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A Celebration of Love: Favorite Movie Kissing Scenes

We’ve given a lot of advice here at Emma Approved about healthy relationships and the personal work that goes into building them. Questions to explore before leaping into love, how to add some magic to your romantic life, ways to create balance in your relationships, and tips on maintaining your own identity when you finally find the right partner, just to name a few. If you’re new to Emma Approved, search our archive – you’ll find a treasure trove of helpful posts about love and romance.

But in the end, no matter how he asks you out or what you have in common (or don’t), a lot of it just comes down to chemistry. That glorious feeling that occurs when the two of you are together. There’s a reason they call it fireworks!! And nothing does fireworks quite like the movies! In celebration of the wonder of true love, here are some of my favorite kissing scenes. Please feel free to add some of your favorites in the comments.

May all of you have kisses in your life that are passionate, romantic, adventurous and sweet!


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Life and Career Advice: How to Negotiate and Compromise


Regardless of how much we plan and organize, sometimes life throws things our way that we have no control over. And when those things are in direct opposition to the goals we are trying to accomplish, the ability to negotiate a compromise is a valuable skill. Here are a few thoughts on finding common ground that can be applied to both your professional and personal life.

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Quiz: What kind of volunteer are you?

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When people first decide to volunteer for charity or a non-profit organization, they focus all their time and energy on picking the perfect cause. But in addition to picking an organization you believe in to volunteer for, you should also spend some time figuring out what you’d like to be doing there. Believe it or not, it might not be related to your job skills, education, or your usual role among your friends and family. Just because you are an accountant who helps all your loved ones with their taxes, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider picking up a hammer to help build a house. Volunteering can be a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and do some of the things your personal and professional life may not allow.

It’s easy to be very gung ho about helping the world when you first start volunteering, but as career and family pressures kick in and leave little room for extra curricular activities, helping others can take a back seat. Charities need consistency, and one of the best ways to ensure that is to make sure the people working with them are enjoying themselves. Here is a quick quiz to help you decide what comes naturally to you and what kind of volunteer activities you might enjoy most.

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Life Advice: Seeing the Bigger Picture

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A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about “Getting Unstuck,” in which I talked about taking the time to get in touch with what truly matters to you and then making sure that your goals are aligned with these deeper values. I wouldn’t be a very good lifestyle professional if I couldn’t follow my own advice.

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Life advice: Etiquette for running into someone from your past


Or to be more specific running into someone you never wanted to see or hear from again.  It could be facing the drama of an ex-boyfriend or an ex-best friend, the kind that ended in shouting and tears.  Or the awkwardness of that person you dated three times and never called back.  Perhaps a childhood friend you just let drift away or an old coworker whose Facebook friend request you ignored.  In the end it’s all the same.  You’re being forced to confront a person you used to share some sort of intimacy with and it’s difficult.

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Career Advice: Tips for Winning New Clients

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For those with an entrepreneurial bent, finding and solidifying new clients is an ongoing part of the business. No matter how busy an assignment may be keeping you, you always need to remain in “marketing” mode so that when your current project ends, you’ve got the next one lined up. Ideally, one success should lead to another, but if you’re just starting out (or starting out on your own for the first time after years of working for someone else), connecting the dots can take some practice. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you seal the deal.

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Career Advice: Finding and Working with Mentors

Close up view of two women shaking hands outdoorsOne of the things I really love about my work is seeing people succeed. No matter what stage of career you’re at, a mentor is something everyone can use when trying to take that next leap in potential. If you’re just starting out, a little guidance can help set you in the right direction and smooth the path to success. If you are further along in your career, a mentor can help you navigate the more complex choices that come up when you find yourself responsible not just for your own future, but for those of your employees and your company as a whole. Here are a few things to think about when finding a mentor.

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Career Advice: It’s Never Too Late To Start

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One of the most challenging things about embarking on the road to success can be the feeling that you’ve missed your chance. That you’re too late to the party. That you’re too old. But you are the only person who can permanently shut the window of opportunity. As long as you are willing to take a chance and put yourself out there, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. Here are a few things to think about when setting out on the road to reinvention.

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He Said / She Said: Alex vs Emma

SheSaid_HeSaidHere at the Highbury Partners Lifestyle Group, we believe that everyone’s input is important. A good idea can come from anyone, regardless of title or experience. However, that doesn’t mean that we all always agree on how to get things done. Although Alex and I both have the best interests of the company at heart, we often disagree about the most effective route to success. Therefore, we thought we’d give you each of our perspectives on some of the career and life topics we often cover on our blog. We each came up with two questions, and you’ll find all four of our answers below. Enjoy!

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Career advice: Know your own worth

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Achieving your dreams and working towards your goals is a lifelong pursuit.  It can be much harder than you assumed, and it’s natural to feel impatient or stuck at times.  But the worst thing you can do is give up or settle.  It may be about the journey, not the destination, but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to get where you want to be.

Some of the most common reasons people settle for less than they deserve include a tendency to feel overly grateful for opportunities (especially since the recession), wanting to be appreciative of what they have instead of complaining about what they don’t, and judging themselves on their mistakes instead of their accomplishments.  All of these habits are part of trying to be a better person, but if taken too far, they turn into unhealthy behavior.  Unfortunately, women have been shown to be prone to succumbing to some of these habits.  Studies show women still make significantly less than men, and a huge reason behind this inequity is their avoidance of negotiating.  Of standing up and saying, “This is what I can do and you’re lucky to have me.”  They don’t know what they are worth and wait for someone to come along and tell them.

The most damaging thing you can do is doubt yourself.  To assume you haven’t gotten what you wanted because you are not worthy and never can or will be. You stop seeing yourself and your own value clearly. But success is based on many factors, including timing and luck. Here are a few tips on knowing your own worth in the workplace, and realizing how much you have to offer the world.

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