Monday, December 8, 2014

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Monday, November 24, 2014

New Blog Link: Eating Well

Just added a page taking you to Eating Well - a great resource for planning helpful meals and habits. Check the site out here:

http://www.eatingwell.com/free_downloads/1500_calorie_meal_plan_shopping_list

Download your free PDFThere is a lot of great information, but I am using the meal planner to go gluten free (more or less)...

Your Free PDF should already be downloading in a new browser window, but you can also download it now .
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving

Woman lying on couch surrounded by shopping bagsWhat are your favorite resources for holiday tips and tricks?  I am a HUGE Real Simple fan - here is their guide: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/thanksgiving?xid=rs-cm-1114

What are you thankful for?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Many 55 Plussers are looking for new opportunities post "retirement"

Many of our DelMarVa neighbors come here as a part of a retirement plan, but may not have much of a plan at all.  Dreams of enjoying life near the beach or in more rural areas may have been dampened by the unexpected expense of actually living here full time.  Or, worse, by boredom!

Many of my 55+ clients are bored and miss the social aspects of working. However, there are not a lot of jobs out there and the ones that are available are quickly snapped up.  Often we talk about updating computer skills, many of which are free online, like www.gcflearnfree.org.

Sometimes self-employment makes sense.  If you have already had a full career you most likely have knowledge or skill you may be able to turn into profit by starting a local or internet business.  Or, you may have a hobby that could be transformed into a second career.

One of my clients, 80+ took so many pottery classes that she became a teacher at a local college of life long learning - she was previously a real estate agent, if memory serves!  She tells me she took one class and was hooked!

Keeping the mind sharp is always a recommendation, no matter your age.  For this, I often recommend http://www.lumosity.com or learning a foreign language at a local library or community college.

Your local library can be a great place to be social and feed your brain.  Often they have people available to teach basic computer skills or even offer more advanced classes. If you don't have a library card, I strongly urge to to visit your nearest library and get one.

Most people are here because they want to be - I know I am.  I think it is a great place to be if your are retiring, starting a second career or going into business.  I came across this article not long ago that may be of interest to you: http://longtermcare.gov/where-you-live-matters/staying-in-your-home/ .

What do you think?  I would love to know!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JUST SAY NO!: Address on your resume, that is...

I just finished a familiar conversation with a new resume client that went something like: CLIENT: My address is missing from my resume! I have never seen a resume without a street address. CAREER COACH: Resumes are so public these days... Read more.

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Yikes! Snakes

Ok - the other day Jim went into our age-challenged shed to get some pots and noticed what looked to be a relatively large black snake up on a shelf and wrapped around our little smokey joe.  Not too worried, we left it alone, thinking it would pass on by.....

Tuesday, we got into the shed for blackberry netting and found that there was not one, but two snakes!  Black snakes are not poisonous, but the do bite! FYI per DNREC there are no poisonous snakes in Delaware.  I am not sure what they eat, but I hope it is big spiders and small moles.... Flies and mosquitos would be nice, too!  Here is a video of Jim cutting the poor things loose.  You will never guess where they went when they got loose - yup! the shed!  Oh well, I guess I will just be more careful when I go into the shed....










Thursday, April 3, 2014

Walking - Back on Track!

It felt good to get out walking today - it feels like it is finally spring!  Here is a little clip of my walk on give it 100:


If you have a goal or project you are working on Give it 100 may be worth checking out! The theory behind it is that by uploading videos (10 seconds) each time you engage in your targeted goal you will garner reinforcement - not only by "seeing" your progress, but receiving nods from others!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cost of Living at the Beach - Too High?


This morning, on the radio, I hear put to numbers what I kind of already knew.... We pay more for stuff here at the beach!  I didn't know the cost of living for Lewes, DE was over 48% higher than the national average. Nor did I know (but I had a feeling) that Rehoboth Beach, DE cost of living is even higher - 55% over the national average .

The information is coming from an article about retiring in Delaware by MarketWatch and outlines the upside - lower taxes, living by the water a quieter lifestyle.  All good to great reasons to live at the beach!  But does the benefit outweigh the expense.

Yes.  Simple as that.  Here we have a lifestyle not so available to many American's or even East Coasters.  In a relatively, rural setting with nearby shopping, recreation and cities just far enough away to make a daily commute nothing (unless you are commuting to one of the cities about two hours away, which some do!).

The taxes are relatively cheap and the air, water, and ground relatively clean.  Some of the people are not that clean, being farmers, construction workers, or chicken plant employees and the like, but they are all good and nice people for the most part.

We can still scrap out a living even if there are few or no jobs.  I know many people that work as Special Education Teachers and retail workers on the side just to afford living here.  Others have their own businesses or a business on the side to augment a job.  A lot of my clients are retiree's who move here and decide they still want to work or own a business and they set about to do just that.

God bless all the hospitality workers who serve us so well and quickly and always with a smile.  We tip more than most, I guess, knowing how hard it is to make a living here (especially in the off season).  But, like everything else there is good value to what we get back.

Maybe not so much of an off season any more.  Often, if the weekend is nicer than normal, even during the winter, we notice an uptick in the traffic and the people and the number of businesses open.  All good stuff. Keep it coming!

Things do change some as people come, even just for a visit or for the summers.  In the end it does add to our community literally and figuratively, I think.  I don't like it when people, either "locals" or "transplants" complain about the changes, though.

People, times, and things change - it is either that or remain stagnant.  The bottom line is... it's better here than anywhere and if you don't think so, don't live here.  I'm glad you're here!

What to you love most about living where you do?

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters - prepared and certified. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials. Besides several blogs, Mary also writes career related articles for Examiner.com and Careerealism.com.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about her and her services: www.Life-Works.Info

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Garden From Garbage


 http://blackthumbgardener.com/1-plants-you-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/
From Black Thumb Gardener
.... My new project! Unbelievable - My daughter, Hope sent me a link about a story sharing how you can grow food from kitchen scraps.  There are a number of articles online about this and all seem relatively simple.  

I read a number of them (click here for the whole list), but liked the one from Black Thumb Gardener as it listed 17 foods you can grow from scraps. Directions included.

Start with a list of produce you use a lot and read about how to grow those to start.  Supplies are simple:  Jars or pots, water, dirt, pebbles, and toothpicks is about as complicated as it gets.  I am feeling confident.

Personally, I am starting with onions, lettuce and celery since I have those on hand now. We also use them regularly, so it would be nice to have a bunch on hand.  Look for more about how this project progresses - I can wait to see!

What will you start with? 

Let me know! 

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters - prepared and certified. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials. Besides several blogs, Mary also writes career related articles for Examiner.com and Careerealism.com.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about her and her services: www.Life-Works.Info

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Give It 100 Days

I just found out about and began using a new site - Giveit100.com.  It prompts you to record a 10 minute video to validate your efforts toward learning or doing something important to you.  The theory is that through the continued effort (100 days - not necessarily consecutive) and the documentation of same via video you will reinforce the development of whatever good habit you are trying to acquire.  I think it's a good one and am trying it out for myself by Walking 1 mile to the Delaware Bay everyday and learning Spanish via online and books (of which I have a ton!:-).

I'll keep you posted!  How about you?  What good habit would you like to take on? Let me know!



Give it 100 - Mary Sevinsky https://giveit100.com/@MarySevinsky #giveit100 via @giveit100

Mary is a CAREER AND OCCUPATIONAL CONSULTANT who is masters - prepared and certified. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Management, Career Assessment & Counseling and in writing Career Articles and Educational Materials. Besides several blogs, Mary also writes career related articles for Examiner.com and Careerealism.com.

She has worked as a CORPORATE MANAGER experienced in hiring, firing and managing a staff of professionals with a multimillion dollar budget. She enjoys WRITING AND EDITING and has spent many years developing Marketing Materials and Presentations, Writing Proposals and Plans, and Conducting Staff Development Sessions in addition to working as a vocational consultant. Learn more about her and her services: www.Life-Works.Info

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