Rules to Negotiating

Whether you’re in the corporate world, working with a small business or freelancing, the time comes when ambitious workers desire to grow in their industry. Growth can look like a raise, a promotion or change in title. Whatever the desire is, preparation and confidence are key. Here’s how to professionally get what you want without selling yourself short.

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Major Key: Manage Your Time!

For those of us who have ever interviewed for any kind of position you’ve probably been asked about your time management skills. Are you able to plan out your day accordingly and do what needs to be done in a timely manner? Deadlines come at you fast and it’s important in any industry to be mindful of your time and not be responsible for wasting other’s. If you need a little boost in the productivity department, check out these tips for managing your time wisely. 

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Overcoming Naysayers and Negative Nancies

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. A girl who has something going for herself is always going to have to deal with a pack of people who “throw shade” or hate on her endeavors. Naysayers and negative people exist all around. They can be random trolls on the internet or the people we think are closest to us. It can be disheartening for anyone to try to crush our dreams, but there’s a way to properly handle yourself when negativity invites itself in your life. Read on to find out how to stand firm in your purpose.  

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TURN YOUR LIFE UP A NOTCH

Those aren’t the kind of internal conversations I want to be having with myself years down the line, so I make decisions every day to step out of the familiarity that is the “comfort zone”. The comfort zone is just that, comfortable. It doesn’t feel too hard, it allows us to coast through life without many failures and  without much pain, but in the end, it’s gotten us nowhere. A life full of regret and untapped potential is what the person who lives in their comfort zone has to look forward to.

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Spring Cleaning: Declutter Your Life

It’s been said time and time again how stress is a silent killer and one of the causes of stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed. That emotion can creep up when our lives are cluttered with literal junk or even when our minds are consumed with internal chaos. When that happens, it’s time to take the steps to de-clutter and free up some space in your life, learn how…

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#DeathtoFear

Fear is one of those experiences that every one of us is familiar with. We may not have all of the same phobias or handle them alike, but they can be crippling to our development if we don’t face them and attempt to overcome. If you’re unsure of how to start your journey of ridding yourself from the stagnancy of fear, try these five steps.

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Erikka Simpson
Wait For it

While it’s true that some good things do come when waiting, it’s also true that you get them even faster when you go after what you want. Take control of your professional career by taking the steps to make yourself more well versed through classes, workshops, conferences, and other forms of professional development. Take it one step further by convincing your company to sponsor your efforts; here’s how.

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Erikka Simpson
4 Ways Storms benefit our lives

or as long as we live, storms are going to come. Some hit harder than others and some we may never truly understand why they landed in our lives. They may force us to be still and endure while others require us to fight and come out stronger for the next battle ahead. The important thing to remember is that every storm serves a purpose and some leave bigger blessings than messes. 

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HOW TO END SELF-PITY

 A pity party is the one event that no one needs an invitation to. It has to propensity to sneak up on us all at some point in life but it’s not a party you want to make a habit of attending. It’s time to face self-pity head on by dealing with the blows life tends to throw. Here are a few ways to train your mind to stay ready when negativity comes knocking. 

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Confident Women...

“Her confidence is crazy!” When you read that statement I bet someone specific came to mind. Who did you think of, your mom? Your favorite political activist, actress, artist? Did you think of yourself? The confident woman is one who cannot be looked over. There’s something about their presence that exudes ‘#Goals’. Although we should try our best not to compare ourselves to others, sometimes it’s helpful to adopt similar habits of the people we admire in order to become our best selves. Here are 7 of those habits that come with a confident woman:

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Protecting Your Peace

"Ships don't sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them." You have to protect your peace and take care of your emotional energy. If you're taking on all this extra drama, you're not going to have the emotional energy you need for your dreams, for your family, and for your assignment

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How To Be A Successful Introvert

It’s no secret that our world shines the brightest spotlight on those who actively seek after it: the performers, the athletic competitors, the politicians, and the list goes on. It’s up to the “introverted” individuals to either wait to be discovered or continue to only dream about their ideal careers or truly connecting with their outgoing friends. Thankfully, the internet and life has an answer for everything and there are a few helpful tips for the introvert who wants to succeed in an extrovert’s world. Here a few of my favorites: 

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Collaboration Over Competition

Be too busy watering your own grass that you don’t have time to compete with others.” Don’t get me wrong, competition is exciting; especially when it’s had in a healthy manner. For some, it makes you rise to the occasion and learn things about yourself that you may not have uncovered otherwise. Instead of competing with everyone around you, try teaming up and using your gifts in conjunction with theirs.

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