2020 Career on the Move Guide Military Edition

Military on the Move Military community members move a lot. When a service member relocates, they have job security built in. Military spouses and dependents on the other hand don’t have the same peace of mind, every relocation brings starting over in a new community,...

Big Changes Have Arrived

Here’s what’s new with us. I let everyone know in this post that we had some big changes coming over the next few weeks at Begin Within… I’m proud to announce that those changes have arrived! We now EXCLUSIVLEY provide recruiting and headhunting services, placing high...

Big Change Ahead!

Be on the lookout, big changes are coming soon at Begin Within! Be on the lookout for big changes in the next few weeks! If you have been following Begin Within for a while, you know we do ALL the things! We have provided career coaching and resume writing services...

Career Changes: How to talk to your children

Respectful parenting is the concept of raising children with the belief that each child is a whole person. The average person will make at least four career changes before age 30. The question is (for those of us with kids) -- when do we talk to them about career...

A Crash Course to a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe: A term coined by Susie Faux, referring to a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. I was watching the documentary “The...


How to be Generous Without Spending Money

by | Dec 18, 2018 | Self Care | 0 comments

Give your attention.

In a world of bright lights and loud noises, every dark corner of the street (and internet) has transformed into a neon billboard shouting, “Look at me!” Your attention is the centerpiece in a competition that generates $70B+ annually— we call it advertising. The dollars speak. Your attention is highly valuable.

Your attention is a weapon— how you wield it can advance the greater good, help the needy or simply make someone’s day brighter. Practice on a child. Children are grateful recipients of your undivided attention, they are not selling products or angling for “clicks” to their website. Children genuinely love being present and being seen. Children also teach us about receiving undivided attention from others. Give your attention to a person or organization who deserves it.

Give your time.

The most valuable asset we possess is time. With each moment that passes time slips into the past and we enter our inevitable future. Time is the most impactful and meaningful offering we have. Our busy world vies for our time and pulls us in every direction. Where you choose to spend your time can make a big difference in the lives of people who need it.

People tend to think of giving time as volunteering. While volunteering is excellent, it’s not the only way to give time. Giving time can be as simple as meeting a friend for coffee, mentoring a high-potential employee, or watching a friend’s children for a much-deserved date night.

Give your talent.

Your talent, knowledge and skills set can often help far beyond the dollars in your wallet. Each person is uniquely gifted and can contribute their gifts to help others. If you develop websites, there are small businesses and nonprofits that could greatly benefit from a nice website. If you like to garden, there is probably a derelict community garden near you that could use a gardener’s touch. With a little creativity, there is no limit to the many ways you can give your talent.

Donate your things.

The adage: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is true. Rather than tossing items that can be reused, donate. Some creative entrepreneurs make works of art out of trash. There are people in need everywhere, even simple things like an old pair of sneakers can make a big difference.

Actively listen.

Technology distracts us from human interaction. We are endlessly “occupied” by our devices— skimming social media on the phone, watching television in the evening, utilizing computers all day at work. People forget how to be human when constantly pacified by technology.

Leave your phone out of sight when talking to people. Have a meal with your family with phones hidden and the television off. Play with your kids, no tablet, no TV—use your imagination again. Be present and really listen.

Share your community.

In a globalized world, people are more alienated than ever. Families live states apart, seeing each other only a handful of times per year. Create a community and share it with others. Communities are created with intention, they don’t magically form. Invite your local friends over for the Holidays—some of them may not have anywhere to go.

Dive straight into the feedback!
Login below and you can start commenting using your own user instantly