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Breath of Hope: I’m Tired of Blogging

Happy New Year, friends! I start this year with a confession to you. I’m tired of blogging. As I worked on the January Breath of Hope web page, I continued to feel behind.  November / December was challenging with illness, changed holiday plans (we are finally having our extended family Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s dinner tomorrow), activity …

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A Breath of Hope for December

Hello readers! Just a quick drop-in to let you know that the Breath of Hope page for December 2019 is ready!  You’ll find some hints, opportunities, our monthly poll, and encouragement there. Your freebie for the month is a simple coloring sheet to help you reflect on the gift of work, and the December Hope …

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Be Thankful for Your Job – and a Breath of Hope for November

Hello readers! I don’t know about you, but it’s kind of hard to believe we are almost into the holiday season in the US (already are if you count Halloween.) I don’t like to rush holidays and resist anything much about Christmas until after Thanksgiving—which brings me to a good spot to tell you about …

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It’s Okay: A Powerful Word that Helps You Stay Honest … but that You Must Handle with Care

It’s the simplest of words, made up of two letters (or four, depending on the style you use, so we’ll use both in this post.) But it’s also a powerful one, for many reasons, particularly because of its versatility.  And because of that, it must be handled with care. It’s the word OK. OK is …

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Work Wisdom: A Slide Show You Can Play at Work

Time for a replay!  Here is a slide show I shared more than a year ago and I think it’s time to give it to you again! Enjoy this random collection of tips and thoughts to encourage you to excel and exhale at work!  Click on the video to watch a slide show, or read …

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Reply to … You: How to Make Your Emails More Respondable

Did they ever receive my email? Have you ever asked yourself that? Some people never seem to look at their email. It becomes a black hole.  (Someone close to me who shall remain nameless is one of those people.) While you may resign yourself to accepting that a person isn’t responsive by email, it can …

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Welcome to September, the Second New Year (and a Tip from Turbo)

Hi all! September (and even mid-to-late August) tends to have a “new year” feel, generally because, for many, it’s the start of a new school year. I’m long past being part of the new school year rush now, but I still feel the energy of the start of new semesters and see the first day …

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A Full Voice Mail Box May Mean Lost Business

Have you ever called a business and received the recording, “The recipient’s voice mailbox is full”? Uh oh. That’s bad news for a business or organization that is trying to have a relationship with customers or potential clients. A full mailbox is a “barrier to entry” for your customers, and it’s a competitive world. If …

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A New Kitten – 31 Hints – and more

Welcome to August! While for many, there are still plenty of “dog days of summer” left, there’s also a good deal of prepping for the fall. I don’t have to do school shopping anymore, but even back in July I saw people shopping for school supplies. And organizations/businesses are already thinking about routines and initiatives …

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What Can You Unsubscribe from Today? Some Questions to Help You Target the Emails to Ditch

Every day, overwhelmed professionals are inundated with emails. Some that arrive are well-meaning and designed to help you, like mine. Others are trying to sell you something. Others are (sometimes terrible) pieces of junk mail. And that’s not counting the emails that are actually from colleagues, clients, and customers. You can try a variety of …

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