I stepped out of the house the other morning and was blindsided by the inviting, sunny warmth. This year, it seemed like winter began in February and spring has been very slow coming. I opted to head out sans jacket but dug around the mud closet for something suitable for my toddler. It wasn’t quite warm enough for playing at the park without a warm hat, after all.

A few hours later, I noticed that I had an itch.

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In what feels like ages ago, I led a corporate life. Meetings, cubicles, blackberries (the smartphone kind, not the fruity kind), stifling tan walls, repetitive processes …

The 9-to-5 can get a lot of flak (especially online, where you’ll find oodles of articles from creatives who naturally shudder at being so boxed in), but it wasn’t completely dreary. I met amazing people who became my mentors. One of them opened my mind to the power of working to your strengths.

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When I mention working from home to someone who has always done the traditional 9-to-5, they immediately picture sleeping in every day, skipping out to the beach, having a spotless house, and/or never leaving their pajamas.

The flexibility of working from home sounds like nirvana — especially to introverts who crave solitary confinement during the workday — but successfully doing it takes discipline. It’s AMAZING to be home, but it’s also much harder than it sounds.

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It happens to the best of us. One minute you’re drafting a message to your boss, a client… maybe even your mom, and, poof! Your cat walks across the keyboard and sends your unfinished email.

It’ll be okay!

If you’re a Gmail user, there’s a handy feature that will allow you to recall an email before the recipient gets it. I just installed it for my own email and thought it’d be useful to share with you,

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