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Best Way to Start the New Year?

Chispa Magazine, Mavian Arocha-Rowe


To know without His birth on Christmas Day there is no crucifixion; and with no crucifixion… there is no resurrection. Did you know the worst circumstances bring out the best in us? So… what we perceive as the wrong circumstance can actually produce something right or righteous in us. Moses needed to tend sheep for…

How to Survive After Being Hacked on CyberMonday

How to Survive After Being Hacked on CyberMonday , Chispa Magazine

CyberMonday is over yet your identity was stolen, now what? Whether it’s your baby monitor, your SmartTV, the Webcam on your laptop or apps you installed on your smartphone or tablet, your antivirus is not enough protection. It’s time to take those devices’ and apps’ privacy policies, and the permissions you grant them, much more seriously.…

Is Your Retirement Plan Similar to Your Smartphone?

Women Retirement Plans Chispa Magazine

Financial strategist Donna M. Phelan, author of Women, Money and Prosperity: A Sister’s Perspective on How to Retire Well, relates the story of Wanda Strong—one of four sisters—one married, one widowed, one divorced, and one who never married. Finding herself suddenly single with two kids to support and less than 15 years to retirement, Wanda had…

Always Best Care Provides Insight on Aging

Always Best Care Provides Insight on Aging, Chispa Magazine

In support of family caregivers nationwide and National Family Caregiver Month in November, Always Best Care Senior Services Chief Executive Officer Michael Newman is providing Chispa the best advice for helping families identify the need for increased care for their loved ones at home. Founded in 1996, Always Best Care began franchising in 2007 and…

Think + Act Like a Surgeon: Six Tips for Improving Your Lines of Gratification

As we enter the year’s final quarter, Dr. Robert J. Cerfolio, a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, says it’s never too early to think about self-improvement for the New Year …and this year. “Habitual procrastination can really hurt you in the long run because waiting to take care of something that’s obviously important to you—health, money, family…

How to Run Your Home Like a CEO

Chispa Magazine

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective. It’s also something successful moms have in common, says Zenovia Andrews, a business strategist, speaker, author and mom who coaches entrepreneurs and CEOs on time and budget management. “In business, CEOs implement a process that achieves efficient time and resource…

Success for The Family Business

Non-family businesses can learn a lot from family businesses, says Henry Hutcheson, a certified Family Business Advisor and founder of Family Business USA consultancy. “Family businesses outperformed non-family businesses during the boom years leading up to the 2008 recession, and during the 2001 and 2008 recession years,” he says, citing a recent Harvard Business Review…

Career Burnout: The Root Cause is Loss of Purpose

Chispa Magazine

Physician and mindful living expert Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD has a unique perspective to discuss career burnout; not only is she a neurologist specializing in mind-body medicine, but she also used the mindfulness-based techniques she teaches to heal herself from career burnout as a physician. Career burnout is characterized clinically by loss of passion,…

Four Emerging Concepts + Trends in Social Media Marketing

Chispa Magazine

When Beyoncé released her self-titled album late last year, she didn’t go through any of the traditional promotional means, which she called boring. Instead, she simply posted a video featuring the new album cover and pictures of her with the caption “Surprise!” on Instagram. That was enough for Beyoncé, one of the best-selling music artists…