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How to Handle Negative or Bossy Co-Workers – Sophia Loren

A reader asked about responding to bossy co-workers on my Coping With Negative Coworkers Who Drain Your Energy article. Here are a few ideas on handling difficult people at work, with inspiration from Sophia Loren. “Getting ahead in a difficult profession [or with difficult co-workers] requires avid faith in yourself,” said Loren. “That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.” To deal with or confront anyone

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Reading Nonverbal Signals From Your Co-Workers or Boss – Esteé Lauder

Your fellow employees communicate nonverbally, and understanding their messages can make or break your job! Here are five ways to read signals from your co-workers or boss — with a special focus on the office or cubicle (not body language). And, a sprinkle of inspirational career quotations from Esteé Lauder might increase your motivation to succeed at work… “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” ~ Esteé Lauder. She didn’t become one of the

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Where to Work Overseas

You want to find a job overseas, but where do you work? What country, city, region, neighborhood? These tips on where to work overseas are based on my experience living in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa for three years. On my article about finding a job abroad, a reader asked a few excellent questions about where to work overseas. She asked about jobs in Africa, but these tips apply to people who want to work anywhere in the world. If you

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10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep

People with insomnia have trouble sleeping; the best gifts help them relax and forget they can't sleep. The first five gifts for insomniacs will help them sleep better, and the last five gifts are things to do when insomnia strikes.

Romantic Gifts for No Reason At All – Just to Show Love

The most romantic time to give gifts that show love is when there’s no reason! Here are romantic gift ideas to show your love and appreciation to your partner or spouse. First, a romantic quip for your card or love letter: “If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” ~ Claudia Ghandi. Remember that one person’s romance is another’s “cheesy love quotation.” So, before you write

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Sarah Ban Breathnach – Dream, Don’t Expect

What expectations do you have from your life, relationships, job? Drop them. Instead of expecting, take Sarah Ban Breathnach’s advice and start dreaming… “Dreaming, not expecting, allows Spirit to step in and surprise you with connection, completion, consummation, celebration. You dream. Show up for work. Then let Spirit deliver your dream to the world.” The best way to make your dreams come true is to write them down. You don’t necessarily need to make a list of dreams to accomplish;

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5 Secrets of Great Public Speakers

How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking (Glossophobia). In preparation for my speech at the Big Sisters Gala tonight, I researched public speaking tips and uncovered the secrets of the best public speakers.

How to Prepare for the Loss of a Pet

Nothing will dull the pain of losing a pet, but these tips on how to prepare for the loss of a pet will help you cope when you lose your dog, cat, or other beloved animal companion.

Reclaiming Your Personal Identity or Self-Identity – Sarah Ban Breathnach

The easiest way to reclaim your personal self-identity is to not lose your sense of self in the first place! But, it’s almost inevitable that women lose themselves in the hustle and bustle of family, work, and life. Here are a few thoughts on keeping your personal identity, based on inspiration from Sarah Ban Breathnach. “One of the most important milestones we’ll hit along the way is the moment when we finally own our own unique point of view and realize how

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How Energy Healing Balances Your Body’s Energies : The Passion Seeker

Learn how healing energy increases health and wellness, and balances your body’s physical, spiritual, and emotional energies. It’s about the flow of your chakras, about cleansing, reducing stress, and relaxing. Transformational coach and energy healer Gini Grey – my blog partner on the former Quips and Tips for Spiritual Seekers – describes why balancing your body’s energies can help your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

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Wedding Officiant Job Description – Marriage Ministers

In this wedding officiant job description, an ordained marriage minister describes what she does, and shares the best and worst parts of performing marriage ceremonies for “nonconformist” couples. Here’s one of the best parts of working as a wedding officiant: “I never encounter Bridezillas!” says Minnesota-based ordained minister Sid Korpi. “By definition, nonconformists shun the over-the-top trappings of a conventional wedding. These couples seek wedding ceremonies that are customized to them, that reflect their history together, and that reveal their personalities and

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Online Copywriter Job Description – Writing SEO Content

In this online copywriter job description, a professional freelancer describes her work writing SEO (search engine optimized) content. Susan Greene is a successful self-employed writer. Here, she describes her job and offers a bit o’ career advice for aspiring freelancers. “Learn to write content for websites and blogs,” says Orlando-based Greene. “SEO copywriting is where the work is. Writing books, magazine articles, even printed brochures is not lucrative these days, especially for beginning writers. But, the demand for online content is growing, particularly if

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Who Gets Custody of the Children After Divorce?

Legal custody arrangements are different in every province and state, but there are some similarities. Here’s a brief summary of who often gets custody of the children after divorce and how the “best interests of the child” affect a judge’s decision. This is part of a paper I wrote for one of my social work classes (I’m working on my Master’s of Social Work at the University of British Columbia). The paper was called Equal Parenting Presumption: An

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