The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

September 16, 2021

Managers are not always great leaders. Emotional intelligence can be the defining difference between a manager that is mistrusted or respected, and a leader that discourages or inspires employees to do and be better. There are critical emotional intelligence skills that will help you to be the best manager or leader you can be.

Posted in Business and Leadership

How to Successfully Budget as a Couple and Create a Team

September 14, 2021

A happily-ever-after Hollywood storyline is often depicted as the ultimate relationship, but in real life, creating a long-lasting and thriving relationship takes work—and there are bumps along the way. With the many wonderful experiences, you’ll most likely also face a few tough situations.

One of these challenges is commonly centered around finances. When working with couples, finances and spending habits are at the top of the list of disagreements and conflicts. One partner is a spender, and the other is a saver. One is a generous giver, and the other is frugal. And sometimes, one [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

How Values and Intrinsic Motivation Impact Achieving Goals and Increasing Happiness

September 09, 2021

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater.” — Viktor Frankl

We often pursue our goals with a lot of focus on the perceived destination. Viktor Frankl is elegantly sharing that it is healthier for us to focus on being present-minded while also organically exploring our values and what motivates us internally. Of course, having goals and something to aim at is very healthy [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Parenting Tips to Encourage Self-Reliance and Decrease People Pleasing in Children

September 07, 2021

Previously, we talked about three hidden parenting mistakes that increase people-pleasing behavior in children and how to avoid those mistakes. Now, let’s explore steps to encourage our children’s self-reliance and help them learn to take care of themselves without sacrificing their well-being through people-pleasing.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

How to Thrive in the Gig Economy

September 02, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of professionals were left to determine how they could pivot their careers toward industries that hadn’t been impacted by the downturn in business. Thousands were left to worry about how they would continue to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. Freelancing presented opportunities that would have otherwise remained unavailable previously, such as added job flexibility and creative freedoms. In addition to providing additional income, these positions made it easier to manage time between professional and family obligations.

Posted in Business and Leadership

The Upsides of Gaming: 4 Benefits and Ways Gaming Promotes Community

August 26, 2021

When we think of the typical gamer, a few images come to mind. One of which is the idea of a loner spending most of their time glued to a computer or television screen. For years, gaming has been synonymous with a lonely lifestyle and has been a wary road for parents to navigate, especially when it comes to teaching your child how to socialize during the formative childhood years.

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Why It’s Indispensable to Learn and Master Empathy and How to Be Empathetic!

August 24, 2021

Empathy is an essential skill for deepening our connections with others, but most of our attempts at empathy fall into one of three traps: blocking, fixing, or sympathizing.

Our best intentions are not enough to ensure our loved ones feel heard and understood. We need to develop—and master—the ability to empathize and show compassion for others. Developing empathy requires practicing and applying critical emotional intelligence skills to validate and comfort our loved ones in their time of need.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence, How to Build Empathy

Back to School!  3 Simple Parenting Strategies to Ease Summer's End

August 20, 2021

While kids everywhere are milking as much fun from the last days of summer as they can, parents have the very real job of transitioning into the school routine. And most parents know that even if kids are excited, there can be some underlying anxiety that comes with returning to school. The on-again, off-again schedule due to the pandemic has added another level of navigation, and there will probably still be some uncertainty as we move forward. Fortunately, you can do things to help ease summer's end and start the year on a positive note.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Is Procrastination Stealing Your Happiness?—and What to Do About It!

August 17, 2021

I procrastinated writing this article. The irony runs deep. Even after I completed my research and could begin, I still put it off. You would think the topic alone would be enough to light a fire under my fingers, not wanting to be my own example of what not to do, but no, just the opposite, which ironically is the nature of procrastination. Let’s dig in.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

The Best Marriage Advice: An Intentional Marriage Is a Happy Marriage

August 12, 2021

Relationships, like everything, have specific keys and habits that either make them easier, more successful, and happier or harder, less successful, and unhappy. Do you know what relationship habits are needed for a happy marriage? Have you shifted into cruise control in your relationship and only think good intentions, but don’t act on them? Or do you make daily choices and actions to intentionally love your partner?

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

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