It’s time for women to regain control of their bodies.

Today, I went to the doctor for my annual wellness physical. I am 40, enjoy good health, get plenty of rest, and moderate exercise. I eat reasonably well and maintain a healthy weight, although I have been known to plate up two handfuls of Oreos paired with a glass of…


Re-evaluating priorities could save your sanity and eliminate that “drowning feeling

As a natural-born planner, problem solver/fixer, and Type A personality, I regularly have a to-do list formulated for the upcoming week by Sunday evening. …


The best part of Christmas is the vibe

I am not a typical Christmas fan. In fact, I might like Thanksgiving better than Christmas. Thanksgiving has the ah-maz-ing food and the family and social aspects combined with an anticipation of the remaining portion of the holiday season on the horizon.

I grew up in the northern part of…


Necessary role reversals between parents and child are difficult to navigate

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence as parents age and their health declines.

My dad turns 70 in a few months. He has had numerous health issues throughout his adult life. I will not bore you with the full list, but the shortlist includes:

· lifelong epilepsy

· two…


I finally understand the desire for it

I remember my mother saying many times that she wished life would get back to basics. She longed for simplicity and told anyone who would listen. She didn’t like the dishwasher, she deemed the automatic windows and door locks on the car too fussy, and refused to subscribe to call…


I refuse to be a sell-out in my business

One of my biggest motivators to quit corporate employment was to extract myself from a near-constant requirement to do inauthentic things in exchange for a paycheck.

I was never asked to do anything grossly unethical or immoral, but some of my duties in former jobs were teetering on that edge…


Excess is the antithesis of happy

The most important thing I have realized in my late 30’s is that I am very content and often, happy with my life, as mundane as it may be. Contentment and happiness, from what I have observed by being a citizen of the world, are increasingly uncommon. That is very…


Cleanliness and air space are finally en vogue

Like many people, I have anxiety. During my recent annual wellness visit, my doctor asked if I was experiencing more anxiety due to the pandemic. My honest answer was no, overall, I am feeling less anxious.

Pre-pandemic era, I was always on high alert in public. I do not like…


Otherwise you are wasting everyone’s time

Twice, I have applied for a position, successfully completed the interview rounds, and received an offer. This means that two companies dedicated their labor resources to review my resume, allotted hiring managers’ time to talk to me, and allowed human resources to draft an offer for me.

Only twice, you…


Saying “No” is My Secret Tactic

True story, according to my mother, my first spoken word was “no.” I am not a person you would label a “follower” if you were from my generation, which hovers on the border of X and Millennial. Closer to Gen X, if you must know.

Still, when you are a…

Amanda Closs

Corporate quitter, MBA, founder of NotSoMother.com, life path coach, businesswoman, wife, dog and cat mom, loyal friend, lover of a good article, story or book!

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