Archives for April 2014

Escape to Serenity! BWCA 2014

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Gateway to an Extraordinary, Wild, Adventure!

 

Release the stressIMG_1892

Challenge yourself physically

Relish the solitude

Simplify your routine

Listen to the call of the Loon

Get in touch with your inner, outdoor self

Refresh, renew, and revive

 

Experience a world without human influence. An ancient, uninterrupted wilderness that few make the effort to visit. Breathtaking views, pristine lakes and streams, abundant wildlife and memories to cherish a lifetime.

Escape to Serenity!

Come with me for an amazing adventure week of paddling, camping, exploring, and fishing in the famous BWCA Wilderness.

July 22 – 25, 5 days, 4 nights Deadline to commit, July 1st

Trip group sizes are limited. Message me today with your email address for complete trip information, pricing and registration!

 

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So many things to do, so little time. How does one decide what they are going to do with their business, and social calendars? Lately it seems everyone is hosting an event at the same time. You try to fit it all in, you try to make a presence at each function. Maybe it’s expected. Maybe you just want to show your support. So you try. But then there’s those situations where you’ve been running ragged and suddenly discover today is the day you were supposed to be at that business seminar, or that workshop, or Johnny’s graduation. Now it’s too late to get there.

“Oh, they won’t miss me. After all, I’m just one person.”

Or how about those times when you are still wrapping things up with another appointment, or group of people. This other event is just down the road. Well, what could it hurt if we all just stopped in?

“After all, we won’t stay long….”

It happens. Life happens. Things change. We try to orchestrate our time to get it all done. It seems life has evolved into holding off on commitments and making decisions at the last minute. Sometimes it just can’t be helped. But then there are those times when you had plenty of forewarning that you couldn’t make it, or that you could. Again, that little voice in the back of your head whispers “Oh, they won’t notice me. After all, I’m just one person.”

Have you ever been in charge of setting up a party, meeting or event? The time and work involved is enormous. How many times have you spent hours upon hours on the phone or at different vendors, planning, coordinating, comparing pricing, finding just the right event location, fitting everything into a meager budget that you wish was twice the size, basically working your hind end off trying to produce a top shelf venue to accommodate all of your friends, or family, or business associates?

Deadlines and non refundable down payments. Perishable food orders.

You are trying to produce an epic, once in a life time event, or just a fabulous family get together, and are being charged per person. How many times have you been left hanging the day of the event? Embarrassed and apologizing to those you contracted to help with managing things, sitting there at the end of it all with far less than or far more than you’d anticipated? The waste. The stress. The awkwardness. The dazed, hurt confused cloud you end up sitting in?

How many times have you wanted to just spell it out to each individual you’ve invited to join you in your special event? Call them out? Clue them in? Find a way to make them cooperate in a timely fashion so you get what you need to get things done right?

Well that wouldn’t be very friendly now, would it?

Perhaps it’s due to my being involved with setting up individual, group and corporate events that this hits so close to home. Or perhaps it’s just because I was raised to be respectful of others. But when I recently received a wedding invitation –I did have to totally burst a gut laughing at the clear wording on the RSVP card. Talk about covering the bases!

The message is straightforward, and speaks directly to those few (and you know who you are) who do not feel compelled to be respectful of the cost, work and effort that goes into event planning. But pretty much anyone can find benefit from this clever call to action. Thanks to a long awaited fall wedding, and with only the best of intentions in mind, I’m now sharing this articulate gem with you. A template you may want to use for your own next gathering that requires an RSVP. Or, maybe just to get a good chuckle and sheepish smile from your circle of peeps.

Enjoy!

 

Please RSVP for XXXXXX(event) at XX (time/date) at XXXXX(location) Please respond by XXXXXX(deadline) as XXXX (activity) is limited.  It’s easy and quick! And we’ve already paid for postage! Come on. All we are looking for is one checked box—you can do this!

o Guest name ___________________________

o Will attend. Number attending ____________

o Will not attend

o Will say I plan to attend. Then I just won’t show up, without any explanation, even though you already had to pay for me in the advance head count and cost per person. What do I care? It’s not my time and money

o Will attend and will bring a date, even though this invite offered no indication that I could bring a date, but you’re cool with it, right?

Please join us. Looking forward to a great event!

Tai Chicken & Veggie Curry Soup

16 oz Chicken, sliced or cubed for stir fry

1 T Tai red curry paste

1 T grated fresh ginger

2 C low sodium vegetable broth

1 14 oz coconut milk

Kosher Salt

¼ lb shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced

¼ lb white mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced

4 oz beansprouts

1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts

2 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise

4 oz snow peas

2T fresh lime juice

½ C fresh basil leaves, torn

Asian chili garlic sauce for serving

Stir fry chicken in one tablespoon EVOO until there is no trace of pink

Place curry paste and ginger in a medium saucepan.  Whisk in the broth, milk and 1t salt and bring to boil.

Place noodles in bowl of hot water to soak 3-5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms, beansprouts, water chestnuts, and carrots to the saucepan and simmer until just tender, 3 – 5 minutes.

Remove noodles from water bowl, and add to the saucepan.

Add the chicken and snow peas and simmer until the snow peas are bright green, about 1 minute more.

Stir in the lime juice.  Sprinkle with the basil and serve with the chili garlic sauce.

 

If you’re not a carnivore, replace chicken with a package of 14 oz extra firm Tofu, drained and cut into cubes.

6 Simple Job Search Tips

What Does A “Seasoned Executive” Have To Do These Days To Get A Job?

It’s hard to stay positive when you can’t find a job, experiencing months of being turned away from positions you know you are perfectly qualified for. Positions you know you would excel at. The kinds of positions that you held 15 or more years ago, before you crawled up that corporate latter to eventually run teams, departments or divisions for a company. Those same types of companies don’t even glance at you for lesser positions today–jobs that you know inside and out, and would gladly accept.

Maybe you ran the fast track and held that senior management position for years, but now…..now…..well you’ve come full circle and realize that you are in a different place in life. You are willing to contribute at a different level. You, with your vast expertise, incredible business savvy, knowledge, power, and insights have a wheelhouse full of top shelf capability, yet you would be content with a lower level position. You accept the idea of a lesser salary, and are simply looking to bring value and contribute to an organization’s growth for another 10 or so years. Perhaps help to mentor others within the organization and ease their succession planning strategy. You understand that times have changed, and you want to add value. Not to mention, there’s that irritating little detail that you just plain need a job. You do the research, find those perfect fit companies that you know would be most suited to you, only to be turned away again and again. If all those employers only knew what they were missing out on, passing you by.

It’s pretty frustrating to learn a new college grad with no practical experience got that job instead of you. Heck, you trained in or managed dozens of people to do that kind of job over the years.

But we all know the truth; that hundreds of resumes sit on HR desktops—and every single day recruiters lose out on considering top performers, just trying to manage the sheer numbers of inbound queries with a pre-determined formula that may or may not serve them well. They have to hone down the pile somehow. So, sure, there are some stigmas associated with age and experience. It can be hard to believe someone is willing to take one, two or three steps down just to secure a job. Young and trainable is easier, less expensive. Or so they think. You, more than most, understand company business rules and know how to be a team player. You won’t be bailing any time soon. Apparently they haven’t been in your shoes, worrying how to manage college tuitions, weddings, and other bills looming overhead.

There are hundreds of how-to-get-a-job books on the market; formal classes, seminars and personal coaches to guide you to your next job if you follow all of the steps. It’s all good information and worth trying. There are numerous ways to search for employment, the job hunt is not a “one shoe fits all” process. Each individual has unique, specific circumstances that need to be addressed based on their skillset and industry. That, too, is frustrating to wrap one’s mind around.

So what’s a person to do?

Hang in there for the long haul, keep positive, and keep trying it all until something works.

In the meantime, I’ve carved out 6 simple tips to keep motivated when it’s starting to feel like you’re at the end of your employment search rope. One will be posted each week for the next 6 weeks. Stay tuned and stay the job search course!