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Why Redundancy Can Be a Blessing in Disguise

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Being made redundant can be difficult financially and emotionally. Some people may experience feelings of grief and loss, and worry about where to turn next. It’s also normal to feel a loss of control, which can be unsettling.

However, while it might not feel like it, redundancy can also be a blessing in disguise. As the saying goes, “when one door closes, another one opens,” and what lies behind that door could be more exciting than you might think.

If you’re facing redundancy, it’s important to remember that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Here are three reasons why…

Redundancy Can Offer You a Chance to Reflect

Humans are creatures of habit, and it’s easy to become so used to living a certain way that we forget there could be other ways to do things.

This can apply to work. If you’ve been in a job role for many years, then it could’ve been a while since you considered whether there’s another job you could be happier doing or whether you’re learning as much as you’d like. Or even whether you actually enjoy your job or are just coasting along.

You might’ve also become set in your routines and behaviours in other aspects of life due to work. Perhaps you’re used to saying no to social plans because you’re too tired or busy. Or maybe standing squashed on a busy train for an hour every morning has become the norm.

When we get comfortable with our life setup, it can be easy to settle and avoid rocking the boat due to fear of the unknown. But that doesn’t mean that our situation is serving us as well as it could. And even if you like your job, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t an opportunity out there that could be even better.

Though redundancy can cause anxiety and uncertainty, it can also offer you a chance to reflect and ask yourself questions about where you’d like to take your life next – questions that you might never have asked otherwise. For example, could I be happier in a different career? What matters to me most? How can I try to make sure that my life aligns with my core values and beliefs?

Redundancy Can Lend Way to New and Exciting Opportunities

Sometimes redundancy can prompt a positive change in life that we didn’t necessarily know we wanted or needed – such as retraining for a new career, swapping full-time for part-time work, or even setting up a business that aligns with your passions and interests.

Many people worry that finding new opportunities and adventures in your 60s and beyond isn’t possible. But more and more people are proving that this isn’t the case, and that it’s never too late to step outside of your comfort zone and do something completely different.

For example, in the UK, breast cancer survivor and mum-of-four Glaucia Sayers became a nanny at 60. 52-year-old Christine Rollinson also graduated with a university degree in criminology after leaving an unhappy relationship and finding herself with no job and no home just four years earlier.

And after her 60th birthday, Sue French decided to swap full-time employment for a part-time community-based role that gave her the work-life balance she’d been craving.

Though redundancy can be a devastating time, it can help to try and see it as the beginning rather than the end. Things might feel sad and hazy to start with, but there can be something liberating about being given the push you might’ve needed to challenge yourself and experience new growth. Yes, losing your job can be the end of an era, but it can also be the perfect time to reinvent yourself.

Redundancy Can Give You a Chance to Strengthen Bonds with Friends and Family

When we come out of long-term relationships, we often go through many emotions and realisations; a common one being that we’ve drifted away from friends (and possibly even family) over the years. This could be due to moving to live with a partner or because we just don’t have as much time as we did when we were single.

Jobs can work in much the same way and so when faced with redundancy, it’s not uncommon to see just how much long hours and work fatigue have distanced us from loved ones.

Though this can be a startling revelation, it can also be a chance to reconnect with friends, family, and acquaintances, and consider what sort of work-life balance you might like to achieve in your next opportunity.

And Finally…

Redundancy can be upsetting, and it’s perfectly okay to take some time to come to terms with the change and grieve the loss of that part of your life.

But try to remember that there will always be a better day and new, exciting chapters to be written, depending on what path you decide to take next.

As Socrates once said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Have you been through redundancy? Has it led to something better? Do you have any advice for coping with redundancy to share with our readers? Let’s start a conversation!

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Danielle Olivera’s Blue Draped Cutout One Shoulder Dress

Danielle Olivera’s Blue Draped Cutout One Shoulder Dress / Summer House Fashion Season 8 Episode 14

Danielle Olivera looked stunning for Jesse Solomon’s surprise party on last nights episode of Summer House in her blue draped cutout one shoulder dress. While Jesse’s performance pretty much stole the show, she deserved her own clap for this gorgeous dress. The one shoulder styling, side cutouts, and draped detail ensured she stood out with every step. So tap into Danielle’s style and show up for your next dinner with a stunning new dress below!

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Danielle Olivera's Blue Draped Cutout One Shoulder Dress

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5 Prickly Challenges to Avoid When Selling Your Small Business

5 Prickly Challenges to Avoid When Selling Your Small Business

Once you’ve decided on selling your small business, get ready for a journey through a thorny thicket! If you’re not careful, you might find yourself stuck by an un-foreseen challenge. Here are five prickly issues you should keep an eye out for:

Dreaming Too Big with the Sale Price

First things first, let’s talk money. Setting a realistic sale price for your small business can be trickier than it seems. If you aim too high, potential buyers might think you’re living in a fantasyland. On the flip side, lowballing can leave you counting your losses. To navigate this, take a good look at your financial situation, check out what’s happening in your industry, and be honest about your business’s worth. Your CPA or a small business exit specialist can also help you determine a realistic business value.

Rocky Earnings and Financial Rollercoasters

Buyers are like detectives when it comes to finances – they’re going to dig deep. If your earnings are all over the place or your cash flow resembles a rollercoaster, you might scare off potential buyers. Before you put your business on the market, tidy up those finances. It may take some time to clean up the financial statements, but it’s well worth it in the end. Keep in mind the ideal time to sell your business is when your sales and profits are on the uptick.

Messy Books and Records

Details matter, especially when you’re selling a business. If your books and records are a chaotic mess, you’re asking for trouble. Buyers want to see the nitty-gritty of your business, and if they can’t make heads or tails of your documentation, you might be in for a rough ride. Spend time getting your paperwork in order – it’ll make the whole process smoother and more attractive to buyers.

Sticking Too Hard to Your Terms

Getting to yes is an art and being too stubborn can be a deal-breaker. Whether it’s the payment plan or the transition period, a bit of flexibility goes a long way. If you’re too rigid, you might send potential buyers running for the hills. Find that sweet spot between meeting their needs and protecting your interests. It’s like a dance – two steps forward, one step back, one to the side.

Forgetting to Plan

Winging it might work for a road trip, but not for selling a business. Lack of planning can turn the full process into a chaotic mess. Take the time to create a solid exit strategy. Map out the steps, address potential bumps in the road, and make sure everyone involved knows the plan. Planning might not be the most exciting part, but it’s the GPS that’ll keep you from getting lost on this journey.

In a nutshell, selling your small business is a balancing act. Keep it real with the price, improve financial results, tidy up those financial records, be flexible in negotiations, and plan like there’s no tomorrow. With these strategies, you can navigate the tricky road to a successful sale, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and the lucky buyer taking the reins of your business.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What thorns and thistles do you foresee in selling your business? What might get in the way of a potential buyer taking over the reins from you? I’m curious what might prevent you from exiting your business the way you’d like. Please make a comment or ask a question below. Thank you.

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How to Look Sun-Kissed This Summer

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I’m so excited. It’s nearly summer! If you’re like me, getting outside and enjoying nature, sunshine, warmth, and family are top of my list. With that though often come sunburn, skin damage, and potential dehydration we all want to avoid.

How can we get the lovely, bronzed beauty look of the sun, without the negative downsides? What’s more, how can we avoid foundation altogether, yet not have the weird look of a pale-face (from using sunblock) with a lovely, tanned body?

Looking weird is, well, bottom of my list, so with that in mind, here are my suggestions to have a sun-kissed look without the sun damage.

Bronzing Gel

In the above video, I demonstrate how to use a bronzing gel without foundation to add color. Bronzing gel can be amazing, or it can make you look like you’ve been vomiting. I used FACE Atelier Pro Ultra Sheer Bronzer, which goes on sheer and adds a lovely warmth to the skin without heading toward the crazy-lady orange-face look.

You can also combine your foundation with the gel bronzer, or apply a sheer foundation on top of the bronzer. I chose to go for the no-foundation look, with a little Amazing Concealer to brighten under my eyes.

Powder Bronzer

Having some definition under your cheekbones, jawline, and forehead can be really stunning in the summertime. It’s a simple trick and makes a huge difference. I used Bobbi Brown Medium Bronzer blended in on top of the gel bronzer to achieve this.

As a warning, if you have oily skin, be sure to powder your gel bronzer before you use the powder bronzer. You know that streaky makeup look you see on some ladies in the grocery store checkout queue? We want to avoid that. It’s an extra step, but worth the time spent.

Cream Shadow, Cream Blush

Break out the cream makeup! Cream eye shadow and blush hold up wonderfully well in hot, sweaty weather. Recently, I worked on a photo shoot in the 90-degree heat of Costa Rica.

Besides getting dehydrated, diarrhea (too much information, I know), and nausea through the whole four-day shoot (yikes), the makeup looked gorgeous and didn’t need retouching because I used almost exclusively cream products.

Thank goodness, because I kept dashing to the bathroom and guzzling Coca Cola to keep me from passing out (always fun).

In the video, I used MAC Pro Longwear Paint-pot in Groundwork all over my eye lid, and Jane Iredale Gel Mystikol Eyeliner in Dark Topaz. On my cheeks I used MAC Glowplay Blush in Cheer Up blended on top of my cheekbone and into my brow bone. It’s a lovely peachy shade that makes my skirt fly up.

Don’t Forget the Sunblock!

There must be a million sunblock products on the market. I love Image Skin Care Prevention SPF 30, and have been using it for years. In truth, you don’t need an SPF higher than 30, as the difference in length of time and quality of protection between 30 and 50 is minimal.

If you’re out in the sun, be sure to reapply every two to three hours. Having said that, we have all been locked inside for a year due to the pandemic, and we need some vitamin D! My advice is to protect the skin on your face but allow your body to receive the full suns rays until your skin starts to turn color, then apply sunblock.

Enjoy the summer sunshine, protect your skin, and look like the bronzed goddess I know you are! Happy family time, outdoor activities, and sunshine!

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What do you expect to do as the weather warms up and summer arrives? How do you plan to protect your skin? Do you use sun tan makeup to look sun-kissed? Which products are your favorite during the summer season?

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