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Seven Things A Professional Woman Should Strive for (But Only If She Wants To)

  1. A professional woman should understand when it’s time to either try harder, or when it’s time to walk away. It might be a  toxic relationship, a job, or even that red lipstick you always knew never really suited your complexion. Whatever the case, intuition is usually dead on. For example, I recently left a career I worked pretty hard to obtain. I had a Master’s degree in my field of choice, and worked hard at it for five years…but it just didn’t click for me. I woke up every morning crying because I had to go to work. Thankfully, I was in a position where I could re-evaluate and take some time off. Now, I’m working on another degree in a completely new field, and working to re-establish my corporate identity.
  2. An outfit that will fit any occasion. Maybe you have a meeting with the boss’s boss, or maybe it’s a down day when you aren’t feeling well but still need to look on point. Maybe all of your other clothes are at the cleaner’s. Having an outfit (that you can wash, dry, and go) hanging in your closet is a must. I suggest putting this outfit in the back of your closet for any emergency situation.
  3. A way to organize that works for you. Maybe you can’t live without your Google calendar, or the notes app on your phone, your maybe you have a planner you write all of your important dates in. What it is really doesn’t matter, as long as it works for you. Personally, I like to SEE what I have coming up in advance, so I like to write all important dates on my wall calendar, or on a desk calendar. Usually both. I’m still working on being tech-savvy about these things.
  4. A great hair-dresser. There’s really no explanation for this. As I’ve mentioned before, I feel I work better when I feel pretty, and if my hair isn’t done, I’m simply not working at my maximum potential. Sad, but true.
  5. A confidant. It might be a best friend, a significant other, or your mom, but every woman needs someone to pour her heart out to it bad times and when things go exceptionally well. I bounce ideas off of my husband, and tell him my worries, my fears, but I also celebrate small victories thNF9BA4SRin the same way. He is my rock.
  6. Know yourself.  Know what you want…what are your goals? If you don’t know what they are, figure them out. How, you ask? Well, figure out what motivates you, and think about what you enjoy. Think about things like where you want to end up living, what kind of salary you can live with, and then map out how to make it happen.
  7. Have a plan to get there. Unfortunately, we aren’t given a life-map when we are born, or when we graduate high school and college, but we CAN create our own. Plan it, mark it, but most importantly, follow it! Understand that there will most likely be detours on the way, but don’t let them completely derail you from your goal. I’m not going to be so trite as to use the cliché that life is a journey…but…it kind of is. When we reach a milestone we celebrate, but we also keep moving forward. How boring would life be if we stayed in one place? And I mean that not simply in the physical sense, but mentally. We must continually challenge ourselves and live life to the fullest (even if your goal is a NY Times crossword puzzle).




After spending several years in an unfulfilling career, I decided to go back to school (again) for a second Masters degree. So, this is me as I work towards my MS of Pharmacy degree, while balancing self, family, and working on getting a new career off of the ground. ('s not easy).

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