In today's America a new mother not only has to navigate lists of potential baby names, top-rated carseats and strollers, choose between bottle or breast, and make a place in her home for a new little person, but she needs to dig heavily into her finances to accomplish that. If her employer doesn't offer paid maternity leave, she must decide how long she can stay home with the baby, then how much childcare will cost when she returns.
About Catherine TorresCatherine Torres is an Air Force airfield operations officer turned freelance writer. The native New Yorker has lived in numerous locations to include Colorado, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Science in English from the US Air Force Academy, and a Master of Arts in Humanities from American Military University. Catherine leads an active lifestyle with running, yoga, lifting, hiking, and biking being her go-to activities. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading and currently resides in Anacortes, Washington with her husband.
By Catherine Torres| 2017-03-31T08:50:27+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Featured, Featured Author, Holidays, Popular, Top Stories, Women and Culture|Tags: April Fish, April Fool's Day, Culture Headline, fun, funny, Home Headline, pranks|
"April Fool's!" You'll hear Americans yell after their co-worker discovers his stapler in Jell-O. In Brazil April 1st is called Dia da Mentira or "Day of the lie,” while in France children tape a picture of a fish on their friends' backs and yell "Poisson d'Avril!" or "April fish!" The fish symbolizes a naive and easily caught (gullible) person. It's all in good fun and part of a time honored tradition dating back to ancient times.
By Catherine Torres| 2017-03-20T18:00:38+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Culture & Life, Featured Author, Holidays, Top Stories, Women and Culture|Tags: Culture Headline, equilux, Equinox, First day of spring, Home Headline, Spring, springtime, Vernal Equinox|
This year's Vernal Equinox falls on the heels of a snowstorm in the Northeast, making it almost laughable to mark the day as spring's first, which it is astronomically-speaking. Astronomers use equinoxes and solstices to mark seasonal shifts. These dates can change from year to year, which is why you may remember last year's spring began on March 19.
By Catherine Torres| 2016-11-22T11:07:40+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Business & Finance, Career, Featured Author, Opinion, Popular, Top Stories Headline, Women and Business, Women Entrepreneurs|Tags: Business Headline, Career Change, Character Trait, Failure, Grit, Military, Strength, Success, Test, Veterans, Women Leaders|
What character trait should a person have to be successful? Talent? Intelligence? Charisma? Not really. Those things may help, but increasingly, studies reveal grit is perhaps the most common characteristic of successful people.
By Catherine Torres| 2016-10-07T22:13:31+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Business & Finance, Career, Culture & Life, Family, Featured Author, Opinion, Parenting, Women and Business, Women and Life|Tags: Country, Culture Headline, Day Trips, Home Headline, Life, Living, Moving, Travel, Visit, Weekends|
In seven years I've had ten addresses in seven states. I'm not a fugitive, I'm an Air Force veteran married to an Active Duty Air Force officer. I've had many blank moments at gas stations when prompted to enter my zip code, the numbers blending together on the most tiring of days. Yet, over all this time, with all these moves, I've learned a lot about myself and the world. I'd like to share a few of the lessons.
By Catherine Torres| 2016-10-03T11:15:54+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Business & Finance, Career, Opinion, Popular, Women and Business|Tags: Academy, Air Force, Basic Training, Business Headline, Cadets, Leadership, Man's World, Mentors, Training, Woman|
tishomir / Shutterstock.com From a young age my mother always compared me to my older brother. Our grades, our abilities, even our actions were all fair game for comparison to the other. Many psychologists may cringe at this parenting tactic, but in my mother's defense I grew up strong, independent, and believing [...]