I hope to be on Martha Radio and on SiriusXM in 2013. Just in case my show doesn’t continue there, however, you can always find me here at MaggieMistal.com. I want to take the opportunity now at holiday time to say thank you to those who've been tuning in, sharing their comments about the show via email and on Facebook:
Susan said: "Your show really opened my eyes to the fact that I get to create my own path. I don't have to be a part of a reality that was created by my family, teachers, or expectations from another time. I often hear the tagline for Martha Stewart Radio, "Learn something new every day." And every show you taught me something valuable...I'm so glad that you've been in my orbit every Friday afternoon for all these years!!"
To say thank you, I'm offering an unprecedented Follow Your Dreams giveaway. For all who enter starting today through 1/31/13, I will be choosing at random one lucky winner to receive a full 9-session Soul Search, Research and Job Search coaching program (a $5000 value).
How To Enter the Follow Your Dreams Giveaway:
Go to MaggieMistal.com, sign up for my newsletter (see bottom left of homepage) and then use the Contact button to share why you’d love some help with your career.
I’ll randomly choose one winner from all the entries.
You have until Jan 31, 2013 to sign up for my newsletter and contact me with your career needs and goals.
I’ll let the lucky winner know via email on Monday Feb 4th, 2013.
All are eligible to enter including people who don't subscribe to SiriusXM.
Even if you don’t want to participate in the giveaway, you can still sign up for my newsletter & get on my mailing list. This way we can stay connected and I can share with you my latest tips on how to Soul Search, Research, Job Search and keep the right mindset, while also highlighting trends in the marketplace, and career success stories. I’ll be sharing some new audio tips in 2013 too!
Happy New Year! Here's to you being inspired to not settle and instead, create your dream career in 2013.
Always follow your dreams,
"The foolish man [or woman] seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his [or her] feet." - James Openheim.
The holidays are here and before you know it, we'll be ringing in a new year. Make 2013 the time that you move forward and complete the goals and dreams you've set for yourself by joining my monthly mastermind group.
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Happy Holidays and here's to always following your dreams,
If money were no object, most people would be in different careers. At least that has been my experience coaching clients one-on-one and taking listener calls on my SiriusXM show. Ironically, following the money doesn't offer the comfort people seek. Can they pay you enough to do a job you don't like?
Good thing there is an alternative. You really can make a great living without selling your soul. In fact, you will find a more sustainable income when you listen to yourself and follow-through on the thoughts and ideas that come to you. Look at Facebook, Google, Apple - all of these companies started with an idea, a thought, a vision. The founders of these companies took these ideas seriously - they valued their genius and used that as the cornerstone for making a great living.
I read the back stories on successful people all the time - very few if any succeeded because they were trying to get rich quick. Instead, they had a mission, a purpose to their work - they were trying to make life better for others and money (lots of it!) was the natural offshoot to products or services that did just that. If you don't believe me, read Patricia Aburdene's new book Conscious Money. Patricia is a best known for spotting mega trends. Her first best-seller Megatrends 2000 sold over 14 million copies worldwide. Since then Patricia has noticed a new trend: Conscious Capitalism. It's an approach that continues to grow even during the recent Great Recession. Companies that have a higher purpose beyond profit, who treat their employees, customers, the environment, etc. well are outperforming companies focused on only profit alone. It's a revolution I for one am excited about!
To make it in this new age, Patricia points out the Creativity is our most valueable skill. Innovating new ways to doing things is something everyone now has the power to do, not just experts or a certain powerful few at the tops of companies or governements. CEO's are recognizing this too and 1500 of them cited creativity as their most sought after talent in employees in a landmark IBM study. So what does this mean to you? It's time you start cultivating your ow creative R&D as Patricia calls it.
Make space/time in your life for just being, not doing. Filling your schedule up with to do's is distracting. Allow for quiet time during your work day. Patricia recommends starting a mindfulness practice like meditation or yoga.
Notice where you get your most creative thoughts. For some it's the shower, for others, it's a long run.
Harvest the ideas you get from this practice. Keep a notebook or smart phone handy. Inspiration can come in a brainstorm and you'll want to be ready to capture it.
I have never felt more strongly that we all have the answers we need inside of us. It's the basis of my Soul Search work. Put yourself in the driver's seat of your career. Follow the inspiration that comes to you and you'll soon see that your own creativity is the best and most sustainable source of income you could imagine.
Where are you settling for good? Might there be a way to combine your passions or add in new talents to your existing job or business so you can have a unique and highly successful niche? Might it be time for you to reinvent into a brand new field, one that you’ve been dreaming of?
The time is now! You can have a great career, you just have to Soul Search, Research and Job Search to know what that looks like and go in with the right mindset –one of abundance and possibility. Not scarcity and lack.
Here are some resources to help you go from Good to GREAT:
Atlanta Falcon Tim Green didn't just stop with an NFL career, he's since become a New York Times Best-Selling author. Hear his career change story live on my radio show today (9/28). You can tune in at 5p ET/2p PT using this free trial of SiriusXM.
Joe (a plumber) and AnnMarie (a secretary) turned their layoffs into an opportunity to pursue a career dream - their own food truck. Now the owners of La Bella Torte, Joe and AnnMarie share how they did it. Also on my SiriusXM radio show today!
My FaceBook fan page has the Soul Search questions that I use with my coaching clients. Check them out you too can get answers to define your GREAT career.
Jim Collins, legendary author of Good To Great, said it best: “Those who strive to turn good into great find the process no more painful or exhausting than those who settle for just letting things wallow along in mind-numbing mediocrity. Yes, turning good into great takes energy, but the building of momentum adds more energy than it takes out.” Get more inspiring good to great quotes and move forward with your ideal career.
You can meet some of the best people through work. Recently, I reconnected with a wonderful Canadian couple on their family trip to NYC. My husband and the other gentleman had worked together years ago during our Arthur Andersen days. Great people – very smart, fun, and loving with two beautiful children who just loved Mercer.
Of course, the conversation led to career (with and without some prompting from me). Here's what I found interesting…
Our friend had shaved his head as part of his three-week vacation. Talk about letting your hair down. His workplace up north was too conservative and such self-expression wouldn't fly. So for three weeks he got to look the way he wanted and was ecstatic about it.
Our friend's wife felt great about the steady nature of her job but not the content. With a sigh at one point, she said she wished her husband would get promoted so she could quit her job.
Are these feelings you share? Do you feel you can’t be yourself at work? Would you rather not work at all?
I can't help but take to heart these insights. Yes, they were shared quickly and in passing (not sure my friends would even remember saying them as part of the long and very fun conversation.) But to me these are critical clues that something is amiss and further exploration (dare I say it, Soul Search) is warranted.
Coincidentally, I was contacted by a talented writer from Forbes.com to weigh in on an article about what to do when you hate your job. If you know me, I believe there are no coincidences and everything happens for a valid reason. It was an honor to be quoted and the article is full of great advice. However, my point about Soul Search wasn't included so I want to share it here.
Why people remain in jobs in which they’re unhappy:
From my experience working with thousands via my coaching practice and SIRIUSXM show, people often stay in jobs they don't like because they don't realize what else they CAN do. They haven't taken the time to identify what makes them happy or where their talents lie. They haven't clarified their values and thought about how they'd like to use their abilities to make a difference and align their work with their purpose. Too often people assume work is supposed to be a chore so they don't even look for anything other than that when embarking on a job search.
If you hate your job, what you can do about it:
The number one thing you can do is Soul Search BEFORE you Job Search. Look back on your life and career to those projects that you did enjoy. Delve into each situation and get to the important details such as the role you played, the skills you used, the outcome you produced and anything else about it that made it fun/engaging for you. You can also ask others about your best skills, abilities and talents. This is a great way to stop taking your strengths for granted and to articulate what it is you do for others that is so special.
I have found that when looked at from this perspective people come up with more exciting, more rewarding and more fulfilling career possibilities than when they just scour the job boards and shoehorn themselves into what's out there.
I find people desiring a career change also don't have the proper mindset. It is easy to look at what is wrong, what you disdain, and what doesn't work, but it is more beneficial to look at what is working and to be appreciative of the aspects of the job that can enable your next career move.
I've learned that offering unsolicited advice doesn't work out for the best, eh? So I didn't share these insights with my friends. But if you or someone you know feels they are wasting time in the wrong job, feel free to pass this along or better yet, tell them to call in for advice on my weekly SIRIUSXM radio show. Living fully while on vacation is a good start, living fully everyday is what you were meant for!
Call in! The dial in # is the same: 866-675-6675 but the advice will be fresh, to the point and exactly what you need to move forward. Remember to tell your friends and family that they can call in too. All you need is the phone # and you can get free, quality advice from your career coach every Friday at 5p ET!
Tune in for more inspiring guests - whether it's a day in the life interview of a celebrity or interesting careerist or a been there done that career change success story or how to be your own boss from a successful entrepreneur, you'll hear expert, practical advice you can use now to make a great living.
I look forward to hearing from you this Friday and am making more time for callers given it's been six months so you probably have a lot of pent up questions!
Recently I was asked to share my advice regarding personal business cards (not the one from your employer, but one you create yourself.) I recommend everyone have a card that truly expresses who they are. if that comes from your day job, great! But if not, a personal card is the way to go. Here's why...
Why It's Important to Have a Personal (Business) Card:
It gives you a way to professionally exchange contact information with connections who are relevant to interests or ventures outside/apart from your day job.
A personal card is a way to expand your network to cover more facets of your life and/or life's work (especially if your day job isn't your dream).
it's great for building & adding legitimacy to a side business or hobby or volunteer project or for making affiliations generally taboo at work like political affiliations.
Most importantly though, a personal card will boost your own confidence in moving forward with a new venture or project because the card takes an idea and makes it real, tangible. There is something about creating a businesscard that makes you feel legitimate and validated. I have found that a tangible business card enables a very important part of any transition which is "acting as if." A card convinces you that you are legitimate which is key if you are going to convince anyone else.
When I decided to pursue my dream of being a cabaret singer, I invested in singing lessons and in a personal businesscard. My card had my stage name and title, a specially created email address and phone number, a microphone design, sultry red color, and my take on a George Bernard Shaw quote.
I gave the cards out to the musicians I wanted to work with and the owner of the club at which I wanted to sing. My cabaret cards showed I was serious and professional to the people who would ultimately help me make my cabaret show called, "Follow Your Dreams" a reality.
We are all unique and when you express yourself with a personal businesscard, you/it will naturally stand out. Put meaning behind the design or color or quote and you will be naturally more memorable especially to those who resonate with your message!
Read on for my commencement address and advice on finding lasting career success no matter when you graduated high school...
To the Class of 2012… CONGRATULATIONS! This is your day. How good does it feel?
NO more homework, NO more assemblies or open house projects. NO more quizzes, exams, papers.
You’ve made it. How GOOD does it feel? Parents & teachers: how happy are you too!?
I know my parents were right there with me during my MMI days. I am very thankful to them for the opportunity. And parents, your kids will appreciate what you did in sending them to MMI as I appreciate my parents today. I know how hard you've all worked & the amount of energy you've all put in to get to this point. It's more than many will accomplish in their entire lives.
When I was here they told us the homework would keep us off the streets & out of trouble. While that may still be the case, rest assured that you've learned a lot more here than just how to keep busy. You may not realize it, but in my experience, everything I needed to know I learned at MMI. I did, and so did you. For starters, you are well prepared for more than just college. Life is a daily test of your abilities but you've proven you can make it through Mr. Cusat's math tests, Senior's Spanish quizzes and Mrs. Titus's papers. You didn't crack under pressure. You rose to the challenge and responded to it.
Not only that, you haven't just learned proper grammar or a new language or how to master calculus, you now know HOW TO LEARN. And you will continue learning & evolving your entire lives. Lifelong learning is not just nice catchphrase. It’s a must in today’s world that is critical to lasting success in life & career. As Darwin said, it's not the fittest who survive but the most adaptable. Knowing how to learn makes you adaptable and will make you successful in any career you choose. I've changed careers five times. Yes, five times.
I started out as an accountant/CPA. Then I became a management consultant. Next up, a corporate trainer. Then an entrepreneur career consultant… a radio host… and now, in addition to that, I’m also a mom – a career in itself!
Two times my employer was the impetus for my transition. But other times I chose to change, and you probably will too. It's OK.
The number of careers one has in a lifetime is increasing with each generation. You will learn & adapt your talents to changing circumstances, & will not just survive but thrive no matter what future employers or future economies undergo.
On top of that, you've conquered a fear most people rank highest in their lives public speaking!
Though you may not yet fully appreciate the years of terror, –I mean “experience” – you have giving assembly speeches, you will soon find that you have no problem expressing yourself and getting your points across.
Without this particular skill, I know I wouldn't have had the courage and experience to host a national career talk show for six years on SiriusXM satellite radio for the Martha Stewart channel or share my views on CNN a dozen times where I was introduced as” one of America's best known career coaches."
Believe me all your hard work will pay lasting dividends too. Having just celebrated my 20 yr reunion, I can honestly say that if you can make it here, you truly can make it anywhere.
I've interviewed & been in the presence of dozens of successful and "famous" people like Martha Stewart, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, & wellness guru Deepak Chopra. From their experience and my own, I've learned a very important career lesson: When passion meets purpose, there's no stopping success.
Yes, they had a strong work ethic, and YOU do too after MMI. They also had a dream, a vision of what they wanted to become. They not only followed their passion but became their dream and made their ideal a reality.
Martha Stewart didn't stop at becoming a caterer. She dreamt of having a TV show and making "living" into a magazine and ultimately a multi-media company. She DID.
Martina Navratilova didn't want to just be a great tennis player in her home country of Czechoslovakia. She wanted to become an international superstar at tournaments like Wimbledon. She DID, even though it meant defecting and leaving her family behind under communist rule.
Deepak Chopra dropped out of a prestigious Harvard program because he wanted to become a revolutionary in the medical field. He DID.
You too have witnessed firsthand the amazing things that can happen when passion meets purpose. We are all here b/c Sophia and Eckley Coxe were socially responsible (before it was cool). The tradition of excellence they started has produced a long list of successful alumni.
My speech as salutatorian highlighted just a few stellar examples of the heights an MMI grad can reach. And that was twenty years ago. The list is even more impressive today. You are now on it! You are now a part of this tradition.
From here on out, as MMI alums, your lives and careers will present bigger, more exciting & more rewarding opportunities b/c of the foundation built here. No dream is too big or goal too bold for an MMI grad to achieve.
I dreamt of being commencement speaker one day. And here I am, speaking to all of you.
It's OK if you don't know exactly what you want your career to be. I certainly didn’t! But NOW is the time for you to allow your passions to shine through, to start your own soul search. I am sure you have already realized where your natural talents and passions lie. Think of an activity or project you’ve been involved with at school. The yearbook, Guys & Dolls, Mock Trial… The kind of thing you just loved doing… loved the people around you… and loved being there until the work got done. That’s how you want to feel when you’re following your passion.
I know this and live this because I focus on helping others find and follow their passions as a career coach. When I take my clients through a process of Soul Search, Research, THEN Job Search, often times what they loved to do (& were good at) in high school still hold true today.
I find we all know what our passion really is. And what I've learned coaching thousands, is that your dreams align perfectly with what the world most NEEDS YOU to do. So here’s your last assignment. (Don’t worry; it doesn’t affect your grades or final transcript.) As you leave MMI and set off to discover more of yourself-- your interests, your passions. --Take notes.
Do your Soul search by crafting your ideal vision. Write about what you'd love to do, your unique gifts and talents, the way you want to make a difference, who you enjoy being around/working with and always include that you make a good income.
Everything is possible.
I encourage you to write it down this summer, and write it in the present tense as if it's already happening. Include the accolades that will make you most proud.
Then Research. I know it's probably a dreaded word, but it can be fun when you're following your passion... like an assignment from a class you actually love. Look for and introduce yourself to people in the careers you'd like to have. They may even be fellow MMI alums. Ask them how they got to where they are today, what it takes to be successful, and what they would recommend for someone determined to get into their field.
Listen & learn. Understand if it’s truly what you want to do. And remember Research can reveal what you don't want as much as what you do. Your vision coupled with Research then becomes your compass for selecting the right college major and applying for the right internships -all setting you on the right path to following YOUR passions.
If I had written down one of my favorite MMI activities, it would have been Mrs. Titus’ introduction to archetypes. The class introduced me to Carl Jung psychology and human behavior. – All of which are very relevant to the work I do today. I’ve even done (and LOVED) graduate work in organizational psychology b/c that same drive and passion still hold true today.
Every one of you will find the same connection back to what you loved doing here at MMI. Write it down now. Start to understand now what really drives you.
Listen to your hearts and trust yourselves to know best what you need to do to be happy and successful. As they say - "The only success in life is being able to live in your own way."
Ok, so you now have your final assignment, but it could end up being your most important one. Besides you've already made it through what may prove to be the toughest academic challenges of your life. This will be easy! ;)
Enjoy this moment & celebrate all the people who've helped you get here from your parents to the faculty & administrators to each other. What a supreme accomplishment on your resume to be a graduate of MMI.
Frank Sinatra was right. If you can make it there, you can make it anyway. And I’ve made it in NYC. But I made it there b/c I made it here first...I would add that if you make it here at MMI, you REALLY CAN make it ANYWHERE!
Congratulations and best of luck Class of 2012!
What do you wish you'd known then that you know now? Share your best career advice with the class of 2012 below...
Read on for practical, strategic advice from Troy...
Turning a Layoff Into a Promotion
Q: What would you say were the crucial steps to your amazing transition?
A: For me the most crucial steps were to remain focused, patient and methodical in my approach to my job search. It is very easy to let your emotions get the best of you and become distracted from what you are trying to accomplish. I wanted my unemployment to turn into real opportunity, but that required diligence, and there were many days when searching for the right opportunity I got distracted by the pressures to just find a job, any job. Having a plan I could focus on and routine work to do was a good distraction from the emotional rollercoaster. It is only natural to fear the uncertainty so my advice is to make sure you focus on those things that are in your control.
Q: You Soul searched and Researched before you Job searched. Did it make a difference in the quality of the new job you've found? in other ways?
A: Most definitely. Had I not soul searched or researched I would have been lost when I needed to be the most focused and strategic. Without the confidence in knowing myself and my goals I could have easily entered into another role that was very similar to the one I had previously. It was difficult to think broadly and rely on what I had soul searched. Friends, family colleagues, all wanted to help me get back into the same role I had. They all knew me in one particular way and I’m sure they thought they were most helpful if they helped me do what I had been doing. I needed to rely on my internal understanding of my soul search and remain focused on my research. It helped me sort through the well-intentioned offers and the myriad of online postings and recruiters who needed to fill particular roles. My soul search and research served as my north star to keep me focused and ultimately the job I landed would have not have been on my radar if I had gone the traditional job search route. There is a lot of information online and you need tools like soul search to sift thru otherwise you can be pulled in a million different directions and not be very productive. So yes it helped land a better job that was more in line with the qualities that make me happy at work.
Q: What role did networking (online & off) play in you being sought after for your new job? Were some online sites/tools more helpful than others?
A: Networking is critical. But I had to learn to do it. I had a lot of preconceived notions of what it meant to network and I was wrong on all of them. It is not about calling someone or talking to someone at a cocktail reception and asking for a job. It’s about sharing with everyone you know where you are in your career and where you want to go. There is nothing to be afraid of when you are talking about yourself and knowing who you are, instead it becomes a fruitful discussion about you your skills, capabilities and interests and not and awkward conversation about asking for a job. Once people I knew understood what I wanted and what I was interested in doing the suggestions and offers to help were more meaningful. Gone was the obligatory “let me know how I can help” and instead there were real offers to connect me with people who could help me reach my goals for a new career. By networking I was able to talk to more people who were in positions to hire.
I found LinkedIn to be amazing! It became an obsession. Instead of playing “words with friends” I played on LinkedIn. I challenged myself to find the connections in certain companies and found innovative ways to start conversations with individuals whom I did not have a connection with. I used the linking tool to get a conversation started. It also broke down the traditional barriers to networking. Everyone on the site was willing to make a connection or discuss what they knew about a company, job or industry.
I made a promise to myself to keep networking, even with a new job, and that is twofold. First, it took a lot of effort and people were gracious enough to help the least I can do is keep them informed and second I want to make sure and be available to help the next person going through this process.
Q: Given your recent experience, what helpful tips or advice would you give to others who've been laid off?
A: Don’t be afraid to talk to everyone about who you are and what you are trying to do, whether it is a new role in a new industry, starting your own business or getting a similar job in another company. There is NO shame in being laid off, it is not your fault the company reorganized, or had to close down or sent jobs overseas. I was initially afraid of how I would tell people that I was unemployed and I was surprised how it was not held against me. People are getting laid off in every industry and you should not be ashamed about it. Instead tell everyone about the skills and capabilities you have and how you are using this as an opportunity to find that job that is fulfilling to you and how you will make a meaningful contribution in your next role.
Finally I would say don’t forget to keep in touch with everyone who is helping you along the way. You want to make sure you don’t just contact them when you need something. Your network includes trusted friends and advisors and should be treated as such. They will continue to be invaluable.
Taking time to manage your career leads to better opportunities. As you can tell from Troy's advice and experience, getting on the path to your ideal career starts with your own Soul Search and getting clear on what you'd love to do, the skills you want to utilize, and your work preferences.
I hope his experience inspires you to be optimistic about your next opportunity even if your last job ended in a layoff. KNOW there is something better out there for you just as there was for Troy - you just need to Soul Search and Research BEFORE your Job Search to find it.
If you've been laid-off or dream of a better career, share your vision below. Let's help each other do work we love!
On air and off, I've been asked many times about where to find opportunities to work from home and avoid job scams.
To answer this question, I enlisted the help of CEO & Founder of FlexJobs.com Sara Sutton Fell.
She says experts estimate that as high as 98 percent of work-from-home job listings are scams.
If you’re serious about finding legitimate work-from-home opportunities, read on...
Sara's three keys to avoiding scams and finding real jobs:
Know the typical scam jobs. Perhaps without even knowing it, you’ve already come across a job search scam. Common work-from-home scams include repackaging or shipping products, survey taking, envelope stuffing, data entry, pyramid or sales schemes, wire transfers and money movement, and craft or product assembly. Any of these should raise a red flag and put you on guard. Be careful of the keywords you use to search. "Work from home" is a phrase associated with lots of scams and pyramid schemes. Instead, try safer words like "remote work," "telework," and "telecommuting." The likelihood of a job being a scam also dramatically increase if there is a promise of easy money for easy work, if they require you to "invest" or pay a fee to get the job, if they ask you for personal financial information such as bank or credit card numbers, or if they use all capitalized letters or lots of !!! and $$$ punctuation. E-mails from unknown sources that promise work-from-home jobs should be ignored completely, and of course deleted.
Use legitimate sources for work-from-home jobs. If you’re currently employed, you might start right there. Employers are more open to telecommuting as a means of work, and if you approach your manager with a proposal to telecommute which lays out how everything will work, you might not have to job search after all. A company called Work Options helps professionals convince their wary bosses by preparing a detailed telecommuting proposal. If you want to find a new job and are exploring job search websites, keep in mind that the biggest job boards don’t pre-screen their job listings, so a scams can – and usually are – mixed in with the job listings (as well as in ads typically integrated on the sites). Another way to find a new job is to go directly to a company’s website. Think of small and large companies you admire and would like to work for, and visit their career websites to see if they’re hiring for any remote jobs. The search process for a work-from-home job is going to be more time-intensive than a traditional job search, but the end result is worth it. On the other hand, there are premium sites like FlexJobs that specialize in providing legitimate work-from-home jobs and pre-screen every job and employer to ensure they aren’t scams.
Do your research. Once you’ve found a job listing that allows telecommuting, do some follow-up research to ensure it’s a legitimate work-from-home opportunity. Does the company have a working website and phone number? Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau (and be sure to click on the logo to check their rating with the BBB)? Have they been covered by any major media outlets (and if they claim so, be sure to read the article to make sure the claim is true)? Try doing a web search for the company’s name and the keyword “scam” or “rip-off” to see if any of the search results raise an alarm. You can also use the FlexJobs Guide to the Best Companies for Flexible Jobs, a free resource featuring thousands of pre-screened and verified companies that have offered telecommuting or flexible jobs in the past. If your research turns up only good results, it’s probable that you’re dealing with a legitimate company.
Working from home can be the answer to many common work woes. You’ll be rid of the daily commute, save money on gas, car maintenance, and your professional wardrobe, and you have more time to spend with your family, friends, hobbies, and even yourself. By keeping these tips in mind, you’re bound to create a safer job search experience for yourself, and ultimately end up with a legitimate work-from-home job that can help make some of your biggest work woes disappear.
Many thanks to Sara for sharing her spot on advice! Have a tip for working from home? Share your comments, suggestions and questions. Here's to having both the work and life you crave!