Honest Unplanned-Leave Excuses To Tell Your Boss, Instead Of The Same Old Sick Leave

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I cannot come to work today because…

1. My maid didn’t come to work today, so I got to do my maid’s work. You have a back up employee to do my work, but I have no backup maid. I am the back up maid. And if my backup in office is on leave too, the work can wait I’m sure. Ain’t no utensils stinking there.

2. I cannot find my Tupperware that I pack my lunch in. I need to spend the day searching for it since it’s the only valuable property I have, and will be leaving it in my will for the kids.

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Life Lessons From a Struggling Swimmer

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Swimming may not be a big deal to many of you out there, but for me, it happens to be something so big, that learning how to swim made its way to my bucket list a long while ago. I usually am that girl who sticks to the walls of  the pool, or walks around in safe water levels, and sometimes shamelessly sneaks into the kids section.  I finally decided to change this and tick learning swimming off my list, and took up swimming classes a while ago. Although I haven’t yet turned into a  mermaid, I have successfully got rid of my fear of drowning, I don’t go to kids pool anymore, and I no longer stand like a statue or walk around like I do in a garden, when I’m in the pool. If someone asks me today if I can swim, my answer wouldn’t be the sheepish No I told people earlier, instead I’d proudly announce that I’m a struggling swimmer. So while I continue my lessons and learn how to swim, here are a few life lessons my struggle with swimming taught me.

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Don’t Wait For The End, To Begin Living

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I’ve been watching a lot of Ted Talks of late, on life, bucket lists and living with passion everyday. Almost every talk I came across, is focused on life, but more importantly life before death, or after near death. Several speakers had one thing in common. Most of them had almost died, and the news of their impending, or near-missed death, made them evaluate their life, the choices they made, the career they chose, the lives they lived. As with these speakers, and many others in the world, life begins with death – ironically much! So many stories out there, of the ones who escaped death, and decided to live a life true to themselves, without regrets. And it makes me wonder, should we really wait for a tragedy, a warning sign, a reminder from life that it is indeed temporary, to start living the life we really wish to live?

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What Are Your Distractions Trying To Tell You?

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I have a terrible habit of unlocking my mobile screen often. When I’m supposed to be doing something important at home, like making an important call or writing, this habit goes beyond unlocking, to scrolling through social media, deleting unnecessary files, changing the wallpaper, to everything I think is important, before going ahead with the actual task. From binge-watching Netflix, spending too much time on social media, deciding to organize the entire house right before a big deadline, stuffing in junk food, we all have ways to distract ourselves, sometimes, without even realizing, what we think is important, is actually a distraction.

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Think You Love Yourself? Think Again

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I am an ardent advocate of self love. Over the years through the ups and downs of life,  I’ve learned to love myself, place myself first, and really be kind to myself. I am much in love with who I am, and who I can be. Self love is often misunderstood to be selfish, but if we don’t learn to love ourselves, what standards are we setting for others to follow? Every change, every joy in life, begins with our love for ourselves, and the acceptance that we are indeed amazing, and deserve it all.

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Getting Out Of A Rut

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Some days we’re ready to take on the world with our super hero capes flying behind us, as we swiftly move through different tasks of the day, all with a smile on our face and energy that could make even caffeine jealous, while other days we just want to cuddle with a blanket on the sofa amidst cookie crumbles, and go on about our days like we were put here on earth just to follow instructions half-heartedly. It’s OK to be on both sides of the spectrum, because just like life, we too cannot be perfect all the time. However, there are times when such days seem to last longer than we’d want, affecting our bodies, minds and lives in general. It happens to all of us. Going through life, most times doing the same thing over and over again, we all tend to fall into a rut every now and then.

I found myself in a rut for quite a few days recently, lacking energy and enthusiasm to do things. My regular work commitments aside, I was hardly doing anything that nourished my mind, body, and soul. I had a million ideas in my head, yet hardly any in action. I didn’t feel like the best version of myself, and despite how beautiful it was, life seemed to be an endless run in the hamster wheel. Thankfully, I buckled up and made efforts to get out of it, and here’s how you can do it too.

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The 3 Second Hack to Becoming a Good Listener – What I Learned Today

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How do you get good at communication? By listening more!

I assumed I’m a good listener, till I learned the difference between listening to understand, and listening to respond. When we listen to respond, we are always on the edge of our chairs, waiting to pitch in our opinions, thoughts and experiences. Sometimes, we cut the speaker towards the end of their sentence, even without realizing it, for we can’t wait to share our response. However, that doesn’t account to good listening, which often times is the foundation of the relationships we form. When  you let the speaker express themselves to their heart’s content, understand what they meant to convey, and only then respond, you lay the foundation for good communication that does justice to both.

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