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Feb 25

Shelia Frederick saves a girl from Human Trafficking!

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Sheila Frederick, flight attendant, said she instinctively felt something was wrong the moment she saw the girl with greasy blonde hair sitting in the window seat.

 

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  • leighgriffin
    Jun 10

    In today’s hustle-centric gig economy culture, it’s easy to get lost in pursuing your goals and lose sight of a healthy work-life balance. If you’re feeling burnt out or overwhelmed, check out these self-care tips for ways to improve your everyday life and listen to your own needs! Respect Your Feelings Remember that negative feelings are still valid, and they will pass in time. No bad mood is permanent, and you have the power to overcome it. Write your feelings down in a journal. Getting the bad vibes out of your brain and into words provides clarity and insight into what’s making you feel down. Smile--even a fake smile triggers your body to release chemicals that improve your mood! Fake it till you make it! Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel. Detach from negative people. It’s an important part of self-care to put yourself first sometimes, even if other people aren’t happy with your choice. Do what’s right for you! Use positive affirmations to divert your negative thought processes. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Communicate openly with those around you. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions or handle a conflict unapologetically. Learn about healthy coping mechanisms. Go to therapy. Seeking professional help for mental health issues is an important part of growing as a person, and a big step to living a life that makes you happy. Love Your Body Stay hydrated! The amount of water you drink has a HUGE impact on your overall well-being. Most experts recommend 8 cups per day, and more if you’re exercising heavily or in a hot environment. Keep up with your personal hygiene. A shower or bath can work wonders when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that meets your personal nutritional needs. Practice sleep hygiene. Try to wake up at the same time each day, and sleep for as close to 8 hours as you can manage. Exercise! Dancing, yoga, Zumba, running, sports, and plenty of other options are available to get your body moving and release endorphins into your bloodstream, which relieve pain and stress. Cut down on bad habits (smoking, drinking, etc.) that harm your body. See your doctor regularly for checkups. Set a timer at the same time every day for any medicine and vitamins you take. Adopt a skin care routine. It’s important to hydrate your body from the inside and the outside! Banish Burnout Take a break from work, but avoid mindlessly scrolling through social media. Try to do something that engages your brain and/or body. Take a power-nap. Keep plants in your living and working spaces. Meditate in the mornings before you start your day, and at night before you go to bed. Do something creative, such as making crafts or painting. Practice old hobbies, or start a new one. Sing & dance to your favorite music. Get outside! Even if it’s just standing in your backyard or taking a walk down the street, the fresh air and sunshine will almost certainly brighten your mood. Unplug from your phone and computer for a short time and live in the moment. Take a small vacation to somewhere you’ve been meaning to visit. Have a long, hot bath or shower. Spend time with your pets, or volunteer at an animal shelter. Take cute selfies, even if you delete them later. Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about. Play calming video games or mobile games. Read a book. Try out a new recipe. Make a playlist. Buy a present for yourself or a loved one. Watch informational videos about subjects that interest you. Have a date night with your significant other, some friends, or yourself! Watch something that makes you laugh. Visit a museum or art gallery. Explore your local community events and organizations. Watch your favorite feel-good movie. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure. Try lighting a candle or burning some incense. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for in your life. Give a compliment to a stranger. Unclutter Your Life and Increase Productivity Make a list of all your tasks and prioritize them according to when they’re due and level of importance. Use a monthly calendar to keep track of important events and meetings. Use an app for managing your work and break time periods. Clean your house for 10 minutes every day. Meal prep for the week to cut down on time spent cooking during weekdays. Keep your purse and car clean and organized. Keep important items (keys, wallet, etc.) in a location you’ll remember. Technology spring cleaning. Do an “inbox zero” to clear all of your notifications, and delete old files from your phone and computer. Practice time management skills. Listen to upbeat music while working. Appreciate your own accomplishments. Try not to multitask. Focus on one task at a time until they are all complete. Follow the two-minute rule: if something can be done in less than two minutes, do it right away, without thinking. This cuts down on small tasks that take up your mental space. Take advantage of the “bonus” time you spend commuting or waiting in line by creating your daily to-do list or responding to emails on your phone. Create a morning and evening routine. Turn off notifications for social media or other unessential programs on your phone or computer during work time. Create a pleasant work environment by adding plants, photos, or other decorations to your workspace. Minimize interruptions to the best of your ability. Lay your clothes out at night for the next day to avoid searching for them in the morning. Do your most dreaded task first--getting it over with will make the rest of your work seem like a breeze, and you won’t have it hanging over your head. Don’t be afraid to say no to taking on new tasks or projects when you’re already in over your head. Clear boundaries work best for everyone in the end, and allow you to produce quality work without burning yourself out or failing to meet deadlines.
  • shar56
    Jun 6

    Don’t let your workplace bully win; here’s how to handle bullying at work. Whether you’re aware or not, bullying is a common occurrence in the work arena. To explore and dig deeper into this topic, TopResume recently surveyed more than 1,000 working professionals. The results were very telling. Of the 1,229 respondents, only four percent said they have never felt bullied in the workplace; that means a whopping 96 percent of respondents have felt bullied at work. And, if you think bullying only comes from those in a position of power, like a manager or a boss, think again. In that same survey, 25 percent of respondents said they have felt bullied by a peer or co-worker. Bullying can lead to health concerns, undue stress, and low productivity at work — and that's just the tip of the iceberg. With that said, it's important to take appropriate steps to handle bullying at work to support your well-being. Below are some suggestions to consider if you find yourself at the mercy of workplace bullying.   How to handle bullying at work 1. Check yourself If you feel you are being bullied at work, the first thing to do is to take inventory of any ways you might be contributing to the challenging situation. It could be that you are doing nothing to provoke the bullying (which is often the case), but the point here is to truly size up the situation and take responsibility if you might be invoking the behavior in any way. From that perspective, you can determine the best way to deal with the situation. Tip: Keep in mind that people make mistakes. Take a moment to size up the situation and determine if the "bullying" was simply a one-time incident due to someone having a bad day. If yes, then consider letting it go and moving on. 2. Take action before it has a negative impact on you Understandably, many individuals are afraid to speak up when they are being bullied. They might be concerned about what others will think. And, if the bully is their boss or someone in a position of power, then one's livelihood could be at stake. With that said, ongoing, long-term bullying can have a negative impact on your overall well-being, which in turn can have a negative impact on your performance and ability to do your work. Take care of yourself and develop an action plan to address the concern. Related: Workplace Wellness: 5 Ways to Mind Mental Health at Work 3. Tell your higher-ups or HR If you are not comfortable speaking to the individual who is bullying you directly, then you might need to discuss it with your manager or human resources. Choose the course of action that feels best for you for your situation. Tip: When addressing your concern with others, don't play the blame game. Come up with a plan of how you are going to address the bullying concern and be sure to include its impact on productivity, well-being, and morale coupled with some possible solutions. 4. Don't take it personally This can be difficult for many, but it's important that you don't take bullying personally. Remember, when someone is bullying you, it's more about them than it is about you. Often, a bully is acting from a place of insecurity and/or from a need to control. Practice having healthy emotional boundaries that keep you from reacting or feeling bad about yourself when workplace bullying occurs. 5. Address the issue head on This won't always be possible or comfortable, but if it is, speak up and stand your ground when communicating with a bully. In a recent  Time article, Fran Hauser, author of "The Myth of the Nice Girl," suggests using the following phrases when dealing with a work bully or someone who is not treating you appropriately: "Please don't talk to me that way." "Let's try to get this conversation to a place where it can be productive." "Let's take a break and come back to this later." 6. Leave if it's not worth it Your well-being is most important, and without it, you're no good to anyone. If you have done all you can to eliminate the bullying but it's still occurring, then it might be time to explore other options. Consider opportunities in other departments or with a new company altogether. 7. Document all of it This last bit of advice on how to handle bullying in the workplace is extremely important to remember: Always document everything as it relates to your interactions with the bully. This not only provides a timeline of events, but it also helps you recall information more easily when needed. Tip: If a bully is attempting to make you look bad or imply you're not doing your job, you can ask for written confirmation and details that he or she will have to own up to when questioned. In other words, attempt to communicate via email when dealing with a bully so you have a written record of the communication. The TopResume survey results show that there is a resounding need to deal with workplace bullying. Take action to support yourself if you find yourself being impacted by a workplace bully. Also, when you speak up and take a stand for yourself, it empowers others to do the same.
  • Katelyn Davidson
    May 8

    Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I remember seeing ERA signs stuck in the occasional front lawn in my neighborhood.  My mother told me what they stood for.  It was supporting the Equal Rights Amendment, which guaranteed “equal justice under law” to all citizens. At the time I couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t be obvious that everyone should be considered equal under the law.  How could they not?  After all, we were all people, right?  It was obvious we should all be equal. Although Congress passed the ERA in 1972 and sent it to the states to be ratified, not all of the states appeared to see things the way I did.1  Frighteningly, on March 22, 2017, Nevada became only the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Two more states are needed for it to be included in the Constitution. How is this even possible?  Why are women still waiting to be considered equal?  The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced by Alice Paul, a suffragette, in 1923, not long after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Almost 100 years later, we are still waiting to be guaranteed “equal justice under law.” As of 2016 full-time female employees earned only 80.5 cents on the dollar of what their male counterparts earned. For women of color, the gap was much greater.  If change continues at its current pace, women will have to wait another 41 years to earn what men earn, and the wait will be much longer for women of color. Women have made so many strides towards freedom and equality.  Why are we still having to wait for basic rights in the 21st century?