Follow me at my new site!

I’m posting on this site to let any of my followers know that I have migrated my blog to a new and improved site, still at http://www.oliviabarrow.com, but now under new hosting. That means if you were following me on WordPress or via email before, you need to sign up again. I know, it’s dumb….

I never realized how much I would miss grades

In my last few weeks before graduating college, I was aware that I was about to leave something very special. Chapel Hill was a magical place with rose bushes that bloom right before graduation every year, a campus that rallied around an amazing basketball team, and a culture of people determined to change the world…

Your best employees are being poached, but not by competing companies

  Most employment is based on a premise that doesn’t necessarily hold true for many of today’s Millennials. The premise? That we need the money, and if we quit this job it would only be to take another very similar job at a comparable salary. Because of that, employers think they are primarily in competition…

Observations from a week without a car

  Last Monday, I sold my car. I expected to get sentimental. I had imagined that watching someone drive off with my first car — the one I bought with swim coaching money four years ago — would feel like a gut punch. That it would happen in slow motion. Instead, I was just happy…