Often, we hear that the world is made up of leaders and followers. I like to think it is more complex than that. In both my personal and professional life, there have been times when I needed to fill each role. In certain settings and situations, I needed to step up and lead the group. Other times, I recognized a talented leader and knew that I could be most helpful by following well.
Perhaps the most important social skill that we can practice is the act of listening; specifically, listening well and actively. I think this is true in our personal and professional lives. Being able to listen well and really hear what others are saying is an essential skill for healthy relationships. So, seeking to improve our listening skills is a worthwhile venture.
The rumors are true: the holiday season is here again. This time of year can be so busy, stress inducing, tiring … it almost feels cliché to write about it. We are reminded every year to slow down, enjoy the family time, be thankful. This can be easier said than done.
In today’s world, our memory may be less important than ever before. Think about how much we now rely on Google to find the answers to our questions. Or how Siri now sets reminders for us. Or how our GPS app gets us to that place that we have been to before but can’t quite remember how to get there.
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. A common idea that comes up throughout my classes is burn out. In any job and career, it is important to be aware and cautious of giving too much of yourself, not taking time to rest, and becoming burnt out. Burn out can appear in many forms, but generally workplace burn out is a mixture of feelings that capture being deeply tired, stressed, overextended, and ambivalent.
Next week, on Monday August 21st, parts of North America will experience a special, total solar eclipse. An eclipse like this has not occurred since 1979. In our neck of the woods we will not be able to see the total eclipse, but this area will still be able to view a partial eclipse and it promises to still be a stunning sight to see.
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Scandinavia, visiting Denmark and Sweden. We had an amazing time exploring Copenhagen and Stockholm, experiencing Swedish nature, and spending quality time with some family and close friends. While we were there, we were curious as to why Scandinavian countries are so often said to be the happiest …what is their secret? Here are a few things we think contribute to their happy lifestyle.
Happy spring! It is a great time of year not just for deep cleaning, but also for a fresh start at the office. We found a few good reads online that can be helpful when trying to get organized, be more efficient, or simply reduce your stress at work. We hope some of these suggestions help you to have a healthy and productive spring!
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Eleven more shopping days until Christmas! Are you still searching for those last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers? WRIGLEY’S has thousands of products to choose from! We’ll make it easy for you and list some of this month’s trending products.
Zac is a local celebrity a.k.a., Zac in the Hall. If you search for “Zac in the Hall” on YouTube, you can watch several “Zac in the Hall” episodes. Long story short, Zac is now a college student who is working part time at WRIGLEY’S. I saw the potential of doing something fun and at the same time informative, so we created, “Zac in the Office”.
As I was writing last week’s blog about the thin line we all live on, my sister Jill was being admitted into the hospital. I knew she had been sick with pneumonia, and my family and I thought that was the reason. However, after a week of testing, they have discovered she is dealing with something much more serious. With a very heavy heart, I have to say Jill is another example of life’s thin line.
If you are like me, life continues to fly by at a crazy pace. The battle cry for most of us is “I am so busy” or “time is flying by”. I think the pace of today’s world many times prevents us from noticing lessons that life is continuously sending our way. Unfortunately, one of the most important lessons in life doesn’t seem to really enter into our thoughts until some type of tragedy or traumatic event happens to us or someone we are close to.
Like most people I love the Holiday season (most of the time!). I especially enjoy taking some of the quiet Holiday time to slow down, unwind and do a little reflective thinking. Over this past Thanksgiving break I did just that. One of the thoughts that floated to the top was about my business - big surprise! However, since I was in a relaxed, reflective state of mind, I was able to cast aside thinking about my “to do” lists or the many challenges the business faces. Instead, what came to mind were thoughts of appreciation about some of the past and all of current team of employees.
There is so much anger, conflict, and hurt in the world right now. The past few weeks, months, and even the past year as a whole has been filled with stories of hate, stories of despair, stories of misunderstandings and blame. Whether in our own country or overseas in places that we know little about, the world can seem chaotic and, well, sad
During my recent trip to Budapest, many of my best experiences centered around food (go figure!) I shopped the famous Great Market Hall with its tantalizing array of fruits, vegetables and spices, and then participated in an afternoon of cooking at the Chefparade Cooking School, where I learned the best cooking practices used to create delicious, traditional Hungarian foods.
While tackling that big pile of "here's my life" records, the question is: How do I know if I need to keep it? The yearly “file purge” is a sensitive (and somewhat scary) issue for many, because there could be harsh consequences if you toss something that you should have kept. These are general-purpose records retention guidelines. If you have unusual or extenuating circumstances in your life please check with your accountant or attorney before pitching any important legal, business, or financial paperwork.The following guidelines will explain how long you are required to retain legal and financial records.
What a beautiful night to sleep outside in a tent. My fiancé Amanda and I were up in the mountains of northeast PA, near the NY border at my family’s cottage on Page Lake. It was the kind of summer night that was perfect for a sleeping bag: not hot, slightly chilly, and peacefully still. I fell asleep rather quickly, Amanda did as well, but she awoke shortly afterwards. As she was trying to fall back asleep, she heard something moving through the trees and then a strange growling. It was low, startling, and unfamiliar.
There’s nothing better than skiing on a beautiful winter day. It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do in life. It’s been a good winter for skiing. At the same time, it’s been a really cold and long winter and I am more than ready for spring. My thoughts are now springing forward to warmer weather and enjoying my favorite outdoor activities. Topping my list is hiking and biking on various sections of the Schuylkill River Trail.
One of the biggest hurdles to getting organized is a looming anxiety about getting rid of belongings. We want to clear out our space, but struggle when it comes time to move the clutter out the door. Typically, one of four barriers impedes the process. Here is an overview of the most common hurdles, along with some thoughts on how to overcome them.
Everyone deserves to feel special on Valentine’s Day. This holiday is about wanting to make loved ones smile. Valentine’s Day is not reserved ONLY for couples, but extends to family and friends as well. Valentine’s Day is here to remind us to make time for those we care about and and to celebrate the special people in our lives. Need some ideas?
I hate to say it but I am now in my mid 50’s - yikes! Time seems to be accelerating. The phrase “bucket list” runs through my mind more frequently. When you get to your 50’s, the shortness of life starts to sink in. I started off this year by marking off two items off of my bucket list.
Is there a more magical time than the early hours of Christmas morning? The kids went to bed wound up (and exhausted) Christmas eve, but they are up at the crack of dawn, eager to see what Santa Claus has brought them. Keep the magic going by creating Christmas themed breakfast goodies that everyone will love!
I have such wonderful, childhood memories of Thanksgiving Day. My mother, who enjoyed every holiday, had us anticipating Thanksgiving Day for weeks! The second week of November started seeing changes in the décor of our home. Bouquets of strawflowers mixed with herbs and holly berries were placed in every room. An arrangement of colorful Indian corn replaced the ivy wreath on the front door. When we caught the scent of bayberry candles burning, we knew the holiday preparations were about to begin.
Kids (and adults!) love Halloween. This scary, fun holiday lets everyone indulge in the simple joy of playacting. Kids in particular look forward to Halloween because they get to inhabit a character, whether it be a frightening figure or an idolized superhero. Getting together with friends and family for trick-or-treating and parties has become a fun-filled tradition for most Americans. And what's a good Halloween party or Halloween dinner without really "creepy" food?
The winter of 2013-14 was one of the coldest winters in 20 years. There were only a few severe storms - but there were a LOT of storms! Cities and states that normally had a surplus of salt – ran out! The predictions for winter 2014-15 in our area is looking like a repeat of last year. Colder-than-average temperatures and above-normal snowfall. I believe this is our “heads-up”, people!
Over the past 5 years or so, many companies, organizations, and households have been switching over from the traditional incandescent light bulb to the compact fluorescent light bulb. While the CFLs do provide major improvements in efficiency and costs for the user, another lighting option is being introduced that promises to build upon these improvements. The challenger to the efficient lighting throne: the LED light bulb.
A few months ago, I stuffed my small, blue Toyota Scion with all my belongings, left my parents’ house in Gilbertsville and made my way south. I was moving to Baltimore, MD to start a year of service through Americorps. I accepted a job as a mentor for at-risk, inner city youth who are on probation. Into the wild I went.
It's summer, a great time for day trips and weekend getaways! Pennsylvania is loaded with magnificent views, beautiful lakes and waterfalls, peaceful trails and lots of history. If shopping is your idea of relaxing and having fun, Pennsylvania also offers many beautifully restored towns whose streets are lined with wonderful shops and restaurants. Before you head out of state, DISCOVER PENNSYLVANIA!
In just a few days, our country will light fireworks, dress in the nation's colors and celebrate Independence Day. We'll gather with family, friends and community and enjoy food, fun, and FREEDOM. Let's make sure and remember that these celebrations would not be possible without those who serve and have served our country. In honor of these brave soldiers, let's all join in bringing back the tradition of "The Ringing of The Bells".
Heeding some basic safety tips this summer could help to keep you, your family, and your friends out of the emergency room and in the fun zone this summer. Our local emergency doctors have seen or heard it all and eagerly share the following valuable tips.
Father’s Day is a day that we honor and celebrate all dads, who work tirelessly to support, educate, and protect their families. They strive to raise their children to be respectful, responsible and to be able to be good productive adults with morals and family values. Dads can be stern, obnoxious, supportive, strict disciplinarians, and extremely protective. Dads sometimes behave like children themselves, and can be very funny and entertaining. Most of all, a father’s love is unconditional and deep rooted to the very fiber of their being. Dads are a source of strength and support, encouragement and forgiveness and deserve to be honored for all they have done, all they do, and all that they are.
Pinterest could be the tool to jump-start your small business. On all major social media platforms, posts with images average 3 times more user engagement than those without. Facebook and Twitter recently changed their layouts and algorithms to place an even higher priority on posts with pictures. No wonder Pinterest, a site comprised entirely of pictures, has grown to over 70 million users worldwide since it launched in 2010. With a rapidly growing number of users and its hyper visual layout, Pinterest can exponentially grow your business.
Twitter is a great tool to help your small business stand out from the rest. If you have a well-developed brand image, Twitter is the perfect tool for connecting with your customers and defining your role in the marketplace.
The news is full of stories about small businesses losing to big box companies. Globalization and the internet are making it more and more difficult for small companies to compete with their larger competition. However, one Internet tool is a larger asset than many small business owners realize: social media.
One of the reasons WRIGLEY’S is proud to be partnered with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area is because they enable us to explore and celebrate our neck of the woods. Their official mission is “to conserve, interpret and develop the historical, cultural, natural and recreational resources related to the industrial and cultural heritage of the Schuylkill River Valley.” One of the main ways they move forward with this mission is through their signature project: the Schuylkill River Trail.
From fresh flowers to fluffy bunnies, Easter is a holiday full of new life. Put your own spin on the Easter classics and breathe new life into household items with these DIY Easter tips.
Is the winter vortex giving you a case of cabin fever? Here at WRIGLEY'S we love outdoor activities, but this time of year, evenings are much more enjoyable inside by a warm fire. Here are some ideas for keep the winter doldrums at bay.
Oh no! Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and you still don’t have plans to ring in the new year! Whether you’ve been too distracted with shopping post-Christmas sales or you’re simply burnt out from five-too-many Christmas parties, we have some last minute New Year’s Eve suggestions that are just your pace.
With only five days until Christmas, chances are you are spending your lunches frantically searching for next-day delivery online shopping options and heading straight to the mall after work. Since WRIGLEY'S provides free next-day delivery, we’re here to save the day with our Last Minute Shopping Guide. Order by 5 pm on Friday for Monday delivery.
The holiday season is a time to cherish and spend with those we care for most. It is a season of giving, gratitude, and good memories. The problem is that this time of year also has a dark side. The holidays can be hectic, frustrating, and stressful and not just because of the In-Laws.