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Can We Be (professional) Friends?

According to Business Insider, the average American worker will spend 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. I don’t know about you, but if you’re spending that much time with an employer – any employer – I think having solid relationships in the workplace means that time is going to be way better for you… Continue reading Can We Be (professional) Friends?

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Parenting and Human Development

Over the course of the last 4 years, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of making it clear that my role as a parent is one of the most significant and all-encompassing roles and relationships in my life. I suspect this is particularly true because the amount of time, emotional energy, mental concentration,… Continue reading Parenting and Human Development

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#RelationshipGoals

Toward the end of last year when I purchased two Bossed Up Life Trackers, I imagined Nateanite and me sitting side-by-side every week, talking about what we had done to achieve our goals and what we could do to support each other moving forward. I also thought that this joint experience would give me great… Continue reading #RelationshipGoals

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Finding Common Ground

I really debating talking about this topic, what with the state of things. But given the state of things, maybe my ideas about finding common ground are exactly what is needed. Maybe we need to talk more about what finding common grounds means to us to come back to a more civilized society. So, here… Continue reading Finding Common Ground

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It’s Relationship Time

It’s probably pretty cliché, talking about relationships in the month of February. But, in my opinion, there are times clichés are good and I think this is one of those times. I have to admit, I debated talking about relationships before spending a month talking about goals because of how important our relationships can be… Continue reading It’s Relationship Time

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A Moment on the Edge

As I recently shared, doing a little more reading for fun is one of my goals for this year. I’ve decided to focus on reading collections of short stories, rather than novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, and the like. I have to admit that recently my attention span has been really short, also I don’t always… Continue reading A Moment on the Edge

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Free Time?

There is something about TED Talks that I find to be truly amazing. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I really do love them. I’ve yet to find a TED Talk that I didn’t enjoy. With this love, part of what I’ll be doing this year is to listen to a talk (or… Continue reading Free Time?

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The “other”

We’ve talked about setting professional goals, relationship goals, and wellness goals. What other goals could you possibly want to set? At this point, you might even be thinking to yourself “Rachel, exactly how much time do you think I have in a day!?” And you’re right, time is a finite resource and I think it’s… Continue reading The “other”

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A State of Being

With Millennials starting to run the show in a lot of areas, it’s hardly surprising that more and more information about “wellness” is cropping up in our spaces. But what is wellness, exactly? The University of California, Davis defines it as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and… Continue reading A State of Being

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Maximizing Romantic Relationships

We really struggle to talk about relationships, don’t we? I’ll be talking more about building strong relationships next month (it made sense to me, what with Valentine’s Day and all), but since you can (and should!) set goals for your relationship we get to talk about it today as well. We struggle because relationships are… Continue reading Maximizing Romantic Relationships

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Work Goals Work For You

They say, when tackling your “to do” list to start with the hardest thing and then the rest of the things will seem easy. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to talk about setting professional goals first. When I was a child almost every single woman I knew was a stay-at-home-parent.  With this as… Continue reading Work Goals Work For You

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What Are SMART Goals?

Before we launch into talking about the types of goals we can set, I think it’s important to start with a solid definition of the type of goal we’ll be talking about this month. My grounding for goal setting is to set a SMART Goal. S – specific M – measurable A – achievable R… Continue reading What Are SMART Goals?

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Let’s Talk about Goals

It is, once again, the time of year when we are focusing on setting goals.  While I think there are many times of year we could focus on setting goals or resolutions (think birthdays, anniversaries, the start of a new semester, and more!) this is when those New Year’s Resolutions are something we all have… Continue reading Let’s Talk about Goals

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The Power of Relationships

The data is in and it’s clear – having friends is mega important! In some cases, according to an article in Time Magazine, friendship is even more important than strong family ties. It’s actually that piece that I want to focus on in writing about friendship this week. The study written about in Time, conducted… Continue reading The Power of Relationships

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Intellectual Equality

I really find it to be delightful the way we can better articulate our priorities as we get older. As a younger person, I was determined that the person I married would have a university degree (or be well on his way to getting one). As an adult, and conveniently married to the best man… Continue reading Intellectual Equality

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Is there value in authenticity?

When I think about authenticity in my marriage (it is my favorite relationship) I often think about negativity. I am authentically not a morning person and I am often a complete tool to my beloved.  I am authentically overwhelmed, which leads to poor decision making. So thinking about authenticity as a positive thing in the… Continue reading Is there value in authenticity?