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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Colossal’ exposes the beauty – and the beast – of the inner self

‘Colossal’ exposes the beauty – and the beast – of the inner self

“Colossal” (2017). Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheramy, Nathan Ellison, Sarah Surh, Haeun Hannah Cho. Director: Nacho Vigalondo. Screenplay: Nacho Vigalondo. Web site. Trailer.

Ever feel like you’ve unwittingly projected something of yourself out onto the world? That might not be so bad if it’s something benevolent. But what if it’s resulted in something positively monstrous? That’s the uncomfortable realization faced by a shocked young protagonist in the new sci-fi comedy, “Colossal.”

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Gifted’ shows us the path to balance

‘Gifted’ shows us the path to balance

“Gifted” (2017). Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, John M. Jackson, Glenn Plummer, John Finn, Elizabeth Marvel, Jon Sklaroff, Michael Randall Kaplan, Keir O’Donnell, Joe Chrest, Kelly Collins Lintz. Director: Marc Webb. Screenplay: Tom Flynn. Web site. Trailer.

What does it mean to be a kid? That can be a precarious proposition, especially these days. But what happens when you’re a child with special talents, such as phenomenal intelligence or extreme aptitude for a particular skill or ability? That can complicate matters even further, especially when you’re caught up between competing forces that each contend they have “your” best interests at heart. Those are the dynamics at work in the thoughtful new family saga, “Gifted.”

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Success | 0 comments

Keep On Changing: Part Five of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Keep On Changing: Part Five of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

There’s no such thing as standing still anymore. The world is changing fast. Reinvention never stops. Updating your personal brand and your expert platform never ends.

You are never too old to reinvent yourself. One of the people who made a huge impact on my life was my high school history teacher, Mr. G. He wasn’t the average teacher. He had attended—and dropped out of—that same high school when he was a teenager. He enlisted in the army and retired with the rank of colonel. Then he took the GI benefits and went to college to become a teacher. And just like that old Welcome Back Kotter TV show, Mr. G. came back to the same school where he’d been a drop-out to teach and inspire a new generation.

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Retirement | 0 comments

Living, Retiring, And Investing In The Dominican Republic

Living, Retiring, And Investing In The Dominican Republic

I’ve been watching the Dominican Republic for more than a decade, waiting for the time to place it on our short list of the world’s top havens.

At last, I believe this Caribbean nation’s time has come.

With a stable government and a steady economy that grew by 7% in 2015, the Dominican Republic is ripe and ready for expats, retirees, and investors looking for a safe and affordable option in the Caribbean.

What makes the DR so attractive right now? I put it down to these five things:

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Success | 0 comments

Live the Change Consistently: Part Four of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Live the Change Consistently: Part Four of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

How do you prove your Fresh Start Success is the real deal? Consistency. Show us day-in and day-out that you’re who you say you are and that you’re making steady progress on your Fresh Start Success goals.

That’s why it’s so important to be consistent, both in how frequently you post on social media and in what you say. Let me break those two ideas down because they’re related and important.

No one likes to be stood up for an appointment. That’s what it feels like when someone who is interested in learning more about you, going deeper into your content, or connecting with you personally, goes to your Facebook page or your blog and finds out you haven’t been there in months. They made the effort to show up—and you’ve got to show up, too.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Money & Finances, Money Mindset | 1 comment

Don’t Make These Three IRA Mistakes

Don’t Make These Three IRA Mistakes

I opened my first Individual Retirement Account (IRA) when I was in my twenties. I realize I’m going to date myself, but it was back when interest rates were double digits. I still recall how excited my husband and I were when we each invested $2,000 into our IRAs.

A traditional IRA is basically an account that allows you to set funds away for retirement while the money grows tax-deferred, meaning you won’t have to pay income taxes on it until you take it out. If you qualify, you can deduct that investment from your income on your tax return. It’s a pretty cool deal – especially if you start saving when you are very young.

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Success | 0 comments

Demonstrate the Change: Part Three of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Demonstrate the Change: Part Three of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Start to live your Fresh Start Success in public. Go to networking events in your field and introduce yourself with your new specialty (and your new business card). Join the professional associations and business groups for your type of business. It will feel strange at first, especially if you spent many years in your former role and your old position was a big part of your personal identity. But as you slip into this new person you’re becoming, repetition will make it easier to represent your new self to others (and see yourself in a new light).

Make sure your online persona matches your reinvention. Do you have a website for your new business? How does it represent you and what you offer? Have you updated your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles to accurately reflect who you are now and what you’re doing?

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Contributing Expert, Mindset, Success | 0 comments

Do You Enjoy Confidence and Ease in This Most Crucial Skill?

Do You Enjoy Confidence and Ease in This Most Crucial Skill?

It has long been my contention that everything is based on relationship.

On a personal level, we prefer to spend time with those whom we like (or love).

On a professional level, we prefer to be in business, and do business, with people we know, like and trust. In fact, those three words, know, like and trust, are so vital to building strong business relationships that they have become a cliche in the marketing world.

So how do you create the relationships that result in know, like and trust?

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Money & Finances, Money Mindset | 0 comments

3 Steps to Transform Your Beliefs About Money

3 Steps to Transform Your Beliefs About Money

Several years ago, I was interviewed by Lorwai Lan, the brilliant radio show host of Your Money and Your Mindset. My topic was It’s Never Too Late to Become a Midlife Millionaire. I later discovered that this interview was the top downloaded podcast on the CEM network with over 30,000 downloads. You can access it by clicking here.

One of the things I discuss is mindset. The idea of mindset is so important because unless you have a healthy relationship with money, no matter how much you earn or have, you will never be able to keep it, grow it, or feel secure and joyful about it. This is why 70% of lottery winners squander away their winnings within a few years. We have all heard these stories and think, “I’d never do that!” Oh really?

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Mindset, Success | 0 comments

Communicate the Change: Part Two of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Communicate the Change: Part Two of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

So you’ve picked your destination. Great! Now, it’s time to shift people’s perception of who they think you are. That’s important, because if they don’t know you’ve made a change or can’t see you in a different light, they can’t help you succeed.

There’s a reason for stereotypes and pigeon-holes. They are ways our brains create a filing system and know where to put people in our mental map of the me-centered universe. ‘Bob the accountant’, ‘Jane the teacher’, ‘Bill the dentist’, ‘Anna the engineer’—these are all short, easy ways we keep straight all the hundreds of people we meet and know. Stereotypes come in when we create a one-size-fits-all description of what someone who is in a certain job or profession is like. ‘Accountants are risk-averse and detailed-oriented’ or ‘IT people like to solve problems and are introverts’—you probably could fill a page with your own version of professional stereotypes if you gave it some thought.

Have you ever considered how the people you know have already pigeon-holed and stereotyped you?

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Mind, Body & Spirit, Smart Women Tips | 0 comments

More Abundance

More Abundance

Everyone wants more abundance because it implies an infinite connection with the “good” aspects of the universe. For those who have ample abundance, there are dreams of love, better health, or a different way of life. Ultimately, it’s the same vision but slightly different.

Abundance is a frequency. It’s much like tapping into a radio station, a particular band of energy. As with the radio, you have to know the “number” or feeling of the frequency to locate it. You also have to search for it and tune into it. We identify the right frequency by listening to the “sound” for a moment or two.

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Money & Finances, Money Mindset, Retirement | 0 comments

Are You Confident About Retirement?

Are You Confident About Retirement?

My husband and I recently met with our financial planner, John Steves.  He is my fabulous former partner at Ameriprise.  Yes, even though I am a Certified Financial Planner, I still have my own advisor. It keeps my husband and me disciplined.  Besides, I am a ‘big picture’ person, and John is a ‘detail’ person who does the number-crunching and also has his ears and eyes on the market daily.

Having a trusted adviser is one of the very best gifts you can give to yourself.  I can assist you with the big picture, the discovery process, and help you create a game plan. However, you also want someone to run your financial plan, looking at every area of your financial life, including what would happen if you died prematurely or couldn’t do what you do anymore.  Too often I hear of advisers just looking at the investments or just the insurance.  True financial planning includes six areas of your life:

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Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Success | 0 comments

Identify the Change: Part One of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Identify the Change: Part One of Five Steps to Fresh Start Success

Realize that ‘marketing’ is actually a different way of saying ‘communication’. When we say ‘marketing’, we’re covering a wide range of activities that can include: social media, newsletters, in-person conversations, networking (in-person or online), speaking to groups, direct mail, traditional advertising, public relations, video, and more.

What’s essential is that you find a way to do two very important things: Redefine yourself to the world; and Create a personal brand to stand out and be remembered. Creating a personal brand will take you a long way toward getting colleagues, customers and the media to see you in a new light.

So how do you do it? Glad you asked!

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 1 comment

Creating More Blessings

Creating More Blessings

It’s interesting to note that it is possible to expand your blessings by altering the flow of your mind. When you learn to focus on universal connection, the direction of life often changes.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Imagine blessings as a gentle, soft wind. If you stand in the wind, it lifts your hair, brings warmth, and makes delightful sounds. Imagine this as an energy, which you can feel and touch. It is moving gently through your life, and you receive its loveliness. (In general, people tend anticipate or feel anxiety about future. In this case, you are simply receiving.)
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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert | 0 comments

Are You Referral Ready?

Are You Referral Ready?

It is a commonly understood truth in business that the best prospective client or customer is a person who has been referred to you by someone who is a trusted advisor and resource.

Prospects who are referred to you by someone they trust come with two singular benefits to you:

  1. They are already interested in your product or service, or they wouldn’t have asked for a referral.
  2. They are predisposed to like and trust you, based on their respect for the person who gave them your name as a reference.
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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired | 0 comments

Reinvent, Grow, Repeat

Reinvent, Grow, Repeat

Career success is all about reinvention, which creates your personal branding and expert platform.

But here’s a secret: you don’t always get reinvention—or branding—right on the first try.

Gail’s friend Alex learned this lesson from a golden retriever named Ralph.

Alex lived in a nice suburban neighborhood, and when he let Ralph out in the morning, Ralph would jump the fence and not come back until he had retrieved all of the neighbors’ newspapers. That was cute the first time, but pretty soon, it got to be a problem. As fond as Alex was of Ralph, he thought maybe Ralph would do better with a little more room to roam.

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

“A United Kingdom” (2016 production, 2017 release). Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Anastasia Hille, Arnold Oceng, Charlotte Hope, Theo Landey, Abena Ayvior, Jack Lowden, Madison Manowe. Director: Amma Asante. Screenplay: Guy Hibbert. Web site. Trailer.

The power of love is undeniable. In fact, when employed skillfully, it can work wonders, not only in interpersonal relationships, but also in circumstances that have wider ramifications, some of which may be unforeseen at the outset. That’s the surprising and amazing outcome for a romance once considered taboo, one even with international implications, as depicted in the new historical love story, “A United Kingdom.”

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

String Theory & Music

String Theory & Music

The Universe as a Symphony of Strings

What do Fifth Century B.C. Pythagoreans have in common with modern state-of-the art cosmologists & physicists? In a word – strings! For the ancient Greek Pythagoreans it was the lyre string; modern scientists postulate infinitesimally small strings as the ultimate building blocks of the universe.

The Greeks found that the tone of a plucked lyre string corresponded to its length. Changing the length of the vibrating string changed the tone in a precise way; double the length and the tone goes down by a full octave; reduce the length by two-thirds, the note changes by a fifth. The laws of music and harmonics are discovered and reduced to mathematics. The Pythagoreans believe everything is based on music and math.

The Pythagoreans extended this thinking in attempt to explain the entire universe. They partially succeeded but ultimately failed in their attempts.

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Mindset, Success | 1 comment

Change is Uncomfortable

Change is Uncomfortable

Every time we tell an audience that “change is uncomfortable,” Gail thinks of the parakeet her friend Lorraine used to own. Lorraine’s parakeet was very tame. She would let it out of its cage, and it could fly around the house. One day, the parakeet landed on the floor in the middle of the kitchen. Lorraine’s springer spaniel swallowed the bird in one gulp.

In the next instant, Lorraine’s teenage son dove across the kitchen and tackled the dog, giving it the Heimlich Maneuver. Up came the parakeet—alive and unhurt—but looking rather bedraggled and confused.

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Retirement | 0 comments

The 2 Biggest Concerns Retirees Have Before Living Overseas

The 2 Biggest Concerns Retirees Have Before Living Overseas

Two Biggest Worries Living Overseas

The Forbes reporter who interviewed me this week wanted me to give it to him straight.

“Living or retiring overseas,” he began, “is an exciting idea on the surface… but there must be downsides.

“What are the biggest concerns people have after making a move to another country, once the honeymoon is over?” he wanted to know.

“I can think of two,” I told him…

The first big-deal distress that can take hold after settling into a new home in a foreign place is missing family and friends, especially children and grandchildren, back in the place where you came from.

If you’re used to being a regular part of your grandkids’ lives, breaking that connection will hurt.

You have more good options for addressing this risk today than ever. FaceTime, Skype, and video chat technology make it possible to “see” your kids and grandkids everyday if you want.

Of course, FaceTiming with your 4-year-old grandson is not the same as bouncing him on your knee, but it can make the separation easier to deal with.

If you have children or grandchildren in your life who you want to keep in your life after you’ve relocated your life to a new country, make sure you include a generous travel allotment in your budget. Build in the cost of visiting them and of having them come to visit you and then make those visits count.

What a great opportunity for your grandchild to spend two months each summer with

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Business & Marketing, Business Mindset, Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Success | 0 comments

Do You Stay Calm While Waiting to Speak?

Do You Stay Calm While Waiting to Speak?

Recently one of my newer clients asked me for advice on how to stay calm at an up-coming event, when she had to sit through another person’s talk before giving her own business presentation.

Since she already struggles with nerves and a shaky voice even when she doesn’t have to wait to speak, she was really worried about whether or not she could even give her presentation under those circumstances.

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Love & Happiness | 0 comments

The Sexiest Thing Ever

The Sexiest Thing Ever

This month, the Sklar Center live event is LIBIDO.  Along with tasting healthy, sexy chocolate, we are going to have a fun, informative time.  Of course, LIBIDO is a topic that can cause some discomfort and a little anxiety.  Or maybe you feel like that part of your life is dead and gone forever.  I have news for you–there are ways to resurrect it.

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Paterson’ celebrates life’s poetic nature

‘Paterson’ celebrates life’s poetic nature

“Paterson” (2016). Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagase, Rizwani Manji, Cliff Smith, Sterling Jerins, Johnnie Mae, Trevor Parham, Troy T. Parham, Nellie the bulldog. Director: Jim Jarmusch. Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch. Web site. Trailer.

How do you view your reality? Do you see it as a collection of material commodities or as an aggregation of small, magnificent, often-underappreciated wonders? Do you take the time to appreciate the details of the elements that populate your existence, or do you gloss over them as insignificant irrelevancies? And what conclusions do you come away with from such assessments? Those are some of the thoughtful ponderings raised in the quietly meditative new independent release, “Paterson.”

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