Get Happy, Dammit: Find Inspiration and Motivation With Local Author Katherine Gotthardt – Prince William Living

By Erin Pittman

If you’ve found yourself spending more time with books in 2020, local author Katherine Gotthardt has published one to add to your reading pile — and one that provides more than just a simple escape from daily life. For those feeling stagnant at home or work and lacking motivation and inspiration in their career,
she offers tips, exercises and creative pieces to help readers find the happiness they’re searching for.

Get Happy, Dammit — Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World packs a punch with easy-to-read chapters that include insights, exercises and poetry, all designed to build inspiration and motivation, two elements necessary for happiness, according to Gotthardt. The book offers philosophy, psychology and practical applications that Gotthardt says stem from ideas she used in the classroom and daily living. Many of the exercises lean heavily on writing.

“From teaching and from doing a lot of work in my own life, I know how important inspiration and motivation are and how they can lead to greater happiness. I wanted to share what I’ve learned and help as many people as possible,” she said.

The Contents “At Work”

Gotthardt explains she wrote Get Happy Dammit because in the past, she had encountered too many unhappy people in a few different workplaces. She found herself scratching her head and wondering how such successful professionals could be so miserable. What was wrong? Was it the environment? Life circumstances? Attitude? What were these people not getting from work that they needed?

“These were high-performing folks who, in spite of their successes, just seemed like they were trudging through the days without any purpose. They were down. They hated their jobs. They hated the routine.  They said outright that they were not inspired or motivated. It was disconcerting. But it made me think about times when I was down, what I had to do to get out of it, and it encouraged me to get writing about ways to improve quality of life,” she said.

Gotthardt has been asked why a book was her answer.

“First, I have a passion for writing. Second, if I can help others by using my passion, everyone wins. Third, by telling the world my truth, I was able to celebrate myself, my life and the people who have helped me along the way,” she said.

Once the book came out, Gotthardt did something she rarely does after publishing. She went back and reread the chapters.

“Mostly, I did this to prep for a discussion group, but in reexamining what I’d written, I realized that not only had I addressed some barriers to staying inspired, two ingredients for happiness in life, but also, I had uncovered what really made me happy at work, beyond a good salary and benefits,” she said.

The book features a chapter titled “Rediscovering Your Core” all about core values, looking at personal beliefs and who we are or want to be based on those beliefs. Wrapped into these beliefs are things we think we need — core needs.

“I recognized that for many people, myself included, work can become an exercise in negativity if we are unable to have one or more core needs met. Beyond receiving a living wage, many of us need the ability to follow our passions, align with the organization’s mission and celebrate authenticity,” she said.

Within the book, readers will find deeper exploration of each of those three areas and explanations of why they are important and how they are intertwined. For example, Gotthardt says if we can follow our passions, we work harder, which helps the overall mission. If we can practice authenticity, we can better articulate our passions and use our talents to help make a meaningful impact through the organization.

“Not everything we do at work will be motivating or inspiring, and it can take a lot of energy to get where we want to be mentally, emotionally and professionally,” Gotthardt said. “But that does not mean we should settle for being chronically unhappy. The key is to keep thinking about what motivates and inspires us and how we can get our core needs met.”

Gotthardt encourages everyone to keep sorting through the complexities and exploring new ways of looking at things. “Then when someone asks, ‘Why do you do what you do at work?’ you can smile and say, ‘I’d be happy to tell you,’” she said.

Who Is Katherine Gotthardt?

Gotthardt considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed her Master’s in Education with a writing concentration at Cambridge College.

She moved to Colorado Springs for 18 months, then to Northern Virginia. She is the current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of InsideNoVa’s 2019 and 2020
Best of Prince William award in the author  category. In 2020, she won the Loudoun County Library Foundation’s first place award for free verse in their annual Rhyme On poetry contest. Then she took home another award in 2020 — the Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle trophy for Outstanding
Poetry Project of the Year. This award is given to a Poet Laureate nominee for completing extensive community work in the literary arts, which Gotthardt did by spearheading Write by the Rails’ Poetry Around Town area poetry installation.

Besides being published in dozens of journals and anthologies,cGotthardt has authored books for adults and children, includingcPoems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World,cApproaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Underca Lilac, Late April and the Amazon best seller, A Crane Named
Steve.

Gotthardt is a full-time marketing writer for an IT company. In her freelance life, when she is not practicing her creative writing, she writes for Prince William Living.

Visit KatherineGotthardt.com to learn more about her work. To purchase a signed copy of Get Happy Dammit — Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World, visit GetHappyDammit.com.

Erin Pittman is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living. She’s been a writer for more than 10 years, but a lover of words her entire life. In these colder months, you’ll find her snuggled up with her yellow Lab, Wilson, desperately trying to finish reading the latest best-seller while hiding from the demands of her three (wonderful) children. Reach her at [email protected].

5 Simple Tricks to Keep Yourself Motivated in tough times – Entrepreneur

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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily,” said Zig Ziglar.

Now more than ever, it is hard to stay motivated with the COVID-19 lockdowns and the changed work setups. As there are no longer any buses to catch or traffic to get stuck in, it can be hard to wake up on time and get ready for work. The new normal is comforting, but too much comfort can be disguised as destruction, too. And thus, as simple as it sounds, motivation is the tool we need the most right now.

Here are five wonderful yet simple tricks to help you stay motivated and energetic.

Trick of Treats

Well, as a kid, I am sure your parents would have rewarded you with treats for following their words or for completing certain tasks. And you did those tasks happily for a treat, even if you hated it!

We are no longer kids, but human psychology can still work the same. To motivate yourself, you should set certain rewards. Like, if you are a student, after completing a chapter, you can have 30 minutes to play your favorite game. If you are a foodie, you can treat yourself to your favorite dish after finishing the important presentation on time. You can choose whatever that suits you, it can be hearing your favorite songs, talking to a friend over call, or even enjoying a nap. Work hard and enjoy what you deserve.

Say Bye to Procrastination (Most difficult thing, first thing in the morning)

Procrastination is the enemy of motivation and works as a sweet poison. It can give joy for a few moments but after that, the guilt of avoiding work follows. Thus, bid goodbye to procrastination.

The best way to do it is to act immediately. Procrastination starts as soon as we wake up; we press the snooze button on the alarm. We procrastinate things as we give our minds the time to rationalize that we can do this task later, and that leads to a streak of pending work. Thus, act as soon as you feel your mind will play the game with you. If you dread going on a walk, just get up and get your joggers on, you would be halfway through your task. The key is to get up from wherever you are within seconds and don’t give your mind the time to tell you that you have the time to do it later.

Pep Talks

Well, you are the ultimate expert that you need for yourself. As a kid, I am sure, we all have used mirrors as our stage for winning an Oscar or a Nobel prize! But, now more than ever, we need that self-praising back. It is not about standing in front of the mirror and saying nice things, it’s more about boosting yourself up emotionally.

“Real optimism is not the pep talk you give yourself. It is earned through the labor involved in emotional housekeeping,” said Augusten Burroughs.

Thus, it’s important that you wear your crown of self-praise and give yourself your own TedX speech. You can do it, trust me.

Break it Down

You cannot climb a mountain with one step, right? Just like that, you cannot expect yourself to fulfil imaginary expectations of completing huge tasks in one go! Worst case scenario, you would totally lose the motivation to do that task as it can impact your confidence level.

Small steps lead to big success. The best you can do for yourself is to break down your task into small pieces. If you are supposed to edit a 500-page book, break down the task to edit 50 pages every day! If you are supposed to give a speech, divide days for researching, writing, and improving it. This will offload your burden, and you would feel motivated each day for marking right beside the task.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself

You can try your best to keep yourself up on the toes of motivation, but there are going to be days when you feel like doing absolutely nothing! And on those days, just do nothing!

We all deserve a break, and mental health is just as important. That’s why, it is alright if you sleep the entire day, eat junk food, binge watch your favorite show, or hang out with friends or family. We deserve all these simplicities of life! Taking time for yourself is essential; it can rejuvenate your inner self to do better after the break! So, don’t feel guilty when you get the thought of doing nothing, instead, enjoy doing nothing.

Last but not the least, make motivating yourself a routine, a lifestyle. Do one new thing every day, play your favorite music in the background, and feel good about yourself for doing the best you can. After all, little things make all the difference.

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El liderazgo de las mujeres, vital para la recuperación tras la crisis de la COVID – Agencia EFE

liderazgo mujeres recuperación covid

Helen Clark, de WPL; Katrín Jakobsdóttir, primera ministra de Islandia; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, secretaria general de ONU Mujeres y Amanda Nguyen, CEO de Rise durante la primera jornada del Foro.

Cristina Bazán | Guayaquil – 9 noviembre, 2020

El liderazgo de las mujeres es vital para la recuperación tras la crisis de la COVID-19 que les ha afectado social, laboral y económicamente más que a los hombres. En eso han coincidido las líderes mundiales que han participado en la primera jornada del Foro Global de Reykjavík que hasta el 11 de noviembre reunirá a más de 800 presidentas, vicepresidentas, congresistas y directoras de organizaciones que luchan a diario a favor de la igualdad para hablar sobre los retos políticos y sociales del futuro.

“Las mujeres y niñas de todo el mundo necesitan que nos aseguremos de que este año será más que COVID19. Es necesario que el mundo dé un paso adelante por la igualdad y un mundo y un futuro más justo. Aquí es donde las mujeres líderes de todo el mundo juegan un papel crucial“, ha mencionado Silvana Koch-Mehrin, presidenta y fundadora de Women Political Leaders, organizadora del evento junto al Gobierno y el Parlamento de Islandia.

En la primera jornada de este Foro, que se ha realizado por tercer año consecutivo, aunque esta vez de forma virtual, han participado líderes como Phumzile Mlambo, directora ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres; Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Primera Ministra de Islandia y Hillary Clinton, exsecretaria de Estado de los EE. UU, entre otras, quienes han enfatizado en la necesidad de que más mujeres asuman el poder para ayudar a otras.

Unir fuerzas para cambiar el mundo

Que las mujeres y las líderes mundiales estén unidas es crucial para enfrentar una nueva normalidad que ya está amenazando con ampliar las brechas de desigualdad en varios países.

Por eso, bajo el lema “poder, juntas” han englobado una serie de conversaciones sobre cómo construir un futuro mejor “donde el liderazgo de las mujeres no sea la excepción”. “Uniendo fuerzas, podemos cambiar el mundo”, ha enfatizado la fundadora de WPL.

Desde la dirección de diversas organizaciones, países o parlamentos, las líderes que han formado parte de la primera jornada se han mostrado preocupadas por el freno o el retroceso que han sufrido las mujeres durante estos seis meses de pandemia, pues fueron las primeras despedidas, las que estuvieron a cargo de los enfermos o de la familia y las que sufrieron mayor violencia.

“Esta pandemia no ha tenido precedentes, pero ha sido trágicamente predecible en un sentido: como hemos visto a raíz de muchos desastres, la propagación de la COVID-19 ha sido seguida por un aumento de la violencia sexual“, ha dicho Amanda Nguyen, activista y CEO de Rise, una ONG que tiene como objetivo proteger los derechos civiles de las sobrevivientes de agresión sexual y violación.

Hiltrud Werner, del Grupo Volkswagen, ha señalado que la proporción de mujeres en puestos directivos “se está desacelerando en lugar de crecer”. “Eso es preocupante y se lo atribuimos a la pandemia. Necesitamos ver más impulso del sector público para dinamizar el sector privado”.

“Creo que toda mujer que ha logrado abrir una grieta en el techo de cristal también tiene la obligación de dar la mano a otras mujeres para ayudarlas a entrar en ese espacio de liderazgo. Doy el 5 % de mi día al empoderamiento femenino”, ha resaltado.

“Necesitamos a más mujeres en el poder que quieran empoderar a otras”

La exsecretaria de Estado de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton, se ha referido al papel de las mujeres en la política, un avance que cree que es “muy necesario” para alcanzar la igualdad y ha destacado el triunfo de Kamala Harris en las recientes elecciones. Una victoria que la ha convertido en la primera mujer vicepresidenta de su país.

Sin embargo, Clinton ha precisado que, aunque se ha trabajado duro, aún queda mucho por hacer. “Tenemos que continuar denunciando el sexismo y la misoginia“, ha señalado.

“Seamos claros, las normas, los valores, los prejuicios profundamente arraigados que, lamentablemente, siguen siendo tan frecuentes continúan frenando a las mujeres. E incluso lo trabajan de una manera muy perversa, como saben, permitieron que las mujeres se contuvieran, sintieran que no son lo suficientemente buenas, que no son lo suficientemente inteligentes, que no están lo suficientemente preparadas para un trabajo o para postularse para cargos públicos en una democracia, para ponerse de pie, para defender sus derechos y los derechos de otras mujeres y niñas”, ha mencionado.

Clinton cree que en estos próximos años, el progreso político de las mujeres debe enfocarse no solo en lograr que las mujeres estén en el poder, “porque seamos honestos, hay algunas mujeres en el poder que cierran la puerta a los derechos de las mujeres y a las oportunidades de las mujeres”, sino en conseguir mujeres “que estén muy decididas y comprometidas a aumentar el espacio para las mujeres en la familia, la comunidad, el gobierno, los negocios y la sociedad en general”.

“Necesitamos mujeres en posiciones poderosas para realmente hablar por todas las mujeres, pero particularmente por las mujeres marginadas, por las mujeres pobres, por las mujeres que de otra manera no tienen una plataforma tan fuerte y una voz tan poderosa”, ha afirmado la líder estadounidense.

Y ha agregado que se necesita tener más mujeres en el poder “que quieran ayudar a empoderar a otras mujeres y más hombres como aliados para el empoderamiento de las mujeres y para crear un conjunto de oportunidades tan claras y abiertas para que las mujeres persigan sus propios intereses y sueños”.

Igualdad, cambio climático y financiación

Seis paneles en los que se abordará la importancia del acceso a financiación por parte de las mujeres, los obstáculos que aún persisten y cómo el cambio climático les ha afectado de manera especial marcarán la jornada de este 10 de noviembre.

En estas charlas participarán Tao Zhang, del Fondo Monetario Internacional; el doctor Tedros Adhanom, director general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud; Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, expresidenta de Croacia y Erna Solberg, Primera Ministra de Noruega.

En el panel sobre cambio climático, los especialistas debatirán soluciones intersectoriales para combatir la crisis climática y las desigualdades estructurales que la sustentan, cómo las mujeres líderes pueden dar forma a sociedades más resilientes y cómo se puede colaborar para construir una sociedad más inclusiva, equitativa, sostenible y próspera, donde nadie se quede atrás.

New Book: Left Right, Politics Explained for Millennials, Gens X Y Z and next generations

New Book: Left Right, Politics Explained for Millennials, Gens X Y Z and next generations

In this book, the author navigates in simple concepts to define Politics and its Actors, presented in Social Media Format to reach new and old generations, nowadays accustomed to learn from this disinformation outlets.

This book shows, in few pages and easy to digest words, how Power, Politics, Interests and Capital, are three concepts that levitates around the control of one actor: The Workforce, you and me, and then how these three concepts combined, lead to the so called Left and Right in Politics and how Power, Left and Right Politics, Interests, Capital become into Political Parties, Religion, Military, NGOs and different forms of Government such as Democracy, Autocracy, Theocracy, Kleptocracy again to control The Workforce and gain access to Power under the name of Capitalism or Socialism.

To understand politics, we must first identify the source of it, and this is POWER.

POWER defined, we can move through POLITICS, Dictionary.com defines POLITICS as:
1. the science or art of political government.
2. the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.
3. political methods or maneuvers:
4. political principles or opinions:
5. use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.

We defined Power, then Politics, now we move to Interest, Workforce and Capital.
Learning what is Workforce and Capital, allow us to easily understand what Left and Right in Politics are.

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