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How to Survive a Toxic Boss

I’ve been pretty lucky thus far in my career to work for some pretty amazing people.  Most of my experiences with managers and bosses have been positive, many of them remained mentors long after I was no longer their employee.  But not all bosses are fantastic.  Some are odd.  Some are in the wrong profession.  And some are just absolute assholes.  They’re the kind of boss that doesn’t understand what leadership is about, have no clue how to foster a healthy and cohesive working environment, are unpredictable and unstable, and use bullying and fear tactics to keep control over their staff.  If you happen to be one of the many people that have to face working for a terrible boss, I have good news; you don’t have to let your bad boss invade your whole life.  I know this, because I am a Toxic Boss Survivor.  Here are some of my own personal survival tips for dealing with a toxic boss. Continue reading How to Survive a Toxic Boss

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July BarkBox Review

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re probably well aware of how ridiculous I am about my dog. She’s the love of my life (Sorry, hun), and I honestly think bringing her home was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I do, admitedly, spoil her rotten, so when I first heard about BarkBox, I had to try it out. Continue reading July BarkBox Review

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Condo

Home Sweet Home Just over five years ago, we bought our first home. We chose a townhouse condo, and we figured it was perfect. Two stories, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gas fireplace. It was tucked away from the busy main street, but close to highway access. It was on the lower end of our budget; a decision we made purposefully in order to be able to afford the upgrades we wanted to do (Redo the floors upstairs, reno the kitchen, update the bathrooms). We’d be responsible for tending to the backyard, but the front lawn and other landscaping came included with our condo fees.  Past-me figured we were making a safe venture into first-time home ownership.  Man, was Past-me naive.  Continue reading 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying a Condo