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4 Tips for Career Satisfaction at 50+

4 Tips for Career Satisfaction at 50+

Aug 14, 2014

It can be a scary fact, but 31% of people at 50 or over, are finding themselves out of a job. At a time when people think they should be finding smooth-sailing, the water becomes a little choppy. Here are four, clear, expert tips on how to survive and thrive in the workforce at 50. The Today Show’s series, “This is 50,” featured Cali Yost of Work-Life Fit and Susan Swimmer from More Magazine. In the episode, “Fireproof your Career,” they shared advice on how to stay relevant and even get more enjoyment out of your career. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Fireproof your career by taking on a new project. Avoid complacency and start adding more “yes” into your life, Swimmer suggests. Don’t be scared. You have the experience. Volunteering to spearhead a project is not just for the new kids or low man. Show your boss you are a “take charge” individual and that you have fantastic ideas and solutions. 2. Dress the part. Your body changes as you get older. Dress for your new body and wear current styles. It shows you are “paying attention” and reflects that you are part of the now. Make sure to update your eyeglasses. It’s the first thing people see. 3.Commit to small, meaningful actions.  Work and life impact each other. After 50, people find more time and space opening up. Yost suggests committing to “small meaningful actions” that help you be your best in your life–and subsequently at work. Thinking of walking every night, taking a class? Committing to these activities can make a huge difference in your overall quality of life. 4. “Recapture” and re-structure your time by asking for a flexible schedule. Flexibility and work-life balance are not just for parents. Now that your schedule and responsibilities might look different than they did 10 years ago, seriously consider a formal change in the way you structure your time. As you make new commitments and re-focus how you spend your energy, talk to your boss about telecommuting a few days a week. Pilot it for 60-90 days and you’ll find your boss gives your idea some weight. For more suggestions on designing a flexible schedule and...

7 Key School Supplies To Have At Home

7 Key School Supplies To Have At Home

Aug 13, 2014

By Erin D’Addio It’s that time of year again….back to school! It is a very busy time of year, and there are lots of purchases that happen between August and September. As a first grade teacher, I often hear my students say they don’t have supplies at home to complete homework assignments or reports. So, while you are checking off that supply list from your child’s teacher, consider purchasing an extra set of some key items to keep at home. Most, if not all, can be found at the dollar store. However, right now these supplies are less than a dollar at your local discount stores. 1. 24 count box of crayons 2. Blunt scissors 3. Glue or glue sticks 4. Pencils with erasers 5. Handwriting paper for younger kids and notebook paper for older kids. 6. Highlighters 7. Index Cards Make these items easy to access by setting up a “homework station.”  This link, found on Pinterest, has several ideas on how to do that. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact, a simple storage bin works great. I love the idea of a cute “supply caddy” you can put in the middle of the table. Get kids in the habit of sitting down in a “special” spot, getting out their supplies, and working on their homework every day. It is a skill that will come in handy down the road. Show your children how to use the space. Do your homework along side them (reading Twitter articles, cutting coupons, etc). Help them put their spelling words on note cards (with the definitions on the back) and keep each week’s set in a card box. It’s a great visual representation to the all the  knowledge they’ll have accumulated by the end of the year. To help organize assignments, and keep you and your kids communicating, here is a free printable you can use to stay on top of assignments, set aside time for studying, and tests. Have a great school year! photo credit: jesuscm via photopin cc Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

The Salon: Courage to be Your Whole Self

The Salon: Courage to be Your Whole Self

Aug 12, 2014

With the passing of Robbin Williams, I can’t help but wonder if he ever had the chance to be his whole self. Did he have a hunger to be recognized for more than his comic genius? Was he starving for community, to be seen for his whole self? I will never know. Lauren Bacon‘s Weekly Curiosity Experience, which I’ve talked about before, always asks compelling and thought-provoking questions. Today, she asked about unhelpful praise. What less-praised aspects of you are you hungry to be acknowledged for? Whoa… We tend to categorize everything as humans. It is our nature. But what happens when praise or recognition or categorization makes us feel trapped or marginalized? Can you think of a person, in your life, whose personality or specific talent overshadows the rest of their abilities? Can recognizing a person for the same thing, over and over, make them feel pressured to behave a certain way or feel like the reset of their being is unimportant? I can’t answer this question for anyone else but myself. What I can offer is this: 1. Really think about the praise you  are about to give. Is it the same thing you’ve always said to someone? What else can you say? Think about this person as a whole being. Say something new. 2. Promote yourself in a new way. It there a skill people don’t often see or know to recognize? Start talking about this more. Give your skill (or part of you that needs air) some light. 3. Have the courage to stop performing to other’s expectations. This is not an endorsement to be a jerk or slack off.  This is a chance to stop covering your true self.   For example, do you feel pressure to be funny all.the.time? What about feeling pressure to be a great listener, the person people always tell about their problems? Does the pressure stem from how people introduce you to others? “This is my friend. He’s hilarious” or “You are always the best to talk to. Thank you.” Humor and listening are wonderful traits. But the listener needs to be heard too. The funny-man needs to be free to express other emotions....

Preview of Upcoming Bad Girls

Preview of Upcoming Bad Girls

Aug 12, 2014

I have been thinking ahead for the next few weeks and the characters I plan to write about so I have decided to make a preview column this week. This way you will have a chance to look up some of the films before I write about them. One of my favorite things about going to movies are the previews of coming attractions. I hope this column comes off with the same sense of fun as I give you some mini-descriptions of the movies that these bad girls are featured in. Now go look up these movies and enjoy!! “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997) Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow and Janeane Garofalo Rated: R for language and sexual humor Romy White and Michele Weinberger were best friends all through high school. Romy and Michele have been best friends since high school. The duo are not the most motivated in the world and to them everyday is a party. Romy is a cashier at a car dealership and Michele is, well Michele. One day at work Romy encounters a woman that they went to school with named Heather Mooney. Heather asks Romy if she is going to their 10 year high school reunion in Tuscon, Arizona. Romy had no clue but decides that it sounds like fun. She asks Heather if she is going and she confirms that she is not. Romy tells her she’ll tell everybody hi for her. She informs Romy that she can tell everyone that she says “To go fuck themselves for making her high school years a living hell.” Romy and Michele talk about the reunion and through flashbacks we learn that these girls were in a world of their own. The popular clique the “A” group think the two girls are freaks and constantly try to humiliate and tease them, especially their ringleader Christy Masters. The other groups in school didn’t mind the girls although the girls were in a group all by themselves. The girls get the application to attend their reunion and start filling it out. Romy becomes dejected when she realizes that they haven’t accomplished much since high school ended. Romy works at a...

WLBPA is Looking for Contributors

WLBPA is Looking for Contributors

Aug 8, 2014

The Work-Life Balance Protection Agency is looking for contributing writers.  This is a great, volunteer opportunity to get your creative juices flowing, lend expertise to any of our content areas, start a column, or build a portfolio.  In the name of balance, we keep our posting times flexible, offer various levels of technical support, and are always open to new ideas. We strive for motivational messages in our work, in order to inform and encourage our readers. Content Areas Include: Work/Career Money Family and Relationships Health/Well-being Just For Fun  Contact jennette@wlbpa.org to join our community of contributors!  photo credit: Audringje via photopin cc Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

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