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Maryland's 1st Annual Statewide Community Re-Entry Symposium

Maryland's 1st Annual Statewide Community Re-Entry Symposium

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On Tuesday, February 28th, Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell of the 44th Legislative District will host Maryland’s First Annual Statewide Community Re-Entry Symposium. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the President’s Conference Center of the Miller Senate Office Building.

 

5 Financial Tips for Single Parents

5 Financial Tips for Single Parents

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 12 million single parents in America. This nation’s almost 10 million single mothers and nearly 2 million single fathers face financial challenges and decisions that most dual-parent families don’t have to consider, or that may not impact them on such a large scale. After all, single parents, often have no other person or income source that they can fall back on, which can create challenges. Single parents should have a plan in place for these possible issues. .

Montgomery County Marks Two Year Anniversary of Green Business Certification Program

Montgomery County Marks Two Year Anniversary of Green Business Certification Program

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Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry

Good News For The Maryland Wine Industry

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Are You A Peacock or a Penguin?

On my trip to visit my daughters recently I took a few different books to read. The one I want to share with you is A Peacock in the Land Of Penguins. I believe everyone experiences a time in their life when they don’t fit in…when they want to stand up for themselves for being different from the rest of the pack. Some of us do, most of us do not.

Although this book focuses on the business world, the information is valuable from a business or personal perspective. When your view differences from others, how do you handle it? Are you confident? Do you stay silent or do you go along with the majority? Are you a peacock in the land of penguins?

Bouncing Back Baby!!

In the past few weeks I have focused on resilience because I know from my studies and working with clients the positive impact it can have on our lives. Below are two more skills that can support you in being more resilient. I believe learning to use these skills will help you recover from setbacks more quickly as well as creating a deeper, richer life.

Control or No Control.  Determine what you have control over and what you do not. On a piece of paper, make two columns. On the left side of the page, write Control and on the right side, Not Under My Control. Ask yourself:  What do I have control over? In that column, write down your answers. For example, you can control the television shows my kids watch, your own attitude, the religion you practice, who you choose to socialize with, and so on.

Key Aspects for Living a More Resilient Life

As promised last time, I want to share some key factors in how to lead a more resilient life. Resilient people think differently. They use a set of skills, whether innate or learned, that allows them to persevere, to manage stress more easily, and to move through failure instead of getting stuck in it. Strengthening your resilience muscle will positively affect the quality of your life. The more you consciously choose to bounce back, the faster you will do so.

Here are a few factors to living a more resilient life: 

1) Have caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family. Relationships that create love and trust and provide positive role models offer encouragement and reassurance to help build a person’s resilience.