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2003 Called, it wants it’s dress back.

IT. FITS.  My parents dropped my senior prom dress off a few weeks ago when emptying the last of my childhood room’s contents.   Much to my delight, when I tried it on it zipped…all. the. way. This might not seem like a big deal, but due to the other childhood content drop offs and photos I’ve rifled through and number of times I’ve found myself saying, “I can’t believe I thought I was fat then,” it was definitely exciting for me.  Back in February BC (before …

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A Tale of Two Siblings

Fairness is the word of the day.  I have two kids that could not be more different.  Taking the gender difference out of it: their personalities, interests, and even their food preferences are exact opposites.  The older they are getting, the more my daughter is pointing out how I treat them differently. Brooke is so social, and Ricky is, well, not.  He is a homebody and doesn’t care to call a friend, or set up some sort of hang-out.  I often feel so proud of …

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Serious Protagonist Envy

I realize through the different movies, Netflix series, and books I have been reading, I have some severe female protagonist envy. This feeling has really put “penis envy” into perspective for me, and I feel like I understand now, guys, where that comes from. You can feel like you need to draw your power from your appendage; I get it!  If you are slightly lacking in that department, it makes you feel insecure.  You step up to a urinal, you think you are slightly below …

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Lesson 7: Ask for What You Want

We are making our way and are more than halfway there. If you haven’t read 1 through 6, definitely go back and give them a quick read. These are lessons learned through a lot of mistakes and stumbles and hopefully will help you not make the same ones. Let’s get into it. Lucky number 7. Do you look around some days and think, wow, this person or that person is so lucky? Do you really think that it is luck? Do you get mad when …

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Lesson 6: Let them know you did them a favor

Now listen, this one isn’t about standing on the sidelines with your hand in the air waving “look at me, look at me”. It’s actually bigger than that. Part of what you are responsible for is building the expectations of your work. How long will it take? What did it take to accomplish it? What mountains did you move? Far too many times we do things, jump through hoops, and push the timelines internally on projects and we don’t communicate what it took to achieve …

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Getting Schooled

Right now, I am not my kids’ favorite person, and I am completely fine with that!  I realized how little my kids grasp basic school concepts! We started this week celebrating a major win from Ricky; he received the Presidential Academic Achievement Award.  Woohoo!  We called grandparents and aunts and uncles to show off the stamped signature of President Trump at the bottom of the certificate and the pin that came with it.  Ricky himself couldn’t believe it, and his first thought was, “Really? But …

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Lesson 5: Rockstar VIP Treatment

Okay, now that we have figured out how to not dig a bigger hole when issues arise, (lesson 4, if you missed it, here it is https://hustlemomhustle.com/lesson-4-dont-dig-holes, let’s talk about the number one way to never be in one in the first place! You hold a tremendous power to manage what your co-workers and clients think of you. Have you ever thought about your response time as a mechanism for satisfaction? Or how that may impact their general feeling about how you do your job. …

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Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Ugh, so emo, so dramatic, so completely not the way I like to think of myself, but I am going to be brutally honest with you, I’m depressed.  Why?  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, I have about 6 rosebuds outside my front door ready to bloom in a couple days, which I absolutely love, and yet I am truly, utterly, deeply in the dumps. Yuck!  Sure, part of it is the same as you, Some Good News by John Krasinski has officially …

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Lesson 4: Don’t Dig Holes

Don’t dig holes, now, what on earth does that mean? This one goes hand in hand with number 3! If you didn’t read number 3, you can read it here, https://hustlemomhustle.com/lesson-3-avoid-the-hypotheticals/. Avoiding hypotheticals and dealing with actuals was the key message in number 3 and I can tell you that this one is the second half. We are the WARRIOR LEADERS so we jump in headfirst! We fight for our teams and get shit done! On the opposite side of this are the “avoidance leaders”. …

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Summer Is Coming

Yup, I just changed the infamous Game Of Thrones tagline to dramatically announce the arrival of summer.  NORMALLY my only concern, although a big one, is trying to figure out how I’m going to get through the summer without wearing a pair of shorts while not looking like a freak.  Shorts have been a distant memory since the appearance of cellulite on my thighs and the purpetial starvation of my crotch as it always seems to be eating the inside of my shorts to create …