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No Thanks. No Problem

No Thanks. No Problem

By | December 3, 2015 at 1:36 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The Thanksgiving leftovers have long since vanished from the fridge; except for one cookie so beautiful I cannot bring myself to even remove the wrapper. A local pastry chef worked her magic creating that sweet work of art. In addition to the cookie, I have...

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Giving Thanks for Quiet Moments

Giving Thanks for Quiet Moments

By | November 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon It occurred to me as I sat sipping my cappuccino that lately I have been plugging a considerable amount of activities into my smart phone calendar. Today I took a closer look at the events over the next six weeks and sighed. A little voice down deep warned me I...

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Just Pretend You’re From New Jersey

Just Pretend You’re From New Jersey

By | November 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon During the past few weeks I’ve heard several people brag about character traits they attribute to “being from New Jersey.” After putting some thought into it, I wondered if upbringing in a certain geographic location brings with it an acquired...

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How to Get Back Up After You Go Down Swinging

How to Get Back Up After You Go Down Swinging

By | November 12, 2015 at 1:31 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon As a career coach I encounter clients who are down on the mat and often temporarily out for the count. Many have lost their jobs based on corporate restructurings; others experienced a bad break due to personal relationships, business ventures or other...

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How to Recover From a Misstep

How to Recover From a Misstep

By | November 5, 2015 at 1:11 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I was interviewed for an online publication. The journalist wanted my perspective as a career coach on how to recover from a mistake at work. That was not a question I had to ponder at length. Of course, during my many years in corporate America, I...

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Mastering Time Management

Mastering Time Management

By | October 29, 2015 at 1:26 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon As we get ready to push back the clocks, I am reminded of my mother. She had a thing about time. It was never her enemy. She refused to let me get away with making excuses about the lack of hours in a day. In our house, it was unacceptable to forego an...

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Running On Empty

Running On Empty

By | October 22, 2015 at 12:52 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day as I drove around town running errands, my car signaled to me with a soft dinging sound. At first I did not know what message my car was trying to convey. Before long it dawned on me I was low on gas. My husband has the sweet habit of keeping my...

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The Fine Art of Praise

The Fine Art of Praise

By | October 15, 2015 at 3:55 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon My friend Melissa is one of the most generous people I know. She has blessed my life and those of many others in a very special way. Melissa never misses an opportunity to lavish sincere praise when she finds it fitting. Not only does she express her kindness...

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What’s on Your Radar?

What’s on Your Radar?

By | October 8, 2015 at 1:21 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I had a childhood fear of tornadoes. Never experienced one first hand, but the thought a violently ranging twister scared the heck out of me. Fear is a learned emotion and I can tell you exactly who my teacher was. I’m from the Midwest and have multiple...

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Tickle Your Funny Bone

Tickle Your Funny Bone

By | October 1, 2015 at 12:09 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon On a recent visit to Las Vegas I caught up with some of my childhood friends. Many years had passed since we were all together. The evening was devoted to reminiscing and reliving funny memories bringing on bouts of side-splitting belly laughs. Old Ben Franklin...

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Life Lessons from a Six Year Old

Life Lessons from a Six Year Old

By | September 24, 2015 at 12:47 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Not long ago I was playing Monopoly with my two young nieces. At one point, Alina, who is six, decided she wanted to gift some cash to her sister whose bank account was rapidly dwindling. When I inquired of Alina why she would just give money away, she simply...

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Revisiting Networking 101

Revisiting Networking 101

By | September 16, 2015 at 11:34 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Like most entrepreneurs, I am always happy to pass on a referral. Many small business owners gain a portion of their business by word of mouth. Recently I referred a solopreneur to someone in need of a particular service. I did not know the person I was...

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Pressing the Pause Button

Pressing the Pause Button

By | September 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon A client of mine, Liz, carved out some time from her busy day to have a leisurely lunch with a friend. As it turned out, mealtime was anything but fun and relaxing. She successfully dodged a few phone calls, but eventually had to take one from a customer in...

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The Kindness Challenge

The Kindness Challenge

By | September 3, 2015 at 2:52 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon It was peaceful on the plane. Most people were sleeping and I was deeply engrossed in my book. Somewhere over Arkansas I came across this quote, “Always keep your words soft and sweet, one day you might have to eat them.” I sighed and smiled. I was...

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And Now, A Word From Your Parents

And Now, A Word From Your Parents

By | August 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon As I think about the youth of America returning to school, I recall a letter my mother sent me during my first week in college. Putting pen to paper was a very wise move on her part because like most college freshman, I listened to my parents’ verbal counsel...

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Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drum

By | August 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Thinking about opening your own business but uneasy about taking the plunge? The plight of an entrepreneur is nothing less than a roller coaster. The highs are exhilarating but someone once described the lows like “dancing backward through quicksand.”...

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Walk Off a Winner

Walk Off a Winner

By | August 13, 2015 at 2:08 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon My husband and I share a passion for baseball. Recently we attended an afternoon game in Anaheim to cheer on the Angels. Due to the blazing hot sun, we relinquished our seats near the field in the fourth inning and went off in search of shade. This worked well...

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Commit to Keeping Score

Commit to Keeping Score

By | August 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm | No comments

by Sunny Simon I’m a tracker. It probably started with a piggy bank I received when I was thirteen. Being composed of see-through glass made it the best money keeper ever. It enabled me to visualize my coin saving progress for purchases important to a teenage girl. Since...

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The Candle and the Mirror

The Candle and the Mirror

By | July 30, 2015 at 12:13 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Most people have a superhero or a strong role model. Who is the person you look up to and admire? For me, it’s Carol. Ever since I met her over 20 years ago I decided I want to be like her when I grow up. My dilemma is I don’t think I’ll ever catch up....

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Ready For a Pop Quiz?

Ready For a Pop Quiz?

By | July 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon A number of my Facebook friends love taking tests. You know what I’m talking about, right? For example, there is the Color Personality Test, How Old Do You Really Act Test, and the What Should Your Parents Have Named You Test. (I got Emma by the way). I’m...

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Before You Give Your Notice

Before You Give Your Notice

By | July 15, 2015 at 11:45 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon My new client Stacy impressed me as the happiest unemployed person I’d ever met. During our first meeting she smiled broadly and declared in a confident voice that the day she quit her job was part bittersweet, but mostly liberating. I had a hunch her joy was...

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An Inscription Worth Remembering

An Inscription Worth Remembering

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day I received an email from my very wise friend LaDonna. She stated she owns a ring she wears daily inscribed with the words “siempre adelante,” which means always forward. The ring reminds my friend to “accept life’s inevitable...

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Plump Up Your Paycheck

Plump Up Your Paycheck

By | July 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon I could almost feel the joy jump off the screen as I read my client’s email. It went like this: “Good news! I ask for and got my raise last Friday. I didn't get what I initially requested, but I received it in the end. I was happy about the increase, but...

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Memories Are Made of This…

Memories Are Made of This…

By | June 25, 2015 at 2:38 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon This week I was introduced to the term: ministry of presence. It was described by one of my favorite bloggers as “an act blessing hurting people merely with a presence—by showing up, by being there and offering tangible support, whether it’s in the form...

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Snow White Reflections

Snow White Reflections

By | June 11, 2015 at 1:51 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Recently I spent some time at The Happiest Place on Earth. During my stroll down Main Street, I encountered some pals of the lovely Snow White. Based on personality, three of these characters reminded me of individuals I know. Happy, the dwarf created to...

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Inspiration in a Tube

Inspiration in a Tube

By | June 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon My husband sighed and watched me with his “there she goes again” grin as I skillfully maneuvered another squeeze of toothpaste out of the totally flattened tube. Not really a super frugal person, but getting the last dab of paste out of every tube that...

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Suggestions for Your Organizational Toolbox

Suggestions for Your Organizational Toolbox

By | May 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Yesterday a mystery package arrived at my door via UPS. Not celebrating anything in particular I wondered about the timing of this gift box. My excitement mounted as I dove into the package. Tucked inside, along with an array of gifts, was a note from my friend...

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The Trouble with Eloise

The Trouble with Eloise

By | May 21, 2015 at 1:27 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I have a friend I call “If Only Eloise.” Of course, her real name isn’t Eloise, and to be honest with you she is not exactly a friend. My last conversation with Eloise consisted of a litany of laments. It went like this, “If only I had completed my...

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Playing Your Hunch

Playing Your Hunch

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon A few weeks ago I attended a speech contest. One of the contestants gave a very humorous speech about surviving a harrowing adventure while on vacation. His so called exciting escapade turned out to be a giant scam. Our hero admitted his naiveté in ignoring...

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Is That Your Real Smile?

Is That Your Real Smile?

By | May 7, 2015 at 12:53 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon Years ago when I first heard the expression, “fake it ‘til you make it,” I shuddered. Acting in a fake manner seemed so disingenuous. Somewhere down the line I must have experienced an “aha” moment finding some value in revisiting and applying a false...

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Blues Buster

Blues Buster

By | April 30, 2015 at 9:54 am | No comments

By Sunny Simon I awoke before dawn troubled by a disturbing nightmare. Upset and wide awake I roamed around the house in the dark thinking if I moved away from the bedroom dream remnants could not pursue me. I was wrong. Not only did they latch on to me during the early...

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Silence Your Inner Gremlin

Silence Your Inner Gremlin

By | April 22, 2015 at 10:25 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Last week we attended Open Call at the McCallum Theater, an event we look forward to every year. This valley is loaded will an abundance of local talent. In addition to the incredible entertainment, I love watching the interview clips shown before each act. One...

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Reflections of a Bright Red Piggy Bank

Reflections of a Bright Red Piggy Bank

By | April 15, 2015 at 10:30 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon After months of job searching, Diane was excited to be back in the workforce again.  During the first day on her new job she emailed me two JPG files. Opening them I smiled with delight. One was a picture of a cafeteria and the second a bright red piggy bank....

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How to Increase Quality Time

How to Increase Quality Time

By | April 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon The other day I received a note from my friend Jenny in Florida. She read my column about turning down the noise and had this to say: “I try to remind myself everyday to make quiet time for myself. I’m getting better at it. I remember the time when we lost...

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Dealing with the Job Search Blues

Dealing with the Job Search Blues

By | April 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm | No comments

By Sunny Simon Intense frustration permeated my client’s voice. Cathy spent the past twelve weeks diligently working all angles of her job search. Things were finally starting to heat up. Phone screenings led to one-on-one and panel interviews. Agencies entered the picture...

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