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Visions for 2016!

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Happy New Year? Seriously! Where did the time go? We say it every year. As I look back I realize I have so much to be thankful for. A lot has happened. I remember being unsure of myself as I rang in 2015 and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of questions when I welcome in 2016.

But here’s what I know. It’s all about you and your mindset. Sure, we never know what the new year will bring but isn’t that uncertainty part of the excitement? The possibilities are endless. We just have to believe, confirm and validate.

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I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Studies have found they don’t work. Here’s what does …setting goals. But not just talking about them put them in print.

 

Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor from Dominican University in California did a study on goal setting and found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.

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Last year I remember gathering a few of my girlfriends with snacks and wine and a lot of magazines to put together a “vision board.” Do you know what those are? It’s basically a tool on which you write down or display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

 

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Some people go all out with these. Here’s my vision board I put together last year. It’s pretty basic.

The theme was mostly about reaching success with my new company and maintaining a life balance both professionally and personally. One of my girlfriends envisioned a new beginning after divorce and a new love in her life. The others were looking for success with changes going on in their lives for both family and work. Initially, they rolled their eyes at me and thought this was a crazy idea. But in the end, everyone had fun and we all agreed this was a great idea; putting our visions, life’s hopes and dreams in words on hardcopy for us to see and the universe to hear. Mine now sits prominently in my home office. So whenever I sit down at my computer to work, I can go back over what I wished for, what is actually happening and what is yet to be.

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So how does it look to me a year later? Many of my visions have already come true. Those that haven’t just yet will be prominently placed on my new vision board to make sure it’s still a priority for me in 2016. I know it all sounds so cheesy and hokey but it’s a great constant reminder for me.

Looking back on my vision board and speaking to my friends about theirs, it’s fun to see how far we’ve all come. And I can’t wait to see how far we will go. Happy New Year to all and here’s to a 2016 filled with your visions, goals and dreams coming true.

Have you made a vision board? Do you have other ways of setting your goals? Share your tips and suggestions.

Sylvia Perez

Lessons Learned Starting My Own Business

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It has officially been one year since I started my company, Sylvia Perez Productions. Wow! Have I learned a lot and Wow! I have so much more to learn.

One thing I know for sure is the business world is definitely different from the broadcast world. As a journalist we are given tight deadlines. Typically you would get an assignment in the morning and have to be done in time for the 11, 4, 5, or 6pm news.

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8 Lessons Learned After Losing Job

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It’s officially 2-years this month that I was let go from my job of more than 20-years at ABC7Chicago. Despite the economy supposedly getting better, I keep reading that more and more people are getting laid off. I remember how horrible I felt that day. But I’m here to tell you it’s definitely NOT the worst thing that could happen, although it may feel that way at the time. If it recently happened to you, just know things will get better but you need to go through a series of steps to make sure it does.

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Vets Fighting Depression On Line

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When Cari Kreger returned home from serving in Afghanistan, she knew she had changed. But she didn’t realize just how much. Kreger was with the Army National Guard’s 1484th Transportation Company. One day, while on Facebook she saw an ad for a free online intervention therapy for veterans who might be suffering from depression. On a whim, she decided to try it out. That, she says, is when she realized she was living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

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Drills and Chills: Going To The Dentist

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Do you suffer from odontophobia aka dental anxiety? There’s a good chance the answer to that question is, YES! In fact 75% of Americans experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe. I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle. What if I told you your next trip to the dentist could be more like a spa outing? Well, maybe not quite. But there is something I think all dental phobics should look into.

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HELP! I Might Be A Helicopter Parent

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I watched her as she walked away from me, went through airport security and I didn’t leave or divert my eyes until she walked out of my sight. Then, my heart ached. I sensed a feeling of loss.

Wait! Don’t feel sorry for me yet. You have to hear the whole story. And I’m being a little overly dramatic here for effect.

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Why Not Just Talk About It

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It happens every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. In the U.S. alone, someone is successful at this every 13 minutes. Do you know what I’m referring to? I hesitate to tell you because once I say the word I fear you will stop reading this.

It’s something no one wants to talk about but should. Maybe if we spoke about it more it would happen less.

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The American Spirit

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I’ve always been a big fan of 4th of July celebrations. Growing up on military bases it was always a special day to pay tribute to my father and the troops.

Today, I’m still a sucker for American patriotism. Every time I go to a parade and see those veterans carrying the American flag it always brings me to tears. They are so proud. It makes me so proud.

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Challenge Coins

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Have you ever heard of a “Challenge Coin”? It’s a term used by the military and service providers to describe special custom made coins that symbolize their unit identity and brotherhood. Each coin has meaning, usually bearing symbols or mottos that show affiliation to a specific group or unit.

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