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EMBRACE YOUR NEW POSITION: Like a Dame

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You got the promotion, you have the raise, now its time to show them they've made the right choice. Getting promoted is a good and wonderful thing, especially if it is something that you've been working on for some time. Usually promotions are given when you have given your all to your position and have achieved recognition for it. Sometimes it is given because someone else quiets or moves on, but whatever the reason, you need to let everyone know that the right choice was made. This may be easier said than done, but as we say for many situations in life, fake it until you make it. Even though you may be totally overwhelmed,  and you may not know it all,  never let them see you sweat. Here are some tips on how to handle your new positions like a dame!

BLACK FRIDAY : CYBER MONDAY: Will it ever change?

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I know and fully understand that we are always looking for good deals, but at what point do we as society say enough is enough. When is the true meaning of the holidays going to actually mean something more than money savings? The elaborate ends that retailers have been going through for years are simply getting out of control. Every year it is slowly eating up more precious time that we have with our families. They are creeping onto what had been that special time of year to enjoy and give thanks for those you love. Now instead of relaxing people are planning on how soon they can get to the stores or be the first in line to get a deal, that honestly, isn't much better than any other time of year. We have been programmed to covet material things to such an extent that we will endure these crazy frenzies, on top of looking sight of what is really important in our lives. Don't you think this is something we should be looking at? Well I do...

I'M ENTITLED: Millennials

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Maybe this is something that every generation says as they grow older, however I think I just missed the cut off of the youth who is greatly unprepared for what life is in America in the year 2016. And please believe, I am not saying anything negative about this amazing country of ours, as it is truly the greatest country on earth. But what I am saying is that it takes hard work, the drive and will to do better. That is the only way one can survive in today's day in age, and this is what is seemingly lacking in our younger generations. From Facetime to Snapchat these kids may not be as prepared for the real world as their 2.3K followers on Instagram say they are…

I'M ADDICTED: to SUGAR

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Hello my name in Megan Nikole and I'm an addict. At some point in our lives I feel it is fair to say that we have all been addicted to something. A person, a game, the gym... You get the point. My addiction is cheap and unfortunately is one of the most addictive drugs out there. It was something that I've struggled with in my adult life and have been able to overcome it at times. But somehow some way, I can't stay away for too long. Here is where the real problem comes in, if you were to look at me, you really wouldn't be able to tell. I am a fully functioning addict. I work full time, do freelance work on the side and try to have a social life on top of it. But even with as busy as I get, I allow my addiction to basically rule my life. If I don't have it, I get irritated, short tempered and I can't focus. I'm embarrassed to say, but I have to stop what I'm doing and go get some more. It gets even better. Both my mother and my grandmother were addicts t…

SUCCESS: What does it mean to you?

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The word successfulis defined as: accomplishing an aim or purpose [having achieved popularity, profit or distinction] So now I ask you the question, what does having a successful career mean to you? I personally know to be a successful blogger, I need to consistently provide well written, engaging articles for people to read. From a blogging standpoint, I would measure my success by the overall number of visitors to my site, as well as the number of comments that are left. But that's just one very specific area to measure success. It truly is measurable by data. If you ask around you might hear the more money you make the more successful you are, or possibly if you're happy at your job that makes you a successful person. In fact, all these answers may be true. But there's a much bigger picture to look at. Because we as people are dynamic, so are our goals and out looks of things such as this. Let's take a look at some of the main indicators for success and see how succes…

BEING ORIGINAL: How to own being your own self!

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In a society that seemingly wants everyone to be the same, yet screams for individuality, it's no wonder why people have such a hard time finding themselves in today's overloaded media driven existence. Some people may think they are their own person, but still seek the approval of others. And while we as humans seek approval, we need to ensure that we are seeking it from the right people; the people who truly matter in our lives. But being truly unique is actually easier said than done. Most people who are, tend to be looked as different or weird. But there are ways to truly be your own person; to not bother yourself with what others may think about you. Here are some tips that will help you be able to allow the real you to shine through at all times.

DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB: How to work on being your own boss while still paying the bills

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Some people like to working 9 to 5. They enjoy coming into a position, knowing exactly what needs to be done and going home. But for others, they are true entrepreneurs at heart.  They are always looking for the next business to start or come up with a great money making idea. The most challenging part for some of us however is reaching the point where we actually to put our ideas into action. Here are some tips on how start becoming your own boss while still paying your bills!

UNDERSTANDING BEAUTY: What beauty should mean to a Dame

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What is beauty to a dame or to anyone for that matter? I feel that women's thoughts on beauty may be different from the way other people see it, and from the way men see us. The imagines we are bombarded with everyday are that of women with long flowing hair down to their butts and waist lines that could rival a child’s. We want to make sure our make-up looks like the girls on TV, and essentially to be flawless.  Now the amount of make-up worn was not considered or the amount of time spent airbrushing or lighting put into the picture, all we see if the final result and want to look like that.  But this is real life, and it is so important to realize there is so much more to being beautiful.

RACING MIND: How to turn your racing mind into great work

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I know at times my mind will absolutely not turn off. I have thoughts racing through my head about what the next blog should be or even the next book I should start writing. Sometimes I find it’s difficult to keep all of these ideas in my head. When you're a writer, or simply have a creative mind, it seems it's very hard to shut off your thoughts sometimes. I know from personal experience, I always have thoughts that crossed my mind and sometimes not in the most opportune moments. Here's a few tips on how to capture your racing mind and turn it into awesome topics to write about, add to your collection of book ideas, or just save for future use.

VOTING: Times are Changing

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It is fair to say that this years' primary election has brought something to the table that we have never seen before. Politics have become headline news bigger than last election and people are now seemingly paying more attention to what is taking place in our political arena. About a year ago I did an article on voting and highlighted the reasons on why people in Chicago and younger generations just don't care to vote anymore... My my how things can change in a years’ time. Now it's time to focus on the Presidential Primary, which is currently seeing some of the highest voter turnout than has been seen in decades. With Super Tuesdays and Super Saturday having stellar numbers, voter turnout has been huge across the country.  So let's take a look and see why this is happening.

TRUMP: You're fired to You're Hired? For President...

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You're fired to your hired? As president of the United States? When America found out that Donald Trump was running for president, I am sure more than most thought it would never get too far. I mean after all, the guy is the TV celebrity host of The Apprentice. The man with companies and money. Not that it wasn't an awesome show and very entertaining, but how could he expected to be taken seriously with some of the stunts he's pulled in the past? It's not unheard of for celebrities to run for office. We had one of our greatest leaders, Ronald Reagan who starred in 19 films before is presidency and an iconic actor of our time Arnold Schwarzenegger become governor of the great state of California. But a business mogul like Trump? I'm not sure anyone saw it coming. However with this nomination and subsequent political campaign party, Trump as risen to the top of the Republican party like non-other. He has remained leaps and bounds ahead of his fellow candidates and co…

BLACK PANTHERS: Yesterday to Today

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I was in middle school and I had to write a paper on a historical figure. I decided to write a paper on the Black Panthers. They were powerful, looked tough as could be and had awesome clothes and carried guns. As a child this is what intrigued me, but when I took a closer look, many positive things about the organization stood out. They simply wanted to stand up and help their local community. Now 50 years later seeing the PBS's documentary, Vanguard of the Revolution,  filmed by Stanley Nelson I brought be back and caught my immediate attention. I’m older, much wiser and realized there was so much more than the outward appearance of any group. I couldn't help but make correlations from what is taking place in the news then to what was taking place in the news today. How can this be? With all this time past, people of the black community are still calling for the same action and rights to be taken. Here is my interpretation of the Black Panthers from yesterday and the current…

POSITIVE ATTITUDE: It's importance in the work place

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Having a positive mental attitude is more important in the workplace than most people think. When you exude positivity it will translate throughout the office. Have you ever been in a situation when somebody comes into work upset or angry and it seems to just to suck the air right out of the room? You never want to be that person. It puts everyone on edge and can be a real drain to office morale. Here are five tips on how to keep a positive attitude for the benefit of yourself and those around you while at work.

EMPOWERMENT: What it Means to a Dame

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When you hear the word empowerment you may think of somebody who can take on the world without hesitation. This word should give us that feeling. Feeling empowered is something that no one is able to take from you. However sometimes being a woman in the workplace or even at times in your relationships, this word may not be something you consider yourself. What is important to always remember that we as women, as individuals, can only empower ourselves. A woman will never truly be empowered because of anything given to her; it's something that's earned from hard work and dedication in all matters of life. Here are my five characteristics that every woman should have to becoming empowered.

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:Tips for Dames to keep their relationships amazing

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Being in love is one of the best feelings in the world. With Valentine's Day right around the corner now would be a terrific time to take a look at your relationship and find ways to make it even better than it already is. We all know that relationships always start out amazingly wonderful and let's face it, it is this new and exciting time that makes us fall in love with our part enters. But sometimes that initial puppy love stage fizzles out. This is the worst thing that could happen to anybody's relationship and it’s important that you keep the love and compassion very much in the forefront at all times. To help do that, here are some key rules that every couple should follow to make their relationship wonderful.

Valentine's Day: Do it like a DAME!

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Ready for Valentine’s Day? Well Dames it’s right around the corner. Depending on who you ask, you will find so many different outlooks on Valentine’s Day. Some say it is just a Hallmark holiday, while others take it so seriously that they are willing to fight with their significant others if the day doesn't go exactly as they have it planned in their heads. What everyone should realize is that there are different ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Whether you are in a relationship, single or just not feeling Valentine’s Day this year there is always a way to enjoy the day and make the most out of any situation. Here are five different ways that will help you make your Valentine’s Day great!

Escape Rooms: A Dames way to Family Fun Time

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Have ever heard of Escape Games? I hadn't either until I recently I went out to LA to spend some time with my sister and my nephew. And first let me say that was wonderful. Not only to get away from work for a little while but to actually spend time with them. I am currently in Chicago and I don't have a lot of spare time to for my family out of state.

SETTING GOALS: A Dames Guide to Goal Setting for 2016

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Everyone should set goals in their lives and what better time to set new goals then with the coming of the new year. It gives us something to work for and a sense of accomplishment when our goals are met. Just as important as setting goals in our personal lives, we should also be setting goals for our professional lives, both long and short term. It isn't as much as a "five-year plan" as just setting out to accomplish something important to you and to achieve them. Here are some tips on how to accomplish your goals set in 2016 (and beyond).