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Molly Triffin

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Molly Triffin worked at Cosmopolitan for eight years, where, as features director, she wrote about everything from wrongfully convicted prisoners to dangerous plastic surgery trends, and also supervised special projects and events. She had a glass-walled office overlooking the Hudson River, spent way too much money on way too tall shoes, and went out nearly every night of the week to places teeming with nerdy glasses and PBR.

Two years ago, her life transformed when she moved with her ski addict husband to Stowe, Vermont. Now, considering she writes freelance pieces from a pine-paneled office overlooking Mt. Mansfield, stops for every single pedestrian, and knows the best way to stack wood (criss-crossed with a few inches of space between each log), she’s nearly adjusted to life in the land of golden retrievers and Subarus…of which she has both.

Travel Well, Pay Less

It’s vacation season! So get ready for beautiful beaches, breath-taking mountains…and overpriced hotel rooms. Luckily, there are savvy ways to outsmart the sky-high rates and nab yourself a sweet deal.  For example, I spent last Memorial Day...

Beware These 9 Common Overspending Triggers

No matter how sensible with money you usually are, there are times when your budget is at risk of getting hijacked. “Emotionally charged circumstances make us prone to overspending,” says financial psychologist Brad Klontz, managing partner at...

11 Money Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making

Three years before reaching retirement age, a friend of mine quit his (full-pension, government) job, and soon began subtracting money from his 401(k) in order to pay off his mortgage. This was obviously a huge lapse in financial judgment, but it...

Is This Coming Between You and Success?

My sister was recently job-hunting, and got a call back from a firm after she’d already accepted a position elsewhere. Still, she decided to go to the interview just for practice and when the big day finally rolled around, she realized she felt...

7 Potential Career Saboteurs and How to Overcome Them

A few years ago, I found myself in the elevator with the CEO of the large company I worked for. We had a lively conversation on the ride down, and just as I was internally congratulating myself for having made a good impression, she turned to me...

The Basics (and Benefits) of a Work Uniform

When CTO consultant Janet Kasdan gets dressed for work in the morning, she shimmies into a pair of skinny jeans, tosses on a loose-fitting, untucked blouse (she owns about a dozen of them, in different colors), slips into comfy flats and finishes...

Don’t Let Your Co-workers Bring You Down

At one point in my career, a slightly senior staffer started freezing me out — failing to invite me to key meetings and leaving my name off memos and emails I should have been included on. I eventually concluded that she might be feeling...

What You Should Know Before You Take Maternity Leave

Having a baby should be one of the happiest times of your life. But an unsupportive work environment can leave you wrought with anxiety. More than 3,500 women filed pregnancy discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...

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