Erin Kane

Recent Posts By Erin Kane

Live a Little!

When I saw the title of this book at my local library the other day, I couldn’t help but pick it up. Written by two leading authorities on female health, Dr. Susan Love and Dr. Alice Domar, the book dispels many myths we have all come to accept as truths. The authors argue (on the book jacket, no less) that breaking the rules won’t break your health. In fact it’s perfectly OK to eat a brownie, blow off your run or fail to get eight quality hours of sleep every night.

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An Escape from Work and Life

For the last few years, the first weekend of November has been reserved for our annual Manic Mommies getaway, fondly known as The Escape. It’s no mistake that we decided to call it that. It’s exactly what the weekend is designed to be: an opportunity for listeners of our weekly podcast to indulge themselves in whatever it is they want to do. Whether it’s shopping, dining, spa treatments, a long over due run or just sleeping in, we try to keep the weekend agenda purposefully light while still offering a few structured activities and opportunities to meet new women.

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Halloween Traditions

Yesterday afternoon, it finally happened. We were Boo’d. If you’re not already familiar with this Halloween tradition, it’s a modern take on the old childhood game of ding-dong-dash. It involves ringing a neighbor’s doorbell and running away, but when booing, you also leave a small basket or bucket of Halloween goodies on the doorstep.

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Imagine Working in a ROWE

What is ROWE? It’s short for Results-Only Work Environment where employees are evaluated on results, not for the time they spend showing up and logging in. I’ve been interested in this management strategy for quite some time now, ever since I walked away from my full time gig (and the benefits package that went with it) to become president of my own company. Or more accurately, to live the freelance life.

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Do Successful Women Wear Smart Shoes?

Last week I was at a business event that involved a full-day conference followed by an evening reception, film screening and a late dinner with colleagues. I wore what I judged to be an appropriate outfit for the occasion: fitted skirt, cute top from Banana Republic, cardigan sweater and pointy-toed pumps. I knew the shoes were a risky choice but convinced myself I could make it from 7:30am to 11:00pm because there would be plenty of sitting around. By the end of the night my feet were killing me. Absolutely killing me.

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Email Overload

Some days, I just can't face my inbox. Despite my aggressive use of filters, folders and color coding, email tortures me throughout my work day. Currently my Gmail inbox has thousands of messages in it. Many have been read and responded to, but most sit there, taunting me with subject lines that have no relevance to my work or life. […]

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Finding Friends

Former Girl Scouts, sing it with me: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” Have you ever wondered about this line? Are the old friends silver and the new friends gold, or vice-versa?  I’ve been thinking a lot about my old friends lately. You know, the ones I left behind when I moved […]

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Why Can’t I Go to Summer Camp?

Like millions of parents everywhere, I dropped my boys off at day camp this morning. This is the third camp they’ve attended this summer, but it’s the one they’ve been waiting for. For the past couple of years we’ve been bringing my older son from Massachusetts to Western New York so he could attend this camp with his cousin. He would bunk with his aunt and Nana for the week and have his own “sleepover camp” experience minus the cabins, sleeping bags and homesickness.

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168 Hours: Do You Have More Time Than You Think?

A few weeks ago I interviewed Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, for my weekly podcast. I was eager to chat with her despite the fact that she takes a jab at Real Simple in the first chapter of her book. Vanderkam’s premise is that we are not as “time-starved” as we think we are. To prove this, she interviews several successful people like Theresa Daytner, who in addition to being the CEO of a large construction group bearing her name, is the mother of six, including eight-year-old twins.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Yesterday I was taking a stroll down the sleepy suburban street I now call home and couldn’t help recalling the lyrics of the late Mister Rogers: “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?”

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