A Handy Tool to Help You Make Good Decisions

Melissa Smith_Grit and Soul

We all make decisions. They may be easy or difficult. Some don’t require very much thought but others can impact our life, our career, or other individuals who are important to us. For those decisions that have great meaning for our life and our work, it’s important to do the best possible job that we […]

3 Tips to Having Political Conversations Without Destroying Relationships

This election season is like no other. And it’s gotten me thinking about the polarization and deep emotions that are exploding daily in the media and sadly spilling over and destroying longstanding relationships. A client recently shared that she stopped talking with a friend because she just couldn’t accept his political viewpoint. She misses him […]

The Benefits of Having a Mentor

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In today’s business, a combination of soft and hard skills is critical to successfully manage this complex and changing landscape. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through a mentor; a person who has more experience and can help you navigate more successfully. People who I know who have a mentor find that […]

Underpaid and Overloaded: COVID-19 Exposes Cracks in Financial Equality for Women

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Women are more vulnerable during this time of financial upheaval. Here’s why and a few steps they can take to help improve their outlook long term. The COVID-19 pandemic is further exposing the financial inequities between men and women and is threatening to undo the few steps forward women have taken over the past several […]

What Do Baking, Toilets, and Brain Surgery Have to Do With Happiness?

Happiness and Banana Bread

So much feels out of our control these days. I recently had a restless night’s sleep after watching a news program before bed. Note to self: Don’t do that again. It’s not an easy time to be happy. So, the following morning I decided to intentionally do something that makes me happy. Bake banana bread! […]

Why are Women Still Financially Behind A Century After Getting the Vote?

Women's Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is observed on August 26th every year to commemorate the right of women to vote in U.S and, also to promote equality between men and women. On this date, 100 years ago, women’s right to vote became part of the United States Constitution, giving women a voice in government. However, nearly a […]

Travel during a pandemic.

Travel during a Pandemic

As a travel planner and retreat leader, I usually find myself on a plane every month or so, flying out to explore far flung places for business and pleasure. Just before the pandemic struck, I was booked to go to Marrakech, New York City, Stockholm, Paris and Lisbon – trips I was really looking forward […]

When Couples Divorce, Who Gets Fido? ‘Pup Nups’ Can Help

Grit & Soul Pup Nups

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have some interesting side-effects: Pet adoptions are up … and there are signs that divorces could be up soon, too. This highlights the need for “pup nups,” specially written prenups with our furry family members’ best interests at heart. Thanks to sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis, many animal shelters are […]

Two O’Clock with Sheila, Walking Through the Coronavirus Crisis.

  I’d like to introduce you to Sheila. She’s my stunning, with it, white-haired, 88-year old next door neighbor. For nearly 19 years we’ve chatted across our decks, shared recipes, and great reads. Never one to dine at a bar, I’ve learned to enjoy the camaraderie that crops up with fellow diners—from Sheila. I worried about […]