Why Successful Women Struggle in Love and 2 Tips to Change all that

Maybe you are a successful career woman who knows her way around the professional world. You are comfortable running a business, leading large groups or employees, and engaging with top notch businessmen and women. In essence, you have your business mastered and you rock it! But…maybe, like so many successful women, you have NOT mastered your love life. Even though you deeply desire that extraordinary love, you find yourself with a string of failed relationships. Are you in the endless cycle of love, then break-up, and then repeat?

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William Ellsworth
When you hate your job

Most of us have experienced periodic moments of not liking our jobs. That is normal and to be expected with the ups and downs of any job. But, did you know the latest Gallup polls indicate that 70% of full time employees in the United States are NOT engaged in their jobs, with many in that 70% actually “hating their jobs.” Talk about an epidemic!

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William Ellsworth
Freedom

Having just celebrated the Fourth of July, Independence and Freedom are still fresh on my mind.

Let’s consider Freedom…the ability and opportunity to live as one chooses—to make choices for oneself.  These choices may surround our laws or our country. But we also have choices about our individual lives-- what we study, our chosen education, and career choices…And the freedom to choose those people we wish to make significant partners. These are choices we make repeatedly throughout our lives. 

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William Ellsworth
Make money doing what you love

For some, this seems utterly unrealistic.  They think that work is purely work and that is how we make a living, and that loving what you do is not a factor in the equation.  WRONG!

Did you know that doing what you love is the very best way to ensure your success and make a quantum leap in earnings? It is true that when doing what you love, you are more eager and resolute about putting in the work, and then, the income follows. The first step is to dig deep and figure out what you love to do. Here’s how:

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William Ellsworth
Does Size Really Matter?

I’m not even going to comment on the age-old question… “Does size matter..” but I will tell you something I know for certain—Height matters!

There is a dramatic shift that happens in a space with an eight foot ceiling versus one with a ten foot ceiling. Have you ever noticed how ceiling height affects you?

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William Ellsworth
Happiness

Happiness…that intangible state of being…What exactly is it…and how do we get it?

Happiness is not a guarantee. It is something we create and maintain. And beyond that, it is most certainly a mindset--it is a choice we make each and every day.

Happiness is not just that elated feeling of bouncing from one joyful moment to the next.  It is more than just a positive feeling.  It is a sense of elation and fulfillment that comes from living a good life that is grounded in meaning and heartfelt satisfaction.

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William Ellsworth
Can a Mentor be the Answer to Your Prayers?

A mentor can be many things. He/she can be a person that you go to for tips to navigate your business, and an adviser or guide to give you support and guidance, knowledge and wisdom so that you can be the best at your profession and create the career you long for.  The biggest benefit of a mentor is that he/she can help you get in the fast track lane to expedite your learning process and career success. 

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Max Johnson
Color Alert

One of my favorite pastimes is to watch the color trends as they emerge, beginning in fashion, and leading to architecture, interior design, and home décor. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2017, and - drum roll please, it is...

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karen otis
Clutter

Do you feel overwhelmed by never-ending clutter? Whether it is a cluttered desk, a cluttered closet, for us gals a cluttered purse, or for any of us a cluttered mind…clutter can inundate and engulf us. It seems to slowly creep into our lives without us even realizing what is happening.  It becomes apparent at certain times like when we are selling or turning in our lease on a car (and trying to clear our stuff out), or digging around in our big fashionista bag for our keys, or when it is nearing tax time and all the receipts and files you need are in cluttered disarray.  You know what I’m talking about...

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karen otis
Perseverance

This week it’s all about PERSEVERANCE, defined as “determined continuation; steady and continued action or belief, especially despite difficulties or setbacks.”  Truthfully, that is a key ingredient to making things happen – making a dream you have into the reality you want. We saw some of that in the Super Bowl last weekend. Though they were seriously falling behind and could have succumbed to defeat, Tom Brady and the Patriots persevered… and succeeded.

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karen otis
How afraid do you get when you hear the word... CHANGE?

Human beings by nature do not particularly like change.  We like to stick to what we know, what is familiar, what we have become comfortable with, and what can be predicted with little to no surprise.  For this reason, we can be resistant to change, and that may very well be at the heart of why New Year’s resolutions don’t typically stick.

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karen otis
Can a building have a personality?

I have often said that buildings have a soul. As architects, we breathe life into the spaces that we design, and from there the building or space interacts with each visitor, creating a memorable and heightened experience.  If buildings have a soul, then it makes sense that their soul has a personality too.  Right?

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karen otis
C-R-E-A-T-E Your Goals

It is almost time to wave goodbye to 2016, and prepare for the adventures of 2017. This is the perfect time to look back and note our accomplishments, our positive outcomes, our disappointments, and our wishes for the New Year. In essence, this is a great time to set new goals for ourselves.

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karen otis
Cool, Calm, and Collected

The holidays tend to be an intense time for most of us.  It might be intense because we have too many events to attend, too many gifts to buy, too much chaos with out of town guests, or consolidated family time. It can be difficult to stay connected to our inner calm and maintain personal peace in the midst of overwhelm. So while the level of activity goes into turbo mode; we need to bring our coping skills into turbo mode as well.

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karen otis
A Life of Passion and Inspiration

The past three weeks have been tremendously somber with the sudden passing of my father, Henry Hirsch. While preparing my eulogy to him, I had such an overwhelming epiphany that I wanted to share it with you. I have always lived my life with a deep-seated need to live life passionately, dedicated to a purpose. After all, it is what my message is all about! But I had always believed that I, myself, was the source of that yearning.

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karen otis
Shhhh! Building Silence into our Lives

The overwhelming overload of information, stimulus, and noise in our lives has become the new normal.  We go through the day hearing our electronics buzz or beep at us, enduring chaos at either work or home, listening to the television spouting news at us, or hearing the roar of a football game…the list is endless. Our lives are filled with tweets, posts, chatter, and chats—NOISE!

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karen otis
Om...

This year, my goal has been to become fully entrenched in my intuition. I am learning everything I can about it…what it is, how to access it, and how to distinguish brain chatter from authentic intuitive thoughts. The key to unlocking that intuition is to quiet the mind, so that the soulful intuition can be heard. That is no easy task!   In that quest, I am engaging in much more meditation, making it a part of my every day.

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karen otis
Retreat...Sanctuary...Haven

As I am preparing for the 2016 “Be The Architect Of Your Life” Retreat scheduled for this coming weekend, I have been thinking about what “retreat” really means. As defined, a retreat is a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax. It is a serene space of sanctuary and an emotionally healing haven.

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karen otis
Building a Bridge of Forgiveness

This month we recognize Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for the Jewish religion.  As the most holy of days, it guides us to ask God for forgiveness for our sins. And, in so doing, we ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt.  We have come to understand the profound benefits of forgiveness to our own mind and body health.  Harboring resentment, anger, and hurt eats away at our hearts. It builds negativity, fuels fury, and constricts us. 

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karen otis
Find Your Niche

Niches are a wonderful way to showcase beautiful objects, whether they are pottery, vases, crystals and fossils, sculptures, or other decor. It can be even more visible and striking by adding lighting above to dramatically accent the piece.
Rather than grouping too many objects which then resembles clutter, the niche approach enhances the piece, brings attention to its beauty, and adds a sense of preciousness. I love placing artistic colored glass objects because they reflect the light in a stunning way.

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karen otis