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Letting go of a Dream

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There’s a letter on my dining room table. A single page form letter that has arrived in January for the past six years. It’s sitting there, innocuously tucked amoung the bills, waiting for a response. Every year I reply in the same way, with a check and a groan and a dream. This year will be different.

The letter, so innocently sitting there, is a letter from a storage facility. A Reproductive Storage Facility that holds what we one day hoped, would allow us to have another child. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. That it would require multiple medical procedures, lots of luck and plenty of money – not to mention a surrogate – but paying that bill every year allowed us to hold onto our dream. The dream of being the family we envisioned. The dream of being parents to more than one. The dream of a time when…

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4 Things You Need To Give Up To Be Happy

Posted by: Participate In Your Greatness
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If you have decided that it is time to step out and step up and fully participate in your greatness we want to hear from you. Just o get you started on this wonderful journey of how you can Participate in Your Greatness, we are sharing 4 Tips on what you need to do to be happy from our friends at Mind Movies..Enjoy!

Most people have it wrong.

Most folks think that by gathering more stuff,
they’ll finally find happiness.

But often, you can find true happiness RIGHT NOW,
in this moment, simply by letting go.

Here are 4 things that you can let go of that will
make you a happier, more peaceful person by the
time you hit the sack tonight:

1) Let go of the need to impress others.

If you’re a human being, chances are you care about
what other people think of you.

After all – we are naturally social creatures!

But if you find yourself spending too much of your
time, money or energy trying to impress other people
and get their approval, you’re not being true to YOU.

There’s no need to try and be something you’re not,
because who you are right now is FABULOUS!

Focus instead on living the most authentic version
of yourself.

When you fully embrace who you are and share it with
others, you’ll find that people will appreciate how
REAL you are and will flock to you effortlessly. 🙂

2) Let go of the need to be right.

Sometimes when we feel we’ve been mistreated or
misunderstood by someone, we can get caught up
into wanting that person to admit they’ve
wronged us.

And we want an apology!

Or at least acknowledgement that we are right and they’re
wrong. 🙂

The problem is that not all human beings see things
from the same perspective. In your world, you’re
right… but in their world, so are they.

There are definitely times where an apology is necessary.

But most other times, rather than allowing feelings of
negativity to take root inside you and start spilling
over into other areas of your life, it may be best to
ask yourself this:

“Do I want to be right? Or do I want to be happy?”

Often it’s just our ego that keeps us holding on to past
resentments and upsets. Instead, consider letting go of
the desire to be right and you’ll find you’ll instantly
restore happiness and contentment in your life.

3) Let go of the desire to gossip.

I’ve heard it said that gossip is just a cheap way to make
yourself feel good, and I have to agree.

We all know that gossiping about other people is… well, not
so good.

But when the people around you are doing it, it can be easy to
slip into doing it, too!

Consider though that the quality of your life depends on the
quality of the conversations you have.

If you want to live a more fulfilling life, start by embracing
the power of your word. Your voice is powerful! And what you
have to say makes a difference.

Be committed to having more positive conversations about
things that matter… not people… and you’ll be surprised how
quickly you’ll brighten your outlook on life.

4) Let go of the past.

It’s easy to dwell on the past, especially when the future is
so unknown!

Looking to the past can feel safe… we know what has happened
and we know what we could do to change things… if only we
had the chance.

The truth is though that you never will have the chance to
change the past.

Not unless scientists finally invent a time machine. 😉

Your past has served its purpose – its brought you to the
place you are today and made you the person you are now.
And who you are right now is absolutely perfect.

Be grateful for your experiences, but know that NOW is all
you have. So do your best to enjoy each moment. Give
yourself the gift of being present!

To your everlasting happiness,

Mind Movies

Looking at Oneself

Posted By: Sekhmet, MSW

“If you have a negative reaction to something someone does, it’s a signal that this is something you need to recognize in yourself. The things we don’t like about other people are things we need to accept as part of ourselves. The stronger the reaction, the more likely we are seeing ourselves but don’t realize it. We all have a wonderful opportunity to learn something about our self every time we interact with another human being. Each person reflects a part of our self,
a positive or negative quality, characteristic or behavior, of which we may or may not be aware. Everyone is a mirror for everyone else”. Unknown

This can be a difficult thing for us to do, taking a clear good look at ourselves. It s a struggle to say to admit that to ourselves that “I’m not acting in that way or I don’t like a particular person because of..” Yes we are reflections of each other.

At Participateinyourgreatness, we have worked with clients that experienced difficulties with co-workers or supervisors on their jobs. They believed that they were being targeted by their employer. This is the problem that some our clients presented with, yet as we began weekly sessions with them other issues were revealed. We approach our therapy and coaching sessions with clients from a strength based perspective and then help the client to confront and deal with irrational thoughts and feelings. But also to deal with and accept full responsibility for their own behavior and actions.

We would love to hear from you. Maybe you have a story that you would like to share that could touch someone’s life. It’s time to step into your Greatness today!

Sekhmet, MSW

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Tucked away in a serene corner of the world on a chain of 700 islands known as the Bahamas lies a retreat so alluring, it was once the private club for 1940’s high society such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and later a hideaway for celebrities-including The Beatles while they were filming Help!.

Today, Sandals Royal Bahamian is the Bahamas’ most elegant resort, offering two unique destinations in one. Enjoy all inclusive Bahamas vacations at this luxurious resort, featuring its own offshore island filled with every amenity, romantic adventures, and the region’s finest seafood restaurant. A refined
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We’re Taking The Nation on Vacation – The Facts About Travel

The Facts About Travel

The cruise industry is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry – achieving more than 2,100 percent growth since 1970, when an estimated 500,000 people took a cruise.

Baby Boomer households are defined as having a head of household age 49-67. This consumer segment has high levels of disposable income, and according to the Travel Industry Association this age group accounts for more total annual trips than any other age group.

It is estimated that nearly 70% of home-based businesses succeed for at least a three-year period (compared to 29% outside the home-based business ventures). The higher success rate is due to the ability for home-based businesses to be operated part time around a day job.

Take back your freedom and start your own business today.

Owning your own business has never been simpler! All you have to do is refer your friends, family, customers and clients to your website as you work from the comfort of your own home.

Travel is Soothing ToThe Soul

Vacation Planning Counselor

Leisure and hospitality is a growing industry in the telecommuting job world, and two of the biggest areas for job growth are customer service and sales jobs. Vacation planning counselors help hotels and hospitality groups by working with clients to craft their dream vacations. Combining customer service and sales, vacation planning counselors (also called travel advisors) are able to work from home because their work is done entirely over the phone and through email. People who are self-motivated, organized, and achievement-oriented will thrive in a position like this.

More and More Boomers are BecomingTheir Own Bosses

Do you have a plan to recession-proof your life? A growing number of workers age 50-plus do, and it involves turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.

iStock_000019397756SmallMany older workers are using decades of experience and business connections to become their own bosses. These “encore entrepreneurs” bring to the effort a lifetime of knowledge. And their numbers are on the rise. in fact, from 1996 to 2012, Americans ages 55 to 64 had a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those ages 20 to 34.

In a new book The Economy of You, Kimberly Palmer writes about turning interests into a back-up plan to recession-proof your life. “In a world of zero job security and ever-increasing financial pressure, how can we guarantee success for ourselves and our families? The answer became increasingly obvious: We must actively create multiple ways of earning money through entrepreneurial pursuits.”

The author shares inspiring stories of people who turned avocations into vocations. A retired teacher in her mid-60s turned her long-time hobby into a business, and now designs scarves and ties. A former police officer developed a website for retired law enforcement colleagues to advertise their services for everything from legal expertise to handyman work. And an inventor used his down-time to develop a successful new baby product.

AARP has been connecting experienced workers to job resources and entrepreneurial opportunities and education for quite some time.

Most recently, we’ve been collaborating with the U.S. Small Business Administration to bring counseling and educational resources to the 50-plus population through in-person workshops, online training and one-to-one mentoring.

During Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month this April, AARP and SBA will host programs nationwide to help those who are considering starting or expanding a small business. We’ll cover things like writing a business plan, securing financing, marketing new ventures and more.  To learn more, visit the project’s Start a Business page.

You can also view a series of free on-demand one-hour webinars on small business ownership here. And AARP is pleased to sponsor Black Enterprise Small Business University; learn more on our AARP Black Community page.