Geraldine & Anne

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are two women with lots of experience in life and work. We have had considerable successes and our share of failures, and have encountered the usual ups and downs along our journeys in life.

We are still learning new and better ways — every day. We are completely open to ongoing learning and growth and are always thinking about new and better ways of doing things.

We enjoy all the good things in life, and are curious about everything. …


Little Journeys — Another six weeks of staying close to home …

Anne

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LITTLE JOURNEYS — Grand Canal, Offaly. Local walks make us appreciate beautiful surroundings.

We are back in lockdown in Ireland again due to Covid-19!

If we look at the restrictions, all we see is negative.

If we reframe that to look at the positives, everything looks different ..

Think about your journey over the next 6 weeks as a period of enrichment and growth. Think about what you can do rather than what you can’t do. Thinking about where we are this morning, I have made a list of things I am going to do to enrich my own life and the lives of those around me for the next 6 weeks. …


Geraldine

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INDOOR PLANTS — An Old Pleasure revisited 🌵🌿🌱

Conservatory Dreaming — Inspired by New Orleans
Since we have had no travels out of Ireland this year, we jumped at the chance of a pre-loved conservatory (described as an orangery or sun- room, apparently because it has a roof! We will stick with conservatory …) to give us a bigger dining area.

It is the second home project we have tackled during Covid-19, when home has become everything to us — especially a safe haven, which we appreciate more than ever. We have not been able to see family or friends and with few visitors coming regularly to our homes it’s a perfect time to make any changes which require living with a mess. A year ago we had not envisaged making these changes, but neither had we reckoned on being homebound for so long. We changed our central heating system which grew into a much bigger job as the new pellet burner did not fit in the same space as the wood-burning stove. A new chimney had to be installed which involved breaking walls etc., …


How life gets in the way when we are busy making other plans!

Geraldine

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PRIORITIES = What you dedicate your time to …

When the important areas in life are in balance, we can throw ourselves into other things with greater energy and a clear, focussed mind. When all is going well in areas such as family and health, it’s great to be able to concentrate on career goals or spend time in creative activities which give us pleasure and may even lead to a change of direction in our lives.

It’s also great to do absolutely nothing or read, catch up on TV or socialising with friends etc. …


Geraldine

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The world of work is full of expectations, but at times we do not realise that there are lots of other areas in our lives outside of work, that require clarification.

When we are asked to do something or if we offer our help, it’s a good idea to talk over the ramifications on both sides. People’s expectations are often poorly defined, and sometimes completely unknown. We need to be clear on the amount of time we can give and the extent of responsibility we are prepared to take on.

Here are some common areas where things can become complicated if ground rules are not agreed…


Geraldine

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Accidental Icon — The Inspirational Lyn Slater

Lyn Slater is a University Professor turned Cultural Influencer, who has hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook and Instagram. I first came across Lyn — The Accidental Icon — about five years ago when I was considering going natural with my hair colour, and was researching stylish women with silver/grey/white hair.

I started a collection of photos which included well-known women of all ages who had reverted to the natural look such as Ali McGraw, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, Koo Stark, Helen Mirren, Emmylou Harris and British Vogue’s, Sarah Harris.

I have always loved fashion and quirky, individual women, and during my searches came across a series of articles about a growing number who are refusing to be catagorised because of their age. They feel the term ‘anti-ageing’ gives the impression of fighting the ageing process and trying desperately hard to keep up the appearance of being ‘young’. The ‘anti’ suggests feelings of dissatisfaction with current yourself and of being in constant war against the signs of growing older. Instead of embracing the years we have been gifted with (which many were sadly denied) it seems some women enter a competition with other women of all ages — and their own younger self. …


World of Work Advice

Anne

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Anne Scally, HR Consultant

In my previous post on Interview Tips I said that I would write a more in-depth article on competency based interviews as it is the area where I mostly see interviewees getting stuck time and time again.

So what are competency based interviews? competency based interviews are based on the premise that past performance is an indicator of future success, therefore it follows that the interview is used to establish accurate information about your past performance.

What are competencies? competencies can be described as the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with success or failure in a particular role. Competency sets can be different depending on the role being interviewed for. Your competencies are what you need to know, what skills you need to have and how you need to behave to be successful in a role. To succeed in a competency based interview, you need to be able to give solid examples from your past experience as to how you have displayed these competencies previously. …


Anne

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Anne Scally HR Consultant

Preparation

Your preparatory work begins well in advance of the interview itself. Preparation is the ‘mother of success’ and you cannot over prepare for an interview.

You should have a clear understanding of what the requirements of the job are from both the job advertisement and the job description ( always request a job description when you get invited to interview if not already provided).

There are two types of questions asked at interview, general interview questions about your education, experience, career to date etc. …


Geraldine

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Wearing clothes to express yourself

Why Clothes Matter:

Although there are far more serious issues in the world, how we look and dress does have an affect on us. There is scientific evidence which says how we dress affects our personality, mood, confidence, and even the way we interact with others.

First Impressions

A commonly held view is that what we wear, sends a message to others about the sort of person we are. Superficial and unfair though it might be, first appearances have a big impact on most people. …


Geraldine

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To live a happy, fulfilled life at home and at work, we need to have something which absorbs us makes us feel complete. Something we can turn to, which fills any little ‘gaps’ in our lives. Something which fills us with joy and makes us lose track of time when we are busy at ‘it’. Something which, at times, fills our life with passion.

This ‘something’ usually comes in the shape of our TALENTS. It has been proven time and time again, in order to feel complete, we need to use the talents we have been given.

‘Talented people’ are often seen as rare and exotic, but with constant dedication and practice, the rest of us can at times astound ourselves. …

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Grabbing The Wheel — driving your own life.

Two takes on the same theme. Joint motivational blog for success at work and home by author Geraldine O’Neill and HR Consultant Anne Scally.

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