10 tips to help you to get promoted

Hello beauties!

I’m so excited to share with you a great news – I’VE BEEN PROMOTED!!! Last Monday, my office coordinator and our site coordinator called me to their office and asked me if I will be interested in taking a coordinator position at Otolaryngology office. I was ecstatic!!! My first thought was, my hard work and determination finally paid off. Proudly, I accepted the position. As many of you know, and for those who don’t I work for a big medical group with over 80 physicians. I worked for the company for almost 4 years. I admit, that I left to work for another company for 2 months, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me, so I went back. The truth is, I enjoy the place and people I work with. I love interacting with patients that come to the office. My goal was to become an office coordinator one day and it’s finally happening. The truth is, the promotion didn’t come easy. I had to work very hard for it and like I said before, the hard work paid off. I can proudly say now that I’m officially an office coordinator!

Are you ready to move up? If you want to get a promotion, you’ll need to be patient team player while also being an ambitious self-promoter. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but I found that these 10 tips can help you to get promoted. It worked for me and I know it will work for you too! So, let’s get started.

1. Develop New Knowledge And Expertise
One of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization. It’s not enough to be great at your job; you also have to develop skills that prepare you for more responsibility. When you gain skills and qualifications far beyond what your current job requires, your employer may see keeping you in that job as a waste of your talents.

2. Ask For More Responsibilities
Volunteering to help out other departments or teams — or simply asking for more responsibilities — increases your value within the company. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed — as well as putting a spotlight on your value to the organization.

3. Present Yourself Professionally
Earn a reputation for being dependable, professional, and cooperative. Dress professionally and neatly — even on business casual days. Ask questions when you aren’t sure how to do something. Dare to be different — make yourself stand out from the pack. Keep a positive outlook on things, even when in tough situations. Don’t whine or complain – or blame others — when things don’t go your way. Make a name for yourself in your industry through conferences, articles, speeches. Don’t be a clock-watcher. Be a problem-solver. Don’t go to your boss with problems. If a difficult situation arises, be sure to come up with at least one solution before seeking your boss’s blessing for dealing with the situation. Problem-solvers get promoted. Complainers who expect the boss to solve all their problems don’t.

4. Be A Team Player
Because so much of work is now accomplished through teams — departmental or cross-functional — it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures. And by being a team player, you only build your reputation and increase your value to the organization.

5. Be Drama-Free
In an office environment, we have to work closely with different personalities and in less-than-ideal situations. Unless there’s a real problem (you feel unsafe or can’t complete your work), keep complaints to yourself. Your job is to make your boss’s life easier, not plop your drama on his or her lap. Save that for your friends and family or your diary. If you gossip a lot, it’s a problem.

6. Smile
Smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Working in the medical field I find it very important to smile. You don’t need to blind every passerby with your pearly whites, but remember that no matter how close your deadline or how heavy your workload, other people will take their cues from you. If you’re snapping at co-workers and frowning, they’ll snap and frown right back. Instead, take a breath, put on a smile, and show your boss you appreciate the opportunity.

7. Take Notes
Taking notes is an incredible way to show respect to people. It shows you’re listening and that you think what they are saying is important. Your notes serve as your guide to doing your job better, too; you can easily refer to the important information you need to succeed whenever you need it, without delay. Taking notes actually makes you smarter. When you have a collection of thorough, thoughtful notes all in one place (that you actually revisit from time to time), you start to see connections between things you otherwise wouldn’t have seen and have information that other people don’t retain. This is how you’ll get great ideas, form new connections, and become the kind of innovator and leader who makes things really happen on your team.

8. Demonstrate A Strong Work Ethic
Know what others need from you, and deliver on time and accurately. If you are not sure, ask your boss and the people who count on you at work. The “powers that be” need to know that you are a dependable, “go-to person” and an expert in your area; master your position. Stay current in your area by reading articles, and noticing what competitors are doing.

9. Find A Mentor
Mentor relationships can be formal or informal. Mentors are people with whom you can talk openly and honestly about work-related issues. A mentor should be more experienced than you, and good mentors can point out your blind spots, offer suggestions, applaud your successes, and guide your career. Think about whom, besides your boss, might be open to spending time with you to help you grow. A mentor can also be instrumental in spreading positive press by championing your skills, talents and abilities throughout the organization to the right people.

10. Ask Your Boss About Growth Opportunities
If you don’t talk to your boss about growth opportunities and your career trajectory at the company, your boss might not even realize you’d like to get a promotion. You should make it clear to your supervisor that you’re looking to take on a bigger role so that you won’t get passed over for a promotion simply because no one knew you were interested. Even if you don’t think you’re ready to outright ask for a promotion, talking to your supervisor about your goals and ambitions is still a good idea. If you’re lacking in certain areas, your boss can tell you what you need to work on in order to be considered for a promotion or a pay raise. Not only will it give you an idea of changes that you need to make in your work and your behavior, it will show your boss that you’re actively trying to improve, which will definitely get you noticed in a good way.

Obviously, there are zillions of tips out there on how to get promoted. These are some of those I implemented myself. They worked for me and I know they can work for you too. Putting these into practice would greatly increase your chances of a promotion.

Have you been promoted recently or in the past? What tips do you have to help others to get a promotion? Share in the comments section below!

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things that made me happy #10

Hello beauties!

I hope all of you having a great weekend so far. “Weekly Recap | Things That Made Me Happy” is another series where I will be sharing all the things that made me happy. My goal is to spread some happiness and gratitude of little or big things that are happening in my life, and encourage others to share their happy/grateful things of the week.

Sometimes all it takes is gentle reminders of things that make us grateful or appreciative. I mean, we live in a world full of senseless violence, poverty, famine, and tragedy – reflecting on the positive, I find, makes me open my eyes a bit more to appreciate the little things…Don’t you agree?

Feel free to share things that made you happy this week. Here are mine ♡

Celebrating My Mother-In-Law’s 66th Birthday
My lovely mother-in-law Barbara turned 66 years old on Friday. This was our first time physically celebrating her birthday, since she now lives close to us. It’s so amazing to have her and my father-in-law near. Her son Alex came from Orlando to celebrate her birthday with all of us too. We all decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. This was mine and my husband’s first time dinning at this restaurant and we loved it. Great food, great atmosphere and most importantly we were all together. We all had a wonderful time! The best part about it was looking at Barbara’s face and seeing hiw happy she was to be among her 2 sons, grandchild and me, her daughter-in-law.

Being Promoted At Work
Monday, August 1 – the day I got a promoted to be a coordinator at Otolaryngology office. Truly, my first thought when I was offered a new position was, hard word finally paid off and I’m so honored that they picked me from many other employees that work in our medical office. It wasn’t easy, I worked very hard to get where I am today. I still have a lot to learn and I want to do my best as an office coordinator. But, I’m ready to move forward and I’m ready to face new challenges. Bring it on!

Angelika Coming Back Home
My oldest daughter, Angelika was away for a month in Virginia. She was visiting her dad and our family who still live there. She had an amazing time. She got to do a lot of fun things and see those she loves the most. It was her first time flying. She said the experience was mesmerizing. I missed her a lot and I’m so happy to have her back with me here in Florida. She made great memories and looking forward to see family again soon.

Getting Off From Work Early On Friday
I didn’t expect to be off early on Friday, so it was a nice suprise. I’ve been working late lately and I’m sure with being at a new position I’ll be staying even later. It was nice to get a little break and get off from work earlier then expected.

Recognized At Work For A Being The Best At Customer Service
Our company decided to implement customer services classes for all the employees and physicians in our group. It’s a great way to remind everyone how important customer service is for the company because of potential complaints. I was honored to be recognized someone who has an exceptional customer service skills in front of the class. I see myself teaching a class in the future and encourage everyone to deliver the best customer service experience to all of our patients, staff and physicians.

What things made you happy this week? Share in the comments section below!

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top 10 blog posts

Hello beauties!

Happy Friday! I hope all of you had a great week. “Weekly Reads | Favorite Blog Posts” is a series where I will be sharing my top 10 favorite blog posts I’ve read through out the week. I love to read different variety of posts, so expect a little bit of everything. So, with that said, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, maybe something to snack on, relax and let’s unwind together.

Happy reading!

1. Do you have those days when you feel stressed after a long day? These days it seems everyone is living and breathing stress. Trying to undo the tension can just add more stress if you take the wrong approach. But there’s no need to do that; there are ways to get stress relief. Here are “10 Ways To De-Stress After A Bad Day”, a post written by Paula. Remember, you don’t have to live with tension. In fact, not only is tension unpleasant, but it is unhealthy. Keep trying out stress-relief techniques until you find the ones that work for you.

2. Have you ever sat on the couch convincing yourself to get up and go to the gym? It can go on for hours on end, and then by the time you’re almost motivated enough, you’ve probably frittered away enough time that you’ve got things to do. Then the guilt sets in. Then the cycle continues. Well, there is hope. I’m sharing with you today a great post, called “How To Get Motivated To Get In Shape”. It was written by Jasmin, a woman behind a blog “Macarons & Mascara”.

3. Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back. It holds you back from seizing your opportunities. It makes getting started or finishing things harder than they need to be. So how can you get around that, how can you overcome those times of self-doubt and fear so that you can move forward once again? Here are “5 Tips For Overcoming Fear And Self Doubt”, a post written by Jasmine.

4. Here are “64 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas To Kick Bloggers Block In The Butt”, a post written by Kirstie. There are many ideas to choose from when you have a writers block.

5. It’s not uncommon for employees to have a bad day or two — or week. And it’s pretty common for the average person to gripe about a boss or co-worker from time to time. While leaving a job can present an inconvenience to your personal life, it may be the best option for your long-term satisfaction. Today, I’m sharing a great post, written by Jen Donovan, called “When Quitting Your Job Could Do More Good Then Harm”. This post was featured on “Hello Hustle”.

6. I can’t believe that summer is almost gone. Even though we have one month left, there is still plenty of time to do fun things. Here are “Fun Ways To Make The Summer Awesome”, a post written by Jasmine. Enjoy it while it lasts.

7. It’s a question we get regularly. How do you manage to keep up with all the travel blogging and social media when you are traveling? It can be a daunting task keeping up with social media, pushing out quality content and editing photos and videos while traveling. But it can be done. Here are “Blogging Tips: How To Blog While Traveling”, a post written by Nadia. She is an awesome blogger, so make sure you check out her blog “Miel And Mint”.

8. Pinterest is a visual feast of all sorts. I often find myself getting carried away swooning over incredible images, inspired by amazing quotes and pinning great business and blogging articles to read later on. Have you ever wondered how you can harness the power of Pinterest to make it really work for your blog? Here is “Bloggers Guide To Pinterest”, a post written by Beth.

9. When people start to love themselves more each day, it’s amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships either improve, or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin. Today, I’m sharing an inspirational post, called “10 Steps To Self Love”, written by Jemma.

10. Many people have trouble with their habits because they don’t follow a morning routine “system” for sticking to them. It’s easy to forget about a new routine when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations. Today, I’m sharing a very helpful post, called “What Does Your Perfect Morning Looks Like?”, a post written by Catherine. Back in December, she asked in survey; what the perfect morning would look like for her readers. You can read some of the answers in her post + some of her own tips.

Which posts you enjoyed reading the most? Please share some of your thoughts with me in the comments section below!

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17 things all women should carry in her bag

Hello beauties!

My purse is my best friend. I can’t imagine walking out of the house without it (I don’t think I ever have). It comes with me everywhere I go and holds all my essential items that I reach for daily or help someone else in crisis. I know that we women carry our entire world in our purses. It’s unbelievable how much stuff I dig out of my purse when I clean it up every week.  I would be devastated if I ever were to lose my purse, it has so many good stuff in there! You should know that your bag is the vehicle by which you can live your life – it is far more than only a place to stash your keys and wallet.

People say that you can discover a lot about women by looking at the contents of their purses. Each item she carries in her purse can tell her story. A single girl’s purse will contain different things and a mom’s handbag can have different things. Although we can have different lifestyles, a few things still are common. Whether you like keeping it light and simple, or you believe in toting half the house, there are 17 things all women should carry in her purse at all times.

1. Nail File
It’s a fact of life that this is the one thing you always wind up asking people if they have but they almost always say no, and picking at rough edges will only drive you to distraction.

2. Elastic Hair Bands/Clutchers
Hair bands or clutchers come to your rescue when you just want to keep your hair off your face. Keep a few elastic hair bands and one hair grasp in your bag always. They’re especially handy when I find myself over heated and need to pull my hair back.

3. Tampons/Pads
Hide away one or two tampons/pads in the small zipper section of your bag. Not only would these be helpful in an emergency, you can also give to someone who needs it. Sometimes you can forget that it is necessary for your ‘time of the month’ so it is better to prepare it in advance rather than you meet a nasty situation to deal with later. This sanitary napkin may not always be available when you need. And even if I don’t need it, I might run into a lady in the bathroom that does need one. How much is she going to love me when she see that I came prepared?!

4. Lipstick
As any woman knows, lipstick will help create a beautiful focal point on a woman’s face. Therefore, if you do not have time in the morning to make makeup on your face, lipstick will be the best choice to make you look put-together and glamorous. Colored lips will instantly makes us feel a hundred times more powerful with a single swipe.

5. Makeup Compact
Carry a makeup compact with a good mirror to do touch-ups on the go. If there’s a mirror in the compact, you wouldn’t need to carry a mirror separately. Look fresh through the day with regular touchups. I hate it when there is something in my eye and no mirror in sight. What about checking your teeth after that salad you ate for dinner? I guess you could always ask a stranger if your hair looks okay, but if you’ve got a little mirror you can do it yourself.

6. Lip Balm
I can’t leave home without having a lip balm with me. I can’t stand the feeling of dry lips and I’m sure you ladies don’t like the feeling either. Keep those beautiful lips of your soft, hydrated and moisturized at all times by carrying it in your purse.

7. Travel Size Perfume
Keep those small sample perfume bottles that you get as “gift with purchase” in your bag.  Also, don’t forget to treat your bag to a few spritzes so that your bag keeps smelling great just like you.

8. Pen
While it seems like commonsense, when facing with the prospect of needing a pencil or pen, some women dig through their purses just to come up with their eyeliner – a fairly good substitute. I’ve been there, done that. Keep a pen handy in your purse at all times. You never know when you’ll need it or maybe someone else has to borrow it. You’ll save the day!

9. Portable Cell Phone Charger Or Any Other Charger
I’m always on the go and I do use my phone quite often. There’s nothing worse when your battery goes dead at times when you need your phone for something. I always have one in my purse, my car and at work.

10. Hand Sanitizer
I must confess, I carry two different hand sanitizers in my bag.  With so many germs around, hand sanitizer is a must have, especially if you are using public transport. Hand sanitizer is one of things every woman should have in her bag because it helps protect her and anyone she meets and makes a contact with from spreading terrible germs. Sometimes, when you go to the grocery store, you are able to grab a cart, which has been used a lot of times and which never wiped down. Other situations are that you count out money or contact someone new and shake his or her hand. For these situations together with many other reasons, you should have hand sanitizer in your purse.

11. Mints/Gum
Bad breath is a major put off.  Sometimes when you are fasting, dieting, and keeping off food, your breath might smell really bad.  Keep a pack of tic tac, gum, or any mouth freshener that could give your breath much-needed freshness. Also, after a meal, you would not want your friends to guess that you had Egg Foo Yung. Bad breath is a turnoff in any situation.

12. Makeup Pouch
Keep a cute and small makeup pouch in your daily purse. This pouch can be loaded with your neutral lipsticks, mascara, eyeliner, oil blotting paper, lip gloss, etc.

13. Ear phones
To pass time if you are waiting endlessly for someone or to avoid a really boring person, plug in the earphones and play your favorite music on your phone or ipod. They also come in handy when you are at gym.

14. Comb
Comb is one of things every woman should have in her handbag because it is a woman’s friend for life. It’s great to tidy up hair, especially for women like me with frizzy hair would understand the importance.

15. Hand Creams/Lotion
One of the first places to show any signs of aging, your hands can easily give the game away if you neglect them. Using a hand cream is the best way to repair and restore damaged hands, ensuring that they not only look younger but feel softer too. Keeping you hands moisturized even in warmer weather is very important. So, why not keep a travel size in your purse.

16. Deodorant
Deodorant is my lifesaver during long and busy days. I hate running around especially during those hot summer days and feel self conscious about my odor. So I try to keep a baby deodorant in my bag at all times for the moments when I need to freshen up! They are super adorable and useful!

17. Aspirin/Tylenol
How many times have you taken a headache when going out of the house? Getting headache may put a damper in your whole day. Upon keeping a bottle of aspirin, Tylenol or other pain remedies at hand, you will be able to expel your headache and get back to do everything you want in your whole day.

Did you find this post helpful? What other things you keep in your purse? Share in the comments section below!

 

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things that made me happy #9

Hello beauties!

I hope all of you having a great weekend so far. “Weekly Recap | Things That Made Me Happy” is another series where I will be sharing all the things that made me happy. My goal is to spread some happiness and gratitude of little or big things that are happening in my life, and encourage others to share their happy/grateful things of the week.

Sometimes all it takes is gentle reminders of things that make us grateful or appreciative. I mean, we live in a world full of senseless violence, poverty, famine, and tragedy – reflecting on the positive, I find, makes me open my eyes a bit more to appreciate the little things…Don’t you agree?

Feel free to share things that made you happy this week. Here are mine ♡

A Day To Myself
Saturday, my husband and our youngest daughter Annabella took my mother-in-law on the LaBarge Cruise. It’s the most wonderful and relaxing cruise with a spectacular view along the beautiful shoreline of Sarasota Bay. And, you get to see local bottlenose dolphins and manatees. I skipped going with them this time around and took advantage of spending a day to myself. I spend most of my day at home, watching TV, blogging, reading other blogs, engaging with bloggers, taking photos for upcoming blog posts, ate (lots) and even took a nap. It felt amazing!

Creating A Social Media Posting Schedule
I finally was able to create a daily/weekly/monthly social media posting schedule. My life definitely got easier. I found that sticking to a schedule is very important for my blog. It helps me to get things done, get ahead and keeps everything running smooth. I was also amazed to see the big difference in my blog traffic. I use Buffer to schedule all my blog posts, share links to other social media and miscellaneous things in between. I love it!

Catching Up With All My Blog Comment
Finally, I was able to catch up on all my blog comments. I’m so happy to know that so many people enjoy reading my blog. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m very grateful to have such amazing fans. Thank you all for your support, without out I wouldn’t be where I am today. You are the best!

Donating Blood

Lately, the world has been a very disturbing and scary place to live in. Do many horrible things has been happening and I’m petrified for what’s to come. For these reasons and more, I have decided to safe lives and donate the blood for those in need. I admit I was very nervous, since it was my first time. The thought of a needle stuck in my vein for 30 min terrified me. But, it wasn’t bad at all, in fact it was a great experience. The whole time I kept thinking that I’m saving a life of someone who is dying. And it felt great! If you ever considered donating blood I encourage you to do so. You’ll feel amazing afterwards.

What things made you happy this week? Share in the comments section below!

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