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New Jersey in the Rearview Mirror

One week from today I will realize a long-delayed dream of moving away from New Jersey. When I moved here in 2000 from Iowa, it was with the intention of staying at

LifeIsHOTBlog, Brad W. Smith photographer, edge of the ocean along the Jersey shore, hand-printed words in sand Good-bye New Jersey

A fond farewell to a place that has provided more experiences than I ever could have imagined.

least three years, and no more than five. Here it is 13 years and six months later. Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.

I looked forward to the move to New Jersey for a job in New York that I enjoyed – and the cultural diversity and experiences that are only possible when you live in a true melting pot area. If you’ve ever lived in this part of the country, you know what I mean.

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Listening is the Secret to Your Success

We all are taught to read and write, but how many of us were ever taught to listen with more intention than simply being quiet, biding our time until it was our turn to talk?

black man casually dressed, head tilted close to bass neck, plucking near end of fingerboard

By listening intently and encouraging gently, we hear what is being said and establish a rewarding connection.

Listening can be especially hard when we feel we already know the answer, or have other demands pressing down upon us, or just are not interested in the information the other person is intent on sharing.

What if I told you that that listening is the secret to your success? And that you can learn everything you need to know about listening if you only follow three simple rules? Continue reading

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Just For Me-Town

Did you know there’s a town in Colorado called Hotchkiss?  I have no idea how many cities and villages across America are named for people. What intrigues me is not that they’re named for people but the seemingly fanciful idea that we can each have a community that we build, just for us.

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We instinctively come together where we know our need will be met.

I mentioned Monday about taking part in a discussion last Saturday with a group of people who get together every month to talk about a topic of common interest. If you read Jesse Lyn Stoner’s  blog post on Monday, “Why My ‘5 Around’ Group is Important to Me and Why You Should Start One,”  you know that she has a different type of group, one that was created to support each of the members professional and personally.

I can’t claim to have done extensive research on the subject of these communities that come together for a particular purpose, but from the research I have done, I’ve made a few observations. Continue reading

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