Thanksgiving    Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting with my daughter and we are enjoying a cup of peppermint tea, chatting about Thanksgiving.

Gabrielle and I are talking about the history of Thanksgiving and what it means.  We often get caught up in the festivities of the holiday.  We give thanks for family and friends, but more importantly we ought to give thanks to God for the blessings of this life.  If I had to put things in order, it would be God, Family/Friends, and Job.   As we embark on the joy of the holidays and the end of the year, it is a good time to recommit to what putting God first really means.  For me, I commit to enhancing my spiritual study in addition to going to church.

The dictionary describes Thanksgiving as the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of the benefits especially to God.

Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 with the first celebration in the colonies with the sharing of a harvest feast between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians.  This tradition continued, however it wasn’t until 1863, during Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day.  It is held on the 4th Thursday in November.  In  1941, Congress made Thanksgiving Day official.  The traditional meal of the day is Turkey.

Turkey          Happy Thanksgiving!


Job Change?

9464706-background-concept-wordcloud-illustration-of-job-satisfaction  Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting here chatting with my friends enjoying a cup of peppermint tea.  Karen, Lisa and I are chatting about new beginnings and remaining energized in the jobs we have.

When do you decide to leave the job you are in? What are the signs?  Quite frankly, are you excited to get up and go to work everyday? or is it just about bringing home the bacon?   A lot of us are so busy and overwhelmed that we don’t find the time to actually enjoy what we do.

More often than not,  when I am asked, “how are you?”  The response is always the same..”busy” or sometimes “stressed”  Take a moment,  ask yourself, are you that busy?  Are you productive?  The answer will be NO, especially if you are not motivated.   Laura Stack, productivity expert wrote an  article on “busy work” that you might find interesting. In the meantime, take some time to think about your situation by starting here.

Self assessment tips on job satisfaction:

  1. Evaluate what you like and don’t like.  Write it down.  Make the decision on  whether the things you dislike can change, and if not, can you live with it?
  2. Do you like the people you work with?  This is tough as most of us spend more time at work than home so it’s important  to like the environment we work in.  Does it have a positive effect on you?
  3. Strange phenomenon,  sometimes management won’t address when things are broken. How can you be a leader and effect change?   
  4. Do you have JOY?  Maybe it is impacting your home life and you are miserable to be around.
  5. Sometimes we can stay with the same company but may need a job/department change, not a company change.
  6. Money should never be the primary driver for moving jobs.  If you like what you do, the money will follow. However, if you have a family to support you may not always have the luxury of this kind of time.

My personal limit is 4 years in the same job and then I need change.  Everyone has their own time frame.  Some of us are just too comfortable,  afraid of change,  enjoying the routine of sameness.  Jobs and careers are not the same but to some are interchangeable.   The main difference depends on how much you enjoy the work, which then leads you to work harder, creating opportunity, leading to a career and a future.  We should all aspire to do more and find ways to bring freshness to our current role or decide to make a change.

It starts with you today.

shutterstock_55400329   Take the leap!



 gossip         Up for a cup of tea?

I am sitting with my friend enjoying a cup of PG Tips tea.  Bob and I are chatting about how damaging  gossip can be.

The dictionary describes GOSSIP as  “idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others” and RUMOR “as a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts.”

There is a thin line between Gossip and Rumor,  neither good for the person targeted.

Unfortunately, Gossip or Rumors may or may not be true, and in most instances shouldn’t be shared and talked about anyway.  We use it as a way to bond, to appear more important than we are, or as a juicy tidbit to share with friends.  It seems harmless enough in the moment.  However,  when you are the target of the gossip or rumor, the entire picture changes.  I was recently the victim of an untrue rumor.   It was hurtful and harmful to my job and reputation.  It was devastating, based solely on jealousy.  As I tried to understand why,  it  suddenly occurred to me how many times I had engaged in idle gossip; passing along information that was private but juicy.  Information I had heard from someone else.  This is how it all starts and then becomes a domino effect.  I was just as guilty.

You are truly not aware of the impact, until it happens to you.  It can be destructive. I would say STOP, THINK, PUT YOURSELF in the person’s shoes for one minute,  and maybe the information isn’t so interesting after all.  Would you appreciate it?  It gave me pause.  I am now more mindful and thoughtful of the impact I can have by passing along a simple tidbit.  Don’t be afraid to stop gossip before it starts;  It starts with you,  shut it down.


Gossip/Rumors are damaging!


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Theodore Roosevelt