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  • Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Congratulations! You made it through another nasty political cycle. But the problems facing America—and the world at large—won’t ever be solved in a single election. 2020 has been a historic…

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  • Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    There’s no doubt social media has the power to bring people together in a powerful way. But it also has the ability to do the opposite. And because the pandemic…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How Sunshine Can Brighten Your Existence

    How Sunshine Can Brighten Your Existence

    Most of us are spending far more time indoors this summer than we’d like. While social distancing and abstaining from as many non-essential outings as possible will continue to be…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Prioritize Self-Care to Maintain Well-Being

    Prioritize Self-Care to Maintain Well-Being

    These are challenging times. Due to the global pandemic, many face significant changes—work-from-home schedules, school closures, quarantines, social distancing, lost incomes, and more. Life as we knew it has significantly…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Teamwork Needed to Fight Climate Change

    Teamwork Needed to Fight Climate Change

    Have you heard? The Earth is still in trouble. Yes, we're in the middle of unprecedented times, but the pandemic will end. And, though carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Setting Your Sleep: How to Improve Sleep Quality

    Setting Your Sleep (Instead of Your Alarm)

    ZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZ. Drifting. Resting. Wandering dreamland. ZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZzzzZZZ. Peace. Tranquility. Sereni—BROMP BROMP BROMP BROMP BROMP

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  • What Your Office Dress Code Says About You

    Is Dress For Success a Thing of the Past?

    It's 2020 and more and more companies are deciding they don't need or want to tell adults how to dress. A new wave of "dress for your day" initiatives were…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Learn How to Remember Names

    5 Simple Tips to Remember the Names of Everyone You Meet

    You've just started a new job. Your boss takes you around to meet the team. One by one, she introduces you to your new co-workers. And one by one, you…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    Floral Designs Inspired by a Deep Love of the Natural World

    Michele Birkner, owner of Michele's Floral Events & Decorative Accessories, credits her success to the influence of her parents. "My mother was creative and artistic, and my dad worked hard…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    5 Ways to Stay Happy This Winter

    We're still over a month away from the true first day of winter. But in the Midwest, we've already experienced two heavy snow falls (the first on Halloween!) and record-breaking…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    How to Meal Prep: A Simple Guide for Beginners

    Meal prep saves money, saves time, reduces stress, and contributes to a healthy, balanced diet. But if you've never done it, this beneficial habit can seem intimidating and overwhelming. Up…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Recognize Employees

    What if you held the power to increase your company's productivity without spending a dime? Pish posh! That seems impossible. Actually, it's far from impossible, and it's quite simple. We…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    How a Water Tower Floods Us with Creativity

    Here at Pearl Insurance, we pride ourselves on thinking outside the box. The ability to examine problems and processes through an unconventional lens has been central to our philosophy ever…

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  • What Does Your Workspace Say About You?
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    What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

    Hang on. I'll give you five minutes to tidy up! It's only fair since that's exactly what I did prior to writing this post. I already knew my desk needed…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    How to Stay Active at Your Desk Job

    It's 8 a.m. You've made your coffee, settled into your workspace, fired up your computer, and begin checking things off your to-do list. Before you know it, it's lunchtime and…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    Heels: Embrace Them or Shun Them?

    Have high heels become an integral accessory in the "boss lady" style in today's workplace or are they still a symbol of a culture that objectifies women and defines standards…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    Press RESET To Refresh

    Have you ever wished for a rewind button when you miss an event? Just like rewinding your favorite show, you could simply replay what was missed. How about a pause…

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    The Thrifty Traveler: 4 Low-Cost Alternatives to Hotels

    In February, I introduced a new blog series, The Thrifty Traveler. In case you missed it, each post focuses on ways to save money while satisfying your wanderlust. Last time,…

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  • Life v. Work: Work-Life Integration Tips for Lawyers
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    Your Most Important Win: Life v. Work

    Lawyers are known for their stressful profession—the demanding hours and struggle for work-life balance. That's why being family-friendly has even become a recruiting point for some firms. But what if…

    by Pearl Insurance
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    Laughter Is a Serious Matter

    When was the last time you laughed? I mean, really laughed? Was it a giggle, chortle, guffaw... or maybe even a snort? How did it make you feel afterward? If…

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  • 5 Benefits of Drinking Water Every Day
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    The Power of One: Making It Rain

    Ever feel the urge to better yourself, only to become overwhelmed by the prospect? After all, self-improvement encompasses the hopes and dreams we have about our future. Trying to transform…

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    The Thrifty Traveler: How to Save Hundreds on Airfare

    This month, I’m introducing a new blog series entitled The Thrifty Traveler. Each post will tackle a different travel subject—from booking cheap flights, to saving on lodging, to finding deals…

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  • How Volunteering Opportunities Benefit Your Wellness
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    Volunteering: A Two-Way Street

    When we think of volunteering, it's often in the context of not having enough time–time to find something we'd like to do and then to show up. It makes it…

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    The Silver Bullet for Your Productivity Problems

    Do you ever feel like your attention is being pulled in a hundred different directions? Thanks to our hyperconnected world, staying focused on what matters can be a daunting task.…

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  • Striking the Right Life Balance Can Re-energize You
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    Striking the Right Balance Can Re-energize Your Life

    Being busy seems to be the newest symbol of status and importance. If you're not juggling your phone, laptop, dozens of projects at work, and multiple volunteer commitments at your…

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    Don’t Let Holiday Stress Make You the Grinch

    Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. For many, “Tis the season to be jolly,” but for others, “Bah, humbug.” The difference in mood could depend on your expectations…

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    Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha As Buddha famously put it, you are worthy of your own love. In a…

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  • I Quit Streaming TV for One Month and This Is What Happened
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    I Quit Streaming TV for One Month and This Is What Happened

    It was a Sunday in September. I decided to ease into the day with an episode of Shameless. “Just one episode,” I lied to myself, “and then I’ll be productive.”…

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    Sun-Ripened Productivity: How a Fruit Can Cultivate Focus

    We live in an age of fractured focus. Our attention spans are commodities that millions of voices, products, games, and services are in an arms race to capture each day.…

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    The A to ZZZZ on Sleep

    There's a lot of information, apps, home remedies, and anecdotal evidence surrounding sleep. We all do it every night, with varying degrees of success, so we have a backlog of…

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