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Event Jan 23, 2015 6:00 PM
2015 WNY Connections Business Networking Event
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"Creating a 2015 Model Year Resume" presented by Todd Nicholas from Career Partners International Buffalo/Niagara (www.cpibn.com).
Hors d'oeuvres by Buffalo's premiere chef and restaurateur, Mike A. at Bourbon and Butter, located inside the beautiful and historic Hotel Lafayette.
Cash bar featuring a wide array of original beverage concoctions, wines, spirits and craft beers.
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It’s a New Day! Breathe it in….Breathe it out!
Here we go! New Day! New Year! You’ve made that decision to “be the best version of you!” So how mindful of this “being the best version of you” will
you keep on the front burner as this new year unfolds?
In a recent 60 Minutes special program on Mindfulness, reporter Anderson Cooper took the plunge into a week of mindfulness training with a top guru from California. His experience, in his words, was life changing. You can google this special report to explore this full video presentation. In the rat-raced, frenzied world in which we live and work, it is important to take the time to breathe…..yes, to breathe….and to be mindful of one’s breath…which is our life-force…it is our
present moment sweet-spot. And we can return to that quiet sweet-spot simply by stopping, breathing, and becoming mindful in the moment—no matter what is happening around you.
Here are some mindful practices (adapted from a recent Huffington Post blog) that you can begin right now to foster a healthier, happier, calmer you!
Eat mindfully. Slow down your eating. Enjoy what you eat, savor the flavors, the colors. Research indicates that if you eat with your non-dominant hand, you can slow down your eating pace by 30 percent. Great for weight management!
Work mindfully. Work stress can pile on, causing us to worry about the future. A mindful approach is to not dwell on the past or the future but to live fully in the moment. When feeling stressed, breathe….and bring your mind back to the present by focusing on what is happening in the room---what do you see, smell, hear, feel. The motto that is recommended is: I can’t control the future, yet I can make mindful decisions in this moment. I also learned that when you are stressed, if you touch your thumb and pointer finger together, (each hand separately), you will immediately sense calm. Try it!
Move mindfully. Don’t like to exercise? Just begin by tuning into your body. Feel your feet against the floor, or your back against the chair. Do some stretches, some shoulder rolls. This is especially good for thinkers--who spend a lot of time in their head. Become fully present in your body and your head.
Communicate mindfully. Learning to take a “mindful pause” before you speak is BIG. Take your emotional pulse before having an important conversation and a few deep, mindful breaths to cool down and center yourself. Your motto….to respond, not react. There’s a mindful difference.
Joy begets Joy! Do you know what joy is for you? What really makes you happy? Are you mindful of joy? What do you see, hear, feel, know, when you have joy in your life? When we can be mindful of “joy”….and savor that “joy”….we have a renewed sense of happiness. Breathe it in, Breathe it out, and Breathe it in again!
Find your joy in the new year….and embrace it!
Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). www.ClaireEKnowles.com
Make a Difference
I drove by my old neighborhood yesterday afternoon. It was a dreary day again, and someone told me it has been 53 days since we had any significant sunshine. I was not surprised because I can feel the lack in my body of that beautiful Vitamin D that is produced from nature at its best.
When I think of my childhood visions of the holidays dance in my head, and today I am hoping I can bring a smile to someone; making a difference in their lives
On my way home, I passed by my childhood lake house. Being by water seems to help me get in touch with my inner being where I can bring up some beautiful memories of walking along the beach collecting worn, colorful glass, fossils and shells. The sand fills my toes as I walk without shoes; feeling every step along the way. And this feeling of feeling everything right down to my toes is what I need to know I am alive, well and helpful to others. Walking barefoot helps with getting in touch with yourself and learning how to be in your body; strong, centered and balanced.
Still standing strong, my childhood home looks worn now, and that little tree that I used to sit by in the center of the front yard is much bigger with large branches streaming out around it. And the tree looks stronger and more flexible than it used to be, just like me. I feel stronger now, especially in my body because I continue down this aging path, making sure that I keep mind, body and soul strong and flexible just like my childhood tree.
I was taking my grandson to my home after school as we passed by my old neighborhood. I don’t pass that way much anymore because it is out of the way on most of my travels. I used to visit often when mom was alive and healthy. I can still see her in the driveway walking up to the mailbox, or sweeping; getting her sunshine for the day.
When I picked my grandson up at school I saw an old friend. I recognized her immediately as she did me; she had that same smile she had as a child with a space between her two front teeth that really fit her well.
We spoke for a moment; I speaking about some past relationships and she about how many things have changed in her life as she spoke, “Things have changed but some stay the same; your grandson looks just like your son did as a child. That is why I was waiting to see you; I was so excited to see you again.” “It must be at least 20 years and we still look the same,” I said with a grin.
I loved Lydia and her family. We were a close neighborhood and I knew all of the children on my street. Lydia and her sisters babysat for my boys when they were young; getting them off the bus after school while I was working. And now she is doing it again for me; paying it forward as Lydia helps with my grandson on the school bus. Lydia makes a difference in the lives of children; helping with the young ones in a loving way.
Making a difference
We all have time in life to make a difference; finding purpose in some meaningful tasks in life that help others to get through the day. It may be as simple as helping a child or as complicated as learning how to help yourself through life; stumbling with relationships that fail or blossom, or helping your family and friends through kind words and deeds.
Turn The Beat Around
With the New Year upon us, most people are compiling a mental list of things they want to do to improve their quality of life in the year to come. For some that's as far as the list will go. Others will actually type, or speak it into their electronic device. And, a few are going to follow through by putting those goals into action in order to succeed at bettering their lives.
While New Year's is a fun, & exciting time to celebrate, it can also be a very depressing time as well. The reason? The majority of people, who have not realized their dreams, visions, and goals in the year past feel regret.
However, I believe New Year's is a great time to put the past in the ground, and "Turn The Beat Around". Start marching to a different tune. Even if, you are that person who has a black cloud following you, or the woman who never seems to be able to lose weight, yes also those guys and girls still hoping they are going to meet the right one, DON'T GIVE UP!
Let this be your year! How, you might ask? TAKE CONTROL, DO THINGS DIFFERENT, STEP IT UP! To begin with, write down your three most important goals. Print them out, tape them up. Make them visible. Don't put them off. Get started immediately! There's NOTHING good about procrastination. Throw away your old routine. If it didn't work before, it's not going to work now. If it's weight you need to lose, spend the money, and get a trainer, join Weight Watchers, become a member of a gym, or get an accountability partner who is physically fit.
If you usually seem to be down, or have bad luck, do what you can about it. We can't control everything in life, so you must learn to accept those things which you cannot change, and change those things in life of which you have control of. Therefore, see a doctor, go to church, take some self-help courses, try Pilates or yoga classes for relaxation; all of these can help to lead you out from under that ominous cloud.
Now for you single people, I say this: Don't chase after ANYONE, desperation is horribly unattractive. Instead, love yourself first. Work on being the very best you, that you can be. You'll NEVER make a good husband or wife, if you can't even take care of yourself first. Workout, get fit, practice good hygiene, good manners, GET A JOB, if you don't have one; dating costs money men! Having said that, once you've met those basic, yet essential (and unfortunately, necessary to mention "these days"), requirements, then take a new approach. Let friends and family know you are willing to be set up. The worst thing that can happen is that you decide not to go on a second date. Big deal! Next, pick an online dating site, allow your closest friend to setup your profile. They won't be as modest as you. Trust them! They know you well, and will highlight your best attributes. Just be safe, always pick a public meeting place.
Whatever you choose to do this New Year, make a decision that it will not be another year of regrets. Like the name of the song made very popular several years back by Latina musician Gloria Estefan, "Turn The Beat Around" in your life! See it! Believe it! You CAN ACHIEVE IT!