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How many of times have you accrued vacation hours or days but had to used them for everything but that? “I’m sick so I’ll just use some of my paid time off (PTO) to cover my lost time”, we think. Some [people] don’t have the luxury of thinking these thoughts because they feel that they can’t miss any time from work out of fear of being perceived as a slacker or selfish; they choose to take minimal time off even when they have it to use.
Yes, it is sometimes difficult for our employers to find coverage in our absence but paid time off is earned for a reason. Strong, concerned employers will make the effort to ensure that staff know and understand the importance of using their time. More importantly, they will also educate their staff on the many uses for this time including sick leave, personal days, and vacation. Last year, over 705 million vacation days were forfeited/lost among the American workforce. Yes, 705 MILLION.
Plan that trip whatever the destination—the park, another city, another country, your local ice cream shop because you’re losing more than you’re gaining by not taking time. You owe it to yourself (and your loved ones). #SelfCare . Reclaim your time and make the most of it...more importantly, enjoy it, before it’s too late.
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Happy Earth Day! This wonderful day has gained popularity since it’s founding in 1970 but some people still wonder how their can do their part to celebrate our planet.
Here’s a few ways to get involved:
1. Volunteer with a local organization to participate in neighborhood cleanups, gardening events, or marches. These events all spread awareness and actively help us move forward in our quest for a more sustainable planet. You could also do this with a group of friends or neighbors. Any effort counts!
2. #GoGreen . Do things around the house to conserve energy and save money like turning off the power for an hour, unplugging any devices that aren’t in use, and shopping for eco-friendly products. You’ll be happy you did and so will your wallet!
3. Check on and support community members affected by natural disasters or other hardships. You can do this by providing them with immediate needs (ex: food and water), fund raising, or collecting and distributing information that can link them to things like access to medical care and support services.
4. Visit local businesses that support sustainable living such as farmers markets.
5. Learn more about Earth, the environment, and climate change.
Have suggestions on ways to celebrate Earth Day? Comment below!
#EarthDay #Volunteering #Environment #SustainableLiving #DoGood #GoGreen #Earth #Impact #Climate #HappyEarthDay #Blog #Tips
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Good afternoon everyone! I’m thrilled to see each of you and am equally proud to speak to you during this empowerment conference. After being invited to speak I reflected on the theme of today’s conference. “Higher Learning”, I thought. What is it? How can I use this theme to motivate my audience? Will it matter to them?
A call or challenge to do more, learn more, and be better. What do you guys think of that? That’s the brief description that comes to mind when I hear “higher learning”. If you’re sitting and wondering exactly what that means that’s great news! For once, confusion and uncertainty are good things. I know it seems odd but it will make sense a little later on. Too often we want answers, results, and facts given to us right away so that we can take them as-is and apply them to our lives. Trust me, we’re all guilty of this however, this method doesn’t always work out in our best interest; sometimes we need to break things down or apart and then build our own understanding of them up from the separated pieces and parts because the mold just doesn’t give us what we need andh although patching or fixing things is convenient, it isn’t always the best solution. Remember when I said that being confused about my definition of “higher learning” was a good thing? Well, here’s why you may have been unsure of what was meant by my definition. Your call to do more, learn more, and be better will differ from that of everyone else. There may be similarities, and there will certainly be differences, which makes your pursuit of “higher learning” unique; giving you your right to claim to it. After realizing that, the real fun begins.
Too often we shy away from putting in the effort to get the things that we want. We convince ourselves that we ‘can’t’ instead of ‘can’. There are several reasons that we do this...lack of confidence, fear, unwillingness, lack of motivation. Whatever the reason I challenge you to be better and rise above all which holds you back. Get what you need and go after what you want. I also have a few tools that will help you do this.
Here they are:
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Far too often we get caught up in rewarding ourselves instead of maintaining self care. "I am so tired so I deserve a vacation", we say. We go without "this" or "that" and instead tend to the needs of others with the hope that we can reward ourselves at some point down the road (should we have time). Why is this? What happens in between now and the vacation? Self care.
Self care isn't selfish nor is it meant to be. It's a means of preserving one's energy, sanity, health and well being, just to name a few things, yet far too often people fail to practice it. The quote listed above is one of my favorite ways to explain self-care to families. It's so true! You cannot give what you don't have. Think about it. No matter what setting or environment you're in be it work, school or home, when you're tapped out and drained with little to nothing left it seems impossible to handle the tasks ahead of you be it work, caring for children or teaching students. Even when you somehow "muster up the energy" to push forward the strain still shows and we don't perform to our potential.
This is why self care is so important! I need each of you to know that self care is okay! It's a key component of healthy living for anyone especially families that give so much to others and may tend to do less for themselves (ex: families of individuals with disabilities). Whether it's scheduling time to yourself for a number of minutes per day or joining a fitness class I urge you to practice good health habits and make a point of improving your self care. It may help you feel more energized and refreshed, cheerful, optimistic, relaxed and empowered among other things. Don't do it for everyone else...do it for yourself!
Stay tuned for future announcements and information on this topic.
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