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How to Prune and Nurture Your Relationship for Greater Love

When landscaping a yard and garden, we rarely plant randomly. Often, we hire an expert to draw up a design, or we spend considerable time planning and choosing flowers and bushes perfect for the soil, moisture, and light in the area. Having a blueprint helps us create a beautiful, low-maintenance garden and yard. Then we take plenty of time to prepare the soil with compost, manure, peat moss, and sand to get just the right consistency.  But do we take this same care for our relationships?

Estimated reading time: 4.5 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Parenting Teenagers: Avoid These 5 Parenting Mistakes I Made

Welcome to the rollercoaster ride affectionately known as parenting teenagers. I’m here to share the wisdom I've learned the hard knocks way. So, grab your popcorn (or stress ball) and prepare to learn from my parenting mistakes.

Teenagers are like Wi-Fi signals. Sometimes, they have the strongest connection when you least expect it; other times, they’re just mysteriously unavailable. The teen-parent connection is brilliantly strong one moment and bafflingly out of reach the next. You can learn from my missteps as someone who’s navigated these erratic signals without the proper handbook [...]

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Top EQ Skills to Effectively Build, Lead, and Manage a Successful Team

Managing a team is challenging—and rewarding! In my many years of experience working with companies, I've found the biggest missing component in building effective teams is emotional intelligence in both the leaders and team members. Nothing can substitute for emotional intelligence when it comes to leading and managing a team.

In today’s workplace, most employers value emotional intelligence (EQ) over intelligence for good reason. Emotional intelligence plays a pivotal role in success. Find out how to use essential and foundational EQ skills to empower your teams.

Estimated reading: 4 minutes

Posted in Business and Leadership

3 Hidden and Surprising Ways Cognitive Biases Impact Your Life and Work

Why should you care about cognitive biases? 

Cognitive biases exert a powerful influence that often goes unnoticed, from how you communicate and build relationships to the choices you make in your personal and professional life. They silently shape everyday decision-making like a hidden puppeteer pulling your mind's strings.

If you're looking to expose your blind spots and for an excellent way to grow personally and professionally, try examining your cognitive biases?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions Will Guide Your Emotional Intelligence

Do you ever feel lost in a whirlwind of emotions? Are you unsure what triggers your reactions? Do you sometimes struggle to connect with others on a deeper level—even your spouse?

If so, emotional intelligence (or EQ for emotional quotient) might seem out of reach or feel daunting. However, emotional literacy is the first step to understanding your feelings, and the Wheel of Emotions is a simple tool that can help you get acquainted with your feelings and guide you to a calmer self.

Estimated reading: 7 minutes

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Low Emotional Intelligence Got You Down? Get EQ Skills the Smart Way

If you feel sad more often than you’d like, react with anger too quickly, or have relationship drama upsetting your life continually, you may be emotionally out of shape! Our emotions are there to guide us to action. People who struggle with low emotional intelligence often don’t know how to modulate their emotions. Feelings and pain can be ignored, stuffed, or sometimes, we use productivity to run from them.

But what if developing your emotional intelligence could unlock opportunities and transform your life and relationships? Would it be worth it?

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

I Can't Sleep! Best Scientific and Natural Remedies for Insomnia and Restless Sleep

Trouble sleeping? Exhausting, isn’t it!?

Our brains rely heavily on sleep, but you know that! Anyone lacking sleep has experienced fatigue, mental fog, and sluggish feelings—there isn’t anything more debilitating than insomnia! Or more rejuvenating than a good night’s sleep.

If you’re one of the unfortunate, you’ve repeatedly asked yourself, “Why can't I sleep at night?” An estimated 30% of the world’s population has that very thought. It's time to rectify this problem!

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Habits for Health

Why Empathetic Leadership Makes a Massive Difference in Today's Workplace

Imagine wanting—even excited—to go to work every day? Picture a work environment where every voice matters, challenges are met with supportive understanding, teams are effective, and successes are celebrated. This vision isn't just a dream—it's what happens when companies choose to support empathetic leadership.

When leaders with high emotional intelligence lead, the company culture provides a place where people care about their jobs and each other. Team success is as vital as individual achievement and advancement. And to many people's surprise: profits soar, too!

Estimated reading time: 4.5 [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership

How Often Do Couples Fight? Marriage Tips for the Weary

Whether you have kids or not, in any household, what you DO have is an abundance of jobs that need to be done regularly. Someone’s got to be the janitor who sweeps up, the family banker, pet feeder, entertainment coordinator, grocery shopper.... the list goes on and on. And if you are parents, someone must spearhead the parenting division by planning daycare, school lunches, parent-teacher conferences, sporting events, and summer camps.

Wow, there's a TON to track and complete! Marriage conflict seems inevitable when you say it out loud.

Estimated reading: 4 minutes

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Why EQ and People Skills Will Determine Your Success in 2024 and Beyond

By now, everyone has had a taste of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Let's face it—there's no stopping technology and AI from reshaping our lives and the work landscape. Yet, the significance of emotional intelligence (EQ) and people skills is becoming more relevant than ever. There are certain things machines simply cannot duplicate.

People skills (often referred to as "soft skills") are no longer nice-to-have attributes. They are essential for professional success in 2024. Company leaders are insisting on them in new hires at an unprecedented rate!

Estimated reading: 7 minutes

Posted in Business and Leadership

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