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6 Tips for Honestly Asking for What You Need

Imagine how much less complicated life could be if no one has to guess what you want, including you. Live the life you want and ask for what you need to make that happen. Be courageous. Be direct and clear. I am certain that improving our ability to ask can enhance every aspect of our lives – our marriages, careers and our personal lives. I share some helpful steps you can take to get clear on what you want and … Read More

5 Ways to Create Happier, More Meaningful Days

Fully Charged

Originally appeared on Huffington Post We do our best work, when we love what we do. As the owner of a online marketing and publicity firm that helps authors promote their books and brands, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with books. Helping authors share their message is my passion. Reading just one book (okay, even just one powerful sentence) can change your life. Recently I read Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life … Read More

5 Ways to Live Fearlessly in the New Year

I love Theodore Roosevelt’s quote about the man in the arena. “It’s not the critic who counts.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. If we want to truly live, we have to get into the arena. We have to take risks, strive, stumble, sweat, and dare greatly.  Living fearlessly isn’t living without any fear; it’s just not letting your fears call the shots. Here are … Read More

21 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”―Steve Maraboli When you share small acts of kindness, you are giving back more than you might think. You spread cheer to someone else. You elevate your own mood. You inspire more giving. Giving can have a ripple effect. The recipient of your act of kindness benefits, and so do any witnesses. Oh, and you just may … Read More

Living Wholeheartedly – An Experiment

Last year the fabulous Seth Godin recommended an audio program by Brene Brown that changed me in so many profound ways. I consider that recommendation and then listening to the audio program one of the highlights of 2013. It is called The Power of Vulnerability and I can’t recommend it more. Her work inspired me so much that I pinned her 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living on my bulletin board. Ms. Brown is a sociologist, and her guideposts are based … Read More

5 Ways to Manage Stress this Holiday Season

Holidays can be a stressful time. Every time I am in a parking lot of a shopping mall and see people fighting over the last parking spot, I think we need to all remember this is supposed to be a joyous time. I have discovered 5 ways that keep myself less stressed and I hope they help you too: 1. Gratitude. November is the month for showing gratitude. The holiday season reminds people to take stock. You are more likely … Read More

Married to Your Work: How to Be in Business with Your Spouse

“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all of the time.” — Julia Child My husband and I were both working in the publishing industry 18 years ago when I had an idea to start my own business. I wanted to promote books online. I left a great job to follow my interests, but thankfully, my past employer became my first client. Within a year … Read More

4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Everyday

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” — Brene Brown Recently I read Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, and it had quite an impact on me. In her book, she listed her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living, and I decided to look into each one to make sure … Read More

How to End Every Day with Zero Emails

Email has taken over our business day as well as nights and weekends. I made a promise to myself at the start of this year to end everyday with 0 emails in my in-box. At first I thought it was impossible, but as time went on I not only learned to manage email more efficiently, I took charge on my day and got a lot more done. So in case you are looking to free yourself from the in-box overload, … Read More

18 Lessons in 18 Years

By Fauzia Burke Do you remember where you were when you saw the Internet for the first time? I do. I was working at Henry Holt and an assistant asked me to check out something cool. He showed me a page of text on his computer. Nothing impressive yet, then he clicked on the word Paris and we went to a site in France. Like magic. That was it. I was in love. Two months later I quit a job … Read More