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Reflect During the Holidays

Holiday Review

Beyond strengthening bonds with those around you, the holidays offer an invaluable opportunity for reflection. While the value of New Year’s resolutions has been questioned, I have found that there is a natural cycle occurring during the holidays that I can leverage to reflect on progress, learnings and create plans for the coming year.

Take advantage of this convergence to invest in some reflective time.

Questions to get you started

1. What happened this year that I want to record? …

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Rebuilding my voice

I imagine that singers, actors and writers have experiences that cause their “voice” to dampen. Or they simply go through phases where they aren’t ready or able to produce their art. I’ve definitely gone through that phase. In fact, you, dear reader, might notice that while this blog started way back in 2005, there has been very little activity for a long time.

It is time to change that. Or putting it another way, my voice is back, and I have a lot to say, relative to helping you make a living, …

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Ebb and flow

Hmm. It has been too long. And you might be thinking that we have disappeared here at BoldCareer. That would be understandable. But not true. The fact is, things are busy. Very busy. But mostly around serving clients and delivering on commitments. I haven’t been great at prioritizing time here on the blog or for the newsletter. Let’s see if we can do something about that.

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Happy New Year

We just returned from a long vacation in Quebec. As you can see, no blog posting or newsletters during that time. It was an important time for me to unplug both figuratively and literally (I didn’t even have cell access where we stayed).

I want to send you the very best for 2007. First and foremost, health and happiness for you and your loved ones. These are the foundation of everything.

And, I hope that you find / maintain / achieve that level of career & professional challenge, reward, and f…

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Pencils. Binders. Lunch Box.

Here we are. Labor Day. I truly enjoy summer and am sorry to see it end. At the same time, I have always been jazzed by the promise and possibility that September brings.

How you look at September has a lot to do with how you feel about your work. A recent Labor Day poll by Workopolis.com reveals that 15% of respondents are experiencing feelings of either dread or anxiety about their return to work.

I love what I do and am already hard at work on bringing some new projects to you. What about you? …

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Remembrance Day

In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~~By Major Jo…

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Apologies for Blogging Absence

I hope readers will excuse my absence from this space for the last few weeks. It has been a busy time here. Also, for 8 of those days, I was on a vacation on the East Coast of Canada, specifically Nova Scotia and St. John's Newfoundland. Great people. Great music. Excellent beers.

In Halifax, I can highly recommend the Old Triangle Irish Ale House (5136 Prince St.) for great music, decent food, and of course, a nice selection of beer.

In St. John's, Newfoundland, of course we had to visit the famo…

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Vacation Wrap-up

I have just returned from a fantastic vacation in Quebec and wanted to apologize for my blogging silence over the few weeks.

We were gone for 3 weeks, which for me is a long time. Two weeks at a lake, as well as time in Montreal and beautiful Quebec City. I did a few things that really worked well...

* I totally unplugged for 8 days in the middle of the vacation time. No cell phone. No email. It helped that I was at a lake where if I wanted to make a call I would have to hike up a hill in…

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Fathers...

I did not get a tie this year. I DID get to take my kids to Revenge of the Sith and enjoy a great meal at a sunlit table at Burgoo.

Fathers...like Mothers, have competing and conflicting priorities. To provide for our families - both financially, and with stability, and vision, and support and ... The list goes on. Pursuing our career to make a living (and hopefully do so in a way that builds you up rather than diminishes you) needs to be balanced with spending time (physically and mentally) with…

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