The Truth About Blogging (& Blogging Tips for Beginners)

Blogging is hard. I’m just going to say it. It’s a full-time job without pay, and if you commit to it, you had better be in for the love. Friends interested in blogging have asked me how to get started, so I’m going to share some blogging tips and lessons learned and put it all out there. I started Pura Vida. Sometimes. (PVS) for a few reasons. After I left my last job in integrative medicine, I missed it. For more than 7 years, I had the opportunity to learn from healers and thought leaders like Drs. Andrew Weil, Tieraona Low […]

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The Best Life Lessons from Great Leaders

The Best Life Lessons from Great Leaders on Pura Vida Sometimes

When I first started my career, I was ready to conquer the world and was sure I already had all the resources I needed to do so. I applied for jobs that were much bigger than me and I had grandiose dreams. I still have the dreams, but now have a better grasp on what it will take to accomplish them and of my place in the workforce. But when it comes down to it, when you’re first starting out, there’s a great reason that there’s a level playing field…at the bottom. In your early 20s, as much as you may […]

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Letter to My Daughter: On Being a Workaholic

Letter on being a workaholic Pura Vida Sometimes

To my beautiful Warrior Princess: One of my greatest fears is that you will look back on your childhood and think that your mom cared more about work than about you. I would understand if my actions gave you that impression, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. I’d like to explain a few things with hopes you will view our life together with love and compassion and make good choices on how you want to live yours. Since I was 17, I’ve only ever not worked during three four-month spurts in my life. The first two were between […]

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How to Be the Best Woman for the Job

How to Be the Best Woman for the Job on Pura Vida Sometimes

I was invited to business development meeting with our director of operations and a potential partner from Spain – a well-dressed man in his 60s. We made introductions, talked about our ideas and possible synergies – an even interplay between the three of us in the room, but he and I also chatted briefly in his mother tongue. The Spaniard sat straight with his hands crossed, the director of operations had a small notepad and jotted things periodically, and I typed on my little laptop as we talked. At the end of the meeting, the three of us agreed it […]

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Don’t Blow the Interview Before You Sit Down

Don't Blow the Interview on Pura Vida Sometimes

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to interviews, because sometimes that’s all you have. There are a number of ways to prepare for the Q&A, nerves are both natural and excusable, but if you really want the job, make sure you’re not sabotaging yourself before the grilling starts. There are a number of physical cues that let me, as an interviewer, know whether you’d have the presence you need in the office and with business associates and third parties, and whether you really want to work with me. For each open position, I may have interviewed 10 candidates […]

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