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For years, I have been in awe of the minimalism movement. It does not matter if it is in art or architecture, design or creating spaces. Minimalism and its simplicity inspire me. So, when invited by one of my besties to join a Minimalist Challenge in February, I was all in.

Suppose you are not familiar with the minimalism movement. There is plenty of information available, most notably provided by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and their documentaries, The Minimalists: Less is Now and Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. …


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I love to read. It does not matter if it is a mystery, thriller, or a romance with a hint of mystery. I enjoy learning about someone’s life through biography. And some of my favorite books help me become more enlightened, improve my personal development, and think about society differently.

Because of my love of reading, I will review almost every “top book” list. It does not matter if it is the best business books, best books of the year, or most anticipated. Unfortunately, most of these lists, based on my experience, rarely include African American authors. …


It’s a breakup.

Like so many people, I grew up in the church. It was an expectation and a directive from my mother. I did not spend all my waking hours at church like others from different faiths, but faith and having a relationship with God were important to her and me. So, when I moved back to the U.S. after living in Canada for over a decade, I made a vow to find a church and be there every weekend after experiencing one of the most challenging years in my life.

My new vow was significant because I was…


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I must admit, several things bother me about people. A lot relates to how people drive (I do not think I am much different from others on that one). However, when I look closely, what bothers me most stems from communication, and how people want to share something with you that is not of interest to you.

I recently had an incident that proved to me how much people do not listen, but they are so focused on being heard. Someone called to “set the record straight” about a story someone else told me. The most curious thing about the…


Question mark: The single most powerful question to get new business

Six months ago, I updated my LinkedIn profile to include my coaching and consulting practice that I re-launched in late 2019. Like most updates, I changed my headline and revised my summary to ensure my profile reflected what I was doing and the business I was growing. The changes were important to make sure I could be found in LinkedIn searches. That was part of the reason for the update, for people who want a coach to find me and select me as their coach. The changes were better than I could imagine. …


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I take issue with what people have been saying in recent weeks. It is not only what they say but also how they say it. It is how they misuse words or use them to what they believe is furthering their point and position. One of my biggest complaints has been interchangeably using protesting with rioting and looting. I had to respond to one social media thread because the original poster mentioned his disdain for looting. I felt the message was lost by those who responded because they talked about protests instead of using the word looting. …


Except for some years when I lived in Canada, I have always been dedicated to attending and being a part of a church. I am fortunate to have grown up in a wonderful church where the pastor was and is still honorable and dedicated to the faith. The church is diverse. My Sundays were spent with people who were Black, of Latin descent, and white. My church fought for immigration and protected those that needed protection. The church I attended growing up was always on the front lines and living 1 John 40:20, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates…


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The comments can get you every time, especially when the story title includes “first” and “African American.” This was my position today when I opened LinkedIn and saw one of my connections liked a news story about the newly elected president of Rutgers University. The title piqued my interest because of three words and phrases: first, African American, and Rutgers.

I wish I could tell you exactly how I learned about Rutgers when I was in high school. Growing up in Texas with OK grades, Rutgers would not be a viable choice for me after graduation. So why was Rutgers…


EAP, Employee Assistance Program, Employee Mental Health, Employee Benefit
EAP, Employee Assistance Program, Employee Mental Health, Employee Benefit

I landed my first real job when I was nineteen years old. “Real” to the nineteen-year-old me meant 9-to-5, salaried, and with benefits. Reviewing the benefits package with the Human Resources Department, I learned I had an additional benefit beyond health and life insurance. It was something I had never heard of but a benefit I would use often. The benefit was an EAP.

An EAP or Employee Assistance Program is not a traditional employee benefit. When most people contemplate a new job, they rarely if ever will ask about the availability of an EAP. Health insurance, life insurance, 401K…


If you have never experienced a layoff in your working life, consider yourself fortunate especially since company layoffs are rather common. You may not hear about them because of how they are executed and reported. If the company is well known or the number of people laid off is more than 50 people, the news will often report the story. A lesser-known company or lower numbers of people being laid off may go unreported and unnoticed. Either way, the result and the feelings of those laid off is the same.

If you have never experienced a layoff, know I went…

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DoByWhy Coach | HR & DEI Consultant | Speaker ~ Focus on your strengths, pursue your purpose, follow a plan to reach your goals. ~ ww.w.nicholewesson.com

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