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Month: August 2014

Creative Thursday: 5 Benefits of Collaborating with Others

Creative Thursday: 5 Benefits of Collaborating with Others

Often working together with a partner or team is a great way to open doors and stretch your creativity. Several reasons collaborating are beneficial: Brainstorming—when working together you’re able to bounce ideas off of one another and to brainstorm together.  You can both bring new ideas and slants that can be considered and discuss the pros and cons of what will work best, why and how. Networking—Collaborating with others offers networking opportunities that may not otherwise be available to you. …

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Caregiving Monday–Musical Ear Syndrome

Caregiving Monday–Musical Ear Syndrome

After GG* broke her neck four years ago, she began complaining about noises that were not there.   Often she hears people talking, songs that are not being played, etc. A visit to the doctor and some research showed that she has a condition called musical ear syndrome.  This is most common in individuals with severe hearing loss.  After breaking her neck, GG developed severe hearing loss. GG often tells us that we think she is crazy, but we actually believe…

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Transitional Friday: 10 Steps to Making a Decision

Transitional Friday: 10 Steps to Making a Decision

    Last week we discussed how much our decisions matter. Often when we’re in a transitional period, we don’t know which way to turn.  We often wonder what is the best path and how to decide. Here are a few tips, I’ve discovered the hard way: Pray about the situation and seek God’s will Pretend a friend came to you with this situation.  How would you advise a friend? Journal your thoughts and feelings about the situation. Make a…

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Creativity Thursday: 5 Lessons When Going Professional

Creativity Thursday: 5 Lessons When Going Professional

      After years of developing your craft, at some point you may decide to go professional, and earn money for your craft.  Whether you decide to monetize your hobby, go part time or make this a full time job, there are some hard lessons I’ve learned in my pursuit of going professional.     Treat this as a business—the craft is great and your passion, but you have to remember to treat this like a business.  That includes…

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Caregiving Monday–The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Caregiving Monday–The Importance of Staying Hydrated

We were recently concerned that my grandmother had become dehydrated.  In these hot temperatures of 80s, 90s, and even 100+ degree weather, it is important for senior adults to stay hydrated.           When a senior adult becomes dehydrated this causes confusion, lead to muscle cramps, lead to fatigue, headaches, irritability and increase the possibility for falls. However, GG* and other senior adults that I’ve worked with do not like to drink much.  One excuse commonly given is they do not…

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Transitional Friday: 10 Questions to Ask if Our Choices Matter

Transitional Friday: 10 Questions to Ask if Our Choices Matter

      When I reached adulthood, I made a lot of dumb choices.  At the time I did not think about the long term affect these choices would have on my life.  Some of these choices effected the direction of my life, made life a lot more difficult and cost me some of my dreams. I didn’t stop to think or pray about what I was doing and I did not consider the long term cost these decisions would…

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Transitional Friday: When Change isn’t your Idea

Transitional Friday: When Change isn’t your Idea

Life throws us a curve ball at times and change is forced upon us.  This can be through the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, abusive relationship, natural occurrence, decision of another person, tragic accident and number other causes. So, how do you deal with change when it isn’t your idea? Cry—sometimes we just need to cry and express our pain.  There are times when there just aren’t words.  Mourn your loss—a loss is a loss, regardless…

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