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Overloaded and Out of Energy

It happens, and in our culture many employers reward the uber-busy. It is commonplace to brag about getting no sleep, not being able to exercise or go to a doctor’s appointment. But what are you really saying?
I am too busy to take care of myself.
I am too busy to be creative. (because that skill is wiped out when we are over tired.)
Too busy to WORK SMART.

Take a look at your priorities. Try for a balance. Take time out to walk, decompress, step away from your computer. Burn Out makes everything stop. So pace yourself and take time out for YOU!

I Choose To Be Happy, Lizzie Velasquez

This powerful message is given by Lizzie on kindness, acceptance and staying true to yourself. She speaks about bullying and has been called many names, among them “The World’s Ugliest Women”.  She has a nutritional disorder that stops her from gaining weight, so she looks different, different enough that she has experienced cruelty first hand. Her strength and perseverance shine through in this TED talk. Take a Look.  (12 min.)

“Every nasty comment motivates me to work even harder. They are not going to define me, they are not going to win.”  – Lizzie

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20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

yes there are 20, but here are a couple to motivate you to read the full article – -

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.

4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.

14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.

20. You are happy.

I’d say, “You Choose Happy” but this isn’t my article!
I’d like to complement the author, Carol Morgan, on a great list – I got something out of each one… which will provoke more thoughts and conversations. Now, go read all twenty!

Wanderlust through the Banjo in China

An inspired story about the BANJO, China and the story everyone has to tell. This TED talk, will wake up your imagination and joy of coming home or finding a new place: Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations … by banjo  It all starts with Doc Watson and Shady Grove.
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations — until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she’s formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Our Military Heroes – Happy 4th of July, America!

Learn more about these great exhibitions, web sites and the history of our military service that keeps the USA safe and proud.

Soldiers to Summits – This climbing expedition is designed to help wounded veterans overcome barriers in their lives. This year, the expedition will take place on Mt. Whitney. Located in California, it is the tallest peak in the contiguous U.S. with a top elevation of over 14,000 feet (the exact height varies depending on how it’s measured). Visit their website to learn how you can get involved.
Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse, How the Military Shaped San Diego Exhibit – This exhibit runs from April 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015. There are several special events this July, with speakers.
“It was an honor to be one of the first to see this exhibit and its fantastic documentation of the long standing tie between San Diego and our military,” said Captain Curt Jones, commanding officer, 32nd Street Naval Base San Diego.
Blue Star Moms & Blue Star Mothers Blue Star Mothers FaceBook here, a discussion of issues to military families, Moms in uniform and more. Blue Star Moms have chapters all over the USA, and provide support and service to our military.
There are also often campaigns to send postcards and letters to our Active Duty soldiers. It is a wonderful thing to do as a team (gather postcards) and sending an encouraging word is wonderful to receive. Look at all these bundles of postcards on their way to remote spots overseas.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of America’s wartime veterans. VHP relies on volunteers(both individuals and organizations) throughout the nation to contribute veterans’ stories to VHP. In addition to audio- and video-recorded interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from World War I to the present. For more information or to learn how you can participate, visit the Veterans History Project website. There is no deadline for participation.
Fourth of July
Did YOU Know?? 
When the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain. By the following year, hostility toward Great Britain had grown along with the desire for an independent country.
On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, Congress signed and adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the United States has celebrated the Fourth of July every year since (Independence Day was officially declared a holiday in 1941).
Since 1776, millions of men and women have fought in multiple wars and served in peacetime to protect the United States and keep that independence.
There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. 9.2 million Veterans are over the age of 65 and 1.9 million are under the age of 35. 1.8 million Veterans are women. Five states have veteran populations over 1 million: California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. (Information in this section was collected from
As we celebrate Independence Day this month, thank a veteran, active military member and military family members for all he or she has done to keep the United States “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Did You Know?
  • In the Roman calendar July was originally called Quintillis, meaning fifth, because it was the fifth month. However, Julius Caesar added two months at the start of the year, and July became the seventh month. It was then named after Julius Caesar.
  • George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence; he was in New York City with his troops on July 4, 1776. John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4 events in protest.
  • In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to later serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the declaration.
  • A women’s rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848. Topics discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women’s rights movement in the U.S.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1964, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership and voter registration.
  • The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.
  • The famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place on the Fourth of July at Nathan’s flagship restaurant on Coney Island. It has been held every year since 1916, except 1941, as a protest to the war in Europe and 1971 as a protest to civil unrest and the reign of free love.


mise-en-place, yes, Everything in its Place!

This is a great article, easy to get the gist of it – just from the title. But really, how many of us do this? Setting your intention is done is yoga & meditation, is that similar for you? You may be doing a form of this, a way to organize and prioritize. That’s the point – It’s not just for chefs!

Read More. (in the Harvard Business Review…. read the extensive comments / conversations that follow the article, also enlightening.)

The “Meez,” as professionals call it, translates into “everything in its place.” In practice, it involves studying a recipe, thinking through the tools and equipment you will need, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you begin. It is the planning phase of every meal—the moment when chefs evaluate the totality of what they are trying to achieve and create an action plan for the meal ahead.  – Ron Friedman 


Visual Aid: Tips for Running Effective Meetings

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REALLY NICE JOB Jeevan Varughese Cheat sheet for an effective meeting.

A salute to our heroes!

Support veterans and current military members with a letter writing event!  You can do this as a team event in your company.

Sequoia Vets Memorial 

Let’s honor our military members and thank them for their service! Think about what our veterans do for the USA-it’s not just for July 4th, Veteran’s days, or Memorial days. Veteran’s work with us and bring teamwork and hard work skills to any job!

July Days to Celebrate

Each Day listed below, can be the spring board to a fun employee celebration. This is a great time for a picnic, Popsicles at work, or some patriotic music to “wake up” your first team meeting of July 4. (Are you thinking Chili? In many communities, Chili Cook Offs happen in July on Independence day! And BBQs are the most fun summertime event for a group.)

These team building events are so important. Make sure to plan ahead AND announce the event so that your team has something to look forward to and can participate.  And there are MONTH LONG events too.


1 Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
2 World UFO Day (and also June 24!)

3 National Chocolate Wafer Day

4 Independence Day!

4 National Country Music Day

5 Workaholics Day

6 National Fried Chicken Day

7 National Strawberry Sundae Day

8 Video Games Day

9 National Sugar Cookie Day
10 Howard Hughes sets a new record, in 1938, by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.
11 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, is born in 1843, an American-English painter (d. 1903)
12 Bill Cosby, American comedian, actor, producer, and author is born in 1937

13 National Ice Cream Day – YUM!!

14  Bastille Day, French national holiday celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution

15 National Tapioca Pudding Day  & Gummy Worm Day

16  Father Junipero Serra founds California’s first mission, in San Diego 1769

17 National Peach Ice Cream Day  & Disneyland opens in 1955 in Anaheim, CA

18  Cow Appreciation Day

19  Stick your Tongue Out Day

20 National Lollipop Day

21 National Crème Brulee Day
22 Born Today: actors Terrence Stamp (1939) and Danny Glover (1946)

23 The edible Ice Cream Cone makes its debut in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest Hamwi in 1904  (Patent 1,342,045 issued June 1, 1920)

24  Amelia Earhart Day

25 National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
26 Born Today, actor Kevin Spacey (1959)
27 Finland celebrates National Sleepyhead Day

28 National Milk Chocolate Day

29 National Lasagna Day

30 National Cheesecake Day

31 Parent’s Day

Fourth of JulyJULY Month-long celebrations! Some things cannot be done in a day!

June Days to Celebrate are Here!
August Days to Celebrate are Here!

TED Talks – a Collection of Inspired Talks

There is such a diversity of ideas and thought-provoking ideas. These short youTubes will knock your socks off! (Click on the name to go to the YouTube link.)

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shape who you are
Body language affects how other people see us. Changing to a powerful body posture can change your performance, your ability with more confidence and your brain chemistry.

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
What is it like to raise a child different from you?

Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
Using a thesaurus to understand our culture’s definition of Disabled and synonyms like useless and mutilated. Aimee is out to redefine the word. The human ability to adapt to adversity, is discussed as Aimee (with prosthetics) takes the responsibility to meet adversity …. Well! She is equipped to adapt.

Alain de Botton: A kinder gentler philosophy of success
examining the idea of success and failure. Is success always earned? Is failure?

Alan Iny: Reigniting creativity in business
It’s a paradox. Creativity is essential, to business and competition, but  is often lacking.

Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media
In 4 fast moving minutes, Alexis tells the tale of Reddit, Mr. Splashy Pants a humpback whale and GreenPeace, using social media and meme-makers in our online world.

What is it like to raise a child who’s different from you in some fundamental way?

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When was the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 minutes. Being mindful staying in the present.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
Teaching math to 7th graders in NY, she realizes that IQ isn’t the best predictor of success.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we have it all?
Public policy can lead to more equality for women and all of us.

Ben Saunders: Why Bother leaving the House?
Explorer Ben wlks from the top of the earth to the South Pole and back again.