Why I Don’t Regret My ‘Useless’ Degree

After graduating from high school, I did what many privileged kids do when they’re not sure what’s next…I went to university. I was 18, a good student, and completely clueless when it came to a career path. Some of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do; be a firefighter, a teacher, an engineer just like their Dad or a nurse because the parties were better. Then I had friends who had no plan…I fell squarely in that group. I also had parents who highly valued education, both had university degrees, and saved up money in an […]

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No, I Won’t Do 61% of the Housework because I’m a Girl

The gender gap at work and at home.

This one is for all the couples out there. I’m intrigued by where you guys and gals sit on the gender division of labour? You know, who brings home the most money and who takes on the bulk of the household chores? Are you even splitters (high five!) or does one person take on the bulk of the work? I was recently reading (listening – that always feels weird for me to say when talking about books), Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and she talks a lot about the importance of having a partner who pitches in. I […]

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Working 9 to 5 is Old News

Millennials want work/life balance

How many of you work a standard 9 to 5 job? And of those who answered yes, how many wish that weren’t the case? I’m guessing there are a lot of hands up to the second question, and I am right there with you. Improvements in technology over the last couple of decades have made it possible for you to keep up with your work and not be tied to an office. As an example, I’m currently sitting on my deck, in the sun, on a Monday while writing this post (thank you laptop, WiFi, and flexible […]

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7 Steps to a Better Resume

Tips to crafting a resume that will get you noticed.

If you are currently on the job hunt in Alberta, you are likely VERY aware that the job market is tight and there is a lot of competition for jobs. Recent reports have our unemployment rate hovering around 8.3%. This is down slightly compared to late 2016 when it peaked (hopefully!) around 9% but still very high when compared to two years ago when it sat at 4.6%. From Friday’s jobs report, here’s Canada’s latest unemployment rates by province. #cdnecon pic.twitter.com/zF4K9gPXbM — Trevor Tombe (@trevortombe) March 13, 2017 I’ve been lucky to have had stable employment since […]

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Healthy Amount of Stress

I was recently listening to the audiobook version of ‘#Girlboss‘ (worst title ever) by Sophie Amoruso, and there was a section in the book that talked about stress that stuck with me. The rest of the book was just ok. I liked Sophie’s no-nonsense attitude, but listened to it as an audiobook and found the narrator to be a bit annoying. It was also the very first audiobook I’ve every listened to (I talk about that here), so maybe my lack experience was a factor. Is that a thing…do your audiobook listening skills improve with practice? The quote […]

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Do you really have to LOVE your job?

How many times have you heard the old cliche ‘love what you do’? I’m guessing too many times. I actually hate that saying! It feels like one of those unattainable ideals that we’re supposed to live up to; like having a supermodel body, having a perfect relationship or never getting a zit. What if you just like your job? You don’t hate it, but if you won the lottery tomorrow you’d be handing in your notice lightning fast and packing up to travel the world or do whatever it is you ACTUALLY really love. If you all […]

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The Dreaded Raise Question

7 Steps to Successfully Ask for a Raise

“Women asking for raises should not only know their value, but they should ask with the confidence that they’re helping the company to be successful.”  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand It’s just a few more weeks until I hit my one year mark (how did that happen so fast!) with my no longer new job which means it’s almost annual review time. That dreaded moment in employment where you sit face to face with your boss and look back on all the moments you’ve excelled and also (hopefully very few) moments you’ve sucked. Annual review time also tends to […]

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Stop Passing Up FREE Money

One thing that drives the personal finance geek in me crazy is when people lose out on money because of laziness. Now I’m not yelling at you for spending $10 for delivery to avoid driving to the other side of the city for something, but if you aren’t taking advantage of an employee benefit plan then my wrath is directed at you. And trust me, it happens ALL the time. It might even be happening to you, right this second. Many employers offer defined contribution pension plans or group RRSP accounts where your big bad boss will […]

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Summer Work Wear

Work Wear for the Summer

I don’t know about you guys but my motivation for getting dressed up for work takes a nose dive when the hot weather hits, and it becomes way more of a challenge to put together professional looking outfits. Here’s a few of my favourite items in my summer wardrobe that get a lot of wear and keep things easy. Relaxed but Polished Sleeveless Blouse Here is the sleeveless version of the same Portofino shirt, which is perfect for summer. It looks good on its own, or you can layer it under a blazer or cardigan. I usually […]

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Changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

CPP and your retirement

As you may or may not have heard, there was a big meeting of the federal and provincial finance ministers yesterday to discuss changes to the Canada Pension Plan, and it looks like reform is going forward. The decision is nothing if not controversial (the government taking more of our money always is isn’t it) but I’m sitting on the pro side of the fence this time, and it sounds like the majority of Canadians are too. In a recent poll completed by Angus Reid, 75% of Canadians were in favour of at least moderate changes to […]

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