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How To Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help

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As you know, it is my mission to make people’s lives better! While this may sound altruistic, in truth, I get far more in return from helping people than they do from me. Some people are adrenaline junkies; I get a similar rush from seeing someone incorporate positive changes and start living up to their potential.

Sometimes helping people can be tricky, though. Someone may not realize they have a problem or that a behavior pattern is getting in the way of their success. Admitting that you have flaws (word change) can be very scary. And even if someone does realize that they need to make some changes, pride may keep them from reaching out to others for assistance. Here are a few tips on helping someone help him or herself.

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Classical Music

Ep32_main2Ep32_sub3       Dress: Lulu’s  |  Belt: Ami Clubwear – Similar here  |  Heels: City Classified, Lulu’s                 Bag: ModCloth – Similar here

The complete opposite of my intense and passionate comeback is Harriet’s steady and consistent growth.  If I’m a blazing fire, Harriet is a warm spring day.  So when she heals and comes into her own it’s with all the dignity and calm of the beautiful music she loves to listen to and play.  I am so thrilled she’s found her way back to performing, or at least practicing.  She’s very talented and has so much potential.  I remember saying the same thing when we first met, but back then I was talking about her wardrobe.  And I was so right!  Just look at this graceful high collar, sleeveless, bright green dress.  Cutouts along the neckline make it modern and keep it from be stuffy, while the fabric simply flows along her figure, and the the shade is so full of life.  Add even more color with a vibrant orange belt with a bow shaped buckle, a dark blue studded and structured purse, and two toned strappy sandals.  The overall look is neat, organized, dignified and fun.   In other words, very Harriet.

Career Advice: Getting Unstuck

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I’m a big believer in goals and plans. If you want to succeed, you need to identify where you want to be and then come up with a way to get there. But sometimes while you’re following that plan, things change and you must decide whether you’re going to stay the course or chart a new direction.

Often plans change because of external events that are beyond your control. As my business partner would say, life sometimes throws you a curveball. You lose your job. A family member passes away. Your closest friend moves to a new city. When things like this happen, how you react to the situation informs your next leg of the journey. You can let external forces defeat you, or after taking the time you need to emotionally deal with the situation, you can take a deep breath, tap into that deep well of inner strength, and figure out what’s next.

Sometimes the need for change is internally generated, when either you realize that you’ve strayed from the course you initially set for yourself or determine that you’re ready for something new.  I think this type of change is often more difficult to deal with. It’s not forced upon you, so you can just ignore it. The only problem is that shutting your eyes to your own unhappiness doesn’t make you happier. Continue reading

Ask Knightley: Passion in the Workplace

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Thanks to everyone who sent in questions. As always, these answers are just my opinion – they are not necessarily Emma Approved – but hopefully some of you will find an alternate point of view to be helpful. Several of you asked questions about reconciling your interests with your careers, so I thought I’d focus on that today.

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Dreaming of Summer Vacation

ep30_main (3)ep30_sub (1)Dress: Darling – Similar here  |  Purse: Modcloth  |  Pumps; Charles by Charles David

Spring is right around the corner and for various reasons I’ve had summer, travel, and fabulous vacations on my mind.  My recent holiday in Italy did me a world of good, and all around people are starting to plan their summer getaways.  So I couldn’t help but play the part in a bright, white sundress with a full and flirty skirt.  As delectable as spumoni and as light as rainbow sherbet, the coral and mint color-blocked panels add to the holiday feel and the little kid enthusiasm this outfit inspires in me.  Add a matching pastel purse that resembles luggage, comfortable and complimentary pumps, and I’m more than ready for a weekend away.