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It’s difficult to see yourself realistically if you always have a fantasy of what you HAVE to or NEED to look like.

First off, STOP the following immediately:

STOP DIETING - diets don’t work.

STOP looking at the fashion mags, it’s possible to be thin & UNHEALTHY!

STOP beating yourself up for eating that cookie or piece of chocolate.

STOP wasting your time, energy and thoughts comparing yourself to other women.

STOP seeking validation and approval from numbers of calories burned or weight lost.

STOP bashing about how you look to others, please especially not in front of your children.

Oh how I love you dot connecting women. Each month as we attend our multiple events we get jazzed up, right? The anticipation of seeing all of your B.B.F’s (business best friends) in one room is more excitement that you can handle. I am sure there are a few introverts in the room too, but I know you - you are totally fine with me talking to the extroverts, you are used to it.

Either side of the ‘vert you sit on, I know you get that that little glimmer in your eye, a smile displayed on your face, and a little bounce is added to your step when you start talking about your biz.

Oftentimes this added boost of excitement ends when the event does.

We get back to our offices, either home or away, and the emails are piled up and the to-dos are a mile long. The event was your business getaway.

It doesn’t have to end - the party can keep rockin - online.

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." ~Winston Churchill

If we are healthy and allow our emotions to flow, we may experience multiple emotions every day including, joy, sadness, fear, and anger. The concept of ‘emotion’ includes not only how we feel, but how we process and respond to those feelings.

Our brain is amazing. It thing in terms of how it can best respond to any situation in order to survive and reproduce, and it uses emotions as the catalyst to convince the rest of your body to act accordingly. So when you feel fear or stress, and the sympathetic (fight/flight/freeze) part of your nervous system is triggered, your digestion decreases, your heart rate and breathing rate increase, and there is more blood to your muscles so you can prepare to run from danger. When we feel joy, happiness, and peace, the parasympathetic (rest) part of your nervous system is triggered, and you can breathe deeply, digest and process food, and your body functions at a more balanced level.

Think just for a moment…In what situations are you most likely to experience emotional stress? What are your strongest emotions or reactions that arise under stress? Do you become anxious, angry, or apathetic? Do you withdraw? Laugh?

As you start to design your new, forward-thinking, and exceptional resume for today’s marketplace, you may be worried about all of the items you need to include in the document. From education to professional experience, you want to ensure you cover it all to land that next great job opportunity. However, there are certain things that should NOT be on your resume.

First, do not include an objective statement. If you are sending a resume to a potential employer, the objective is to obtain an interview and, eventually, a new job. Utilize this space for something that means more, such as a targeted career summary.

Next, don’t feel as if you need to list every single job position you have had since leaving high school. If you have been working for 20+ years, you may choose to only list more recent years on your resume—and, that’s okay. In fact, for most of my clients, I do only include the last 10-15 years of relevant positions.