Posts tagged North Carolina

7 tips for growing your professional network and skills

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How do you avoid becoming complacent in your professional life? In this blog, I offer seven tips for keeping your skills fresh and demonstrating your value in this still uncertain and very competitive job market.
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To what degree does our environment define our identity?

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Four months into my new life in North Carolina, I have been pondering a question — does where we live define us? To what degree are we a product of where we are from?

Embrace new life and work experiences — even miserable snow

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These five months since I quit my job, traveled across the country and moved to North Carolina, I’ve thrived in the newness — whether treading through the snow, making a wrong turn on unfamiliar streets, or developing new professional contacts. With regret, I now realize that during much of the last decade and a half, I failed to embrace all sorts of potential new experiences. What’s it going to take to rouse you out of your routine? How much change do you need?

Always be networking — in person and on social media

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In the 1992 movie “Glengarry Glen Ross,” actor Alec Baldwin's character Blake, as he pushes his salesmen to boost sales, insisted that they “Always Be Closing.” I think the crucial directive among professionals should instead be “Always Be Networking.”

Using a sabbatical to rediscover a bargain

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During the last decade and a half of crazy-long work days, I missed out on much — time with family and friends, time for relaxation and hobbies, time for introspection. Until my current sabbatical, it had not occurred to me that I had neglected yet another joy — a free public service and one of the greatest institutions of a civilized society.

The journey to a new life is fraught with bumps

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The journey to a new life is not straight, especially emotionally. On Day 5 of my cross-country trip to my new life and career in North Carolina, I felt exhilarated to the degree of "pinch me, I'm dreaming."

Bad drivers, horrendous singing & an 80th birthday

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On this, only my second day of my cross-country journey to a new life in North Carolina, I already have learned a few things — about bad drivers and my own singing that stings my ears — and I reaffirmed my decision to quit my job for this self-funded sabbatical.

Exotic foreign travel or summer family vacation stateside?

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Most of us at some point feel the lure of foreign travel. But I was reminded last week while sharing with lifelong friends an oceanfront beach house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks of the value of another kind of vacation — simple times with friends and family, playing cards, swimming in the ocean, enjoying good wine and food, laughing over childhood memories, and relaxing in front of a beach bonfire as the sound of the crashing waves makes all seem right in the world.

At long last, learning to appreciate wine

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A month ago, at age 46, I uncorked my first bottle of wine. As an adult, I had always stuck to beer. As my 30s eased into my 40s, my beverage of choice became a point of consternation with some of my girlfriends. Thanks to the tutelage of patient friends, I'm happy to report that I have developed a friendship with wine and more recently, also with mead.

Vacationing in Carolina offers dogwoods, sweet tea & smiles

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As I settle into vacation mode here in North Carolina, I want to share some of my favorite things about the Tar Heel State. For starters, you have real pre-sweetened tea, equally sugary sweet Southern drawls welcoming you, cole slaw and blooming dogwoods.
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