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A few years ago, my job assignment was accompanying Angela Davis around my city.

Prior to her visit, I read extensively about her life’s work as a scholar and activist for equal rights. Inspired by her writings and speeches, I looked forward to meeting her. The Black Lives Matter movement had just begun at the time of her visit, and much of her visit was likely to focus on that call to action.

Ms. Davis did not disappoint. The crowds of people who came to meet her were in awe of her presence and her words. Gracious and thoughtful, we worked well together during her visit, getting her to the various locations so she could speak to hundreds of people who were eager to listen to her and meet her. …


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I have an abiding affection for caper movies.

The Sting, Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, and 8, To Catch a Thief, even The Great Muppet Caper are some of my favorite escapes.

The common thread in all of these movies is diverse group of characters gives a bully their comeuppance.

If only real life worked like a script plot.

For many adults, bullying happens in the workplace. Managers often become bullies for a variety of reasons. It can be their own insecurities that inspire their toxic behavior. Sometimes, it is the cumulative effect of a lifetime of abusive behavior they have suffered, and then they perpetuate it on others. …


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2018 was the first time I ever worked on a political campaign.

A candidate for state senate need a communication professional on the team, and I signed on. Eager for the chance to have a new type of work experience, I thought I would learn something valuable. In fact, I learned lots of valuable things.

Running a political campaign was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was also one of the smartest, because all that time and effort has paid off.

It’s not too late for you to get serious about spending some time in the poltical arena. Here are all the things you will gain by working on a campaign in 2020. …


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I have a friend who is a professional wedding planner. She has helped people with their wedding events for over 20 years. Sometimes, I help out on the big weddings to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the happy couple.

My friend has a good record of predicting the longevity of the marriages just from the wedding planning experience. These are some of her observations for those who tend to stay married:

  • The groom is a real part of the planning, not a silent presence.
  • Both the bride and groom are respectful of each other’s ideas.
  • They want their wedding to be nice, but they are easygoing, welcome ideas, and talk alot about how they want their guests to enjoy the event. …


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Since I was eight years old, I have studied the Holocaust.

My introduction began when I was in third grade and my teacher announced to the class that the mini-series The Holocaust was on TV. Always interested in pleasing my teacher, I went home and watched it.

I had nightmares for days after watching the mini-series. In those scary dreams I saw my parents wrapped in cellophane and taken to a gas station never to return. My eight year old brain struggled to comprehend this part of history. …


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I love having a good side hustle.

It is an empowering, confidence-boosting phenomena that has completely changed how I view my life. It allows me to make choices that are positive for me.

My path to this point was launched out of despair and struggle. After a harrowing workplace bullying incident that left me without a job and depressed, I channeled my energy into building something brand new.

A year ago, I wrote about my first year of owning my own business.

A year later, I am happy to report that my business grew by approximately 30%. Yes, I realize that means I only made $9,000 in additional revenue. Some of you may find that disappointing. For me it is a victory. In addition to my business, I am also holding down a full-time 9 to 5 job, making time for my family, and trying to maintain some balance. …


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“It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.” — Rod Serling

On the night Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force, was killed by an United States airstrike in Baghdad, I was curled up on the couch watching an old episode of The Twilight Zone. …


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Cold and flu season is underway.

Not all immune systems are up to the challenge. Some people sail through the winter months with little to no issues. Others seem to have a perpetual ailment.

When people who are sick are in the workplace, it puts everyone at risk for catching germs.

Sick leave is not always guaranteed with employment. Some states and municipalities have enacted paid sick leave laws, but still a large majority of the the United States workforce often loses money if they call in sick, or they simply work sick.

Beyond routine colds or bouts with the flu, there are more serious and chronic illnesses where employees miss long periods of time. This understandably puts stress on a workplace, and even more stress on the employee who is trying to manage a difficult health situation and their career. …


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I meet many famous and infamous people as part of my work.

I don’t share much about these encounters, because I try to keep a level of professionalism in place at all times. However, there are a few memorable encounters with people that I do share. These are moments that have made a profound impact on me.

One of those moments involved Sister Helen Prejean, the author of Dead Man Walking and a fervent anti-death penalty activist, my first political science professor and a man named J.T.

This is a story of the night we went to dinner.

Meeting Sister Helen

At the events center where I work, it was a typical day. Another well-known person was coming into speak. This time is it was the nun that was played by Susan Sarandon in that movie. …


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Thanksgiving 2015 is one holiday I will never forget.

A week before the holiday, I lost my job.

It did not come as a suprise. I was the target of a bully. The bully was my boss, and for eight months the boss had made my life a living hell. The firing almost felt like a relief.

Still, it was a sucker punch that sent me reeling.

I worried about was my family, and how this would impact them. I worried about myself and how I would find a job again.

It was the saddest period of my life.

The Blackest Friday

It was a hard holiday season. I ate my feelings and all the carbs on Thanksgiving. I justified it by thinking that eventually I wouldn’t be able to afford food so I better eat for survival. During dinner, I listened to family members talk about the deals they were going to get on Black Friday. …

About

Ree Jackson

Helping people through career trauma. Sharing thoughts on kindness, health, parenting, and politics too. Author of the ebook Reject Revolution. Be well.

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