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Inspiring Quotes From 100 Extraordinary Women

Most lists of motivational quotes are dominated by the counsel of men, and it certainly isn’t because women lack words of wisdom. So, I curated a list of my favorite quotes — from luminaries living and dead, activists and athletes, authors and actors, leaders and lovers — all women. Each of these is powerful in its own right; together, they form a motivational stew, encouraging you to seize life and sprint towards success.

1. “If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

2. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

3. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg


Confidence: Hosted by Samantha Ettus

“Confidence” hosted by Samantha Ettus for the Ipsos Girls Lounge


The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

We thrive from the consistency and efficiency of routines; they reduce our deliberation and in turn, our stress. So it is no wonder that these 12 extraordinary women adhere to strict ones.

Each of these women is at the top of her industry. On average she wakes up at 6:03am, she prioritizes breakfast, and dedicates much of the morning to getting her kids up and out. Two of the women here are childless so their wake up times are significantly later. And then there are the empty nesters who tend to wake early as a remnant of the kid years.

While each of their approaches differs, these successful women all view their daily routines in small…


The Real Work Life Imbalance

I am sure that PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has some fantastic lessons on leadership that we could all benefit from. She could teach us about managing boards and shareholders and telling a story through the press. But when it comes to parenting, I suspect Nooyi could learn a lot from other people who organized their time and their life commitments differently.

Nooyi may be a fantastic mom, but when we’re asking her, Anne-Marie Slaughter and other world-class, high-achieving executives how the whole parenting thing is going, is it a surprise that we aren’t getting anywhere?

It’s time to shift the work/life dialogue in four steps…


25 Working Moms To Follow On Twitter 2013

These 25 women have been selected for our list because they have reached the top of their fields and they share their experience and their lives in raw form through multiple daily tweets. They are prolific, personal and inspiring – all have children and demanding careers.

Today, most moms are working moms and more than 40% of moms are the primary breadwinners in their families – a number that has quadrupled since 1960. The media has not yet caught up with this reality.

If you type the term “working mom” into Google images you will see photo after photo of women balancing briefcases and babies at the same time. Yet rather than juggle…


Oh, The Places You’ll Go When You Look Up From Your Smartphone

I left my house worried and rewinding. Had I remembered to leave the right notes for my husband? Had I given enough kisses to my kids on the way out? I paid little attention to the man who opened the door to the car that was waiting to take me to the airport for a […]


8 Great Reasons to Keep Working After You Have Kids

Work and family life don’t need to conflict; they need to coexist. It is time to stop glamorizing the alternative and talk about the big bonuses of keeping up your career after you have a child. Here are 8 great reasons to stay in the workforce after having a baby:

1. You will Enjoy a Happier Marriage

Studies show that couples in which both spouses work have greater marital satisfaction. Your marriage will be more likely to thrive if you have something to focus on outside of the home and your spouse will feel less financial pressure if you bring home some of the bacon.


Lifestyle List: 25 Ways to Win as a Working Mom

All great trips require preparation. Your adventure as a working mom is no different. You can be the best parent in fewer hours per week; it isn’t about how many hours you spend at home, it is about how you use them. Here goes:

1. Be unapologetic about your lifestyle. Making excuses for working is like wearing a short skirt and constantly pulling on it.

2. Have a school network – two moms you can count on in each child’s grade. If you help them when you can, it will be easier to ask for help when you need it.

3. Spend a night out each week – a date night or an evening with friends. This is your fuel; don’t let your tank run dry.


8 Ways to Add Spark (and Sex!) to Your Marriage After Kids

February is the month for romance and the ideal excuse to turn the spotlight on your marriage. Once you implement these 8 steps, your intimacy will be the envy of the playground!

1. Synchronize Your Schedules

Sure it’s tempting to send email late into the night while he falls asleep in front of the TV, but if this sounds familiar, you need to change this pattern. If you crawl into bed at the same time as your spouse each night, sex is an option. If you don’t, it is completely off the table. Your goal is warm bodies cuddling every night.

2. Make Your Husband Your Gay Best Friend

In the best marriages, spouses are best friends.


5 Fixes for Your Unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions

Chances are you have never accomplished your New Year’s resolutions. By June, 54% of people have abandoned theirs and by the end of year, just forget about it. So instead of pie-in-the-sky resolutions that require unrealistic leaps, focus on small lifestyle changes with achievable and permanent results.

Here are the top five New Year’s Resolutions and how to replace them:

1. Lose Weight

The number one New Year’s resolution is losing weight yet 95% of dieters regain the weight they lose. So why torture yourself? As a would-be dieter, if you make small lifestyle changes instead of dramatic deprivations, you will achieve greater success.