Valentine’s Day: Alternative Suggestions for this day of Love

Valentine’s Day:  Alternative Suggestions for this day of Love   “How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet "You don't spell it...you feel it." - Pooh” ― A.A. Milne   When I was a child, there was great anticipation of the Valentine's Day card exchange that would take place at school. I looked forward to the shopping trip with my Mom and Sister for our cards and carefully choosing just the right ones. I made sure to give a Valentine’s card to everyone in my class so nobody was left out. I also looked forward to receiving cards from my classmates - it made me feel acknowledged and valued. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has lost its lustre.  Not because I’m down on love. Quite the opposite! I do appreciate that it can be day to remind us about importance of love in our lives and demonstrating our love to those we care about.  However, I believe that each and every day should be one of giving and receiving love.  It should not kept for a special occasion.  Every day, by our very presence, we should make a positive difference in the lives of another person based on ...

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Dare Greatly: Ask and You Shall Receive

Dare Greatly: Ask and You Shall Receive One of my goals this year is to “Dare Greatly” - based on the wisdom and teachings of Brene Brown.  In my recent Newsletter Corporate Decorum: Growing Forward in 2016, I decided to take a new approach and to really put myself out there.  Part of daring greatly is to allow yourself to be vulnerable, fearless and able to tone out judgment or negativity from others.  And so, I laid out my plans for what was important to me in 2016 in order to feel less ordinary and be extraordinary.  The honesty and personal approach to this newsletter was received very positively and has encouraged me to continue to take this approach in my work. In addition to daring greatly, I also decided that it was time to listen with intent.  Meaning, that instead of doing what I thought my clients needed or wanted that it was time to simply ask.  I consider myself to be a pro-active listener. I believe it is important to focus more on others and less on yourself.  I believe it is important to be engaging and to ask other people questions to learn more about them, their ...

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