Six Tips For Finding Your Life’s Work

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After a recent session for The White Box Club™ (a Meetup group I founded for people laid off or in career transition), a new member approached me with some questions. She was curious about how I’d personally recovered after being laid off from a full-time job. “So is this what you do now for work—run this group?” “Yes,” I replied. …

Need Relief? Observe The Balance All Around You

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My day started off on a sour note. I didn’t sleep as soundly as usual; my dreams were stressful; and my first thoughts upon waking were focused on the greater problems of the world: global warming, gun violence, and the heartbreaking resolution for the Jacob Wetterling family. I could immediately tell I’d been watching TV the previous day. I haven’t …

I’ve Become My Parents. And It’s A Good Thing.

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While cleaning to move my home office last week, I packed boxes and thought how my dad would do it — “Towels together but leave one out for my first night. Tools here but leave out a screwdriver, drill, wrench, etc.” Later that day, I was cutting fresh vegetables and placing them into a special container my mom had given …

Over The Hill At 50? Not In My World.

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This past month I celebrated my 50th birthday. “You’re 50…?? You?! Nooo. I thought maybe 37 at the most,” a younger Facebook friend posted. “You’re only 50? Ahh, so young,” came a post by an older relative. It’s funny how our perceptions of age depend on where we are on the timeline of life. Turning 40 ten years ago wasn’t …

Work/Life Balance. Really?

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Is there really such a thing as work/life balance? Many say it’s a myth. Let’s start with the literal definition: The word balance implies harmony or equilibrium among opposing elements. Imagine what this looks like on a scale—work and life are not only separated, but at opposite ends of the spectrum. This common view of work/life balance supports the idea …

Chill Out And Cheer Up

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Summer is a great opportunity to take time off from our busy schedules and regain some much needed R&R. Besides the break from our usual routines, vacations also help us reboot our brains, refresh our bodies, and reconnect with ourselves and others. Studies have shown that taking vacations are important. Downtime leads to multiple benefits including decreased stress, increased happiness, …