Getting one’s financial house in order is usually at the top of annual New Year’s resolutions, but far too often, we overlook and even neglect making critical decisions during the last few months of the year that can impact our personal financial situations for this year, next year, and for years to come.
Many of us in the LGBT community were happy to see 2016 come to an end. Last year we felt the shock of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. We mourned the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael. And we suffered a setback in the march toward equality through the election of Donald Trump.
Many employees receive mixed signals about taking time off for the holidays. For example, in one recent company event, it had been relayed to me that the CEO told his employees to “Have a great Holiday … but make your numbers,” then turned to his head of HR, and asked, “Is that what you wanted me to say?” This CEO is a notorious non-stop work machine. Throughout the room, you could hear people murmuring, agitated by the words they just heard. The general takeaway from this audience was a question of whether or not taking time off from work for the holidays would be acceptable, or would it be perceived as taking their eyes off the ball. Knowing the CEO never stops working, people were unsure if this was expected of them, too.
in the spring, summer, and fall. Her favorite pastimes – which include going on walks, going to the dog park, running at full speed in our yard, going swimming – are all outdoor activities. She gets to expend all of her energy and to experience all sorts of things thanks to being out and about in the world. She absolutely hates being outside in the winter, however. Her small body and her short coat make her very prone cold temperatures. She will literally run out to go to the bathroom, turn tail, and run back inside immediately to avoid being in the cold. In the months of December, January, and February, this obviously leads to large periods of time spent in the house. Being stuck in the house, in turn, leads to pent-up energy, boredom, and frustration. Unchecked, this can result in destructive behavior. It is not unusual for a bored dog to chew up shoes, remote controls, furniture. Violet and Henry especially loves destroying their dog beds in fits of boredom. So in an effort to keep the canine energy levels from building up too high and to keep boredom levels low, Connor and I have become innovative about ways to create winter quality time for the dogs.
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