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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day… Until the 14th of February, the perspective of such a lovely day will be a theme everywhere you look! But for some of us, it might be a hardship: between the difficulties we have to face at work or home, things are far from being rosy.
But stop being melancholic now! Since our happiness belongs to us, and since we can shape it according to our state of mind, it is time to revolutionize the preconceptions associated with this day.
Valentine’s Day, why always for the others?
It is true that Valentine’s Day is often seen as the day we have to take care of the persons we love: offer our girlfriend a bunch of roses or a shiny bracelet, offer our husband the watch he has dreamt of, and seeing their illuminated smiles… But why couldn’t we disrupt these habits a little bit? Indeed, this day could also be YOUR day. Let’s focus on what is good for you, on what makes you happy. And use this time to think about your own resilience! This is fundamental for your sustainable success and happiness at work and at home. Because as we know, to love the people around us, we first must know how to love ourselves.
The tool to resilience…..Putting in place the things which energize you!
What, where and who is good for you? What gives you tons of energy? What are you good at? Creating such a list and focusing on the good things will help you seek them out more, giving less time to the things that drain your energy.
This will help you to be proud, to gain self-confidence, and to reach the resilience we all need. You also have to accept that failures are a part of your success.
They will help you to go ahead. Your mentors and role models didn’t always succeed, and it required time to reach what they wanted. Just be humble, and take more measured looks: resilience has a greater impact on your everyday life than you might expect. Take advantage of Valentine’s Day to pay attention to you!
xo, Dina

 

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The Art of Managing Up: 7 Ways to Make Your Boss Look Good (Guest Post by Rosetta Thurman)

I recently had a coaching client who was having trouble connecting with their brand new boss (who hasn’t?). I shared this article with him — as it is a roadmap for connecting effectively and quickly.

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As you likely already know, the key to your success in most nonprofit positions is making sure that your supervisor is successful. It pays to make your boss look good – literally! And the best way to ensure your supervisor’s success is to lighten their load. This means going above and beyond your job description by assisting your boss with their core tasks. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Know your boss’s headaches

If you understand the pressure and constraints that your boss faces, you are less likely to add pressure in those areas. You will also develop a more empathetic perspective of the pressures of leadership.

2. Take something off their plate

A good habit is to consistently ask your supervisor, “Is there something that I can help you with?” Also, listen to how your supervisor describes current projects. You’ll hear which ones are extra stressful and…

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sELF Care !

So…Our Elf on the Shelf’s name is Diamond. Diamond is amazing. She is always having fun, getting into stuff and creating awesome holiday spirit.
I wonder what it would be like to have all day to rest, stare into space and plan to do something fun when no-one is watching!!

Got me thinking of what self-care could look like over holiday break.

Let’s take a look….

  • Stay in the Moment. (like Diamond!)
  • Eat Right. (yes, just like Buddy)
  • Let it go…… (Elsa style of course)
  • Fix it. (yep that, make it right…)
  • Connect with nature. (snow angels count!)
  • Ask someone for help. (an elf perhaps?)
  • Rest and Recharge (Wow …that is 2 points in Scattergories!)
  • Exercise (the gym is so empty right now!)

Wishing you an amazing holiday break,

Dina

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Hello You Amazing People,

I have had the incredible opportunity to help many of you uncover your unique passions and strengths. In our sessions, you work hard to figure out how to deliver these things to the people and places you wish to impact with your life’s work.

Recently it occurred to me that so many of you are participating in some sort of volunteer activity as a way to develop your passions and strengths. You are doing this right where you live in places like New York, Kentucky, Illinois and Alaska!

What an unbelievable collective benefit to the world as you continue on your very personal career journey.

I am so inspired and grateful for your impact. Keep Going!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Dina

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Girl Power Anyone?

 

Earlier this year I took my 11 year old daughter, Mo, and a few of her girl friends to see the movie Wonder Woman.

Well, I walked in the theatre with smiley, naive, whispering, silly tween girls.

2 Hours Later…….

I came out with a pack of hyper vigilant tigers ready to pounce on whatever came at them….like the summer breeze which they simultaneously took care of with a series of aerial karate kicks in the parking lot.

Isn’t that exactly  how many of us women walked into a recent theatre (aka the 2016 elections).  So how are we going to come out of that theatre?

The world will see in two weeks…..

To pay homage to that evening we decided on one Halloween costume for a member of our family! GIRL POWER PUPPY

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