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Talk with Your Kids About What They Won’t Learn in School

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Note: This post was originally Published on the College Savings Plans Network Blog  School may be out for the summer, but it’s the perfect time to teach some financial literacy skills to help your students succeed. Recent research shows why kids need your help: • 62% of college graduates expect to complete school with an average of $27,236 in student debt (The Student Monitor). • More than 19% of American households have college debt (Pew Research Center). • Around 56% of adults don’t have a budget (Nation Foundation for Credit Counseling). • 76% of college students wish they had more

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Clarifying Your Message: Three Steps to Effective Communication

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I didn’t understand, based on the words that were said. ~ Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion One of the most common communication mistakes we make, and the easiest to fix, is how to better clarify what we mean to say. More often than not, when we communicate, the person we are talking to will not  really understand what you are trying to say. Or maybe they weren’t really listening.  Then they they don’t ask questions to make sure they understand. The result can be misunderstandings, hurt feelings, unanswered requests, and even damaged relationships.  You can increase the understanding by learning three

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Breaking Your Bad Communication Habits

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Have you ever gone through your closet and sorted out your old clothes? You know, ones that either don’t fit, or that aren’t your “color?”  I learned recently that I shouldn’t wear black. I think half of my wardrobe is black.  So, I decided it was time for some clothing reassessment. I grabbed a friend and a glass of wine and went through my closet. We used the color charts and tips and after a very productive session of closet downsizing, I took three garbage bags full of clothing to my car to be transported to charity. The bags sat for a

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Communicate Your Love|Give Your Valentine a Heart Attack

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Valentine’s Day is a great time to think about how to communicate how much you appreciate your loved ones in your life.  Communicating your love is sometimes uncomfortable, but always important. Communicating well can be the best way to improve and get what you want out of any relationship. Here are some really easy, inexpensive and tangible ways to do that. Give them a “Heart Attack!” Take heart shaped sticky notes and write love statements (why you love them, or simply write “I love you”). Put them all over a mirror, door, walkway, counter – wherever they will easily find

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Yes, I still do! 10 communication tips to improve your marriage

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This month was my 38th wedding anniversary.  Being married to a complete opposite isn’t easy, but it sure is worth the hard work….. Like most marriages, my husband and I have many important things in common – our shared belief in God, our treasured family, and some interests and hobbies including music, hiking, dogs, and cop shows (I follow the relationships, he follows the action). Also, as in most marriages, we are very different in many, many ways. For example, we view money differently (I spend, he saves) and we don’t always agree on how clean our house should be (I’m a slob,

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Communication Tools: The Power of Micro-Connects

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I can live one or two months  on one good compliment – Mark Twain One of the deepest human needs is to feel appreciated.  It’s what makes us feel valued. It’s what makes us happy and it’s what motivates us.  We live in a culture that is appreciation deprived.  Studies show that up to 70% of workers feel they are not appreciated. But, the good news is that when you give appreciation to someone on a regular and informal basis, you will see a 40% increase in their performance. Wow! Why don’t we do more of that? Mostly it’s because we

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My Most Read Posts on Communication

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This is my lazy period between Christmas and New Year. Time to review 2015 – the highs, lows, what I did really well and what I can do better next year. I like to look at my previous years posts, and see what spoke to people.  It’s a fun retrospective and helps me set some goals for the new year.  It was interesting to see what my readers read, liked and shared most.  So, if you missed them, here they are – my most read posts of 2015: Photo by:Shootin'For Fun 1. How to Have the Best Staff Meeting Ever – When boring

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Communication Tips We Can Learn From Our Pets

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My husband and I had a really great date night when we redeemed a certificate my son gave me to take a paint class to learn to “Paint Your Pet.”  Who knew that 2 hours and a glass of wine would make me an artist?  But, as you can see by our displayed masterpieces here, that’s all it took!  It was a fun evening of meeting other dog lovers and indulging in our creative side. Spending time talking about and painting our four-legged family members reminded me of some of my best and favorite communication tips I have learned from our

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Finding Common Connections: Meeting Alizza

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  “Only you can make friends with a New Yorker on the Street” ~ Elizabeth to me after I made friends with a stranger on the street. My recent visit to New York included many great adventures – media interviews, two Broadway shows, my first visit to MoMA, and visits with dear friends. I love New York. It’s such a different world from Olympia and a really fun place to visit.  But, the people there have a reputation. They aren’t that friendly, or so I’ve heard. Now, out west we are pretty casual, accepting, and usually nice to strangers.  In New

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The 5 Alarm Morning

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I’m not a morning person. My husband would say that is an understatement. I confess – I often stay up later than I should because that’s when my brain is wide awake and I feel most productive, or at least that’s my story. When I do that, it makes getting up early a challenge. So, I’ve come up with a new system for getting out of bed. I call it my 5-Alarm system. It works like this: 1) First alarm goes off. 2) 10 minutes later a second, and much louder, alarm goes off in another room. 3) Husband gets up,

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