What is YOUR online image

More than ever before we will be interacting online. I am flooded with emails and other social media sites promoting someones business. Being confined to home has mixed reviews. A forced interaction with the family, time to slow down and spend time together. What a concept. I hear appreciation for teachers as “home schooling” is not so easy. Now is the time to take advantage of what is out there. Courses, education, group chats, movies.

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What defines you?

Does your past? A negative belief? Facebook? other social media? Ads? Magazines? All these are influences that can be overwhelming and leave you discouraged. These things can cultivate thoughts like “I don’t look that good”, “my family is not all perfect”, “How does one compete with that?” or
“I’m not good enough”. Ugh! Not positive.

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Spring…we welcome you!
I think we would all agree that we have had enough snow and cold. We are READY for a season change. It’s exciting to see the spring styles and colors. My last newsletter talked about boots and how they enhance your style.

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Your phone time affects your appearance

Imagine the excitement of planning a trip to Disney World! Anticipating Mickey, Minnie, and all the fun and sun! Suitcases packed for this dream come true.

Recently, I took a trip to Orlando Florida. The gate at the airport was full of people waiting for the departure. It was rather noisy as announcements were calling for individuals to check in

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“To Beard or Not to Beard”……That is your Question?

Beards are popular these days! The question is however, is it a good idea in your profession? I observe many styles of beards, some are attractive and well groomed. Some look ratty, stinky and just plain nasty! (In my opinion). There are some interesting studies on beards and mustaches over the years. Trendy styles that date back to the late 1800’s to present day. Popularity of mustaches in the 20’s to goatees in the 90’s, and stubbles and full beards currently. Beards can also be associated with age, maturity, and manhood. Some other studies discussed the psychology of beards.

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Are we too casual?

Are we getting too casual in our work attire? Research states we are. An article by Robert Half at cpapracticeadvisor.com reports that 4% dress very formal. 21% somewhat formal, 61% somewhat casual, and 13% very casual.
The topic of how teachers dress was discussed by author Harry Wong in his book “The First Day of School”.
Another recent research article done by PayScale called Style vs. Salary reports that those folks in the category of Business formal made the higher incomes.
It is interesting the attention that is being made on how people dress in their industries. Is it because we know that in seconds those first impressions of a person are being judged? Is their concern that the manner in which people dress gives a message they don’t care? Not caring about self does it also indicate not caring for the customer? I find it interesting that the formal attire folks make more money but our attire is becoming more casual. So how does this work?

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Keeping your enthusiasm while reaching your goals

Ever wondered why you lose steam on your journey to reaching your goals? I get so frustrated at myself when my enthusiasm for a goal I want to hit dwindles. Obstacles and challenges that came up along the way make it difficult. I know it happens to all of us. Success or failure it is what we do about it.

Recently I was on a trip to CA with my family. We planned our day and knew approximately the travel time it would take. A great day visiting quaint communities like Salvong, CA. The Danish pancakes at the local restaurant where amazing I might add. Then onto some wonderful wineries in the area. A few challenges occurred along the way. California had 20 inches of rain in the last month. No longer dealing with drought conditions but instead flooding and rock/mud slides.

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Listening, how well do we listen?

Listening…we all know that it is a good thing to do, but do we really listen to others so they feel heard? I recently read an article put out by urbanconfessinal.org. How to listen when you disagree: A lesson from the Republican National Convention.

The writer made a great point in his article about listening to someone even though you may not share their view on issues. Issues like abortion, pro life or pro choice. I appreciated the way the writer behaved toward the individual he was talking too.

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You are Judged…. In 7 seconds or less

Something amazing happens……in 7 seconds or less! Like it or not you are being judged. First impressions can be positive or negative. Hopefully it’s positive but the point is Image matters. In a 2009 research study by the Natural Neuroscience, they found that the brain makes 11 decisions about a person on the initial encounter.

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5 Keys to a Lasting Resolution

How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution? I hope you have. It’s truly empowering to accomplish something that challenges you.

Recently, I found a research article by Scranton University in the journal of Clinical Psychology showing 45% of people usually make a resolution, 17% infrequently, and 38% never make resolution. The accompanying Top 10 list showed weight loss as the #1 resolution. UGH…

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