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Time to Ignite Your Passion

Time to Ignite Your Passion

By | August 11, 2016 at 11:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon While driving me to the airport the enthusiastic cabbie entertained me by explaining his passion for soccer. Over the course of a twenty minute ride, I learned a good deal about the sport most countries, with the exception the USA, refer to as football. Martin,...

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Switching Off Auto-Pilot

Switching Off Auto-Pilot

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Looking down at my dinner plate I realized the meal was half eaten and I hardly remembered tasting my food. Puzzled, I began breaking down the past few days that I had labeled as my “klutzy week.” Suddenly it dawned on me I wasn’t just prone to spilling...

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Heeding My Own Advice

Heeding My Own Advice

By | July 28, 2016 at 2:27 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Gazing out the window as the train chugged along the tracks on the Grand Canyon railway I smiled and sighed with immense contentment. Following my own guidance worked out well. It is my job to dole out advice each week in this column. Last week in the article...

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Making a Case for Time Off

Making a Case for Time Off

By | July 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon According to a survey created by Skift, a corporate travel content website, 41% of Americans did not take a day off in 2015. Sad, but true, many in the workforce either lose the vacation days allotted to them, or opt for cash in lieu of time off. If you are...

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Three Key Tools for Life Changes

Three Key Tools for Life Changes

By | July 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Grabbing a magazine I stuffed it in my purse on my way out the door. I knew there would be a wait and it was an ideal time to catch up on reading one of the many periodicals delivered to my door. Full disclosure, I had to force myself to select this particular...

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Setting Limits

Setting Limits

By | July 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Writing a book review is a daunting task. I detest writing them, but love reading them. Not so with my friend Lynne, an author, a blogger, a motivational speaker, and someone I can always tap into her for advice on writing or social media. We are connected on...

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Ice Cream and Cold Pizza

Ice Cream and Cold Pizza

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:18 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day I created this post on Facebook. “You are an adult to your inner child. Give yourself permission to eat ice cream for breakfast... in your cowgirl boots.”  Judging by the likes and comments, this little ditty delighted a number of friends....

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Strategic Summer Hibernation

Strategic Summer Hibernation

By | June 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Summer has arrived in the Coachella Valley. Those of us who haven’t closed up shop and headed to the beach, set sails for an ocean cruise or rented a chalet high in the mountains, are planted on the desert floor dealing with consistent triple digits. This...

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A Little Humor Goes a Long Way

A Little Humor Goes a Long Way

By | June 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon On a recent vacation getaway my husband and I stopped at a popular bistro for dinner. We had eaten there before and enjoyed the menu offerings and casual atmosphere. Upon our arrival, we knew something had changed. Our first hint was the total chaos at the...

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Rocking Chair Blues

Rocking Chair Blues

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:02 am | No comments

by Sunny Simon Ever find yourself caught up in a web of worry? If you answered yes, you’re normal. We all exhibit Nervous Nellie traits at times. On the plus side, experts point out there is such a thing as healthy worry. Negative thoughts about future events can cause us...

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Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance

By | June 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I’ve never been excited about a doctor’s appointment, but I find myself looking forward to meeting an orthopedic surgeon next week. The back story is several years ago I finished my knee off during a rigorous hiking regimen. Having developed knee injuries...

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Eraser Magic

Eraser Magic

By | May 28, 2016 at 12:43 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Yesterday I spoke to my eleven-year old niece, Aisalynn, wishing her a happy birthday. My favorite pre-teen responded by telling me she really needed the eraser. Go figure. I sent a gift certificate to her favorite store, a book (my continuous agenda is to...

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Get Prepared to Run the Bases

Get Prepared to Run the Bases

By | May 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Morgan entered my office with a half-hearted smile and proceeded to tell me her good news, bad news scenario. The good news was, after a harrowing week at work it occurred to her she hated having a boss. Wondering how that is good news? I, too, was perplexed. ...

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Are You Autocorrecting?

Are You Autocorrecting?

By | May 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day my friend Cassandra who lives in Germany posted this on Facebook: “I absolutely hate autocorrect!!! I'm typing in 3 different languages daily and it's always picking the wrong language and trying to ‘correct’ all my words.” I sighed,...

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The Path to Simplicity

The Path to Simplicity

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:18 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon A quote attributed to Aristotle I always find motivating is “Well begun is half done.” I don’t know how if I dare claim “well begun,” however; this weekend my husband and I did make a minor dent in clearing the clutter from our garage. Not an easy...

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Popsicles and Pockets of Joy

Popsicles and Pockets of Joy

By | April 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Over breakfast my friend Dominique announced everyday is a Monday. Responding to my quizzical expression she filled in the blanks. Dom, a successful entrepreneur, is in the process of growing her second business. This venture means hitting it hard in...

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Aesop and The Mitzvah

Aesop and The Mitzvah

By | April 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Of course I know what a Bar Mitzvah is, but this week when a friend of mine told me a story of kindness and compassion I learned another meaning of a “mitzvah”. Kippy, who lived in Israel for years prior to returning to the United States, spoke about a...

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Assume the Position

Assume the Position

By | April 7, 2016 at 2:18 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon During my second coaching session with Megan I noticed a significant change in her demeanor. The previous week she sat in my office wringing her hands and chewing nervously on her lower lip. Her major concern involved “the micro-manager from hell” whose...

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Change Your Label, Change Your Life

Change Your Label, Change Your Life

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:22 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I clicked on an interesting blog about a young man who at the age of fourteen set a goal of getting straight A’s throughout high school. It sounded like an admirable achievement so I read on to observe his strategy. Steven attained success by...

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A Cause for Curbing Clutter

A Cause for Curbing Clutter

By | March 24, 2016 at 6:01 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I promised myself once I sent our tax package off to the accountant my next project would be tackling the clutter issue. People who have visited my home and office might tell you there is no clutter. On the surface, counter tops are fairly barren giving off a...

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More Than a Hunch

More Than a Hunch

By | March 17, 2016 at 2:22 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Several years ago I was driving down the freeway and became fixated on the back end of a truck transporting a picnic table. Something told me to keep a careful eye on that table. Seconds later I watched the table lift up out of the truck bed. For a moment, it...

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A Seven Year Old Friend Indeed

A Seven Year Old Friend Indeed

By | March 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I hung up the phone wondering what I was going to do with all those Girl Scout Cookies. The early morning call boldly interrupted my sleep. Apparently my seven year old niece, Alina, who lives in Michigan, had no concept of time zones. With barely a hello she...

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Networking on a Royal Enfield Bullet

Networking on a Royal Enfield Bullet

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Stopping to enjoy the ocean view Nicole pulled into a juice bar, removed her helmet and parked her bike. Grinning broadly a stranger walked up admiring Nicole’s flashy Royal Enfield Bullet, a motorcycle reviewed as “an icon in its own right.” The two...

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Hanging with Arnie

Hanging with Arnie

By | February 25, 2016 at 1:26 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Arnie rushed into my office, suit jacket flapping behind him. As he sat down delivering a heavy sigh my client complained of schedule overload. I giggled reminding him that he was retired. In my mind, any calendar overload was self inflicted. Shrugging his...

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Life Lessons from The Coach

Life Lessons from The Coach

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:26 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I learned recently the late beloved college basketball coach, John Wooden carried around a treasured gift from his father. On a tattered and aged piece of paper was the creed on which he based his life. I was so in awe of it I had to find out more about this...

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The Grinch Who Canceled Valentine’s Day

The Grinch Who Canceled Valentine’s Day

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:06 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I read recently that an elementary school principal in Minnesota is banning the celebration of Valentine’s Day. The thought saddened me and frankly his point of view is totally lost on me. Never did I suspect Valentine’s Day would become a holiday demanding...

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A Telling Bumper Sticker

A Telling Bumper Sticker

By | February 4, 2016 at 1:00 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Stopping at a light I took a moment to consider the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. It read: “On my way to work, please kill me.” Ouch! I suppose it was meant to be funny, but as a career coach I found it less than hilarious. Of course there...

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Lessons from a Super Hero

Lessons from a Super Hero

By | January 28, 2016 at 12:13 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Everyone has a super hero. Kids are wild about Iron Man, Spider Man or Super Woman. My super hero is an 80 year old woman named Judith. This lady may not be able to “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” or have extraordinary powers, but she deserves the...

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Focus on Eliminating Time Wasters

Focus on Eliminating Time Wasters

By | January 21, 2016 at 12:26 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon You’ve just been awarded a leadership role in your firm. By proving yourself as a savvy player who delivers on time and under budget you earned it. After a celebratory night on the town, you walk into your new office smiling and humming a catchy little tune....

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Learn to Pivot

Learn to Pivot

By | January 13, 2016 at 11:57 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon You know the idiom, getting the rug pulled out from under you, right? It means you’ve suddenly been knocked off balance by an event you did not see coming. You lose your job, your boyfriend called it quits or your business partner wants to go off on his own....

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Acing the Behavioral Interview

Acing the Behavioral Interview

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon As a career coach, I prepare clients for interviews by taking them through a series of behavioral queries. Behavioral interviewing techniques are a common practice used by companies.  The premise being, past behavior predicts future performance. When presented...

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Winning Formula for 2016: Passion and Timing

Winning Formula for 2016: Passion and Timing

By | December 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon As my client sat across from me rattling off a list of goals for 2016, my smile applauded her enthusiasm.  Silently I sighed at the sheer number of challenges she was creating. I’m all for raising the bar high, but truly I knew this was never going to work....

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How to Network at Holiday Parties

How to Network at Holiday Parties

By | December 23, 2015 at 11:42 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Whether you are in the market for a new job, seeking a business partner or just looking to make some interesting new acquaintances, now is the perfect time. The season abounds with opportunities to connect with friends, family and people you would like to meet....

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Be “That” Person

Be “That” Person

By | December 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I read this post on Facebook: “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” I smiled. It’s true. My dog thinks I’m pretty special. I can tell because he follows me wherever I go, spends hours beside me at my desk, and shows immense gratitude when a...

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Just Think About It

Just Think About It

By | December 10, 2015 at 3:56 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I’ve always considered my car an educational institution. While commuting any distance, I plug in a motivational or interesting CD to expand my knowledge base. Recently on a drive I listened to an interview with self-made billionaire, Sara Blakely, founder of...

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