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Mom Success Story: From Corporate Career to Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

After almost nine years with a well-known insurance company, Justine made the decision to leave her job while on maternity leave with child number two. Deep down she had always wanted to stay at home with her kids, but when she took the plunge to trade corporate life for tender moments with her young children, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.

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For Cindy, My Friend and Career Cheerleader

Cindy

When I think about what constitutes career happiness, I think of the people who lend support along the way. Personally I have changed jobs, left jobs, landed jobs using creative and assertive job hunting strategies, and started my own business. A lot of it took courage, especially when it came to the dividing line between following a gut instinct and following the path someone else thought was best for me. Those who supported me over the years allowed me to fail - just as much as I succeeded.

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What does Labor Day Mean to You?

American labor conditions in the late 1800s were truly atrocious. Families - and even children - were forced to work seven days a week, often for 12 hours a day in order to simply put food on the table. Add to that unsafe, unsanitary working conditions, and even death...your job could literally kill you. This holiday is a tribute to those who took a stand and changed history, bringing about lasting changes to the way people work and the environments in which they spent the majority of their time.

Since most of us spend a minimum of 40 hours a week at work (and most likely considerably more), Labor Day is also a good day to reflect on your own professional happiness. Aside from enjoying the unofficial last day of summer, what does Labor day mean to you?

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