Digging for Potatoes with a Manicure

About two weeks ago I found myself excitedly headed to the garden with my two young children. We had a small garden this year, with just tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and potatoes and since the squirrels were finding many of our new vegetables, we decided it was time to harvest the potatoes. As I was pulling out the bounty of our hard work this summer, one potato at a time, I realized that my very beautiful manicured nails were covered in very black, very sticky dirt. It was really too late at that point, so I continued to gather the food with the kids, laughing the entire time at how many potatoes we produced! Later that night I was thinking about the irony of it all- here I am trying to…
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I Don’t Like Change!

Actually, I sort of do, but I know that I am strange that way.  Most of  us don’t.  We get used to how things are, get comfortable, and enjoy the ride.  When that shifts, whether that be a personal or workplace change, we often don’t know how to handle it well.  Since the only constant in world is change, it might be in our best interest to be prepared to respond, in a way we would be proud. -   Admit that change is happening or about to happen.  Denying it prolongs the inevitable. -  Expect that it will cause stress. We can often manage stress better when we know that we are stressed. -  Share your fears, concerns, worries.  Find a trustworthy source and talk.  Often when we talk about…
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How do we manage work and life?

This is a constant struggle for most people.  These days, we are often pulled in several different directions and learning how to balance our work and life is a key component in emotional well-being. Here are 9 Tips on how to manage your work and life: Recognize when you are overloaded.  Some indicators include chronic lateness, clumsiness, forgetfulness, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Know where your time is going.  Get a planner, calendar, scheduler, etc. and make to-do lists. Understand your priorities.  Look at your calendar.  Is what you say is your priority reflected in your schedule?  Your calendar doesn’t lie. Ask for help, both at home and at work.  Hire out help at home if you can.  Discuss with work options for flex time. Use but don’t abuse technology.  Know…
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