Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer Is Expecting Twins!

Last night, Marissa Mayer posted a blog announcing some very exciting news—she’s expecting identical twin girls! It’s been a healthy and happy pregnancy so far, and Mayer is due in December.

Since Mayer has been pretty vocal on her policies on maternity leave (and since she built a nursery at her office), it’s no surprise that she’ll continue to work throughout her pregnancy and when the twins are born, too. Mayer said, “Since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.”

[Related: Mark Zuckerberg Announces He’s Going to Be a Dad]

Now that the 40-year-old has become the highest-paid female CEO, it’s clear that there’s plenty of work to be done now at Yahoo. The company is planning to close a deal with investors on its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Mayer said, “Moving forward, there will be a lot to do for both my family and for Yahoo; both will require hard work and thoughtful prioritization. However, I’m extremely energized by and dedicated to both my family and Yahoo and will do all that is necessary and more to help both thrive.”

We wish Mayer and her husband Zack all the best!

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Levo Q&A: Lea Gabrielle, FOX News Correspondent and Former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot

Levo Q&A: Lea Gabrielle, FOX News Correspondent and Former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot

Consider this: You’ve been working in the military for more than a decade, rising the ranks as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot—even flying in a single-seat, carrier-based “Hornet” aircraft during combat operations, and later deploying with a U.S. Special Operations Team as an intelligence operator in Afghanistan. And you’re a woman. And you want to make an even bigger career leap into broadcast journalism. When Lea Gabrielle was in her mid-30s, this was her life—feeling a heavy pull toward the world of reporting, but feeling unsure how to go about it. Flash forward to 2015, and Gabrielle is a FOX news correspondent with a new weekly web series, “The Patriot Report,” covering national security. We sat down with Gabrielle to hear how her skills in the military served her work as a reporter, the story she’s most proud of (hint: It has to do with Iran), and her advice for fellow journalists and crew members after the tragic shooting in Virginia:

[Related: Ashley’s War Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on the The Meaning of a Hero]

Levo: You were a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and intelligence operator for 12 years before going into broadcast journalism. First of all, thank you for your service. What accomplishments from that time are you most proud of?

Lea Gabrielle: What I was most proud of were actually the people that I served with. I worked with some of the most brilliant, amazing, incredible people who were patriots and really wanted to work for a cause bigger than themselves. I’m also proud of having the opportunity to deploy in combat operations and serve with a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan.

Speaking of women serving in combat, two women just graduated from the U.S. Army’s Ranger School. What does that accomplishment mean to you?

LG: I think it’s tremendous. Those two women—no matter what else they do in their lives—have something they should be extraordinarily proud of. As a woman who has served in the military, regardless of whether or not I believe women should or should not actually serve with special forces, I am extremely proud of those two women.

[Related: These Two Female Soldiers Will Be the First to Graduate From Army Ranger School]

Do you think women should be allowed to serve in special operations?

LG: Combat forces, yes. As you know, I served in combat. Special forces is a different environment. I think the military needs to be given the space away from politics and people who don’t really understand the culture of special forces in the military to assess whether or not it’s a good idea to have women in special forces. The military will have to look at whether or not women will make special forces stronger. If the answer is no, then they need to take a look at whether or not women may make special forces weaker. If the answer is yes, then women shouldn’t be in special forces. But that’s a decision the military really needs to be able to make on its own, with the space it needs to make a true, fair decision.

[Related: 7 Things to Consider When Pursuing a Military Career]

Switching gears, what was it like for you to start a new career after having served in the military for so long? 

LG: It was really a big risk, because although I gained skills as an intelligence operator and as a pilot that translated into certain jobs outside the military, I really wanted to make a complete change. I became passionate about journalism while I was serving, but I felt that it was a challenging thing to do, leaving the military mid-career and completely starting over.

Why did you decide on journalism?

LG: I became passionate about journalism for a number of reasons. One was that as a service member serving in combat, I really wanted to understand what was happening with current conflicts and know where we might go next. I also realized that there wasn’t much representation in the community of journalism in terms of people who had actually served in our combat boots. With so much reporting about national security, I felt like it was important that the perspective of those who served be brought to journalism. I also really appreciated how in a war that was in many ways very unpopular, the service members were still popular back home. I think that’s in large part due to journalists who were willing to put themselves in those environments overseas and bring home the stories of those who were serving.

What resources did you find were most helpful to you during your transition? 

LG: The most useful resource to me was the network I developed. People tell you when you’re leaving the military that you need to network, and it’s so true. You can find people who will help you write your resume, and pull out the experience you have and tailor it to the job you want. You can find people who will help you put together your thoughts to prepare for an interview. You can find people who will help you get in front of the people who can actually offer you jobs, and so networking was absolutely the greatest resource to help me prepare to make my transition.

Was there one person in particular who became a mentor to you, and what did he or she teach you?

LG: I didn’t have a formal mentor, but I did have a lot of informal mentors. I’ll mention one that I had—a gentleman by the name of Peter Galasinao, who was a more senior naval officer reservist. He was really the first person outside of my family that I told I wanted to become a journalist. I was almost nervous to tell him because it just seemed like a crazy idea, but he believed in me. He was actually the first person to connect me to someone who worked in television journalism, and it was his sister, an Emmy-award winning makeup artist at a local news station in Chicago. That led to me going out and meeting her, and she introduced me to everyone at the news station—from the news director and the other artists, to anchors and reporters. She made everything tangible because she allowed me to see what it was actually like, being in that environment.

I can definitely imagine that being nerve-wracking, telling a senior naval officer that you want to leave the military.

LG: I think the reason telling somebody is a big step is because you know there will be a lot of people who tell you that you’re crazy, or that you shouldn’t, or that you can’t. What I’ve learned is to very quickly dismiss those ideas. Don’t let them cloud your head, because they’re just negative thoughts. Seek out the people who are going to be encouraging and positive.

Smart words to live by. At the same time, there are going to be speed bumps and setbacks along the way. What would you say was the hardest part of your transition, and how did you overcome it?

LG: The realization that I was really going to have to start over. While I was in the military, I figured out what my natural skill-sets were, and I realized that a lot applied to journalism. For example, working as an intelligence operator, you do a lot of seeking information, finding sources who can give you information, vetting them, figuring out what is intelligence, or in this world what is news. But when I left the Navy, I sort of had in my head that even though I went back to school to gain even more skills as a journalist, I still believed I could skip a lot of steps and get to a place that was more mid-career level. I was fortunate to be able to do that, but I did have to start at the beginning. My first job was an entry-level position with NBC, and that meant entry-level pay when I had been a mid-career level officer in the Navy. I had to take a big leap of faith, believing that the skills I was going to gain from taking that entry-level job were going to be worth the risk that I was taking by starting over.

What kind of work did you do in that entry-level job?

LG: I did everything from logging—which is basically typing what people are saying during 3-hour congressional hearings—to lugging camera gear all over Washington, and shooting video for the Nightly News at times. I looked for any any opportunity to actually write or report or edit or shoot video, and I also had the opportunity to do some on-air work.

What was your interview like to get into the program? And now that you interview people every day, any words of advice? 

LG: When you walk into an interview, you should know what you want them to know about yourself. A lot of people today, when they’re looking for a job, think, What jobs are open? I never looked at it that way. I looked at it like, Where do I want to work? And then I used networking to get myself in the room with somebody who was in the position to hire. When I had my first interview for a job in the news business, I got in the room with the Washington Bureau Chief. It was a “Let’s sit down and talk—I’d just like to introduce myself” situation, but I went in there and I essentially marketed myself. I said, Hey, this is what I have to offer: I’m a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and intelligence operator and there’s nobody else like me in the news business. I can offer you a lot. And I think that’s what people need to think about before they walk into an interview. What makes you unique? What makes you someone who is really going to add value to the job?

Love that. Now that you’re at FOX, what would you say has been the most important story that you’ve worked on so far?

LG: One that I really enjoyed reporting on recently is the Iran Nuclear Deal. Iran and its nuclear program is something that’s going to be in the news for a long time, and it’s a program that I happen to have spent a lot of time looking at when I was in the intelligence community. I can bring in the perspective of Iran in the larger strategic picture because there’s a lot of concerns about the way Iran is developing its influence across that region right now.

In general, what’s your advice for people who want to work in broadcast journalism?

LG: First, really understand what it’s like to work in broadcast journalism. Get yourself into the environment somehow, whether that means internships, or an entry-level job, or just shadowing people who work in this industry. Things always look different from the outside, and it’s really important to know what you’re getting into. I also can’t stress enough how important it is to enjoy your job and to look forward to coming to work every day. I’ve had jobs that I didn’t like, and I’ve had jobs that I’ve really loved, and this is one that I really love. I know that every day I’m going to come in and I’m going to learn something new, grow in my skill-set, and be challenged every single day.

After the tragic shooting in Virginia, what’s your advice for field reporters and crew members who might now feel unsafe or scared doing their jobs? What would you want to tell them?

LG: I would say that this is actually very rare, what happened. Including this tragedy, eight journalists have been killed on the job here in the U.S. since 1992. I think that really kind of puts things into perspective. As a local news reporter in San Diego, I found myself inside police lines during active crime scenes. There was also an active shooter scenario where I was inside police lines, so you do find yourself in dangerous situations, but it’s important to look at the  numbers. Bad things happen in the world. When I was in the military, I knew bad things could happen while I was deployed. I had friends who passed, I had friends who came back not the same and they’ll never be the same, so life is about taking some risks, and you just have to make sure you’re taking calculated risks.

As a last question, how do you define success?

LG: Being successful is being willing to set goals that you sort of believe are out of your reach, and going after them with everything you’ve got, knowing that sometimes you’re going to fail. And when you do, it’s getting up and brushing yourself off and saying, Well, I learned something from that one, and getting right back on track. I think success is setting high goals, that you know are going to be a real challenge, and then doing whatever it takes to get there.

Photo: Courtesy of FOX News

Five Savings Challenges to Try This Fall

5 Insanely Easy Ways to Save Money Right Now

Overspent this summer? You’re not alone. Summer can be expensive! Between vacations, road trips, barbecues, and beach outings it’s possible you lost track of your budget somewhere along the line.

Now that fall’s on the horizon, it’s time to rein in your spending. Commit to getting financially fit this fall by participating in a savings challenge. Here are five great ones that will get your budget back on track this September.

[Related: 38 Ways to Save Money Without Trying (Much)]

1. The Credit Card Detox

You’ve probably heard of detoxes involving food—but have you ever considered a credit card detox? A credit card detox can help you purge a reliance on credit cards and get acquainted with your spending habits.

Credit cards, if used correctly can be a great way to build your credit and rack up rewards points. However, study after study shows that people consistently spend more when using a credit card. You don’t have to give up credit cards forever with this challenge, but try sticking to just cash for one month.

[Related: How the Wage Gap Affects Your Credit Card Debt]

A credit card detox can help with:

  • Cash flow issues
  • Overspending
  • The cycle of debt

When you part with cash, you are parting with a physical object. You’ll quickly notice when your wallet is empty. Credit cards can be a slippery slope simply because they are so convenient. It’s easy to swipe and forget how much you are really spending.

A credit card detox can help reset some of your spending patterns. You may even notice that you are spending less than you normally do. If that’s the case, deposit that extra money into savings or consider investing it.

2. The No Spend Month

Jump start your savings goals by having a “no spend month”. For one month, buy only what you need. While it may seem difficult, this challenge can really reveal how much you spend on your “wants.”

[Related: 6 Ways to Budget for What Matters to You Most]

A no spend month can help you get in touch with your priorities and make you realize just how much you don’t need. This challenge can also help you wean yourself off of bad habits like shopping when you are bored or depressed, or going out to eat when you are stressed.

At the end of the month, calculate your savings and put it towards debt or savings. After completing this challenge, your spending habits won’t be the same — and your finances will be better for it.

3. Go On a Spending Diet

If the no spend month seems a bit too drastic, consider trying Anna Newell Jones’ Spending Diet, which allows a $100 per month budget for “non-needs.” Non-needs include things like coffee out, restaurants, clothes, etc. This method can help save you money, while still having some fun. It also helps you evaluate what you really want to spend money on.

[Related: “I Went on a Spending Diet to Pay Off $81,000 in Debt”]

4. Slash Your Food Budget in Half

Food spending is often one of the largest portions of any budget. It’s easy to justify the expense too (we have to eat, after all). But there are ways to slash your food budget. For one month, commit to:

  • Not buying processed foods
  • Batch cooking, so that you have meals in bulk
  • Coming up with a meal plan
  • Buying less meat and dairy, which tends to be more expensive than other items

[Related: 10 Millennial Spending Confessions You Can Definitely Relate To]

Using these tactics, you can save hundreds of dollars each month. I started shopping local and buying ingredients in bulk, instead of getting pre-packaged foods and I have seen a huge difference in my budget.

5. Lower Your Bills

Of course you should try to start cutting back on your wants this summer. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to lower spending on your needs as well. Look at your recurring bills and ask yourself, “Can I get this for cheaper?” For one month, relentlessly examine your expenditures. Do price comparisons, negotiate, and use coupons.

For example, you can downgrade phone plans and get something more affordable. You can go to a beauty school for discounted haircuts. In addition, you can try to negotiate lower prices with your internet and cable provider.

[Related: Your Ultimate Month-By-Month Guide to Making More Money This Fall]

You can still have fun and enjoy yourself this fall — the point of fall savings challenges is to question your spending habits and retrain your budget to focus on your needs and spend on your values. Map out a plan of action and commit to a challenge for September, October and November. To stay motivated, track your savings so that you can see your progress. We believe in you!

This article was originally published on GOGIRL Finance.

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Fall Hairstyles

6 Ways to Make Your Hair Look *Stunning* at the Office This Fall

If you kicked off 2015 with long hair, chances are that at some point between then and now, you cut it into a long bob (aka lob). And why wouldn’t you have? The cut’s not-so-scary length—barely brushing your collar bone—seemingly flatters just about every face shape while being a no-brainer to style (the messier, the better). Whether you’re a real girl or a celebrity, it’s the way to look effortlessly chic. But no matter how made-for-each-other you and your lob are, sometimes a girl gets bored with her look, especially as we move from summer into fall. You’re switching up your clothes, accessories and hair color, so why not switch up that cut for the new season as well?

If you’re feeling like it’s time to leave the lob behind for now, we’ve got the inspo for your next ‘do right here. We asked Nicole Brown, Owner and Creative Director of Tailored Salon in San Francisco and former Assistant Creative Director and Educator for Vidal Sassoon, for six on-trend ways to spice up your lob for fall, and her suggestions are just the jolts we hoped for. From a super subtle update to a completely new, yet just-as-buzzed-about cut, read on for the lob alternatives you should be asking your hairstylist for this fall.

1. Swag it up.

“Get away from the heavy, almost one length look of your lob and layer it up. Short textured layers and fringe could really bring out the badass in you—just take a look at Carly Rae Jepsen’s punky, piecey short swag, which is flattering on any face shape and works with any type of hair texture. Why? Its texture is not harsh and all those short layers help open up the face.”

#MakingTheMostOfTheNight

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2. Add face framing layers.

“If you’re feeling like something a little less dramatic, add shorter layers around your face to soften your look. The shift from lob to layered lob is so uplifting—it feels like it takes away 10 years off of your face—and adds instant texture. That means it gives super straight hair movement and bounce and brings out the texture in wavy hair, like Chrissy Teigen’s.” (Photo via @chrissteigen)

Back in america, back to cookbook shoot and back to lob…oh hi @samsungmobileUSA! #galaxylife A photo posted by @chrissyteigen on

3. Go for the deep side part.

“If Donald Trump was ever going to be in style, this is the only way! A deep side part gives you an entirely new lookwithout ever having to cut off length if you don’t want (it looks great on shorter hair too, like Kristen Wiig’s length). If you have thin hair or layers, your hair will lay flatter to your face naturally. If you have thick hair but want to get the same sleek look, pin the heavy side to hold it in place.”

4. Own the undercut.

“Feel like being secretly cool? The undercut is perfect for you (business on top and party underneath!), especially if you have thick hair—it minimizes the density in the hair, which makes it less poofy and easier to style. Wear your hair back or up like Demi Lovato and make a statement like that.”

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5. Snip heavy fringe.

“So the lob was short enough for you. If you’re looking to keep the length intact (or grow back your tresses) but still want to feel a change, go for long, heavy fringe. Thick, straight across fringe, like Kerry Washington’s, will frame your face in a totally new way. If you want a less severe look, opt for long, loose fringe that feels more French girl.”

6. Chop it into a long pixie. 

“If the lob wasn’t enough, then go for a long pixie like Kate Mara’s or for something edgier, Ruby Rose’s cut (so hot!). If it’s cut right, it’s really a wash-and-wear type of hairstyle perfect for girls on the go.”

This article was originally published on BRIT + CO.

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The #1 Thing You Should Do After You Get Passed up for a Promotion

The #1 Thing to Do After Getting Passed Up for a Promotion

What should you do if you are up for a promotion…and you don’t get it? It’s inevitable that you’d feel disappointed, unappreciated, or even angry. You may be tempted to spend your lunch break frantically searching for jobs and updating your resume. Or you know, watching The Devil Wear’s Prada or The Proposal on repeat while eating a pint (or two) of Ben & Jerry’s. The question is: How do you stay motivated to continue doing great work and hopefully turn the “no” into a “yes” in the future? I spoke to two career experts to find out.

[Related: Feeling Stuck? Here are 9 Real Reasons You’re Not Getting Promoted]

Bonnie Marcus, founder and CEO of Women’s Success Coaching and author of The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, has interviewed hundreds of women who found themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of being passed up for a promotion. The first thing to do, according to Marcus? Stop thinking of yourself as a victim. “That kind of mentality paralyzes you from moving forward and prevents you from looking at the situation objectively,” she said.

In all the interviews Marcus did for her book, she found that those who looked at the situation objectively learned some valuable lessons about what it takes to get ahead and what they need to do moving forward. Many of these women were able to regroup and create a plan for their career advancement. She said, “Those who are invested in their career and company will take the feedback to heart; perhaps use a mentor or coach to help them work through some of the political or professional issues.” On the other hand, “Some, unfortunately, stay stuck without learning anything about themselves or the culture of their organization.”

[Related: 3 Common Reasons You’re Not Getting Promoted]

Lauren McGoodwin, founder and CEO of Career Contessa also discussed the importance of learning from the experience. She said, “Being passed over for a promotion that you think you deserve would be hard for anyone. Especially, when your expectation was that you had this one in the bag.” It’s normal to be hurt or even angry, but she doesn’t recommend sharing those feelings at work. Instead, “Be a responsible venter. Remove yourself from the office and vent to a friend outside of work that understands your professional life and can give you some realistic feedback,” she said. Listen to their feedback and use it to guide a conversation with your manager.

Now it’s time to have what may be a difficult conversation. Set up a meeting and ask exactly why you didn’t get the promotion. Explain that you love the company and your role (even if, let’s be honest, you might not feel that way at the time) and want to use the experience as an opportunity to improve. Ask what you need to work on and then create a professional development plan. Make sure that the items are all action-oriented so that you can check them off and keep track of your progress. Find out if you can set up a date to revisit the conversation. Put all of your energy into focusing on the action items or, if you decide you don’t want to stay, finding a new job.

[Related: Your Ultimate Checklist for Getting a Promotion]

In a perfect world it would be easy to climb up the proverbial corporate ladder. You’d do a good job, prove your worth, and be rewarded with a promotion, raise, and maybe even your very own nap pod. Unfortunately, in the real world there may be setbacks along the way.

Moral of the story: Don’t think of yourself as a victim. As Nora Ephron says, “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Think objectively and you may find yourself in the corner office after all.

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Your September Checklist: 11 Things to Do This Month

Your September Checklist: 11 Things You Must Do This Month

Ah, yes. The time has come to put away the bikinis and start working again on Fridays—but September also signifies new career beginnings, pumpkin spice everything, and some hella fun things to do. Below, your ultimate September checklist:

1. Treat yourself like a queen in honor of Beyoncé’s 34th birthday. (Sept. 4)

Whether you want some tips on how to make the most incredible Instagram ever if you want to learn how to run your business like a boss, just think, “What would Beyoncé do?” Or you can celebrate in one of these eight ways.

2. Get a PSL and grab your favorite novel on Read a Book Day. (Sept. 6)

Good thing it’s a Sunday because now you have an excuse to sit on your couch all day and laugh out loud, take a trip back in time, or get healthy.

3. Enjoy your day off on Labor Day. (Sept. 7)

Even though no one actually knows who started the holiday (read more fun facts about Labor Day), we’re really glad that we can rely on it every year. Have a picnic, take your last beach trip, or simply kick it back and relax.

4. Be part of a new era with The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. (Sept. 8)

Over the summer, we said goodbye to our dear friend Jon Stewart, and now it’s time to welcome a new person into the late night space: Stephen Colbert. We’re expecting a doozy for his first episode, so stay tuned.

5. Take a moment of silence for Patriot Day. (Sept. 11)

This day is your opportunity to remember those who died and those who fought for our country just 14 years ago. We will never forget.

6. Call up your grandma or grandpa in celebration of Grandparents Day. (Sept. 13)

Maybe they send you $5 dollars every now and then or you just know that they’re always going to love you no matter what, but take a moment to simply say thanks and that you love them, too!

7. Get a history lesson on Mexican Independence Day. (Sept. 16)

It’s the equivalent of July 4th in America and marks the end of the Mexican War on Independence. Look out for our upcoming book list of awesome hispanic authors, because it’s also National Hispanic Month!

8. Have a Parks and Recreation marathon for Amy Poehler’s 44th birthday. (Sept. 16)

She’s one of the funniest women alive, and yet still sets an amazing role model for young women and girls everywhere. Between her Smart Girls campaign, her awesome book Yes Please, and her ability to play the coolest TV character, clearly there’s reason enough to celebrate her birthday.

9. Give your work BFF a hug on National Women’s Friendship Day. (Sept. 20)

Friends are an important part of a person’s life, and because sometimes we all take them for granted, here’s your chance to say how much you truly appreciate your friends in your life.

10. Whip out your favorite cable-knit sweater for the first day of fall. (Sept. 23)

Apple-picking, staying in on Saturday nights, and wearing yoga pants every day will be acceptable once again, thanks to the first day of fall. Wahoo!

11. Set your DVR for Shonda Thursdays. (Sept. 24)

This is the day that your favorite dramas return for the fall season. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder all premiere on this glorious Thursday, so you should start preparing your snacks now.

Photo: Stanislaw Pytel/ Getty Images

5 Stay Strong Tactics When Returning to Work After Parental Leave

5 Stay Strong Tactics When Returning to Work After Parental Leave

Around my third or fourth week back at work after maternity leave, I picked up the phone and called a friend who was a veteran working mom. I asked her this question after a particularly emotional day missing my baby:

“Is it always going to feel this way?”

I called her because I knew she would give it to me straight but also reassure me that everything is going to be ok. I figured she had been through this and she was ok, so I’ll just listen to her and then I’ll be ok. She said, “Girl, it’s always going to feel like this, you just grow into ways of dealing with it and being ok with it.”

[Related: 7 Must-Dos Before Maternity Leave]

At first hearing that felt as harsh as the Brillo pad needed to clean dried baby food out of a high chair. But as I let it sink in, I realized what she was really saying was that IT’S OK to feel guilty, sad, or any emotion when you’re a working mom. Those emotions mean you’re a caring mom. If you didn’t feel them, something would be off.

It’s more about HOW you deal with the emotions. Are you going get down every time the emotions come up? Are you going to beat yourself up for working?

One of the best ways help work through the emotions is to assemble what I call your “Thrive Tribe.” You can call or connect with this support network of women when you are moving through your emotions, need advice or just need to bond.

[Related: 7 Things No One Tells You About Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave]

Here is how I recommend putting your own Thrive Tribe together—seek out the following women:

1. Experienced Mom Friend (Not Family) 

The reason I say not a family member is often our moms or sisters are so close that they feel free to say whatever THEY think is right for YOU. When what you need is an objective point of view.

2. A Mom at Your Work 

This mom knows the ins and outs of where to pump and how bosses deal with flexible schedules, pump room locations, how to talk to HR, etc.

[Related: Here’s Why You Need to Get a Work BFF, Stat!]

3. A Family Member or Friend Who Is a Mom 

This is the woman you will turn to when you need a good listen or a good cry.

4. Facebook Private/Secret Groups

Find a private group of local moms who you can ask baby questions. Make sure it’s not visible to the public. You don’t want everyone to see you posting picture of your baby’s funky-ass diaper rash.

[Related: Why Fathers Are Failing at Work-Life Integration]

5. Women in Your Community Like Your Church, Child Care or Friends

These women will help you stay connected to a supportive network, feel spiritually fulfilled, and simply share much needed parenting tips.

Does it feel time to assemble your own Thrive Tribe? Make a list and contact your supportive girlfriends. You can do this!

This article was originally published on MayBrooks.

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30 Life Lessons Given by Uber Drivers

30 Life Lessons According to Uber Drivers

Uber is like a box of chocolates. When you take the backseat, you never know who you’ll meet or the kind of conversations that’ll take you to point B. There’s nothing wrong with preferring a silent ride, but I personally look forward to engaging with my drivers. And most of the time, they say some pretty interesting stuff. I’ll ask where they’re from or how they’re doing, which leads to conversations that end in more than “Thanks for the ride.” Because they sit up front, we tend to forget about their presence, but it’s great to pick their brains—especially about things they’ve learned in their lifetime:

[Related: What It’s *Really* Like to Be a Female Uber Driver]

  1. Forgive and be nice.
  2. Your 20s are too young to settle down. Be careful, you have a long time—I always tell my daughter that.
  3. Do whatever makes you happy. [Related: 5 Steps to Finding Happiness at Work]
  4. Always cast a mirror before yourself before judging others.
  5. Stand your ground. In [San Francisco] especially, you have to be aggressive.
  6. Live life to the fullest.
  7. Accept things the way they happen—don’t resist, just accept life.
  8. Enjoy the moment.
  9. Work hard and be honest. [Related: 7 Things Your Boss *Always* Notices About You]
  10. No money, no honey. And only eat oatmeal for breakfast no matter what. [He credits this advice as the reason he’s 77, never married, and still has a nice figure.]
  11. Don’t be afraid. [Related: #StrongerForIt: Kyrra Richards, Entrepreneur and Professional Dancer]
  12. Learn to deal with people who have bad attitudes. I’ve been driving in the city for 50 or so years so you learn to be patient.
  13. Be honest with everyone; it’s a really critical quality.
  14. Respect other people. You may disagree with what they think, but nonetheless, you have to respect that. It’s missing in our world today.
  15. Be humble—best thing you can do for yourself. Humility is something that’s tough to remember. [Related: 10 Times Serena Williams Showed the World Who’s Boss]
  16. Don’t waste your life; always do something to be productive.
  17. It’s nice to be a father early.
  18. Don’t pay attention to what people say about you—people will always talk.
  19. What we think of as hard times—in a few hours, in a few days, in a few months, it’s going to be the past, so don’t worry about it. Sometimes, time itself is the solution to the problem.
  20. Be who you are, because what else can you do? If you’re not, people aren’t liking you, they’re liking someone else.
  21. Take care of your teeth; it’s such a b*tch when you get older if you don’t.
  22. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal. [Related: 4 Lies You Should *Never* Tell Your Interviewer]
  23. Think with your heart, not with your head.
  24. All you can give is love, because with love, everything is already there. When you love someone, anything of value to you will be shared with that person and you’ll receive love in return.
  25. In order to gain something, you have to give up something.
  26. Always remember that you only have one journey, so do what you want to do.
  27. When you leave this Earth, there ain’t no suitcase waiting for you.
  28. Listen—especially to your parents. As a young teenager, we all try to do our own thing, but toward the end, you know your parents were right, anyway.
  29. Always look forward and don’t let anyone put you down. [Related: The Secret to Authentic Confidence]
  30. Don’t beat yourself up about mistakes, because they all become lessons. Now, if you make the same mistake twice, that’s a different story.

This article was originally published on POPSUGAR.

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The Brief: Women Ruled the VMAs (Especially Since Taylor Brought 40 of Them)

Oh, Those VMAs

In case you haven’t heard, the VMAs happened last night and it was a pretty action-packed scene. From Justin Bieber’s flying-filled (and then crying-filled) performance to Miley Cyrus’ many outfit changes to Taylor Swift’s entrance with almost every member of the #GirlSquad (how do they get anywhere in that large a group?), it was quite a night. But in between presidential announcements and The Weeknd’s epic performance, there were also some amazing moments for women. Read more about ’em here. [Related: What Type of Music Will *Actually* Help You Focus At Work?]

Going, Going, Gone!

For the first time ever in the history of the U.S. Open, the tickets for the women’s finals have sold out before the men’s. And we can thank Serena Williams for that. If she wins the U.S. Open, the 33-year-old athlete will achieve a single-season Grand Slam and become the first woman to do so since Steffi Graf in 1988. The women’s finals will most likely start Sept. 12. “Not everyone can handle that pressure, but I’m OK with it. I would rather be in this position than another one,” she recently told Yahoo. [Related: 10 Times Serena Williams Showed the World Who’s Boss]

Hair, Meet Blowtox

For those of us who work out at the end of the day, we simply put our hair in a chignon or a bun, but, you know, it still feels kinda sweaty. Well, they’ve come up with a solution for that: Women are now getting Botox shots in their head to prevent sweating. Dubbed the “blowtox,” it requires a few dozen shots of Botox to prevent your sweat glands from doing just that for three to nine months. This procedure costs $1,500 per month, but in the really grand scheme of things—i.e. if you look at it from every single angle including an upside down one and already have a really large budget for exercise and beauty that has you getting blowouts more than once a week—this is kind of a money saver…maybe? Only time will tell. [Related: How to Take a Personal Day and *Not* Feel Guilty]

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The 24 Best Liberal-Arts Colleges in America

The 24 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America

Despite being considered “soft” majors, liberal-arts students can still become just as successful as their math and science counterparts.

We pulled the top liberal-arts schools from our seventh annual list of the best colleges in America, where we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their students for success after graduation.

[Related: 8 Best Colleges for Budding Feminists]

We then combined those results with each school’s average SAT score from the college-data website College Board and the median starting salary from the employer-information website PayScale to come up with the final ranking. You can read the full methodology here.

Read on to see which schools are giving liberal arts a great name.

24. Lafayette College

Average SAT score: 1935
Median starting salary: $57,000

Post-graduation, Lafayette students immediately begin to make their mark in the world: Within six months, 95 percent of grads are employed, enrolled in graduate school, completing internships, or volunteering. Students get real-world experience prior to graduation as well, as 78 percent complete internships by senior year.

[Related: 8 Apps to Make Going Back to School Just a Little Bit Easier]

23. Carleton College

Average SAT score: 2115
Median starting salary: $43,700

Carleton’s main focus is to give students a true liberal-arts education by teaching them to be lifelong learners. In this quest, the school, located in Northfield, Minnesota, offers courses across 37 departments, including everything from linguistics to sociology to economics. US News also named Carleton the No. 8 best liberal-arts college in the US.

22. Haverford College

Average SAT score: 2115
Median starting salary: $38,600

With fewer than 2,000 students, Haverford’s small size allows students to receive a highly personalized college experience. Students at the Haverford, Pennsylvania-based school don’t officially declare a major until the end of sophomore year, and are required to take classes across three major academic divisions, resulting in a diverse and well-rounded education.

21. Colby College

Average SAT score: 2000
Median starting salary: $47,800

Colby College in Waterville, Maine aims to prepare students “for postgraduate success in nearly every field imaginable.” And it does: On graduation day, 71 percent of Colby seniors from the class of 2014 had either received employment offers or been accepted into graduate school, and graduates landed coveted spots at name-brand companies, such as Bain & Co., Oracle, and JP Morgan, to boot.

20. College of the Holy Cross

Average SAT score: 1965
Median starting salary: $48,500

Not only does College of the Holy Cross prepare students to join the workforce after graduation, but it equips them to further their education as well. In fact, graduates from the Worcester, Massachusetts-based school have a 91 percent acceptance rate into both medical and law schools. The most popular majors include economics, political science, English, and psychology.

[Related: 7 Shows That Will Make You Excited to Go Back to School]

19. Bates College

Average SAT score: 2040
Median starting salary: $44,700

This year, a whopping 19 Bates students—14 of whom are undergraduates—earned Fulbright fellowships, garnering the school a “Fulbright Top Producer” distinction. Six months after graduation, 74 percent of the class of 2014 from the Lewiston, Maine-based school were employed full-time, with several students at top companies including Google, Accenture, and Chevron.

18. Vassar College

Average SAT score: 2110
Median starting salary: Unavailable

Originally a women’s college, Vassar now provides both men and women with a top-notch liberal-arts education, and is ranked the No. 11 best liberal-arts college in the country by US News.

In addition to internships and study abroad programs, more than 500 students from the Poughkeepsie, New York-based school participate in a semester of field work, where they are placed in community organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, human services organizations, and businesses, typically in the Poughkeepsie area.

17. Wellesley College

Average SAT score: 2095
Median starting salary: $45,900

This women’s college in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was ranked the No. 4 best liberal-arts school in the country by US News. Graduates go on to do great things, and the school’s notable alumni include presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.

16. Wesleyan University

Average SAT score: 2090
Median starting salary: $44,400

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, offers over 1,000 unique classes across 45 areas of study. The most popular majors for the class of 2013 included psychology, English language and literature, and economics. Students also take advantage of opportunities off-campus, with more than 300 studying or completing internships abroad.

15. Davidson College

Average SAT score: 2000
Median starting salary: $47,200

Within six months of graduation, 89.1 percent of Davidson’s class of 2014 were either employed full-time, interning, volunteering, serving in the military, or enrolled in graduate school. Not only that, but students from the Davidson, North Carolina-based school who joined the workforce landed jobs at elite companies, such as Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and PepsiCo. Davidson grads enrolled in top graduate programs as well, including Johns Hopkins University and Baylor College of Medicine.

14. Hamilton College

Average SAT score: 2085
Median starting salary: $57,600

The small liberal-arts college in Clinton, New York, takes only top talent—75 percent of the class of 2018 were in the top 10% of their graduating high school classes, and 94 percent were in the top 20 percent. Hamilton grads have a great track record of earning prestigious awards; 92 were granted Fulbright Scholarships and 18 took Goldwater Scholarships in the last 15 years.

13. Pomona College

Average SAT score: 2195
Median starting salary: $46,700

Named the overall No. 1 school in the country by Forbes and the No. 5 liberal-arts college by US News, Pomona offers small class sizes, 47 areas of study, and numerous opportunities to participate in faculty-led research. As a part of California’s Claremont Colleges consortium, Pomona also allows students to take classes at any of its fellow Claremont schools, including Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna.

12. Claremont McKenna College

Average SAT score: 2155
Median starting salary: $50,100

One of the Claremont colleges, Claremont McKenna shares athletic, academic, health, and dining resources with the seven other colleges in the consortium. CMC’s curriculum leans heavily on humanities, providing students with a well-rounded education and real-world work experience.

11. Washington and Lee University

Average SAT score: 2075
Median starting salary: $50,700

At Washington and Lee, undergraduate students can choose from 37 majors and 29 minors, as well as a number of interdisciplinary programs. The Lexington, Virginia-based school’s unique calendar—divided into two 12-week periods followed by a four-week one—allows students to pursue a focused course of study during the end of spring. Students can also use this time to fit in studying abroad.

10. Bucknell University

Average SAT score: 1960
Median starting salary: $56,800

A whopping 97 percent of Bucknell students report being employed, in graduate school, volunteering, or some combination thereof within nine months of graduation.

And if you think the median starting salary for Bucknell grads is high, it’s important to note that the alumni median lifetime earnings are equally high; the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania-based school ranks No. 5 among liberal-arts colleges surveyed by PayScale.

9. Swarthmore College

Average SAT score: 2175
Median starting salary: $51,000

The small liberal-arts school in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, offers its undergrads more than 600 courses and a challenging honors program, reserved for a select group of top students. Modeled on the tutorial system at Oxford University, Swarthmore’s honors program is the only one of its kind in the US.

8. Colgate University

Average SAT score: 2063
Median starting salary: $54,000

Colgate, in Hamilton, New York, has an impressive track record of sending grads to top graduate schools (Columbia, New York University, Harvard, Cornell, and Penn are among them) as well as top employment positions. 

“For work in finance, and especially on Wall Street, Colgate has a solid reputation for sending very successful and well-prepared graduates,” one Colgate alum who took our survey noted. “My classmate recently retired as the CEO of the NYSE. We have an extensive network of graduates in the industry.”

7. Middlebury College

Average SAT score: 2065
Median starting salary: $51,900

Middlebury may be in the middle of rural Vermont, but it’s not shut off from the world; in fact, the school is a leader in language instruction and international studies, and it offers 10 foreign-language tracks.

An emphasis on writing in all classes broadens students’ ability for critical thinking and expression.

6. Bowdoin College

Average SAT score: 2170
Median starting salary: Unavailable

Bowdoin College directs its liberal-arts education “toward the common good.” More than half of students at the Brunswick, Maine-based school choose to study abroad in one of 46 countries, and many others participate in international volunteer or research opportunities through Bowdoin.

5. Williams College

Average SAT score: 2190
Median starting salary: $50,200

Often considered one of the best liberal-arts colleges in the country (and, this year, the second-best overall college in America by Forbes), Williams considers its education more than a four-year program. The Williamstown, Massachusetts, school takes “an approach to living and learning that prepares students for the ‘real world’ and instills lifelong connections with each other and with Williams,” the website says.

4. United States Military Academy

Average SAT score: 1880
Median starting salary: $75,100

Getting into the Military Academy at West Point, located in the eponymous New York town, is no small feat: The Academy accepts only about 9% of applicants. For accepted students, each major—ranging from American politics to nuclear engineering—is tailored to train “officer-leaders of character to serve the Army and the Nation.”

3. United States Naval Academy

Average SAT score: 1913
Median starting salary: $80,700

As a military school, the Annapolis, Maryland-based Naval Academy rigorously prepares students for a career in the Navy, with a focus on military education, professional training, character development, and physical fitness. The Academy boasts a trove of notable alumni, including 52 astronauts, 48 Rhodes Scholars, and President Jimmy Carter.

2. Amherst College

Average SAT score: 2170
Median starting salary: Unavailable

Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium, a community of colleges made up of Amherst, Smith, UMass at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire that allows students to take classes  at any of the schools. This gives students a broader access to different kinds of classes and learning styles and the ability to meet and network with different kinds of students.

1. Harvey Mudd College

Average SAT score: 2215
Median starting salary: $75,600

While Harvey Mudd is best known for its engineering and computer science programs, the Claremont, California-based school is first and foremost a liberal-arts college, as well as a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium. The school makes sure its students learn in all areas with a solid core curriculum that incorporates humanities and social sciences in with math and science.

This article was originally published on Business Insider.

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