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Adding an Extra Hand If you own your own business and you have expanded your consumer base in the last year or so, you may be wondering if there is a way to be more efficient in producing your product while addressing the consumer needs. This may have brought you to question if you need an extra hand to help with the business and if it is time to expand your workforce. So, what benefits would bringing a helping hand into the business give you? How could this move help? Though the answers to these questions might be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Avoiding Burnout There are some days where it seems like the work never ends, and if you have a lot of these days then you might be feeling a little burnt out. But how do you avoid feeling this way while still accomplishing your goals? Is there anything that you can do? Though the answers to these questions might be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.
Analyzing Your Relationship
Getting Serious After dating a person that you like, you may be wondering when the appropriate time to take the next step is. You might be falling for the other person, but you might still have concerns as to how fast to take your relationship and when you should move forward. Though everyone might have a different take on when the right time to get serious is, here are some suggestions on what you might look out for.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter Seven
It had been a couple of weeks since Ziggy had left Alicia’s, and she had begun to realize how lonely it was without her cousin’s company. She hadn’t made any friends on campus, mostly due to her frustration in having to use a voice app to speak and her fear that others wouldn’t have the time or patience to wait for her to type out her contributions to the conversation on her phone. However, her voice had slowly begun to come back in the last couple of days, and though it was currently a gravelly mirror of her regular tone of speech, she was ready to get out there and meet some people. Therefore, Ziggy had decided to have a dorm party in order to meet some of the neighbors in her hall. She had made up fliers for the event and put one under each door on her floor, hoping that it would encourage the other students to get together and socialize and make it easier for her to get to know others on campus.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter Twelve
The ride back to the dorms had been filled with silence, and Lana was curious as to Ziggy’s thoughts on the night’s dinner. She hadn’t expected the evening to go perfectly, but she certainly hadn’t expected for her mother to embarrass her by pulling her into the study and lecturing her on dating Ziggy. It was her understanding that her parents wanted her to know the barriers that everyone else had to get through to live a decent life. Therefore, it was confusing to her as to why it was okay for her to live like an average person for a period of time but not okay to date someone without a successful reputation.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter One
“Zigs, you’re going to be late,” her cousin, Alicia called from down the hall. Ziggy looked at her clock and noticed that she had taken more than the intended twenty minutes to get dressed, grabbed her backpack, and rushed down the hall towards the door. “I’m leaving,” she mouthed to Alicia, passing her as she rushed towards the door. They exchanged quick waves, and Ziggy was off.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter Three
Ziggy checked the locks carefully before leaving the Q Corner stop and walked towards the bus stop. The air was cold, and she clutched herself tightly as she neared the small plastic booth, encasing a bench. She smiled when she saw that it was empty. The city could get dangerous at this time of night, and if she had any other choice, she would have tried for a better means of transportation. However, cars didn’t come cheap, and neither did car insurance, and the cabs in the area charged quite a bit for the distance that she needed to travel in order to make it home. Ziggy glanced around as she waited, careful to avoid eye contact with the few stray people that passed her as she waited. A pair of bright yellow lights finally appeared in the distance, and Ziggy hopped up, digging her bus pass free from her pocket so that she was prepared to board.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter Eleven
Ziggy road in the limousine, Lana at her side. She hadn’t ever ridden in such a fancy vehicle and knowing that the other woman could just have cars sent for her anytime that she wanted made her wonder what Lana’s parents were going to be like. She suddenly felt a sense of insecurity wash over her as the black vehicle approached a large mansion with several acres of land to spare. She knew that Lana was privileged, but she never thought that the other woman came from such a wealthy background, and Ziggy wondered if she was going to fit in. She looked down at her jeans and blouse, wondering if she should have picked different attire for this occasion. She wasn’t educated in the proper attire for formal dinners, but she knew that what she was wearing wasn’t it.
“Finding a Voice”: Chapter Ten
Lana walked briskly out of her class, determined to get back to the dorms before Ziggy came back from her morning class. She hadn’t spoken to the woman that morning, making an effort to get up before her, dress, and leave before Ziggy’s alarm even had gone off. The night before had been wonderful, filled with passionate sex, snuggling, and quiet conversation, but now that the moment was over, Lana felt awkward and a little embarrassed that she had let herself go that far with the other woman. She had never had an emotionally close relationship with anyone that she had dated, and from what she could gage, Ziggy was an emotionally based person. She didn’t know how to handle that or what to say to the other woman, especially after everything had happened between them, and she needed some time to think before moving forward.