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Changing Interests, Changing Roles

Janet Walkow

Roles and interests change over time. It’s part of the natural growth and evolution process to try on roles and interests to see what fits.  You may be thinking about picking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, eliminating one of the many obligations you’ve taken on, moving to a new city or exploring a different job opportunity. Taking … Continue reading

Casting Call

Janet Walkow

           Who Do You Want in Your Life? Just as writers must ponder whom to include in their scripts, each of us should be deliberate in selecting those who are in our lives. Times & Needs Will Change At any given time, people’s roles in your life will change according to the situation, taking on greater or lesser prominence. This … Continue reading

Getting to Yes

Janet Walkow

I’ve learned over the years that if you want or need something, you have to ask for it. If you don’t, you’ll likely be disappointed.  Without asking, you’ll have a better chance of getting it than if you didn’t ask.  While you won’t always get what you want, there are ways to improve your odds. My term for this is … Continue reading

What is Gender Equality?

Janet Walkow

We talk about it, we read about it and we wonder if it will become a reality. LWP Christine and I talk about how we thought things would be different by now, that barriers and stereotypes facing women would be eliminated, or at least diminished, compared to how things were when we entered the workplace decades ago. The premise is … Continue reading

From Thanks to Spanx

Janet Walkow

Last week in the U.S., individuals and families prepared and indulged themselves in Thanksgiving traditions. For many years, Thanksgiving meant lots of cooking, eating and leisure time spent with family and friends. When I was growing up, there was little planned once we left the Thanksgiving table. We talked, walked, played games and ate leftovers without a care in the … Continue reading

Coming in from the Rain

Janet Walkow

When I was growing up, my grandfather used his expression when a person did a really foolish or inappropriate thing or use poor judgment.  One time my cousin was earning extra money pulling weeds from the yard and unknowingly uprooted all of the flowers in my grandmother’s prized flower beds. I can’t count the number of times my grandfather told … Continue reading

Note to Women: VOTE

Janet Walkow

No, this is not a political ad. You won’t be asked to consider voting for a particular candidate or have your view swayed on a particular topic. I promise. What I will try to convince you of is the importance of voting, whether you are a majority, minority or apathetic. No one is truly ambivalent and your voice should be … Continue reading

Asking for What You Want

Janet Walkow

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” ….Maya Angelou Have you ever ended a phone call making plans with a friend and thought, “Why didn’t I just tell her that I don’t really like the restaurant she picked….or that I really wanted to see a different movie”? Or, how about finishing a meeting with your boss … Continue reading

Just Stop

Janet Walkow

Last month I was driving in Houston, TX. I was in town to visit my mother and other relatives. I grew up in Houston and can testify its roads are notorious for drivers who don’t always follow the rules – talking on cell phones, running red lights and turning right from a left lane. I’m always on alert for the … Continue reading

Does Appearance Matter?

Janet Walkow

On any given day, what I wear and how compelled I feel to primp and make myself presentable depends on a number of factors, including what role I am playing: friend, boss, mom or runner. A quick look in my closet reveals the variety of costume changes that go along with these roles – clothes specific to running, work, going … Continue reading