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Here in the U.S., we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. Arguably my favorite holiday of the year!

You probably already know I love to cook, and yes – I love to eat :)

But this year is super special for me.

You see, a few years back my parents moved to Vegas from New Jersey. They’re not very fond of travel, and I’ve been hosting a group of friends and other family at my house for Thanksgiving — so for the past few years I’ve been missing them. A lot.

Couple months back, I went out on a limb to invite them over for this holiday. I thought if I framed this trip like a stress free adventure – one where I’d take care of all the details to ensure it was truly stress free for them - that maybe they’d be up to come back to the East coast for a bit.

Well…they said YES!

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The weather has taken a chilly turn here in NYC which means I’m busting out my boots and gloves for the first time this season!

Though I’m not a fan of cold weather, I am a huge fan of the holidays. I live for all the cooking and QT with loved ones.

But if your holiday season is anything like mine, it isn’t 100% elves and egg nog. Truth is, we may have to navigate some conflict, like…

  • Heated political throwdowns at the holiday table.  
  • Shopping skirmishes at Target. (While we don’t do holiday gifts, I’ve seen the insanity on the news)
  • General spats that erupt as a result of too much mulled wine … or not enough!

No matter what time of year it is, conflict shows up in our life. Rather than shy away from it, or let it take us down, why not learn to be a better communicator?

That’s why I was so excited when my friend Bob Burg wrote Adversaries into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion.

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“What should I be when I grow up?”

It’s a question we all ask ourselves, whether we’re 11, 31, or 71. More often than not, this question can create a lot of stress, heartache and confusion.

We don’t want to make the wrong choice. We don’t want to miss our highest calling.

But what if that’s the wrong question to ask?

What if shifting just ONE word could trigger us to open our hearts, our imagination and send us in the best and most right direction for us . . .

In today’s episode of MarieTV, learn a better question to ask (and answer) if you want to become all you were born to be.

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Sometimes in life, our greatest strengths can also become our Achilles’ heel. Especially when it comes to our drive and focus at work.

Being ambitious is awesome. But constant connectivity through smart phones and social media does make it challenging to disconnect.

And left unchecked, being in “work mode” all the time can wreak havoc on your relationships.

In fact, a few years back, it caused some serious problems for me. And while it’s something that requires consistent awareness, I can say I’m 1,000% better at shutting down than I used to be.

That’s why I wanted to answer the question about what I personally do to mentally and physically change gears once the work day is done.

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Finding the courage to express yourself isn’t always an easy thing to do.

While technology gives us countless tools to share our creations with the world, it also opens us up to the opinions of others: the good, the bad, and the cruel.

To keep yourself open and continuously creating amidst the rocky terrain of online public opinion is a vital skill, especially when you’re committed to being a force for good.

That’s why I was intrigued when a reader asked how I **personally** deal with criticism online.

Rather than just empathize, I thought I’d share some fun “feedback” from my own critics. If nothing else, I hope it makes you laugh.

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