These days, we’re spending a lot more time behind our screens. In 2021, we’ve been clocking five to six hours of phone time a day, according to the data site Statista. And this doesn’t even factor in Zoom calls, television time and the other times where we swap the “little screen” for the “big screen.” If you’re feeling the effects of this tech on your mental health — think brain fog, poor sleep, low productivity, etc. — consider a digital detox! While it’s impossible to unplug completely, the information below will help you take a 24-hour break from your devices to reset and improve focus. You’ll also find some activities to try while you’re offline. See for yourself how time off the grid can improve your mental well-being!
When you change your thoughts, you can change your life. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, many of us are our own harshest critic, and we have negative thoughts that take us down instead of building us up.
This month, check out what it takes to truly embrace a positive mindset. You’ll read about imposter syndrome – what it is and how you can kick it to the curb with a mindset shift. There’s also space to reflect on your own intake, associations and affirmations, so you can become more intentional about putting the good stuff in and forging a more confident, positive path forward.
Naturally, your mindset won’t completely shift overnight. Just take it one thought at a time, and over the next few months, take note of how you feel. When you do this, you’ll be able to calm your busy mind and feel happier in your day-to-day!
Cybercrime has been everywhere this year. Even though reported attacks affect mostly large corporations, individuals must also remain vigilant, so their personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the cybersecurity space to better protect your own online presence. The information I’m sharing explains different types of phishing attacks that target consumer data. You’ll learn how these cyberattacks happen in the first place, plus what you can do to avoid inadvertently sharing your information with cybercriminals.
With so much of our personal information online, protecting it from cyberattacks should be a top priority. You’ll remain one step ahead of identity thieves when you’re able to maintain a smart presence online!
Have you ever noticed how the strongest communicators are also the best listeners? To effectively communicate with somebody, you must be able to hear them out and meet them where they’re at. If you aren’t actively listening, you could be missing a big part of that person’s experience. The tips below offer a few strategies for active listening that will level up your communication in any situation. Try them out next time you find yourself in a serious conversation with a friend or colleague, and check out how it shifts the dynamic.
Communication is a work of art. When you figure out the way someone communicates and the way they receive the communication, this can lead to even better conversations and help avoid misunderstandings.
Although not everyone communicates the same, there are two main communication styles that people tend to adopt, Aesthetic or Pragmatic. This month, you’ll learn about those styles and how to effectively talk to each. However, communication isn’t the only space where people differ — we're also sharing details on the two major work styles, and how you can make the most of your own for the best results.
Identifying how you and those around you work and communicate will be a game changer. Conversations and projects in your personal and professional life will feel easier when you have this knowledge in your back pocket. And after a while, you’ll start to notice these traits in people wherever you go!
Decorating the walls in your home should be fun, but when it comes to hanging larger pieces of art or décor, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated. Of course, hanging a small clock can be as simple as sticking a nail in the wall. But what should you do about that wall mirror you just purchased? Or the hanging plant that’s starting to become…well, a sitting plant? We want to help you make all your wall decorating dreams come true. This information lists the tools you’ll need to place heavier items while walking you through simple steps for actually hanging the pieces — and how to plug up the nail holes when you move them. Happy decorating!
Looking to refresh your space? With interior design trends always changing, it can be overwhelming to pick the look and feel you want in your home – without it going out of style.
The information we're sharing with you this month will help give your place new life with timeless interior design trends. These trends are easy to incorporate and can totally transform any room in your house. You’ll find tips on how to expertly use lighting, decorative accents, greenery and more, plus, a method for rearranging furniture that takes the guesswork — and unnecessary heavy lifting — out of it. You’ll love seeing how these small changes can impact your home in a big way.
Did you know that agents also use these tips when staging a home for sale? Give us a call if you want to talk over any of them, or if you want to know which of these design tricks help homes sell the quickest. Whether you’re selling or staying put, we’ll get your home picture perfect!
Whether you’re starting a family or celebrating your first grandchild, it’s important to plan ahead. While you may not be thinking about it just yet, wouldn’t you want to know that those loved ones would be taken care of if you weren’t around? That’s where building an estate plan can help. This infographic explains a few reasons why setting up a will or estate plan now is so beneficial, even if you’re just starting your family journey. You’ll also learn what to double check in your will to make sure your wishes are carried out exactly how you want. Preparing for the future now will grant you more peace of mind down the line!
It’s almost impossible to predict when a crisis may occur. From major storms to a global pandemic, the world has experienced a handful of unexpected events in the past few years.
When weathering a storm — figuratively or literally — it’s important to be prepared. That’s why we're sharing information to help you in times when the unexpected happens. You’ll find tips on how to keep you and your family safe during an emergency weather event like a hurricane, tornado or fire. There are also a few pointers for protecting pets during these events.
Emergency preparedness may not be most fun thing to talk about, but it’s still important to make sure you and your family are ready for anything. It is my hope that these tips bring you comfort and peace-of-mind by helping you expect the unexpected!
Finding out that your credit card was compromised is like finding out that someone broke into your house — your privacy was violated, and you just can’t understand how that could have happened. What’s even more frustrating is the impact this incident could have on your credit score if not handled right away. To help you prevent bad actors from gaining access to your credit or debit accounts, we wanted to share some helpful tips on credit card security. Learn how accounts get compromised and ways to protect your personal information, so you can always remain one step ahead of credit thieves.
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