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Loving the Family you Married

Ever notice how many orphans there are in romantic comedies? Okay, maybe not actual orphans, but at least one of the main characters always seems to be (by choice or fate) alone…

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Romance at Work: Is It Risky Business?

Should you date someone at work? Maybe! But it depends. Are you a bright, career-minded woman with a job you like at a solid company? Your workplace may provide access to more…

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Spiritual Truths For Working Moms

Are you mom enough? That’s what Time magazine asked this week in a controversial cover article. The article focused on a certain style of parenting called “attachment parenting,” but I’m more interested…

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Maternity Leave

How do you answer questions about returning to work after having a baby? This week a reader we’ll call Gloria, wrote in with just that question: I've just had my third baby.…

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Home for Dinner

The COO of Facebook leaves work every day by 5:30 to have dinner with her kids, and she thinks you should too. How great is that? I love so many things about…

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Prayer and Happiness

Would you say you’re pretty happy? Research shows that only around 50% of Americans would answer yes. This was true in 1972, and the percentage has remained roughly the same since, despite…

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A Loving Conversation About “Working” Moms

Why so much anger over “working” moms? A CNNpolitical strategist named Hilary Rosen made a comment about Mitt Romney’s wife Ann that touched off a firestorm of talk about work and motherhood.…

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Sponsorship; the Key to Work Success.

Is it okay to use relationships to get ahead at work? I’m not talking about anything illicit or even romantic. Just whether or not it’s ethical to trade on friendships, or even…

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God and Finances

Are you sick of hearing about money yet? Since we spent the past two weeks looking at long-term financial planning and learning to communicate lovingly about money, I thought we’d round it…

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Love and (talking about) Money

It’s a quiet evening, Chris and I are sharing glasses of wine and take-out from one of our favorite restaurants.  Seated close together at the kitchen table, we compare notes on the…

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Money Matters: Planning Ahead

Thinking about retirement? I know it’s hard to take retirement seriously when you’re significantly closer to starting your career than you are to ending it. Nevertheless, it’s not too early to think…

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Alone in a (Church) Crowd

Feeling isolated at church? I go to a great church, one where I feel spiritually fed and uplifted every Sunday. But even though my church does a lot of things right, there…

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Love In a Time of Deadlines.

What happens to relationships when work must take center stage? When you’re juggling work, relationships, and faith, balance is always the goal, but there will be times when one area of your…

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How to Shine At Your Next Work Meeting

What’s your meeting strategy? Don’t have one? You should! You REALLY should! In the working world, every meeting—big or small—offers a chance to put your best foot forward. Knowing how to handle…

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Ask Diane: Ugly Words at Work

Does your boss curse at you? How about your coworkers? For one young woman who wrote to me this week, suffering profanity has become a regular part of the business day.  For…

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Single… without the Gift of Singleness

Now in my mid 40s, I’ve been single longer than I ever expected. And I do not by any means have the “gift of singleness” that so many have politely attributed to…

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Wanting the Love of a Man

I think one of the hardest challenges of being single is the gnawing desire to just be loved by a man -- this feeling that we are just outright missing out on…

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Hijacking Valentine’s Day

So, how do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Or maybe I should say, “The Valentines season.” This time of year has a way of driving people to extremes.  You rarely find anyone…

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Work: Performance Reviews are Your Friends (I Promise)

Nervous about your employee review? No question, it can be daunting to sit down with your boss and frankly assess your job performance, but it can also be incredibly beneficial, especially if…

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Love and Fairytales

What can marriage do for YOU? It seems like a funny question when phrased this way, but it’s exactly the way that most of us have been trained to think about marriage…

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