Fresh posts for February, 2013

YAFCAst – Leg Up Farms’ Tom O’Connor Tells Us About Rainbow Garden

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Tom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA (York County) tells about the Rainbow Garden at Leg Up Farm and how it helps with mentally engaging children with developmental delays and disabilities while at the same time engaging them physically with exercise.

Leg Up Farm is a progressive facility that incorporates horseback riding and numerous real activities that help both the mental and physical progress of every child.

This is part four of our series of chats with Tom, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with what Leg Up Farm has to offer as we are! Thanks for listening, and if you want to learn more about their services, contact Tom O’Connor directly at 717-266-9294 or by email toconnor@legupfarm.org.

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc.  This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.

Dealing with Differences in a Friendship

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 By: Ellen Ross | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Contributing Authors

It’s a common problem that comes up in a friendship where both people can’t agree on something they discuss, whether it be politics, religion, or a simple moral value. Once an issue like this arises, it’s easy for us to start second guessing if we can continue getting along with our friend and get past the fact that we believe two different things. If you are struggling with how to accept your differences then you need to remember that when it comes to certain issues, nobody is right, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

There is a reason why most people have several friends that they keep close to them that they can talk about a variety of topics with. Maybe one of your friends doesn’t agree on the casual relationships you take on in your personal life. The easy solution is that you simply need to not discuss that with them, and rather consult a different friend that would understand and support you.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining friendships despite disagreements.

1. Turn to Different Friends for Different Topics – If you need help making a decision that you know some of your friends may not agree with, make sure you only seek advice from the friends that you know will support you. Someone with a neutral point of view on hot topic issues or someone who doesn’t let politics or religion get in the way of any advice they give would be an ideal friend to turn to. For example, if you have some touchy dating issues, make sure you only seek discuss them with a friend who could relate to or understand your issues so that you don’t have to worry about offending anyone or even feeling judged yourself.

2. Agree to Disagree – Make sure that whenever a topic comes up in conversation that you know you both can’t agree on, you are always respectful of your friend’s view. Saying something like “ I see your point” is enough to let them know you respect their opinion and you accept it. After a touchy subject is brought up and you let your friend know you support their view, try to move on to a neutral subject.

3. It’s Never the End of the World – No matter what issue is at hand, keep in mind that there is a reason you choose to have your friends in your life. There are obviously several things you enjoy doing together or things you have in common. A simple argument or disagreement should NEVER mean that your friendship is over, and if it does, then you need to reevaluate who you let into your life. Does the issue at hand mean that you and your friend can never coexist together? Well, it shouldn’t

At the same time, you always need to remember to be a good friend to others so here are two tips on maintaining your end of the friendship despite disagreements.

1. Be Supportive – Even if you don’t agree with what your friend is doing or saying, it’s important that you respect their opinions. You can always apologize that you can’t offer much guidance on a certain topic and then suggest that they discuss things with one of their other friends that might understand them more.

2. Opposites Attract – Sometimes you need a friend that can disagree with the bad decisions you might be planning on making. At the same time, never be afraid to let your friend know if you think something they are involved with isn’t a good idea for THEIR OWN well-being.

+Ellen Ross writes on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askaway.com.

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc. This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.

Effectively Dealing with Issues in the Workplace

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 By: Ellen Ross | Fresh topics: , , , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Contributing Authors, Sponsors

So you finally landed your ideal job, you are making great money, and your job is in no danger of ever being eliminated from the company. Everything is going great, until you start to have personal issues with people in the workplace. Some people can never seem to get over issues with other people and it can ultimately lead to them leaving their place of employment, but that is not the answer. Settling issues in the workplace is actually very easy as long as you keep a few tips in mind.

Tip 1: Staying out of Office Drama
It can take years to build up a trustworthy friendship with a coworker, so remember to always stay neutral. If someone is venting to you about their boss, or another coworker, try not to join in by agreeing with them. This doesn’t mean you have to disagree with them, it simply means that instead of saying “Yes, you’re right, she really is a lousy boss”, you can say something more like “That’s a shame you’re having to deal with these issues but hopefully it starts working out for you soon.”

Tip 2: Stay Neutral
No matter what issues you see going on between the people you work with, always stay neutral and remain peaceful with everyone, even if you aren’t a fan of someone in particular. This makes coming to work everyday much easier for you because you’ll never have to deal with being put in an awkward position. If anyone ever asks you if you are close with another coworker just tell them that you like to stay neutral and you get along with everyone.

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Tip 3: Get Attention the Respectable Way
Your coworker got a promotion but you want to ensure that your boss still sees how deserving you are of one and you feel the need to highlight your successful projects you’ve completed. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t try to brown nose your way to the top. Agreeing with your boss and going out of your way to please him or her is okay if you are being genuine, but to really earn a promotion and the attention you seek you need to make sure it shines through in your work. Meet all your deadlines on time, or even beforehand, and make sure to realistically volunteer to assist your boss with something only when you are entirely capable of doing so. If you are worthy of a promotion, it WILL be recognized and you shouldn’t have to go out of your way to be noticed. Your work will win you the respect you deserve.

Tip 4: Remember that You Never Know Who You Might End Up Working Under Someday
That intern that you were never a fan of could very well end up being your boss someday down the road. Always treat coworkers with kindness and respect even if they don’t do the same back for you. It could mean the difference between getting a job under them someday, or having a good recommendation made about you that works out in your favor when applying for a promotion.

About the Author:
Ellen Ross+ writes on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askawayblog.com.

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc. This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.

YAFCAst – Founder John Ellis Explains YAFCA’s Purpose, Current Efforts and Widening Scope

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, YAFCAsts

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst, a continuation of our discussion with founder and president John Ellis.  In this second installment, John talks more about YAFCA’s purpose, its current efforts and the widening scope of its work compared to his original vision.

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with John, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners like Leg Up Farm and the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation.

And now…live from Bruch, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany…Mr. John Ellis!

YAFCAst – Creative Director Renee Ellis’ Insight Into The Creation and Progress of YAFCA

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, YAFCAsts

Welcome to today’s YAFCAst with YAFCA Creative Art Director Renee Ellis.   As well as being the creative art director, Renee is the sister of founder and president John Ellis.  Because of this brother/sister connection, she has interesting personal insight into the development and progress of YAFCA.

In fact, Renee’ says John’s idea of YAFCA’s mission of serving charitable non-profit organizations and the community in general actually started germinating 10 years ago!

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with Renee, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners like Leg Up Farm.

And now…live from York, PA…Renee Ellis!

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc. This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.

How Fashion Makes Us Feel

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 By: Ellen Ross | Fresh topics: , , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Contributing Authors, Sponsors

A woman trying to land a high-paying job wears a suit to her interview. A man trying to impress a woman on their first date wears a nice button up shirt and slacks that he’s even ironed out beforehand. So, why do people wear what they wear? One might say that we dress in whatever feels comfortable on us, especially when you are dressing for your job that you’ve had for over 10 years. But a simple change in wardrobe by wearing a suit to a meeting can help change your attitude immensely and get you out of that boring old daily routine.

A suit can make a man feel very powerful in the workplace.

Take the “power suit” for example; a woman could easily wear dress pants and a nice blouse to an interview, but when she wears a suit it makes her feel more professional and powerful. The way you feel about yourself has a major effect on your attitude and can mean the difference between getting a promotion or not. A suit is a common wardrobe piece of a businessman, which shows power and authority, but when a woman puts it on, it can do just a little more. A woman wearing a suit basically motivates her and can tell the world “I can do just as good a job as anyone else because I am powerful and professional.”

Have you ever noticed how a guy will dress on the first date when he’s really trying to impress someone? His usual attire may be a t-shirt and jeans but when he needs to really make a good impression, he has no problem ironing a collared shirt and slacks so that he looks well put together. This makes him feel more confident and it can show her that he is motivated to win her over.

When a woman gets dressed up for a formal dance or celebration she wears a fabulous dress and gets her hair and makeup done so she is flawless. Feeling like a queen, she has a fantastic night out and dances the night away in style. All it took to give her the best night of her life was a good occasion and the perfect ensemble!

There is a huge correlation between what we wear and how we feel. When I add jewelry to an outfit I feel much better about myself than when I wear no jewelry at all. Even if no one notices or compliments me, every time I walk by a mirror I am proud of myself for the ensemble I put together. This may answer the question as to why we always feel the need to buy a new outfit for a special occasion. There’s something about the crisp fresh feeling of a brand new outfit being worn for the first time that makes you extra proud of yourself. Sometimes, after being stuck at home all day, you just need to dress in a nice pair of jeans and shoes when you run errands to give yourself an extra boost of energy. So next time you look in your closet to choose an outfit, remember that when you feel good about how you look, you automatically have a more positive attitude.

About the Author:
Ellen Ross+ write on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askawayblog.com.

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc. This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.