Proven Strategies for Better Relationships

Relationships are one of the most fundamentally important parts of each person's life. There are so many ways that you can nurture your relationships to let the other party know that you truly appreciate him or her. Taking the time to work on them will provide you with deeper and more meaningful relationships. 

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Boredom is But a Window to a Sunny Day Beyond the Gloom

What, exactly, is boredom?

It is a deeply unpleasant state of unmet arousal: we are aroused rather than despondent, but, for one or more reasons, our arousal cannot be met or directed. These reasons can be internal – often a lack of imagination, motivation, or concentration – or external, such as an absence of environmental stimuli or opportunities. We want to do something engaging, but find ourselves unable to do so and, more than that, are frustrated by the rising awareness of this inability.

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Imposter Syndrome - Understanding and Managing It

Across my career, I have met countless people who have struggled with Imposter Syndrome.

For those of you not up on the lingo, Imposter Syndrome is when people feel they are not experienced, qualified, or talented enough to be in the position they are in (such as a new role in a company). Typically the sensation is a feeling of “well, it is only a matter of time until people find out that I suck at this and then I will be out on my ear”. Hence the “Imposter” in Imposter syndrome.

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Jono Bacon is a leading community and collaboration speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, workflow, and other services. He previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, and OpenAdvantage. His clients include Huawei, GitLab, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Sony Mobile, Deutsche Bank, Santander, HackerOne, Mattermost, SAP, FINOS Foundation, The Executive Center, data.world, Creative Commons, and others. He is the author of ‘People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams’ and The Art of Community, a columnist for Forbes and opensource.com, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, founder of Conversations With Bacon, and co-founder of Bad Voltage. He is an advisor to AlienVault, Moltin, data.world, Mycroft, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.

This piece was originally written by Jono Bacon and originally published at https://www.jonobacon.com/2016/08/12/my-blog-is-creative-commons-licensed/

How to Be Self-Confident in Your Workplace

Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results that you get? Instead, it's other people that get the recognition, the reward, the pay raise, and the promotions. The problem may have absolutely nothing to do with the quality and the quantity of your work, but everything to do with how you are perceived. Perception is a reality, and this is where you're judged by other people.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

Going Green Is All About What You Gain, Not What You Give Up

According to The New Republic magazine in June this year: ‘You will have to make sacrifices to save the planet’, while the US newspaper Metro asks: ‘What would you give up to end climate change?’ These headlines, read from my desk in London where I carry out research in environmental psychology, present us with stark choices: between self and society, wellbeing and morality. It worries me to see pro-environmental action being equated with personal sacrifice in this way.

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Disrupt Your Inner Critic

Mrs. Lefferts was my high school English teacher. She was over six feet tall and wore dark brown, thick-heeled men’s shoes. Her white blouses were ill-fitting. I suppose her bras were ill-fitting too because she was constantly reaching in and adjusting her straps when she thought we weren’t looking. She was a total pain in my butt. 

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Jen Coken is an author, life coach, and comedian who wants to live in a world where you’re free to be yourself and achieve your soul’s purpose—a vision that has driven her work as a Coach, Speaker, Author, Comedian for more than 20 years.

Drawing on three decades of experience as a non-profit leader and grassroots organizer, Jen helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and do their heart’s work.

But Jen’s impact doesn’t end there: She spent six years on the Denver stand-up comedy circuit and brings a sense of humor to every topic she addresses, including the experience of coping with her mother's diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer.

Jen’s book, "When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts" chronicles that experience and shares Jen’s core message that everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle. www.jencoken.com

Seeing Patterns

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results– Einstein.

My coach, yes and I do have one, gave me an exercise. Every morning, I take a few minutes and review the previous day. Still in my nightgown, on the sofa or back porch, I just jot down quick responses to the following questions:

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Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Remove Drama and Reach Goals

  • Drama at home or in the classroom?

  • Kids who are anxious or fearful?

  • Standards and other goals not being met?

Removing Anxieties, Fears, & Drama

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Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

Grading Life on a Curve

Way back in the last century, I attended design college.

I learned many aspects of the fashion business. I learned to drape garments on a dress form and then turn the draped pieces of fabric into a paper pattern which could then be used to produce 100s or 1,000s of garments. Pattern making was something I could do all day. I excelled at it and received A grades in each class.

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Katie McClain SEP's picture

Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

A Prayer for the Capable

And as you stand there
On time and Appropriately clad for the event
With a high-fiber bar in your bag
And extra pens

Let us take this moment to applaud you.

You, the prepared.

You, the accomplished.

You, the bills-paid-on-time and the-taxes-done-in-March.

You, who always returns the shopping cart.

You, who never throws a tantrum.

While the moody, the irresponsible, the near-hysterical, and the rude seem to get ALL the attention

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Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling "Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day" (New World Library)

She is the creator of www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com and www.TheOrganizedEntrepreneurCompany.com, both organizations dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, Bennett offers her revolutionary online workshops to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers, and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

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Happy couple outside at the park.
04/23/2020
Relationships are one of the most fundamentally important parts of each person's life. There are so many ways that you can nurture your relationships to let the other party know that you truly... read more
Bored woman looking out window through slats of blinds
02/26/2020
What, exactly, is boredom? It is a deeply unpleasant state of unmet arousal: we are aroused rather than despondent, but, for one or more reasons, our arousal cannot be met or directed. These... read more
Woman in funny glasses and mustache hiding behind plant
02/20/2020
Across my career, I have met countless people who have struggled with Imposter Syndrome. For those of you not up on the lingo, Imposter Syndrome is when people feel they are not... read more
Close up of smiling confident woman in orange sweater.
10/28/2019
Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results... read more
Hand holding water bottle that says PLASTIC FREE
09/18/2019
According to The New Republic magazine in June this year: ‘You will have to make sacrifices to save the planet’, while the US newspaper Metro asks: ‘What would you give up to end climate change?’... read more
Upside down woman screaming with fingers in ears
07/10/2019
Mrs. Lefferts was my high school English teacher. She was over six feet tall and wore dark brown, thick-heeled men’s shoes. Her white blouses were ill-fitting. I suppose her bras were ill-fitting too... read more
red question mark in center of blue maze
06/24/2019
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results– Einstein. My coach, yes and I do have one, gave me an exercise. Every morning, I take a... read more
Head and shoulders of sad man leaning on wall with blue lighting
11/12/2018
Drama at home or in the classroom? Kids who are anxious or fearful? Standards and other goals not being met? Removing Anxieties, Fears, & Drama One of the biggest... read more
Fashion designer working on sketches
07/06/2018
Way back in the last century, I attended design college. I learned many aspects of the fashion business. I learned to drape garments on a dress form and then turn the draped pieces of fabric into... read more

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