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Spring Break's Over. Now What?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 06:40
We recently returned from our long-awaited spring break. Several months of planning and build-up went into this year's trip—which was all that I could hope for. We had great weather, we had quality family time, and we created memories that lasted a lifetime. Read more...

An Ode to Summer Camp

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:00
When I look back on my time at summer camp, I recall very specific experiences—learning to fold and care for the American flag; hitting my first full canter astride a horse; learning sign language; pouring lye down the outhouse privy; synchronized swimming in the pond; singing silly songs around a campfire; peaceful devotions under a pine tree canopy; and maybe even a few preteen crushes. Read more...

How to Avoid a Networking Disaster

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, networking is a necessary evil—unless, of course, you work in a cave and are required to stay in said cave and never leave. Most of us in the professional world need to attend lunches, evening soirees and breakfast events to grow our network and to build mutually beneficial relationships; this is also referred to as business development. It isn't that hard, right? You just show up, have a couple of drinks, make conversation, and BOOM!—a great relationship is born. Wouldn't it be great if it were really that easy? Read more...
What movies were you watching when you were young? Do you still watch them today? Does your significant other dare to give you a hard time about that? The West Michigan Woman team thought it might be fun to share some of our old movie favorites with you. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane. Be sure to tell us the name of your favorite "back in the day" flick!   GREASE I remember going to the State Theatre multiple times to see the movie Grease. I couldn't wait to get the two-pack record for my birthday. I… Read more...

How to Stay Motivated Throughout the Year

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00
Beginning a new year can be tricky. Many of us start the year with such hope and determination. "This is going to be my BEST year ever!" Then a couple months in, life happens—and before we know it we're back to our old ways. But wait! Don't give up! Read more...
We've all heard the old adage: "Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute." But should it really read, "Nothing makes a person more 'creative' than the last minute"? My husband sure thinks so, and apparently he is not alone. Here are five things I have learned about "pro" and "pre" crastinators: Read more...

Is My Survival Happy Enough?

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00
Receiving alarming health news stirs up myriad emotions. I think we all start at shock. Fear likely creeps in next, followed immediately by panic. Some then move to the "Why me?" phase, and others jump straight into action mode. Read more...

Why Girlfriend Getaways After 40 are Better!

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00
Last November, I took my first "real" girls' trip since having kids. Sure I'd gone on a few weekend getaways, but the destinations were always within a two to three-hour drive. This time, my friend announced that for her 40th birthday, she'd be planning something bigger and more fun! After a few hundred group texts were exchanged—including destination ideas, movie clips from Bridesmaids and messages taunting those who were on the fence, it was game on. We were heading to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Read more...
Carolyn Stich is the owner of the Carolyn Stich Studio in downtown Holland. Her painting Joy of Spring won the Tulip Time Festival 2015 Art in Bloom poster contest. Carolyn has participated in the contest since its 2011 inception. "I love Holland. Holland has been so good to me. It has been a long dream of mine to be the Tulip Time poster winner." Read more...

Excel! (Or, What Word Guides Your Business?)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 05:50
Excel! 'Tis the season to be working on New Year's resolutions, right? Most people find it easy to set a New Year's resolution—yet the tough part is following through with what you pick. It's easy to set the bar high, but what if you only had one resolution to hit? Would it be easier to achieve? Read more...