As we are all stuck indoors for the time being with the chaos of the world weighing heavily on our minds, I can't help but feel painfully… not horny. Clearly I love sex, I own a sex toy store! It's masturbation month! But I've gotta say that my masturbation has become more to-the-point than ever. As a sex educator who frequently preaches about sexual pleasure not being goal-oriented or orgasm-focused, I've actually been doing just that — masturbating as briefly and efficiently as possible.
Nearly a decade ago when I graduated and was about to foray into the professional world, I was very clear on the end goal: social impact. Having grown up around the globe and being exposed to the acute circumstances of the developing world, I was always aware of "the bottom billion."
After more than two years, two doctors, countless negative pregnancy tests, one miscarriage, and one failed IUI treatment cycle, we are still waiting. Our plans have not become our reality. Now, our plans are indefinitely on hold because of a pandemic. A pandemic?! Now that's a curveball that not even a seasoned infertility warrior could have seen coming, especially one that was two weeks away from starting IVF.
There is no denying that the digitization of best business practices has streamlined the entire process of employment — all the way from applying to hiring. LinkedIn was founded in 2003 on the basis that you don't have to shake hands to network anymore and is only one of countless platforms and digital methods that have replaced job fairs, handing out business cards, and the ever-dreaded cold-calling. However, in a time where jobs are going digital at a faster rate than ever, the new way to stand out may actually not be so new at all.
You may recognize Judge, Tanya Acker, from her political and legal commentary on different networks and shows like Good Morning America, The Talk, Wendy Williams, CNN Reports or The Insider. Acker is more than an experienced commentator. She is also a Judge on the fifth season of Emmy nominated CBS show, Hot Bench.
Today, the armchair psychologist is revisiting a previous column in which she helped a woman navigate her relationship with a divorced man who is still attached to his ex-wife and children, putting her needs at the bottom of his to-do-list. For now, it seems the relationship has ended and she is on to bigger and better things.
Being an entrepreneur comes with a load of stress. It is exciting to be starting something of your own and be free from having a boss or the demands of a corporation. But let's face it; you are suddenly playing every role in the company: marketing, managing, public relations, book-keeping, etc., and that is a lot to juggle. Keeping your stress levels in check is critical, and to do that you need to focus on three main things: diet, exercise and relaxation.
They say when one door closes another one opens, and for me the reality of that is more than just a catchy phrase. When I moved to London I had nothing with me but my ambition for an exciting career and the desire to live out the dream of 19-year-old me, who hoped one day to become an international, successful businesswoman.
It was one of the most valuable lessons I learned early in my career about what constituted a good meeting: always come prepared. Preparation to make a meeting as painless as possible was key. Otherwise, you have to be prepared to kill the meeting as one of my favorite leaders always did. There are plenty of bad things happening right now. We don't need to add the stress of a bad meeting to that list.
I barely met this person an hour ago, briefly judged him, and hadn't even heard of the program he mentioned. He instructed me how I can apply for him to be my official mentor and to email him the following week. From then on, we met every day once a month for coffee. Never once was he late, never once did he not have a notebook and pen prepared for our meeting, and never once did he not begin our conversation with, "Are you taking care of your mental health?"
Jeanne Rihm is a personal fashion stylist who specializes in helping women understand their unique body so they can dress with confidence. Jeanne's 25+ years of industry experience is rooted in the fashion capital of NYC collaborating with major designers and working with companies like Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren. She is the official fashion stylist for TEDxLincolnSquare, and Speakers Who Dare, in New York City. Jeanne has been seen on various radio and TV like NYC TalkRadio and Comcast Xfinity's, Empower Hour, discussing proven styling tips to teach women how to find the most flattering clothes for their body. Jeanne has developed an on-line E-course, "Dressing with Confidence,Dressing for You". In this on-line course she educates busy women how to look and feel their authentic best! She has been featured by CareerSpots in a video tutorial teaching young people how to dress for the workforce, and as a resident fashion expert in CBS Philly's Ask A Philadelphia Expert.
Jeanne lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two sons and her dog Beamer. FashionJeanne.com