Air Travel Made Easy: 10 Ways to Avoid Disaster and Plan the Perfect Trip

 Air Travel Made Easy: 10 Ways to Avoid Disaster and Plan the Perfect Trip

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

Travel can expose us to different cultures, diverse styles of dress, beautiful sights, new and cherished relationships, and tantalizing foods! But for many, the mere thought of pulling out luggage, braving the airport, and surviving hours flying at 30,000 feet in a cattle car leaves them panicked.

Whether you are preparing for a family vacation, a bucket list adventure, a search for warmer climate, or a business trip—air travel can be daunting. What makes the difference? Preparation. Here are 10 tips for making your journey a smooth and smart experience.Continue reading

How to Maintain Your Cool When a Conversation Gets Hot

How to Maintain Your Cool When a Conversation Gets Hot

Conversation is challenging enough at times.  When it gets heated, conversation can seem impossible. While some double-down and dig in, others back up and exit—perhaps not physically, but emotionally.  When emotionally charged, increased cortisol levels make you more reactive and sensitive, and decreased oxytocin diminishes your ability to trust others. While you may be able to control your words, your tone of voice and body language will always reveal your true feelings.

Meaningful relationships require honest, respectful conversation.  Words matter; they have the power to bind us or divide us.  So, how do you respectfully converse with someone who strongly holds an opposing belief? What can you do when disagreement arises and a conversation heats up?Continue reading

Traveling By Air With Young Children

Traveling By Air With Young Children

Air travel spells S-T-R-E-S-S by most everyone that flies today. The planning, packing, check-in, security, boarding, delays, and baggage can tire even the most seasoned traveler, add traveling with children, and the stress escalates.   Sandi Galloway, an Associate with Final Touch Finishing School, has spent much of her adult life intimately involved with the airline industry. Here are her suggestions to make flying with children less stressful and safe.Continue reading

The Exhausting Pursuit of Perfection

The Exhausting Pursuit of Perfection

I am a recovering perfectionist. While some perfectionists feel pushed toward their goals, my inner critic kept me paralyzed in the land of ‘someday’. Someday, I will achieve mastery and be able to deliver a flawless performance. I embraced the saying, ‘practice makes perfect’, and was frozen in endless learning and rehearsal. After years of working with people I realized that I am not the only member of this club.  Continue reading

The Cost of Incivility

The Cost of Incivility

The cry for civility is sweeping our land—due in part to acts of incivility played out hourly on television, in sports, online, and in our government. These uncivil acts spread like wildfire through social media, repeated again and again until they are seared into our memory. Even when apologies have been delivered and accepted, the tarnished reputation of the offender may never fully recover. Continue reading