A group of women laughing
July 19th 2017

Friends are good for your health. According to Harvard Health Publications, “social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can harm the heart’s arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system.”

Woman smiling
July 12th 2017

A business associate shared one of his favorite TED talks with me the other day. He and I had been discussing the art of communication, and in this talk, Celeste Headlee presents "10 ways to have a better conversation". While watching the video, I found myself so caught up in her message, that I began making notes. My three favorite take-a-ways:

1.     Enter every conversation assuming you have something to learn

Independence Day
July 3rd 2017

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. How remarkable is it that this year marks our 241st year of celebration?

Woman drawing on clear board
June 28th 2017

Last month we published a blog on the importance of Career Planning. We’re hopeful that you took a few moments to start the process of developing a career plan for yourself. Doing so can help you manage potential learning opportunities as well as identify ways to grow your professional development.

Woman with arms around older family member
June 21st 2017

According to the 2015 National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP Caregiving in America report, nearly half of all family caregivers are "somewhat stressed" and more than a third are "highly stressed."

Father and child
June 14th 2017

In the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday provides a time to celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures make in our lives.

A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. After the death of her mother, her father raised six children by himself. This was very uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.

Woman working outside on picnic blanket
June 7th 2017

One of the main benefits of taking online courses is the flexibility to do your work whenever you wish, wherever you are. With beautiful weather finally here, it’s a perfect time to take your learning outside!

Mother loving on young child
May 30th 2017

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There's an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.

The National Foster Care Month website is full of resources to help support children, youth, and their families, especially those involved in foster care. Some ways to help include the following:

Memorial Day
May 26th 2017

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Young businesswoman
May 23rd 2017

Developing a career plan will help you assess your skills and interests, explore what careers might be a good match for you, as well as determine what additional skills or training you may need to reach optimal career success.

Career planning is helpful for anyone at any age or stage – whether you are still in school or not, seeking to improve your skills to advance in your current field or interested in changing your job or career entirely.

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