As a new year starts, I want to share what happened in the past 365 days and how I have decided to adjust my company.
“Be sure to take your vitamins!”
This is the message we hear starting in childhood: that supplements are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
But despite a widespread belief that they are safe because they are natural, the truth is that some supplements can be quite dangerous. Rather than enhancing health, consuming them in high quantities (or in conjunction with other medications) could result in terrible health outcomes.
I had the pleasure of spending an entire day with physicians at the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) annual conference in Seattle on Saturday, October 12.
In addition to the fantastic speakers who talked about medicolegal issues, technology, and population health, I also heard about policy development with the House of Delegates and new legislative issues at the state and federal level.
Here are my take-aways from the experience.
How do Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) and Direct Sales companies persuade so many people to join?
I will explain which 6 Principles of Persuasion were used to lure me into signing up… twice! …and what you can do to recognize the signs of a predatory company.
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which affects millions of people to this day, is now available as a 5-part HBO mini-series.
Here is what it taught me about having the courage to speak up.
Take Your Child to Work Day, officially known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, takes place each year on the fourth Thursday in April.
Let me share my experience of participating in it for the first time.
We don’t get to choose our first name, at least not for the first 18 years of life. It’s something our parents pick; their first gift to us, so to speak.
While we do have the option to change it once we reach adulthood, most of us stick with our given name for life.
March 17 is an American holiday to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Although it was not originally celebrated in Ireland, this day is important to Irish immigrants as a way to remember their heritage.
And it’s one that I have never celebrated. Until recently.
As with most oral family histories, mine was shared by relatives who spent time digging through genealogical records. I knew that my Dad’s side was German & English, and my Mom’s side was mostly English (my Grandmother is a descendant of the first King of England, Egbert of Wessex).
But that’s where my identity ended. Mostly English, with a German surname from my Dad’s side.
As part of my Year In Review, I kept track of how many books I was able to read. Compared to last year, I finished fewer books (21 books versus 26 last year). But although less of my time in 2018 was spent reading, I chose to delve into a few subjects that took more effort to get through.
Another year has come to a close.
It’s time to reflect on how 2018 went.
And that can feel… like getting your teeth drilled at the dentist’s office.
I’ll admit, as much as I believe in how great the Year In Review process is, that doesn’t make it entirely pleasant to actually experience. But the benefits make this sometimes painful process worthwhile.
You’re invited to read my analysis of what happened—good and bad—for my business in 2018.