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Hey Reader,

Whether you're bouncing excitedly or limping a bit gingerly into January... Happy New Year! 🥳

This was literally the least restful holiday "break" we've ever experienced.

  • 2 trips to the ER
  • pneumonia (me)
  • a dropped nap
  • transition from crib to toddler bed

Gone are the days of bingeing Netflix for five days straight. Allow me to share that I'm a teeny bit glad school starts back up today, and that I can get back to work.

P.S. I recommend not asking your parent coworkers if they had a restful holiday. Instead, maybe just buy them a coffee and keep it moving.

family changes. career changes.

Over here, we're stepping into 2024 with cautious optimism. We're expecting Baby Girl to join our little family in early-April!

That means a LOT of things are changing for us both personally and professionally. I'm excited to share what life and career looks like this year with you.

Last year, I outlined the six stages of The Job Cycle, with Transition being the final stage. In Q1, I'm diving deep into the world of career transitions. Specifically, parental leave.

Here's a sneak peek into the topics we'll cover:

  1. Preparing for Parental Leave: When to tell your boss and navigating the maze of leave policies and planning your absence without the stress.
  2. Career Pivots and Flexibility: Exploring options for more flexible work arrangements or even a complete career shift.
  3. Time Management: Because every minute counts when you’re juggling diapers and deadlines.
  4. Maintaining Professional Visibility: Staying on the radar for promotions and opportunities, even while away.
  5. Redefining Productivity: Adapting to your new life with efficiency and a touch of humor.

Expect a blend of practical advice, real-world stories, and my usual dash of sass. We’re not just talking about surviving. It's about thriving, learning, and growing together through these significant life changes.

And, of course, I'll be sharing my own journey as I navigate my third trimester and prepare for maternity leave #2.

It's going to be real and raw over here.

Please share your stories, tips, and experiences, too. Whether you’re a seasoned parent with wisdom to impart or you’re in the same boat of anticipation and WTF?? your input is so needed!

breathe in. breathe out.

It's ok if you rolled out of bed this morning as the same person you were in 2023. Expecting ourselves to change overnight, ‘New year, new me’ is unrealistic.

2024 is a blank slate. Set an intention for how you want the New You to look, feel, and show up like on December 31st and then take tiny steps to get there.

If you need a jumpstart, catch the limited replay of my Break the Burnout Cycle jam session from last week. It's free and only available until this Friday, January 6th.

Get some quick wins to start your year:

  • Learn how burnout impacts us (particularly working moms)
  • Practical exercises to establish boundaries for balance
  • Understand the power of intention setting and consistent habits
  • Explore the gratitude advantage

Say goodbye to burnout, and hello to balance and boundaries.


Career Change Checklist

I joined the Pybites podcast to chat step-by-step actions to prepare for any career transition this year. Get my brand new Career Change Checklist now.


Here's to a year of growth, change, and embracing new life chapters. Let's make 2024 a year where we truly Make Work Suck Less.

Cheers to new beginnings.

You got this.


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Hi! I'm Cassandra Babilya.

I’m a mom, certified career coach, ex-spy, and corporate culture leader. I'm driven to make work suck less by helping women break the burnout cycle, pivot with purpose, and thrive in their careers. I believe everyone deserves to wake up excited and energized for the day. Together, let's find the perspective you need to work, create, and build from a place of joy, not dread. #makeworksuckless

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