Separation?Hmmm?? Communication is Key!

Communication is vital in any connection. Just think about it. In order to know what another is doing or for them to know what you are doing, a line of communication must be maintained.

Communication is vital in any connection. Just think about it. In order to know what another is doing or for them to know what you are doing, a line of communication must be maintained.

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This reminds me of  the old cup and string trick. First there is a medium by which communication is made possible and at least two people on either end. Audible tones are then able to be sent via the cups and string arrangement.

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In much the same fashion an individual has to continue communication with others, whether family or friends. It can be too easy to focus on the job and lose site of the fact that because you are no longer there physically you can be easily forgotten. The old adage of “Out of site out of mind” can quickly be a reality if not defended against.

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Communicating is a sure fire way of maintaining interest. Whether through phone or internet a way can be made.

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Technology today has opened the door for there to be more ways of communicating compared to just the use of the telephone of old days.

Here are just a few:

  1. Emailing friends and family is good way to keep in the know. There is a bit of privacy here along with a chance to write out  any details. This can be handy when handling upcoming engagements that require details. The best advantage it offers is speed. Regular mail can have a serious lag in time which can thwart plans if time sensitive information is needed.
  2. Regular mail is an oldie but goodie trusted system. If time is not important then this is the way to go. Details can be written out and it offers a bit of privacy.
  3. Using social media- This has definitely increased in popularity over the last ten years. This form of communication offers lots of benefits. Not only can a message be sent to one person but several in a group if chosen. This medium allows for pictures and video clips to be sent too. The main advantage here also is the speed at which information can be sent. Almost in realtime friends and love ones can enjoy seeing messages and video clips quickly.
  4. The use of the cell phone. Cell phones as with computers are in just about every home today. This means as technology has grown individuals across the world are more likely to own or have a cell phone. This quickly translates into making a quick call to a friend or family to keep them updated as to “what’s going on in their world!”. The advantage here is that calls can be made quickly.

Of course these are the obvious forms of communication. If any are missed please feel free to add.

So with any separation the challenge is there to maintain as best as possible some normalcy to the situation that affects all involved.

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Communication is definitely a key component in helping all parties achieve that.

Stay tuned for next weeks twist. Should be obvious but most of the time taken for granted!!

Featured image- highlighted on my instagram page.

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Relocating? Don’t fret! Its all in a good plan.

So have you ever had to move away from familiar surroundings due to job related responsibilities?

So have you ever had to move away from familiar surroundings due to job related responsibilities?

I mean having to relocate and leave behind those who are familiar and dear to you.

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Although this may seem far fetch to some, today this is an all too common scenario.

Today, companies are expanding due to business ventures and in some cases require employees to relocate for a bit to ensure the company gets a foot hold wherever they are.

If this is your case don’t fret. Here are a few tips that can help you stay connected and still feel apart of the family.

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In the coming month I will suggest in a four part weekly series ideas to help you feel connected, maintain communication, and keep focus.

Relocating for however long for one can be nerve racking. This can be doubly stressful when family is involved. The pressure is even elevated when there is no plan. Just as with any task or venture a good plan is a must. This is why!

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A good plan covers:

  1. What your dealing with now?
  2. How you plan to address the issue if any?
  3. Where do you plan to go?
  4. How do you plan to achieve the goal?
  5. Who is going to be affected and
  6. When do you accept the decision?

Think of it this way. When a business wants to expand there is much preplanning. A detailed financial analysis is conducted to determine whether the expansion will be worth it. So all associated cost are assessed, a site visit is conducted, and a competitor analysis is reviewed. This of course is just a few of the criteria used to validate the expansion. Every company has its formula.

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Now, in much the same fashion one must conduct this sort of analysis to come up with a plan. One has to:

  1. Determine whether the move will financially increase the position.
  2. Assess all costs associated with the move.
  3. Involve others who have made a similar move to garner related information.
  4. Investigate site to assess any concerns.
  5. What are the native cost of living concerns.

There are of course other questions but these are enough to get the ball rolling in developing a plan.

Spend time with your family or friends and talk about it. Getting all concerns out on the table helps to address any potential issues.

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Remember this is a decision that impacts not only you but others who are tied to you financially. So, being open and honest as well as welcoming all thoughts can make an otherwise stressful event more accepting.

Stay tuned!

 

Photos and gifs courtesy of giphy.

 

 

Is this your Time?

For some this time of year is what they have been waiting for, especially after dealing with the extreme heat and humidity of the summer. The relief of the weather alone can be exciting. 

Is this your time?

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For some, this time of year is what they have been waiting for, especially after dealing with the extreme heat and humidity of the summer. The relief of the weather alone can be exciting.

Others are excited cause this time of year brings special memories. These memories may bring to light special family engagements or unique friendship moments.

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What makes this time of year fun for you? Is it

  • The changing weather. Imagining the cooler nights?
  • Schools back in? Oh Oh, this might or might not be.
  • The changing color of the leaves?
  • The advent of certain professional or amateur competitive sports?
  • The onset of October and pumpkin fever?
  • Certain foods for the time of the year?

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I find it to be an interesting time of the year because of how nature reacts. Have you noticed the trees beginning to shed? What about the leaves? This time of the year reminds me that winter is coming.

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Although I am personally giddy about the previously mentioned list, the chill in the night air lets me know that winter is around the corner. Not that I am excited about winter but the time reminds me that I need to address a few winter prep items.

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  1. Is the car winterized (tires, right fluids)?
  2. Is the yard pretreated against weeds for the upcoming next year?
  3. If you have a home, is it winterized? The furnace working properly? Certain winter foods stored for the times’ bad weather immobilizes you?
  4. Proper winter clothing? Does it need to be addressed?

Is it the same for you? If not please add those things that remind us of this time of year in the comments. Happy Autumn/Fall all!

As a special note, I do not want to be insensitive to those of you who have lost loved ones around this time. Words cannot fully express the sadness of your loss. It is with the utmost respect that I write this.

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Enamored! Really?? It’s a matter of perspective.

It is difficult to be enamored in anything today; especially life. This could easily be the statement made by someone today given the current world conditions. The question is from what perspective is one making the statement?  Is it from a well to do background or from one that is not so great? 

It is difficult to be Enamored in anything today; especially life. This could easily be the statement made by someone today given the current world conditions. The question is, from what perspective is one making the statement?  Is it from a well to do background or from one that is not so great?

Is it from a well to do background? You know, the lifestyle where one practically has anything that is wanted at their fingertips. If it is so desired it will be had. Procuring the funds to have that which is desired is no obstacle.

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The not so great background may come with some challenges. Challenges, where the money to procure things, may not be as available.

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So, Enamored ??.………It depends on your perspective.

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Let’s not think that being in the position of well to do is all that fabulous. It comes with its own challenges.

  • others(family) expecting you to give hand outs because you are in that position
  • hard work to get there??? Do others know about that???
  • the effort spent in maintaining the business(position) against competition, fraud, taxes.

For the not so great background, things may appear more obvious.

  • living from paycheck to paycheck
  • basic health care and sustenance for the family
  • a system that inherently relegates a people to a predetermined lower social position.

As you can see, although the position encompasses different circumstances one can still have an objection.

In the end, one simply has to be an overcomer to be Enamored enamored in anything. Although

different circumstances but in a way, the same, one must overcome a challenge, an

obstacle or anything that may be a mountain. Only then can one be Enamored in the things of this life.

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