5 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Life

March 20, 2017

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Often when we aspire to make a difference in the world, we forget that a great place to start is with ourselves. Here are some tips on how you can take steps to grow both personally and professionally.


Whether you have already chosen a profession or are still trying to find your place, plenty of resources can help you grow professionally, right here at Simmons! Alumnae/i are eligible for four complimentary career-coaching sessions each year at the Career Education Center; it’s a great opportunity to find a new career path or strengthen your commitment to your current one. If you are looking to advance into a leadership role, Simmons alumnae/i can take an Executive Education course in our Women’s Leadership Certificate Program and receive a 50 percent discount between now and June 30, 2017. Even if you aren’t looking for a new career opportunity, it is always good to develop your professional network within your industry. Check out the Alumnae/i and Friends calendar for information about upcoming networking events.


Managing a career and family can leave you with a long to-do list. Author and former Simmons staff member Tiffany Dufu recognized that her list of tasks came with a set of expectations that were weighing her down. In her book, Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less, she shares how she was able to free the space she needed to meaningfully succeed at work and at home. Hear Tiffany tell her story—and have her sign your copy of Drop the Ball— at our special event on Wednesday, April 19. Visit Tiffany’s website to learn more about her work.


You can learn a new personal or career skill right from your computer! Learn how to write software code for free from sites like Codeacademy and FreeCodeCamp. Take a class in almost any topic from Coursera, EdX, and Khan Academy. Watch YouTube videos about how to do your own repair work around your home, or about millions of other topics available. Don’t know what skill you want to try? Check out this list for more inspiration: 24 Invaluable Skills To Learn For Free Online This Year


Many of us find it too hard to even comprehend our current financial situation never mind thinking about retirement or other long-term financial decisions. But there are some easy steps you can take now to improve your future financial health. The first is to just understand your current financial situation. Use apps like Mint to track your spending and balance that with your income. Even if you don’t keep up with a daily or monthly budget, it is always a good idea to at least regularly review your situation. The second step is to commit to saving up for an emergency fund. Even a couple of hundred dollars saved can defray some large expenses like medical bills or car repairs which can wreck your finances if you are unprepared. Finally, look into your long-term savings options. Learn about retirement fund options through your employer or ask a financial advisor about saving in a Roth IRA. If you still have no idea what to do, start reading these 10 personal finance blogs for some down-to-earth information.


Self-care looks different for every person, but at its core, self-care means doing whatever makes you feel calm, confident, and ready to take on life’s challenges. Whether you crave excitement or quiet relaxation, take time to indulge those needs, and remember that taking some time for yourself is necessary to sustain your energy for the things you do for others. Check out these self-care tips shared by our own Professor Shari Robinson-Lynk.

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