Ah, the new year. A wonderful time to focus on new goals and reset priorities to reach them. Some people set similar goals year after year, only to find that they aren’t every really reaching them. If this sounds like you, forgiveness may be the key to unlocking your potential. That’s because, without forgiveness, we are stuck in cycles and patterns of choices that continue ending in the same place. Forgiveness helps us move forward, forgoing the negative emotions tied to that memory. And ultimately helping us grow, evolve, and reach our potential.
LGBTQ Inclusivity: utilizing books to help navigate gender and sexuality.
While visiting family for the holidays, I had attended a storytime event at a library with my own children. I love seeing the children’s sections at different libraries. Each has a different way of creating a safe space for engaging children in reading. This specific library we were visiting had built a giant cardboard pumpkin. This pumpkin was filled with tunnels for the kids to crawl through. It was enclosed enough to make the space private for the little explorers. But also had occasional windows for the adults to peer in. The pumpkin also had a ton of little cozy nooks filled with pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, and small cardboard shelves that proudly displayed books relevant to pumpkins and the holidays. If I was smaller, I would have gladly crawled through and snuggled up with a book in one of the pumpkin nooks.
Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.
No one would be surprised to hear that seniors who live healthy lifestyles stand a greater chance of living a longer and happier life. People generally have a longer life expectancy these days. Here are 5 ways to promote your health as a senior in order to live your best life in the golden years.
The world today is a difficult place to navigate at times. There is a strong pull of tradition and the way things “used to be”, while at the same time a shift in “thinking differently” with the aid of technology. If you’re a parent today, then you know school is an incredibly different place than it was a decade ago. From cyberbullying and the rise of social media to a literal change in learning (common core for example), students today face challenges no generation before them has had to encounter. This is why we want to talk about alternative learning, especially with regard to cyber schooling. These tools can help your child get the education and learning styles they need to succeed.
Breakups can be hard. But some would say that breaking up with a friend is even harder. It can be hard to tell when it is time to let go of a friendship. Today’s culture throws the word “toxic” around constantly, but what does that really mean? While there are those friends that will be a constant in your life, it is okay to realize some friendships only suit you in certain seasons of your life. Here are the steps you can take when deciding to let go of a friendship.
Guilt isn’t exactly the greatest emotion to feel. That feeling of wishing we could go back in time and change an action or something that was said in the heat of the moment can be a heavy one to sit with. But did you know that guilt is crucial for our development? Guilt is extremely important for our relationships. That’s because guilt can cultivate empathy and even act as a reminder when faced with a difficult choice. Feeling too much guilt, however, isn’t a good thing. And it seems as though many of us are holding onto a lot of guilt that we simply shouldn’t. Here are a few ways you can start letting go of guilt this holiday season.
If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, more likely than not, your work is always at the forefront of your mind. For many, acting in this position can be more stressful than those in “regular role” positions. That’s because when your home is also your office and your regular computer is your work computer, switching off at the end of the day can feel almost impossible. Here are a few ways you can achieve work-life balance as an independent contractor and avoid dreaded burnout!
If you identify as an introvert, you might be starting to feel a bit burnt out. While, Halloween may be over, next come two of the most popular and social holidays. Just thinking about Friendsgiving’s, family gatherings, office parties, and running into old acquaintances may be enough to make you want to curl under a blanket and hibernate until after new year’s. If you’re a bit anti-social, here are some ways you can cope and find solace during the most social time of the year.
How often (and most likely tired) are you of hearing that women should be the primary caregiver in the family? We’re approaching a new decade, and you would think that as times continue to change, so would our view on stay-at-home dads. But it seems as though evolving gender roles are continually being met with friction. Corporate culture can put pressure on fathers to miss big parts of their kid’s lives for the sake of their careers. Plus, stay-at-home dads often get scoffed at for not being the breadwinner in the family. As many of these men would tell you they have felt disapproval from others. But the good news is that more fathers are getting more involved in homemaking than ever before. Here are some ways you can help facilitate the breaking of the stay-at-home dad stigma.
Having a roommate can be a wonderful experience for some, but we’ve all heard an anecdotal tale about a terrible roommate. As we reach the middle of the semester, you may be feeling emotionally and physically exhausted with both classes and dorm life. But learning to grow and adapt to communicate efficiently with others is just as important as growing in the classroom. Being a roommate can help a person expand their patience, increase cooperation and generosity. It means learning active listening, effective communication, and compromise. Here are our four biggest tips to help you get through the semester and cope with your roommate.