, […]

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The Slow Growth is Smart Growth Manifesto

July 28th, 2009 by Lauren · 17 Comments

I’ve been asking myself lately whether there is a common set of values that is shared by the various creative, values-driven entrepreneurs I know and admire. Sometimes it seems difficult even to agree on a definition or label under which we can unite: Some of us consider ourselves grassroots businesses; others go by “small & […]

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Women entrepreneurs over 55 are holding strong

July 27th, 2009 by Lauren · 1 Comment

A good friend drew my attention to the front cover of the Globe and Mail this weekend, which featured an enticing cover story (also noted by Leah in her response to our post about the NY Times’s new blog): Women over the age of 55 seem to be pulling through the current economic downturn with […]

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