“What’s Your Exit Strategy?”

A couple of years after I opened my small business, one of my customers - a gentleman who, prior to his retiring, had been a top executive at a major corporation – asked me what my exit strategy was. Confused about why he should make such an enquiry, I interpreted his question as an awkward attempt at making conversation. I smiled and replied, “Oh I am happy doing what I am doing” – which was true – and then changed...

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Five Tips to Improve Mental Health

Let’s face it, life gets really busy sometimes. We have a tendency to get lost in our “to-do” lists and push aside any hope for rest and relaxation. In doing that, we end up neglecting a critical part of ourselves - our mental health. It’s something we probably don’t really think about - not consciously anyway. Our mental health affects our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects our thoughts, feelings and actions and ultimately determines how we will handle...

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In Defense of Hobbies

A few weeks ago, I attended a luncheon for women in business. There were about 45 of us at the event. During the discussion session, one of the attendees asked the speaker whether she had any hobbies. The attendee expressed frustration that she herself had none - while her husband had several – noting that every day her day was filled with responsibilities and that her need to stay on task all day long prevented her from developing hobbies. To...

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