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5 Tips for Delivering Bad News Gracefully

Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:02
No one wants to deliver unwelcome news. It's no fun for both the recipient and the messenger. But sometimes it’s a necessary evil of doing business, and you’re the unfortunate soul who has to bear the burden. Here are five tips to mitigate the drama: Let your own emotions run their course before you have to share the news with others. You may not like or agree with the news you must deliver, but there is a reason why it must be done. Find a way to come to terms with it in your own mind so you don’t bring… Read more...

I'd Rather Talk About Me

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 16:05
It has been my observation that people are not very good listeners and they are usually not interested in other people unless it has some direct bearing on their own lives. When they ask you how you are, they expect you to say, "I'm fine, thanks, and how are you?" They don't expect you to really tell them how you are doing. And if, by chance, you should make the egregious mistake of actually answering the question, they are often thinking about what they are going to respond before you finish talking because they don't care enough about what you… Read more...

Girl's Night Out

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 10:04
For many women in West Michigan having “girl time” is a consistent priority. It represents a moment to laugh, relate, and bond with your friends. “Girl’s Night Out” generally entails dinner and/or drinks at a local bar. While it’s definitely fun to try new restaurants and laugh over a glass of wine, this choice isn’t for everyone. Eating out can be bad for your budget, many women tend to order more than they originally intended and at the end of the night they regret the bill sitting in front of them. It can be bad for your health; at a… Read more...
Love is in the air, wedding bells are chiming left and right, and you need a date! Grand Rapids native and wedding connoisseur Michelle Weber shared some helpful advice to ensure your plus one is a hit not a miss. Know your environment. Before you begin thinking about who you are going to bring, you have to consider where you are going. Weddings vary in size, cost, and society; sometimes one date doesn’t fit all. Consider the relationship you have with the people at the wedding. Is this a work wedding? College buddy bash? Family focused soiree? The nature of… Read more...
Teenagers use baseball metaphors to explain sexual progress, but for grown-up advice, football may be better, especially for women. At the start of a football game, the team that wins the coin toss gets to decide which to play: offense or defense. Usually, the team chooses offense, but if there’s a good reason to start on defense (wind or sunlight conditions), the team will choose defense instead. This is something like how things are for women. It’s wise for women to “play defense” when it comes to sexuality, at least early on in a relationship when sexual activity is just… Read more...

The Art of Alone Time

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:02
Instead of waiting for someone else to make you feel fulfilled or settling for a relationship out of desperation just so you're not alone, make a date with yourself, and follow these seven tips to developing a better relationship with yourself. Learn about yourself Uncover your strengths and your weaknesses, and embrace who you truly are. Through coaching, therapy, or good old fashioned journaling, discover your joys, passions, and areas on which you'd like to work–then turn realization into action! Depend on yourself In order to build self-esteem and confidence in your own abilities, make a conscious choice to take… Read more...

Conquering Jealousy

Sunday, 06 May 2012 12:22
On the outside, jealousy as an emotion seems common, and conquerable. But when the beast rears its ugly head, the emotion is anything but manageable and can bring out the worst reactions and fears. How can you really triumph over jealousy? The first step is looking it right in the eye. When feelings of jealousy bubble up, and before you lash out, try to realize what triggered them. Make a mental note or even a list of the things that make you feel jealous and begin to realize if there is a pattern or one glaring thing that sparks all… Read more...
Kathey Batey is the author of Suddenly Single, a book about how to transition into the single life and live it successfully. Kathey shared some advice with us reflecting on her own experiences as a speaker, author, and woman.   West Michigan Woman: Tell us about your book, Suddenly Single. What inspired you to write it?Kathey Batey: I wrote the book Suddenly Single as a gentle  guide for people in the pain and confusion of divorce or losing a spouse to death. Having experienced a divorce sixteen years ago, I understand the trauma of this event. However, this is a transition… Read more...

Break the Ice with Your Ex

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:21
Small communities remind residents that it truly is a small world after all. As such, chances are if you have an ex living in the West Michigan vicinity, you'll run into him sooner or later. How do you break the ice when you see him for the first time? What's the best way to sound sophisticated, put together, and not at all like you're pining for the good old days? If you know, please tell us, because we don't, but we do have some tips for making that conversation as civilized as possible. Don't be afraid to say hello. If… Read more...

Hire a Coach for Better Relationships

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:29
We read a lot about relationships–how to get them, how to maintain them, what to do when we lose them. But what about entering into a relationship that will help you with all your other relationships? That's where Personal Coach Tricia Bosma comes in. "I come along side a person, help them to decipher their agenda for life. Maybe they're having a problem at work or at home or they're just feeling stuck in some way in their life. I am there to listen to them, and I ask very deliberate, poignant questions to help them figure out the next… Read more...
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