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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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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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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 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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Do You Like Your Work Space? Plus Results of Pets in the Office, July Freebies, and More

Do you enjoy the space in which you work? Maybe it’s a cubicle, or a home office,  or a co-work spot.  Perhaps you carry your “desk” essentials with you or have a fairly permanent set up at your employer’s location.  Wherever you work, it’s important to have a set-up for comfort (ergonomically, too), motivation and …

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How and When to Apologize: Questions and Tips to Help You Decide

Earlier this month, I sent out an apology to my Breath of Hope members. I had recently discovered that some of my website/post links were not working for mobile users. One responded, “Thanks … I thought it was my phone!”  For months, it was possible my readers were inconvenienced so I re-sent the links with …

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Learning to Take Breaks that Work: Seven Things You Should Do for Yourself Regularly

Let’s face it. Life and work can be stressful. Whether you are trying to wear all-the-hats running a small business (like me), have a pressure-filled position in corporate America, have to travel a lot for work or are under or unemployed, your professional life can be challenging. And when you add in personal pursuits and …

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