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Yes, You Should Still Take a Vacation

By Shira Miller | July 14, 2020 |

Remember the “what I did over summer break” essay that was required when returning to elementary school each year? Even when my family couldn’t afford to travel, it felt good recounting all the stuff I did outside of the classroom – like riding my bicycle for miles around the streets of Columbia, South Carolina each…

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Leverage your childhood dreams to build a fulfilling career

By Shira Miller | June 19, 2020 |

As a kid, did you dream about playing professional sports, becoming a rock star, saving lives or boldly going where no one has gone before? The truth is that nearly 8 in 10 adults did not realize their childhood aspirations for one reason or another. However, you can still draw upon those feelings of excitement and…

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Facing hard times? Use visualization to claim more hope about your career

By Shira Miller | April 21, 2020 |

Right now, it feels like the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. Taken a detour into crazy town. Is headed up sh*t creek without a paddle. Whatever idiom you choose, the point is that we are living in some hard times with the spread of COVID-19. Just about everyone I know has…

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Four Lessons I Learned About Exercising at Home

By Shira Miller | March 30, 2020 |

Social butterfly. Outgoing. Gregarious. Sure, multiple elementary school teachers used those terms on report cards to let my parents know I talked too much in class. However you describe it, I am a hard-core extrovert. So when I first started embracing fitness back in the early 1990’s, exercising with others was part of the draw.…

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This one practice will help you become a better leader

By Shira Miller | January 16, 2020 |

If you tallied up the number of current websites, books, articles, webinars and conferences out there that focus on developing your leadership skills, it’s going to be a huge number. I bet it is somewhere north of the amount of U.S. adults who are video gamers (164 million), but less than the entire population of…

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Want to crush 2020? Here are 3 things you should stop doing

By Shira Miller | January 2, 2020 |

  Drum roll, please…we’ve just started a new year and decade all at once. After binging vintage videos of Barbara Walters saying “this is 2020” and perusing inspiring messages on social, chances are good you’ve thought about setting goals and resolutions. After all, 40% of Americans do just that each year. But if you really…

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6 things I learned from doing my first TEDx talk

By Shira Miller | November 5, 2019 |

I’m a big believer in having a Bucket List – you know, that list of meaningful accomplishments or fun activities you want to experience before dying one day, hopefully in the distant future. While some people might aspire to go skydiving or hike the Himalayas, one of my bucket list items has been giving a…

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4 Steps to Infuse Your Life with More Authentic Positivity

By Shira Miller | October 10, 2019 |

Do you call yourself the voice of reason when everyone else is getting excited about a new opportunity or project? Get filled with pride at playing devil’s advocate or brag on your social feeds about always keeping it real, even if that often means being the “Debbie Downer” in the crowd? Being honest and engaging…

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3 Ways to use music to boost your creativity, productivity and focus

By Shira Miller | September 25, 2019 |

Looking for a jolt of inspiration? A creative recharge or a way to focus your thoughts? Check out the sound of music. Nope, I don’t mean the Academy Award-winning Julie Andrews flick from the 1960’s, though it is kind of fun to sing loudly about the hills being alive and all of that. I’m talking…

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Dealing with a career or life detour? Practicing self-compassion makes a difference

By Shira Miller | September 10, 2019 |

We have all heard the phrase “nothing ever goes as planned.” When the rock group Styx wrote a song about it, they claimed it was hell of a notion. Countless memes feature quotes from world leaders, professors, inventors and writers waxing poetic about plans that didn’t work out getting you to where life intended. But…

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