By Kristin Hiemstra A shameless believer of human potential, Kristin is as dynamic and energetic about career issues as a nice person can be. She combines real world knowledge from her many years of hiring experience in Washington, DC with a decade of college admissions experience.
  • Be Successful at Anything

    March 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I don’t know how many times it takes a baby before they learn to walk but suffice to say, it is a lot. In the first few months babies want to straighten their legs, then there is the whole crawling experience, followed by teetering, and finally there is walking. Going from 0 to 100 takes […]

  • 7 Tips for Parents to Keep Your Kids from Being the Target of Social Media

    February 16, 2013 at 10:35 am

    @CallingKristin: According to Wikipedia the word parent means to take care of your offspring. Personally I like to think of parenting as an exercise in self-discovery because every time my offspring do something I am challenged to understand I learn something about myself, my tolerance levels, and my personal biases. The truth is my children […]

  • 5 Ways to Stay Focused and Motivated Until You Are Employed

    January 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Dear @CallingKristin, I’ve been unemployed for over a year. I’m discouraged, depressed, and having a very hard time getting motivated to look for work. Do you have any suggestions to help me get my act together?   Dear Reader, First let’s get something straight. You are worth far more than any amount of money! It […]

  • Six Job Getting Strategies for Upcoming Graduates to Take Advantage of Now

    January 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Dear @CallingKristin, I am going to be graduating in May and will be looking for a job. Is there anything I need to be doing now? Great question and the answer is ABSOLUTELY! Here are six tips for soon-to-be graduates:   1. Run, don’t walk, to your college’s career center. These gems are packed with […]

  • Back When I Wanted To Be A Trucker

    January 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Back in elementary school I wanted to be a truck driver. I lived by I-57 on the south side of Chicago and would watch the trucks go by in long convoys. Both Convoy the movie and the song were big hits featuring really cool trucks. Growing up we did a lot of road trips and my […]

  • Racing Back to Reality and Other Stupid Things Not to Do

    January 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This year my in-laws decided to host a family reunion in Key West, FL for Christmas break which meant, of course, sunshine and palm trees for the tired and weary. Bring it on! Besides Jimmy Buffet’s reference to stepping on a pop top and busting his flip-flop I had as little understanding of Key West […]

  • Traditions: Friend or Foe

    November 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    ‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you.” The Velveteen Rabbit Every other year, my extended family gathers at a lodge in Montreat, NC for three days over Thanksgiving. Cousins from all over Michigan endure a 10 hour drive with small children, no less, to come […]

  • Opening Ourselves to the Other Side's Point of View

    November 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Today marks the end of one of the bitterest elections I have lived through. Both sides had ample reasons to support their candidates since both candidates had strong records of success. Now comes the hard part: healing. Every words we say about another person, whether political candidate, friend, foe, or family  member carries energy. All […]

  • Go For It! Now … Yeppers, this very instant!

    September 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    On Saturday mornings, my children watch the most ridiculous television shows I’ve ever seen. Silly wizards and over-the-top ninjas save the earth from ridiculously stupid villains. Though I try very hard not to be a judgmental person, I have been known to say things like “Your brain is crying right now because you are making […]

  • Is it Fashion or Just Fitness I Covet?

    September 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    My latest internet addiction is Pinterest.  Pinterest lets you find things that interest you and ‘pin’ them on your ‘board.’ I have many boards on my Pinterest site including one on Mediterranean Cooking, one on housing inspirations so I won’t forget all the cool features that will be going into my next mega mansion, and […]