Hello and thank you for following me. My name is Rose Bak. I am a writer based in Portland, Oregon.
I am a dedicated multipotentialite which means I have a wide array of interests and creative pursuits. I write about everything from yoga and mindfulness, business, personal finance, self-help, animals, humor, aging and so much more.
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In case you missed it, this weekend was “National Women’s Friendship Day”. While there are a lot of weird made-up holidays — I’m looking at you “Talk Like a Pirate Day” — I have to admit that I fully support taking a moment to celebrate the unique bond that can develop between women friends.
“National Women’s Friendship Day” was created by the Kappa Delta sorority in 1999 to promote friendships between and among women, and to celebrate the value of women in society. On the third Sunday of September, women are encouraged to contact or spend time with their women…
Negotiations between the Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals and Kaiser Permanente are becoming increasingly contentious.
As hard as the pandemic has been for the general public, most would agree that it’s been particularly brutal for medical professionals. Nurses in particular have had a challenging year. Portland’s nurses have been dealing with a staffing shortage, the mass exodus of women from the workforce due to the pandemic, inflation and rising housing prices, and an unprecedented level of burnout after almost two years of treating COVID patients.
After months of negotiating on a new contract, union officials and nurses say…
Infidelity is one of the worst things that can happen in any relationship. It can be the death knell to not only the relationship but to your self-esteem as well. So what do you do when you have a niggling doubt that your partner is being faithful?
Insecurity is normal in any relationship. We may wonder if the person loves us as much as we love them. Things may seem too good to be true. …
I was hanging out before yoga class with a good friend one day and, as we often do, we were laughing. We almost always find something to laugh about when we are together, except this one time we ran out of water with eleven miles left on a long run on the hottest day of the year, but that’s another story.
Anyway, as we laughed another student walked by and said with a smile, “It’s nice to hear giggling first thing in the morning.”
Later I was thinking about how often laughter makes us happy, even if it’s someone else’s…
It’s been a long pandemic, and in most areas of the country, things are gradually opening up. Restaurants are offering at least limited in-person dining. People are taking vacations that were postponed for a year or more. Offices are bringing back workers.
After more than eighteen months either completely at home or mostly isolated, being around people is going to be a challenge. We are already evidence that our social contracts have been broken in some ways. People are getting into brawls on airplanes. Grocery clerks are feeling attacked. People are rude on the streets.
Talk to any oldest child and they’ll tell you stories of taking care of their siblings. From babysitting to changing diapers to walking kids to school, it’s naturally assumed that as the oldest, the sibling will look out for those who come behind.
But in some families caring for siblings goes beyond merely “helping out”. Siblings may take on a larger role, doing everything from being a primary caregiver to cooking for them to protecting them from abusive parents. …
We all have those periods in our lives where everything seems to be going wrong, and we need sustained emotional support.
Nothing shows you who your real friends are like a crisis. I’m not talking about a short-term crisis, like your car breaks down and you need a ride, or you just got passed over for a promotion and need someone to buy you a drink and talk about how much you hate your boss. Most friends will show up for that.
It’s when you have a longer-term crisis that you see the difference between the friends who like being…
Amazon’s newest documentary “LuLaRich” examines the rise and fall of one of America’s most famous “Multi-Level Marketing” schemes: LuLaRoe.
In case you were living in an underground bunker without internet for the last ten years, LuLaRoe is a women’s clothing company specializing in leggings that took the country by storm in the mid-2010s. Their mission is: “Creating freedom through fashion”.
“We believe every individual is beautiful, unique, and most of all — powerful. And through these attributes, we believe anyone can create and live a life of purpose and gratitude. These beliefs are why LuLaRoe was created; they bind us…
I get more done after 8 p.m. than you do before 8 a.m.
Did you ever notice how much judgment there is around the sleeping habits of those of us who are “night owls”?
Our society has a long history of holding up early risers as “go getters” and somehow more virtuous than those who need a little more sleep in the morning. Even Ben Franklin was critical of late sleepers, and this was a man who reportedly worked from his bathtub.
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin