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You Have Skills

Image by  Gerd Altmann  from  Pixabay In my, "Bragging About You" training video, I talk about skills, skills, skills. I keep it pretty high level. Here, I'm going to ask you to drill a little deeper into your skillset. I've written dozens of job descriptions that ask for particular skill sets.  I'm going to use myself as an example, so you can see what I'm talking about. I am going to show you a couple of broad categories of skills, and then you can choose a category and state how you use those skills. If you need to, you can use the internet to help you identify the skills you use in your current job. Okay, here are a few of my skills from jobs I currently hold or have held within the past 10 years. I will start with a broad category and then give specific skill sets under each one. 1. Entrepreneurial Skills: As an entrepreneur I... Write weekly blog content for the site to provide education, information, public health training, and leadership d

When You Don't Feel Supported

Earlier this week, I was listening to a podcast about personal and professional development. In the podcast, the leader was talking about how a lot of people don't feel supported. I get it. I know there are a lot of people who don't feel supported, and I have been one of them at times. I could probably write a book on all the people who never supported me, much less a single blog post. Instead, I decided to write about people who did support me, so you can see how to find people who really support you. One of the first people who comes to mind is a friend of mine from college. He and I spent a lot of time together, probably thousands of hours. When I was discouraged from applying to law school as an undergraduate, I had to figure out what I was going to do with my history degree. I decided to go back to school and get my secondary education endorsement so I could teach high school. Everyone was fine with it, except for him. He told me that I should become a professor

When It's Snowing and Blowing: 11,100 Steps

It's in the single digits here in the Midwest today. The road was actually frozen this morning, so I chose not to go to the grocery store. Instead, I stayed home where it was warm and drank a second cup of coffee. For lunch, I had a lettuce and tomato sandwich on wheat bread to remind myself of warmer days to come. And, I put my watch on earlier today, so I wouldn't have to walk around the house all evening to get my steps in. Yesterday, although it was warmer than today, we had a snowy day. The snow started in the morning and went through to the early afternoon. It was a light snow with big fluffy flakes. I've lived in the Midwest most of my life, and the years I didn't I lived in New England. So, a few snowflakes are not a huge concern for me. We ended up with maybe a couple of inches on the ground, so it wasn't heavily snowing. Still, I didn't feel like going outside in the cold and the snow and waking up today aching. I opted to walk around the house

It's So Cold: 9,900 Steps

Right off, I have to tell on myself. I mentioned in a previous post that I try to write my blog post the day that I walk. This week, I didn't. Yesterday, when I finished my walk, I was so cold, all I wanted to do was finish my steps, eat dinner, take a hot bath, and go to bed. That's exactly what I did. It was a whopping 27 degrees outside with a windchill factor of 16 degrees yesterday. I had on two pairs of leggings, two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, a heavy winter coat that could sustain temperatures to less than zero, and I had on a scarf. I was warm. I was toasty. Photo by Jeanette R. Harrison As I began walking, I noticed the pavement was getting a little icy. I didn't remember it raining earlier in the day, but maybe it had. I don't always look outside in the morning except to let my dogs out. My back is toward the window in my office. Let's face it, if my desk faced the window, I would probably spend more time watching what was going on i