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, …

How to Break Up with a Bad Boss

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Bad bosses. You know the ones—in love with their power, using manipulation and control, or at worst—micromanaging your every move. We’ve all had them, and perhaps you are dealing with one right now. Just like personal relationships, work relationships can be difficult—especially those with management. After all, they’ve been hired to be in charge. But that doesn’t give them the …

Silence: Our Faithful Friend

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With all the noise we experience in our daily lives, finding something as simple as peace and quiet can be challenging—especially if our environments are busy. And I’m not speaking only of our external environments, but also of our internal environments—our thoughts. Our thoughts can be productive, but they can also be annoying and distracting. Learning to quiet our minds …

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8 Lessons I Learned From A Layoff

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In May of 2015 I was given a white cardboard box to pack up my things and told that, along with several others, my job had been eliminated. At first, I wasn’t sure how to respond. Whenever we’ve established a momentum with anything big in our lives—especially something as important as our careers—switching gears isn’t easy. So I started to …

How to Transcend Traffic

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For some, driving can be a chore; a necessary evil; a mandatory requirement. For others, it can be an enjoyable experience. Regardless of whether or not you enjoy it, driving can also be a source of incredible frustration. Whether you live in a big city or a small town, the annoying antics of other drivers will always be inevitable. So …

The Worry List

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What are you worried about right now? Do you have a “Worry List”—you know, a virtual list of the things that you are most worried about? And when one of the items on your worry list is resolved, does another one immediately take its place? According to Dictionary.com, to worry is “to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts.” …