Building meaningful connections starts with you.

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I remember when my daughter took her first steps. She had just turned 1 and we were celebrating her birthday. Our house was filled with relatives and friends ready to witness, applaud and otherwise lavish this little being with love and adoration. She took 11 steps. It was earth-shattering. In my world anyway.

That’s how it goes in the beginning of our lives; lots of attention, noting the milestones, sharing every detail no matter how small. This demonstrative outpouring of support holds rather steady in our early years, then starts an ever so slight decline, at least in scope, throughout…

Sharing a birthday with sparkling lights, fruitcakes and fireworks sounds magical. Remember, magic is what you make of it.

Birthday cake with Merry Christmas written on it.
Birthday cake with Merry Christmas written on it.
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No matter when your birthday is you might have a lot of feelings about the day. But when it’s in late December there is a collective understanding about sharing it with celebrations that tend to outshine your day. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s hard to overlook the commercials, decorations lining the streets and in store windows, and the hustle and bustle of the season. Then there is the countdown to the New Year with all of the focus on year-end lists, recounting all that’s happened in our world and making resolutions we will undoubtedly break in a few…

How to shine at holiday parties & gatherings.

Holiday dinner party
Holiday dinner party
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’Tis the season of holiday parties and gatherings. No matter what holiday you celebrate — or if you don’t celebrate at all — it’s likely that you will be invited to (or forced to attend) at least one holiday event this month.

If you are self-employed, unemployed, underemployed or your job requires you to generate leads, there is a good chance that you invest time in building connections. Networking can be a challenge any time of the year but it is especially challenging around the holidays when people are focused on glad tidings, shopping deals, wrapping up the year and…

The easiest way to get where you’re going is to figure out where you are.

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One of the most important keys to fulfillment is showing up for yourself and taking every opportunity in front of you to grow. We often miss this because we are just trying to get through our days the best we can, in spite of the myriad of challenges, responsibilities and distractions we deal with daily.

Knowing where you are in your life, right now, in this moment, is more crucial to your future success than most people realize. …

It’s your life, how you choose to experience it is up to you.

Path above city at sunrise
Path above city at sunrise
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Are you managing your emotions? Or are your emotions managing you? One way to answer this is by listening to the feedback from the people you love and respect in your life. Are they on edge when you’re faced with a stressful situation? Are they bracing themselves for your next reaction?

Another way to consider this is to imagine you are stopped at a traffic light. You see the car behind you approaching a bit too quickly to stop in time. You watch helplessly as their front end meets the back end of your car. What happens after that? How…

Sara Craig

solopreneur coach + writer | PSU / John Jay College CUNY alum 🌎 ♻️

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