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Divorce Corner: Dear Cynthia

by Cynthia Battino

In this column Cynthia will answer your emotionally based and general questions about divorce. Cynthia is a life coach and energy worker who specializes in working with people considering, going through, or stuck after divorce. To ask Cynthia a question about divorce, you can email her at: cindy@transform-heal.com. You can also email Bliss Magazine: editor@blissmagazine.net

Dear Cynthia:

I went from a full time mom before my divorce to now a working mom. Summer is coming and my children will be home all day. Without just shoving them onto their friends’ families, what can you suggest I do for care this summer? Sad Mom Missing Fun Summers

Dear Cynthia:

I am a newly divorced dad and I will have my kids for a few consecutive weeks in the summer. I can only take one week off for vacation. What do I do? Single, Summer Dad

Dear Sad Mom Missing Fun Summers & Single, Summer Dad:

This is an adjustment for all parents and kids who had a working parent and a full time caregiving parent. I have many suggestions and hope some of them work for you.

Happy African American Father and Mixed Race Son Playing with Paper Airplanes in the Park.

There are lots and lots of summer camps to choose from. There are art camps, sports camps, all around camps, horseback riding camps, tech and science camps (check out George Mason’s cool camps), and even cooking camps (Cookology and more). Find out what your kids love to do and book the weeks ASAP. The great camps fill up quickly. Don’t know what camps are in your area? Google it!

Want part or full time care? Put an ad at NOVA or George Mason. Look on Care.com or bring an au pair in from Europe to teach your kids a new language (aupairworld.com). Share a nanny with your ex or another person in your same boat. You can even put an ad in your HOA newsletter for just graduating seniors from high school who want to earn some money this summer. If you choose this route, make sure the sitters have lots of rules and tools. Make a list of all the things you would like your children to do, where they can, who they can spend time with. If your sitter has a driver’s license and you trust them, there is Washington, DC to explore, putt putt golf, batting cages, picnics, the Baltimore Acquarium, and the National Zoo – to just name a few.

No worries. Kids will still have lots of fun this summer if planned well and planned in advance! Get on your computers and let your fingers sprint across the keyboard to find the best camps and help for your kids this and every summer.

Blessings


Cynthia Battino is a Life Coach, Healer & Separation/Divorce Specialist, author and speaker. Her company, Transformational Healing, specializes in working with people going through life crisis, specifically separation/divorce. She has written a healthy divorce workbook, You Were In Love, Once Upon A Time, which you can find on her website: www.transform-heal.com.

The Legacy-Driven Leader & Impact

The Legacy-Driven Leader & Impact

When we think of what drives a leader, at the heart, is the need to meet a need, solve a problem or create something that no one has before. Most great leaders also desire to leave a legacy and change the world. Their business ideas are driven by passion, selflessness and something bigger than dollars and cents. Legacy-driven leaders speak of God, heart and purpose.

We are just a few days away from the SOAR Community Network Summit and are excited to share tips with you from some of the powerful legacy driven leaders, who will be at the conference, speaking about just this topic. Bliss Magazine got a chance to connect with Lee Self of the Executive Forum, and Myron J. Radio, President of the R Group, who inspire us with their ideas on The Legacy-Driven Leader & Impact.”

Lee Self
Lee Self

Lee shares her thoughts on legacy-driven leadership and impact:

  • Tip 1: Legacy-driven Leadership is about having a POSITIVE lasting impact on the world through leadership.
  • Tip 2: To do this, the legacy-driven leader must be focused on the world that they have been called to impact. They need to have clarity on where they are uniquely created and positioned to have an impact vs. striving to lead beyond or beneath their calling)
  • Tip 3: Self reflection and self awareness are critical prerequisites to having a legacy impact. Only a leader who fully understands him/herself relative to past, present and future experiences, relationships and capabilities will be able to grasp just where and how they can best contribute to the world.
  • Tip 4: Legacy impact was best described by Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

 Myron left us with three simple tips:

  • Myron Radio
    Myron Radio

    Tip 1: Know your Purpose, know your mission… and stay true to it

  • Tip 2: Align your actions to your purpose
  • Tip 3: In business or in life, your aspirations lead to inspirations that require perspiration to bring them to life

Attend the SOAR Community Network Summit on May 6th and learn more about how to lead out of the box! The summit will be held at the Embassy Suites, 19000 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets are available at www.soarcommunitynetwork.com. The SOAR Community Network is led by Mali Phonpadith. Learn more about Mali here.

Bliss Magazine is a proud sponsor of the SOAR Community Summit. For advertising opportunities or to suggest a story, email editor@blissmagazine.net.

How Building Systems and Processes Can Foster Innovation

How Building Systems and Processes Can Foster Innovation 

The word innovation inspires thoughts of creativity and sparks of genius, not structure, systems and processes; however experts tell us that having systems and processes in fact foster an environment that better enables leaders to innovate. We are just a few days away from the  SOAR Community Network Summit and are excited to share tips with you from some of the powerful speakers, who will be at the conference, speaking about just this topic. Bliss Magazine got a chance to connect with Jeff Wu, Realtor and Associate Broker at the Agent Knows Homes, and Victor Cora Nazario, Chief Operating Officer of SOAR Community Network, LLC, ” who gave us some great tips onHow Building Systems and Processes Can Foster Innovation.”

Jeff Wu
Jeff Wu

Jeff shares some tips on the importance of planning:

  • Tip 1: Use your creative juices: envision the ideal outcome
  • Tip 2: Plan Ahead and Map it Out: write down every step
  • Tip 3: Know that It’s Iterative: take ownership and continuously refine

Here are Victor Cora Nazario’s tips:

  • Tip 1: Make sure you document your major processes before deploying software systems. Just buying software won’t solve your issues, it just makes bad processes run faster. A system with good automated processes has to exist in order to free people from mundane tasks. This freedom creates the space for innovation.
  • Tip 2: Create some type of social engagement space in your systems for your internal team to have free form discussions. This will let you identify issues with internal processes but will also aid you in identifying the innovators in your organization.
  • Victor
    Victor

    Tip 3: Create a Subject Matter Expert (SME) program in your organization or embed information technology (IT) in your Operations group instead of your Finance and Admin group. This ensures that your IT group is part of the strategic conversation when it comes to delivering services to your clients. This is an excellent way to foster innovation because new technology can be introduced in the conversation when talking about ways to improve sales and service.

Attend the SOAR Community Network Summit on May 6th and learn more about how to lead out of the box! The summit will be held at the Embassy Suites, 19000 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets are available at www.soarcommunitynetwork.com. The SOAR Community Network is led by Mali Phonpadith. Learn more about Mali here.

Bliss Magazine is a proud sponsor of the SOAR Community Summit. For advertising opportunities or to suggest a story, email editor@blissmagazine.net.