Jill Johns International - Helping Women Take Flight.
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A Breath of Fresh Air: Mindful Breathing

In 2001, I packed my seven suitcases and left the City of Lights aboard a bullet train named "adulthood" with my 3 month old son and non-English speaking husband in tow. 
I spent the next 15 years tumbling through life: I got a job, bought a house, bought a car, had another kid, got promoted, moved, got an advanced degree, got divorced, changed jobs, got promoted again, got married, changed houses, changed jobs, got fired, started a business, got cancer, kicked cancer, got two jobs, sold a business, quit a job and thousands upon thousands of smaller, yet equally impactful, things along the way.

From Corporate Junkie to Entrepreneur

I know, it sounds cliché...I left a lucrative corporate career to start my own business. I wanted more freedom, more flexibility, more autonomy. Blah, blah, blah.

Actually, that’s not how it started for me. I am one of those rare breeds who LOVED working in corporate America. I love the intricacies of corporate culture. I love the seeming inability to impact change. I love the rules, the containers and even the politics. And much to my dismay, corporate kicked me out. Fly, little birdie, fly!

Personalities and business relationships

By now, you have identified that some of your business relationships are easier for you than others. Why is that? Why does one colleague completely annoy you while you can easily tolerate another’s quirks?
It boils down to personality. Your personality. Their personality. And even your company’s “personality.”
Most people enjoy/appreciate working with people who are like them. It’s the ego effect of business relationships. If you, your colleagues and your company are Type A, then you’re in luck!

Business Relationships

You've done it. You've made it through your first full work week of the new year. How's it going? Did you jump right back in where you left off? Or are you taking a different approach in the new year?
I have decided to take a slightly different approach in 2014. It's a more targeted approach. For me, and hence for you, my faithful readers, 2014 is the year of the
"business relationship."
What is a business relationship, you may ask? Well, I can tell you it's not about making googly eyes at the hottie who works down the hall from you.

Thank you

Affirmation: “'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” - Alice Walker
I remember the first time I readThe Secretby Rhonda Byrne, I was shocked and amazed by the simplicity of the message. The concept that impressed me the most is a very simple concept and it has become a part of my daily routine. Each morning, as I step out of bed, as I place my right foot down, I say “thank.” As I place my left foot I say “you.
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