Giggs, Side Hustles and Second/Third Jobs

People have been working second jobs forever. As economic conditions change, fewer or more may be engaged in them to augment their main income source. What that looks like and who is involved also changes. Most often the part time jobs people take on are to augment an income that isn’t enough to support themselves and/or their families. Do you now or have you in the past worked a second job? Are you considering or… Continue reading

Planning Your Valentines Day if You Are Not Part of a Couple

The cards and gifts have been in stores since right after Christmas and advertising is hitting the airwaves. The pressure is building for those in relationships to make Valentines Day a meaningful expression of how much you care for your significant other. Some look forward to this as a highlight of the year; others know it’s important for at least one of the couple and go along. But what about the rest of us? The… Continue reading

Hygge as Self Care in Tough Times

We are in the midst of a winter of extremes – record-breaking temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, etc. – depending on where you live. Millions of people are facing severe below zero windchills, the worst in decades, perhaps in a generation. Hygge attitudes and practices can help us get through weather extremes and other stresses any time of year. In fact, if the tensions and conflicts abundant in the country right now are getting you down, I… Continue reading

Hygge – the Art of Coziness in Winter and Beyond

Baby, it’s COLD outside!  It’s time to hygge! You have probably heard the word “hygge” or seen Pinterest photos related to it. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “a Danish word for a quality of coziness (= feeling warm, comfortable, and safe) that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family.” The practice originated and thrives in Denmark, and other Scandinavian countries as well. The… Continue reading

Journaling as a Tool to Create the Life You Want

You may love your life overall; you may love parts of it, but one or more parts may be frustrating or unfulfilling or disastrous. Regardless of your situation, journaling can be a powerful tool. If you love your life overall, journaling about it will allow you to appreciate it even more and have that record for yourself. As you increase your appreciation and gratitude, it radiates out to others to inspire and uplift them. Your… Continue reading

Are You Feeling Stuck?

Are you feeling stuck? Do you have intentions and just can’t seem to do what you know you need to do? I suspect most of us have, if we aren’t right now. Somehow the motivation and focus on those tasks isn’t there. At this time of the year, you may be running into this in relation to your new year’s resolutions or plans. I am facing exactly that. It is easy to get into a… Continue reading

Mindmapping as a Multi-faceted Tool

Are you a mindmapper? That is, one who uses the technique of mindmapping to help create and organize ideas and information? I sporadically use this tool, coming back around to it after sliding away for a while. I have used it to take notes at conferences, prepare agendas for meetings and then taking meeting notes right on that mindmap, and create visuals of my business. I recently found an article that explained the technique, demonstrated… Continue reading

Have You Discovered Timeboxing?

I have used a variety of time management techniques over the years but somehow had never discovered Timeboxing. The idea behind it – of establishing blocks of time for certain tasks, sections of projects, etc. – certainly isn’t a brand new idea. But I’ve learned that it is ‘a thing’ in a way I had not known. Perhaps you are like me: the likelihood of me trying a new technique or practice is increased if… Continue reading

The Best Gift?

During this part of the year, regardless of what holiday(s) you are celebrating, the chances are good that you will be gathering with people in some context. Perhaps it is with family, friends, or even work colleagues in a different context than normal. You may be traveling and meeting people in airplanes, trains or buses and conversations begin. Some of us dread or look forward to the conclusion of such encounters – at least with… Continue reading

Tips for Making Resolutions & Planning That Succeed

Whether you are a resolution maker or a planner (there is a difference), lots of advice is floating around the internet at this time of year. In fact, I suggested an approach in an earlier post: Would Kaizen Concepts Enhance Your Planning and Goal Achievement? Melody Wilding on her blog, melodywilding.com offers us some great ideas. First, she gives several reasons why many resolutions made at the beginning of the year fail, and then offers four… Continue reading