There's always another story

One of the most important lessons that anyone -- journalist, lawyer, doctor -- needs to remember in this age of 24-hour connectivity is that it’s okay to take time for you. It’s okay to walk away from your desk, “forget” your phone at home, take off early, or enjoy a lazy Sunday in bed without a glowing screen for company.

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When Friday Feels Like a Saturday

When friends ask how I’m adjusting to freelance life, I tell them about my new contacts, diverse assignments and the joy of having a 30-second commute. But my favourite part is that each day, rather than organizing my life around shift work and a long commute, can take a different shape. And better still, I’m the one who decides what that shape will be.

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Tax Time

When I became a freelancer, I didn’t give a lot of thought to the fact that I would be a small business owner myself, a “tax collector,” as a now-former colleague said when I told him I was quitting my full-time job. The latest lesson I've learned as tax time looms is: I need an accountant.

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Say Cheese!

While there are those people who are uncomfortable in front of a camera, I’m someone who just doesn’t ever need to see her own face reflected back at her. I need a mirror for the morning routine of contact lenses, hair and make-up. But after that, I avoid all reflective surfaces like the plague. But something about my new career has me in front of a camera more often than I thought!

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Once you go freelance

I had a photographer here at my apartment today (more on that next week!), and we got to talking about freelance life. He said what many others who have left cushy full-time work to hang out their own shingle have told me: they will never go back to working for someone else. Less than three weeks in, I have to agree.

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Ladies Night

Luring fans with the promise of free tchotchkes isn’t new among the professional sports leagues. Bobblehead dolls and t-shirts have been part of free in-game giveaways and ticket-buying incentives for years. But the promise of a free feather boa (!!!) suggests that women need to be targeted in different ways in order to pique their interest in sport. They don't.

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