You’re a family caregiver, providing must-have supportive care for an aged, chronically-ill, and/or disabled loved one.
You’re lonely, stressed, and tired.
The long-term nature of caregiving that so often accompanies today’s current healthcare system leaves you wondering if you have what it takes to keep all the plates spinning.
It wouldn’t take much – one more unexpected hospitalization, one more secondary infection, one more medical procedure denied by insurance – for all the plates to come crashing down on the floor.
If you’re like millions of other family caregivers, you worry about your loved one, you feel ill-equipped to provide 24/7 caregiving services, and you feel really, really alone. Continue Reading…
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a career panel for graduating seniors. Following the Q&A sessions, I was approached by a handful of girls, eagerly peppering me with questions about what it was like to be “the only woman” in the very male dominated world of business.
Truth be told, after years of being “the only woman” in countless meetings, conferences, and educational events (minus the exec’s secretaries), I’d grown accustomed to being the only one wearing heels.
Women are grossly underrepresented in business leadership within American culture. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a study highlighting the reasons why women are passed over for promotions by the masses, and why female CEOs (currently at 4% of Fortune 500 leadership) are about as frequent a sighting as the endangered Lesser Prairie Chicken. Continue Reading…
The holiday season is here, and with it comes lots of food, family, and non-stop shopping.
If you’ve got an entrepreneur in your life, finding that “perfect” gift for the business-minded trailblazer can be, well, challenging.
Thus, your friends over at The Motivated Millennial decided to put together a “Millennial Entrepreneur Gift Guide” with your entrepreneurial loved ones in mind.
Here are a few gift suggestions for the millennial entrepreneur:
Millennials love, love, LOVE entrepreneurship.
Look at their heroes (Zuckerberg, anyone?), TV programming (Shark Tank, Flip or Flop, All -American Makers), and freelancing lifestyle (find me a millennial that doesn’t know what a 1099 is) – entrepreneurship is everywhere.
But don’t just take my word for it – the Kauffman Foundation reports that 54 percent of millennials either want to start a business or already have started one and the US Chamber of Commerce reported that over a quarter of millennials (27 percent) were already self-employed.
Millennials are turning out to be quite the entrepreneurial generation, as they seriously surpass their predecessors in the start-up arena. BNP Paribas Global reported Millennials have launched about twice as many businesses as boomers have—nearly eight companies each versus three to four for boomers.
A decade ago, millennials’ penchant for trailblazing was commendable – in the height of the Great Recession, it was either create your own job or join the ranks of the unemployed. Many millennials chose the route of entrepreneurship.
Today, the job market for millennials is (reportedly) improving, but many established companies are confused as to why millennial entrepreneurs won’t work for them. Continue Reading…
The one thing they don’t tell you about providing care for another, is that it can have disastrous effects on your own health and well being.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, today’s caregivers can suffer from a variety of emotional, mental, and physical health problems that arise from the strains of caring loved ones. A few of these not-so-healthy manifestations of “chronic caring” can include: anxiety, back injuries, cognitive decline, depression, heart disease, immune disorders, low self-esteem, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, and even increased mortality.
As a millennial caregiver, I’m quite familiar with the unfortunate array of negative effects from caring: being exhausted to the point that you cannot sleep, blowing a fuse at just about anyone you encounter, canceling all your own doctor’s appointments in order to accommodate for a loved one’s, and wading through the financial fallout so often accompanied with chronic illness and disability in today’s barbarically-modern society.
I’m a primary caregiver for an immediate member of my family. It’s a full-time job in and of itself – doctor’s visits, physical therapy, household management, financial obligations, etc.
Sometimes it feels like a never ending to-do list. Add career obligations on top of that, and you’ve got yourself quite the doosey.
But I’m not alone.
Millennials have shaped into quote the caregiving generation, many of whom are “sandwiched” between caring for members of multiple generations.
The latest Millennial Caregiver Report from the National Alliance of Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute show that Millennials (ages 18-34) make up nearly a quarter of the approximately 44 million caregivers in the United States.
Juggling bother career and caregiving isn’t a choice for this generation of caregivers – it’s a necessity. Continue Reading…
by Guest Contributor, Liz Higgins
If you’re an entrepreneur, you are truly a double edged sword.
But a beautiful sword, at that!
There are so many incredible things about you: Your drive, motivation, creativity, and passion for what you do. It takes a unique person to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship, and you’re one of them.
But how do these characteristics translate in your relationship?
The truth is, the strengths in certain aspects of your life can often manifest as challenges in your personal relationships. Has your partner ever dubbed you selfish, flakey, disconnected, uncaring, cold, harsh, boring, or crazy? I want to normalize that right now as these are common generalizations made toward entrepreneurs by their partners. The truth is, it is challenging to balance the life of owning your own business/being your own boss and being in a healthy, interdependent relationship.
Here are some tips to consider that may help with your relationship success in accordance with maintaining your life as a successful entrepreneur: Continue Reading…