I remember the time my mom was not feeling well, she was having great abdominal pain and was sent to the hospital, where she ended up having to stay in the hospital as they needed to run a various set of test on her. Once she was settled in and resting I had to leave and told her I would see her first thing in the morning. Well, the next morning as I was getting ready to go back to the hospital and check on her I received a call from the hospital telling me she had gone into a coma after having a cat scan. Needless to say, I was highly upset and rushed to be by her side. There had been people who have come out of a coma that had been in a coma for months and they say your hearing is the last to go, so I was hoping she could hear me as I was talking to her and even if her brain may have been dead as long as her heart was still beating I refused to allow them to unplug the machines. So the hospital allowed me to stay in one of their private rooms so that I could be there on site and be with her whenever I felt like it. She passed away several days later.
I tell you this because I feel it is time. It’s time to start having quality conversations with loved ones again. Death is a real challenge and it tells us not to waste time. It tells us to make the time right now to tell each other that we love each other. It tells us to stop texting and tweeting every second and actually open the floodgates to real, long, heartfelt conversations with the people we love and care about. Relationships flourish when people are able to share their innermost feelings and thoughts about themselves and each other. To be fully heard by someone, in raw form, and to be adored anyhow, is what true love is. Making time for these deep connections and conversations is well worth it. It’s Time.
While spending so much time inside and isolated might not be our favorite thing to do, we recognize how important it is as an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19. To help fill your hours, I’ve compiled a few things you can do to help past the time.
Clean out your closet and place those shoes and clothing you no longer use in a donation pile for those in need.
Catch up on your reading (you know those books on your to-be-read list.)
Watch those movies you’ve been meaning to watch, but never got around to watching.
Watch some comedy on Netflix to heighten your spirits.
Organize your kitchen.
Do a deep spring cleaning of your home.
Rearrange your furniture.
Straighten out your wardrobe and coordinate outfits.
Learn a new skill.
Try out a new recipe to cook.
Learn some coding with animation drizzled in there. Coding is fun.
Learn a hobby, like sewing, knitting, jewelry making, photography.
Reorganize your music or movie collection.
Give yourself some pampering without guilt. You deserve some me-time.
Journaling isn’t just for teens. Here’s why keeping a career journal can help you get ahead at the office.
We’ve probably all fallen into this trap. We are so concerned with accomplishing the many tasks on our to-do lists that we forget to stop and look at the big picture. We forget to think about how we can go above and beyond, consider what we’ve accomplished, or even check-in with how we’re feeling at work.
One of the best ways to make sure you’re regularly reflecting on your career? Keeping a work journal.
In a Harvard Business Review article, “The Power of Small Wins,” Teresa Amabile and Steven J. Kramer discuss the concept of what they’ve termed the “power principle”. The authors asked professionals to keep diaries at work and, after studying these diaries, they identified the power principle, which states:
“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”
The authors wrote about how managers could effectively use work journals and the power principle to motivate employees, but I think that you can use their findings to motivate yourself by making sure that you’re regularly reflecting and celebrating your progress and small wins at work.
Keeping a daily journal on office life and career progress is imperative to keeping track of just that.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. Sitting down and staring at a blank page at the end of a long workday can seem like just another thing to cross off of your to-do list unless you come prepared. Instead, it may be helpful to write the answers to these five questions daily (or weekly, if you prefer):
What is one lesson (or lessons, if you have many!) that I learned today?
Did anyone compliment or comment on my work today? What did they say? (Bonus: This makes it easier to remember your accomplishments when you want to ask for a raise or promotion!)
What is one big thing that I accomplished today?
Did I do anything above and beyond my basic job description today?
What is one way that I can go above and beyond tomorrow?
Even if you can only fit this in once a week, this exercise will help you reflect, focus, and consider the big picture of your career.
#careerconstessa.com, #writeitalldown, #lessonslearned, #keepingtrack, #journaling, written by: Elana Lyn Gross/ Photo by Joe&Kathrina
Genuine people have a profound impact upon everyone they encounter. In this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, Dr. Travis Bradberry unveils the unique habits that cause them to radiate with energy and confidence.
Emotional intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine.
A recent study from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington found that people don’t accept demonstrations of emotional intelligence at face value. They’re too skeptical for that. They don’t just want to see signs of emotional intelligence. They want to know that it’s genuine—that your emotions are authentic.
According to lead researcher Christina Fong, when it comes to your co-workers, “They are not just mindless automatons. They think about the emotions they see and care whether they are sincere or manipulative.”
The same study found that sincere leaders are far more effective at motivating people because they inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say that authenticity is important to them, but genuine leaders walk their talk every day.
It’s not enough to just go through the motions, trying to demonstrate qualities that are associated with emotional intelligence. You have to be genuine.
You can do a gut check to find out how genuine you are by comparing your own behavior to that of people who are highly genuine. Consider the hallmarks of genuine people and see how you stack up.
1. Genuine people don’t try to make people like them.
Genuine people are who they are. They know that some people will like them, and some won’t. And they’re OK with that. It’s not that they don’t care whether or not other people will like them but simply that they’re not going to let that get in the way of doing the right thing. They’re willing to make unpopular decisions and to take unpopular positions if that’s what needs to be done.
Since genuine people aren’t desperate for attention, they don’t try to show off. They know that when they speak in a friendly, confident and concise manner, people are much more attentive to and interested in what they have to say than if they try to show that they’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what or how many people you know.
2. They don’t pass judgment.
Genuine people are open-minded, which makes them approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen.
Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace, as approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require you to believe what they believe or condone their behavior; it simply means you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what makes them tick. Only then can you let them be who they are.
3. They forge their own paths.
Genuine people don’t derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from the opinions of others. This frees them up to follow their own internal compasses. They know who they are and don’t pretend to be anything else. Their direction comes from within, from their own principles and values. They do what they believe to be the right thing, and they’re not swayed by the fact that somebody might not like it.
4. They are generous.
We’ve all worked with people who constantly hold something back, whether it’s knowledge or resources. They act as if they’re afraid you’ll outshine them if they give you access to everything you need to do your job. Genuine people are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know and the resources they have access to. They want you to do well more than anything else because they’re team players and they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad. In fact, they believe that your success is their success.
5. They treat EVERYONE with respect.
Whether interacting with their biggest clients or servers taking their drink orders, genuine people are unfailingly polite and respectful. They understand that no matter how nice they are to the people they have lunch with, it’s all for naught if those people witnesses them behaving badly toward others. Genuine people treat everyone with respect because they believe they’re no better than anyone else.
6. They aren’t motivated by material things.
Genuine people don’t need shiny, fancy stuff in order to feel good. It’s not that they think it’s wrong to go out and buy the latest and greatest items to show off their status; they just don’t need to do this to be happy. Their happiness comes from within, as well as from the simpler pleasures—such as friends, family and a sense of purpose—that make life rich.
7. They are trustworthy.
People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. It is difficult to like someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel. Genuine people mean what they say, and if they make a commitment, they keep it. You’ll never hear a truly genuine person say, “Oh, I just said that to make the meeting end faster.” You know that if they say something, it’s because they believe it to be true.
8. They are thick-skinned.
Genuine people have a strong enough sense of self that they don’t go around seeing offense that isn’t there. If somebody criticizes one of their ideas, they don’t treat this as a personal attack. There’s no need for them to jump to conclusions, feel insulted and start plotting their revenge. They’re able to objectively evaluate negative and constructive feedback, accept what works, put it into practice and leave the rest of it behind without developing hard feelings.
9. They put away their phones.
Nothing turns someone off to you like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When genuine people commit to a conversation, they focus all of their energy on the that. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them. When you robotically approach people with small talk and are tethered to your phone, this puts their brains on autopilot and prevents them from having any real affinity for you. Genuine people create connection and find depth even in short, everyday conversations. Their genuine interest in other people makes it easy for them to ask good questions and relate what they’re told to other important facets of the speaker’s life.
10. They aren’t driven by ego.
Genuine people don’t make decisions based on their egos because they don’t need the admiration of others in order to feel good about themselves. Likewise, they don’t seek the limelight or try to take credit for other people’s accomplishments. They simply do what needs to be done without saying, “Hey, look at me!”
11. They aren’t hypocrites.
Genuine people practice what they preach. They don’t tell you to do one thing and then do the opposite themselves. That’s largely due to their self-awareness. Many hypocrites don’t even recognize their mistakes. They’re blind to their own weaknesses. Genuine people, on the other hand, fix their own problems first.
12. They don’t brag.
We’ve all worked with people who can’t stop talking about themselves and their accomplishments. Have you ever wondered why? They boast and brag because they’re insecure and worried that if they don’t point out their accomplishments, no one will notice. Genuine people don’t need to brag. They’re confident in their accomplishments, but they also realize that when you truly do something that matters, it stands on its own merits, regardless of how many people notice or appreciate it.
Genuine people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. They are firmly grounded in reality, and they’re truly present in each moment because they’re not trying to figure out someone else’s agenda or worrying about their own.
There are a handful of traits all successful women seem to have, regardless of the industry. Of those, perhaps the most important—and often elusive—is confidence. Without it, you aren’t able to be your own best advocate.
Amy Rosoff-Davis, Celebrity fitness trainer to clients like Selena Gomez
European Wax Center’s mission is for women to feel unapologetically confident in their own skin. What does confidence mean to you?
To me, confidence means loving yourself. It means living and owning your life. It means doing what feels good and what makes your eyes light up and your heart sing. When you feel true self-love you are aligned with what makes you happy.
Your work supports others in becoming their best selves. Are there common challenges that you find women struggle with on the path to this?
We all struggle with putting ourselves out there and doing things that scare us. But, as a therapist of mine once said, “the point of life is growth.” If we can start by being a little nicer to ourselves, and learn tools for self-care (meditation, exercise, clean eating, sleep, water, reading, fun, laughter, a bath, anything that feels good!) we will all be a little happier.
Do you have any tips for how our readers can practice confidence in their day-to-day?
Build a confidence tool pack. “When you are having a moment or issue have some tools to help you—a mantra, meditation, self-care guide in your head that you can go to, or just calling a friend. Find what works for you.”
Establish a self-care practice. “When you first wake up, take a minute to practice some gratitude and breathing and self-care. Set yourself up for success every day by doing whatever you need to feel your best. Whether meditation or yoga or breathing, take a moment for self-care, even for just 5 minutes.”
Fill your down time with inspiration. “I am in the car a lot, so I will call a girlfriend, my mom or sister, or I will listen to a book on tape, or a podcast that lights me up (I LOVE That’s so Retrograde and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, and I love Jen Sincero and Gabrielle Bernstein’s books!).”
Millana Snow, CEO & Founder of Wellness Official, an online wellness marketplace & community
What does confidence mean to you?
For me this is about practicing being in a relationship with myself. This has come from self-reflecting, self-care and being honest about how I’m feeling, where I’m at with things and how I’m showing up. I find that when I am real about that, I can make clear choices—and from there true confidence tends to follow!
Are there common challenges that you find women struggle with on the path to this?
The most common struggle that I find among my clients is a fear of being their fullest, truest self. I often find that my clients are really ready to step into their power, but at the same time, they often feel blocked or intimidated in being able to do that. That’s where I help.
Do you have any tips for how our readers can practice confidence in their day-to-day?
I can’t say it enough: self-care, meditation, and seeing a therapist if you can. Go within and get help from the right professionals, it will support you in becoming the woman you want to be. And when you feel that deep within yourself; that is true confidence.
Tai Beauchamp, Confidence Coach and Founder of Beyond Ready
What does confidence mean to you?
Confidence means knowing yourself, [including] being willing to make unpopular decisions unapologetically, honoring yourself, and having faith. Confidence challenges you to be courageous.
Are there common challenges that you find women struggle with on the path to this?
I think we often feel like we can’t show up fully and as our authentic selves. To combat this, I encourage anyone to find your tribe and create a personal advisory board with different skills that can pour into you. I also believe it’s important to be anchored in your faith. It starts with knowing who you are!
Do you have any tips for how our readers can practice confidence in their day-to-day?
Exercise. “Serotonin is incredible for confidence!”
Find a spiritual practice. “Speak light into yourself. Grant yourself grace…when you are not feeling confident, when you are tired, when you need to rest, when you need to reset.”
Meet the Groundbreaking Female Entrepreneurs Who Changed History
Female-founded brands are finally getting more investment opportunities, but women have taken charge of their own destiny for generations. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we teamed up with Amazon to spotlight some groundbreaking female entrepreneurs from the past. Thanks to their courage and determination, the future looks brighter for female founders today. Get inspired below, then shop a selection of women-led brands here.
The unlikely fashion mogul: Amelia Earhart
She’s a runway star in more ways than one. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic, but the famous pilot had a few other tricks up her sleeves… which she likely designed herself. In order to fund her flying career, Amelia created a line of women’s clothing for “active living,” which means she was spearheading the athleisure trend nearly a hundred years before yoga moms popularized leggings-as-pants. Not impressed yet? Amelia even created samples on her own sewing machine with help from local New York seamstresses. “I tried to put the freedom that is in flying into the clothes,” she said, and her love of flight can be seen in her designs. From jumpsuits she could wear comfortably in the cockpit, to “parachute” silk raincoats with buttons shaped like propellers, her clothes represented female empowerment. You can see reproductions of the clothes in action (and learn more about Amelia’s extraordinary journey) in this biopic starring Hilary Swank.
The first beauty biz millionaire: Madam C.J. Walker
Nowadays it seems everyone on Instagram is an entrepreneur, but that wasn’t the norm a century ago—especially for black women. Enter Sarah Breedlove, who started making money moves in 1867. Better known by her alias, Madam C.J. Walker, she was a philanthropist, activist, and the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in America. How did Madam C.J. go from literal rags to riches (and her own estate on the Hudson River)? By selling her own line of African American hair products designed to reduce dandruff, increase hair growth, smooth texture, and prevent baldness. After experiencing her own hair loss, she began working on a formula to fix the problem, and developed beauty products you can stillbuytoday. A pioneer for black hair care, she traveled door-to-door across the country to demonstrate her techniques, and eventually opened a branded beauty school and built a manufacturing center, creating hundreds of jobs. To learn more, we recommend this biography, which maps the rise of America’s first black female millionaire.
The one-woman revolution: Mary Katherine Goddard
Listen up, Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is the story of Mary Katherine Goddard, the first female publisher in America and the only woman whose name appears on the Declaration of Independence. Though she didn’t technically sign her name alongside the Founding Fathers, Mary Katherine managed to make her mark on the historic document (yes, the one famously stolen by Nicolas Cage in National Treasure) in a different way. Stamping “Baltimore, in Maryland: Printed by Mary Katherine Goddard” on the bottom right corner, Mary Katherine printed the first official copy of the Declaration of Independence that now sits in the archives. She was a rebel and a revolutionary, and one of the first to offer the use of her press despite the fact that her actions would be considered treasonous by the British. Not only was Mary Katherine a postmaster to the Second Continental Congress in Baltimore, but according to the Smithsonian, she was also the first woman to have the job in all of colonial America. (Work!) If you’d like to start writing your own pop-rock musical about the American heroine, start with this book. (Mary Katherine didn’t print it, but she’s got a good write-up inside.)
The first travel influencer: Annie Londonderry
The OG travel influencer isn’t on your Instagram feed, she’s buried somewhere in your history books. In 1894, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky said goodbye to her husband and kids and set off to become the first woman ever to cycle around the world at just 23 years old. To help fund her journey, Annie changed her last name to Londonderry as part of a sponsorship with the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company of New Hampshire and sold advertising space on her bike for $100 a placement (which is equivalent to about $3,000 today… #SponCon!). Just like your favorite bloggers, Annie was a master at making herself the star of a story. She would often alert local media before her arrival, and tell tales of how she was ambushed by bandits while on the road, or how she had accidentally cycled across the front lines of the Sino-Japanese war. The stunt made her famous, and though not all of her stories were true, her adventure inspired countless women to hit the road themselves. Want to know more about her journey? We recommend this biography.
The cramps curer: Lydia Pinkham
Sugar, spice, and everything nice… these were the ingredients chosen to make the first menstrual pain killer–well, almost. In 1875, Lydia began selling her home remedy for cramps made of roots, herbs, and a little alcohol (because cramps) to help her family out of their financial troubles. Her Vegetable Compound was bottled and sold for $1 as “Women’s Tonic,” and was the first product to specifically address female medical complaints. To make the product more approachable, ads proclaimed, “Only a woman can understand a woman’s ills,” underneath a picture of Lydia herself–and since many women felt (and still feel!) uncomfortable discussing period pain with male doctors, there was a huge demand for Lydia’s home remedy. During Pinkham’s lifetime, the business expanded from a farm-to-kitchen shop to a lab and factory that brewed, bottled, and shipped enough of Lydia’s invention to make nearly $300,000 a year (which translates to a little over $7 million today, NBD). If you want to know more about Lydia’s recipe for success, we recommend this biography.
Walkie-Talkie is a fun way to communicate between Apple Watch wearers. As you might expect, it lets you quickly chat with someone, wrist to wrist, using your voice.
The Walkie-Talkie app isn’t available in all countries or regions. But no, you don’t need to be near each other like old-school walkie-talkies (like in the Stranger Things TV show)!
To get going, you have to fulfill two requirements:
You and your friend both need any version ofApple Watch, as long as you have the watchOS 5 operating system or later.
You also both need to set up the FaceTime app on your iPhone and be able to make and receive FaceTime audio calls.
How to add friends to Walkie-Talkie
To do so:
Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch (it’s yellow and black).
Press the yellow “+” sign and choose a contact. Wait for your friend to accept the invitation. The contact card will stay gray and is labeled “invited” until your friend accepts.
After he or she accepts, the contact’s card turns yellow and you and your friend can now talk instantly.
Send an invite to someone over Walkie-Talkie (left) and your friend’s wrist will display your request (right).
Move a friend, open the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on the friend, then tap the red X. Alternatively, you can open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Walkie-Talkie–>Edit, tap the red – (minus), and then tap Remove to confirm.
How to start a Walkie-Talkie conversation
Now for the fun stuff:
Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch.
Tap a friend’s contact.
Touch and hold the talk button, and then say something. You might see the word connecting on the screen as the watches are attempting to wirelessly connect. After the connection is made, your friend can hear your voice and talk with you instantly.
To talk over Walkie-Talkie, touch and hold the talk button, then say something; when you’re done, let go. Your friend instantly hears what you said. To change the volume, turn the Digital Crown.
#Dummies.com, #Walkie-Talkie, #Applewatches, #communication, #technology, #canwetalk?, Photos taken from Dummies.com
Whether or not your kids owe taxes depends on the amount and source of their income. Here’s a look at the IRS rules, and how to file.
No one is untouchable when it comes to taxes. The IRS wants to know about every penny you earned above a certain amount — yes, even if mommy and daddy claim you as a dependent on their tax return. And even if only recently you learned how to sign your name in cursive and were allowed to stay up past 10 p.m.
On the topic of who is required to file a tax return, the IRS rules are clear: Age is not a factor. Income is.
IRS rules state that a child must pay taxes if in 2019 their unearned income was more than $1,100, their earned income was more than $12,200, or their gross income (earned plus unearned income) was more than the greater of a) $1,100 or b) their earned income (up to $11,850) plus $350.
Don’t worry, we’ll translate all of that into normal-speak to help your little lovelies stay on the right side of Uncle Sam for the 2019 tax filing season. (Quick reminder: The due date for taxes is April 15, 2020.)
Is allowance and cash for odd jobs taxable?
Let’s start with something short and easy: The list of income the IRS doesn’t tax.
The list includes allowance and bat mitzvah/quinceanera/communion/graduation gifts.And unless littleSally is making bank(as in more than $400) weeding the neighbor’s yard and walking her elderly Shih Tzu, in most cases your child can safely pocket the cash without reporting it.
However — because there’s always a “however” when it comes to taxes — your offspring will earn a seat at the adult table in April if her side business takes off or she strikes pay dirt in her portfolio.
When is a child required to report income to the IRS?
The IRS is interested in learning about two types of income: Earned income (wages paidin exchange for work and, yup, you have to pay taxes on side hustles) and unearned income (money from investments, like interest and dividend payments).
If, as of Dec. 31, 2019, a child made more than $12,200 in earned income or $1,100 in unearned income, they’re on the hook to report to the IRS.
EXAMPLE: If your 16-year-old made $14,000 at her part-time job, she has to file a tax return, even if taxes were withheld from her paycheck. So does your 11-year-old investing whiz kid who doesn’t have a job, but made $1,300 in dividend income in her brokerage account.
Your oldest daughter — who had both a part-time job and earned interest on her savings — will be required to file a return if her gross income (earned plus unearned income) is more than $1,100, or her earned income plus $350 is more than $12,200, whichever number is higher. Here’s how that works in the real world:
EXAMPLE: Let’s say she made $2,750 working odd jobs (earned income) and $200 in taxable interest (unearned income). In this case, she’s not required to file a tax return since each is under the income threshold and, when added together ($2,950), total less than her earned income plus $350 ($3,150). But if she earned $600 in interest (and, as before, made $2,750 in wages). Now she’s required to file because her gross income ($3,350) exceeds her earned income plus $350 ($3,150).
For college-aged kids who are still dependents, scholarships and fellowship grants aren’t taxable as long as the money was used for legit school expenses (e.g. tuition, enrollment fees, required books and supplies required for you to get the degree).
But if your child uses the money for “incidentals” — like room and board, travel, optional equipment and study snacks — they are required to report that portion as income. Same if they were required to teach, do research or other work as a condition of the scholarship or grant.
However (again, we hedge because we’re talking about taxes), entrepreneurial youngsters who have set up an unincorporated business may have to pay self-employment taxes on their earnings if they made more than $400. And if it’s going really, really well, she may want to start paying quarterly estimated taxes. Just sayin’.
Just because a child is required to report her income to the IRS doesn’t automatically mean she’ll owe Uncle Sam. Similarly, just because she’s not technically required to file a tax return doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t.
The IRS doesn’t automatically send refunds just because you’re eligible to get one: The only way to get a refund check if you’re owed is to file a return. In situations where a college-age student can claim an education credit (e.g. the American Opportunity Credit), it may be worthwhile to file.
Not all situations require your child to file her own separate return. She may be able to fulfill her tax reporting duties by piggybacking on yours.
You have the option to report her income on your personal tax return if the only type of income your child earned in 2019 was interest, dividends or capital gains distributions (aka unearned income)… and it’s less than $10,500. (We’ll pause here so you can re-read that dense sentence.)
AttachForm 8814to your 1040 if you want to fold a child’s unearned income into your return. Note that the IRS will tax her income at your rate instead of the child’s (likely lower) tax rate. If that’s not cool — or if including her income bumps you into a higher tax bracket — have her file an individual return.
How to file taxes for a child
The IRS doesn’t kid around when it comes to getting what it’s owed. If little Sally is required to report her income, Uncle Sam accepts no excuse for not turning in her income tax homework. To make sure all goes well…
Adhere to the adult filing deadline: For young children who can’t file on their own, you (the child’s parent, guardian or another legally responsible person) is responsible for filing on her behalf. You’re also on the hook for any amount she owes and doesn’t pay and the resulting late filing or underpayment penalties. And, lucky you, you’re also the go-to person if the IRS needs to resolve any issues with her return.
Let the IRS know the child is a dependent: Don’t worry: You can still claim your little taxpayer as a dependent as long as they rely on you for the majority of their financial support, live with you for more than half of the year, and aren’t claimed as a dependent on anyone else’s return. On her own return, she’ll need to check the box that indicates she can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
File with the custodial parent’s return: This applies to parents who fold the child’s investment income into their tax return. If you’re married and filing jointly, you’ll use that return. If you file separately, the IRS says to include the dependent’s earnings on the return of the parent who has the higher taxable income. If you’re divorced or separated, the custodial parent (whomever the child lived with for the greater part of the year) should include the child on their return.
Sign the return correctly: Stickers or a big purple crayon “X” don’t count. If she hasn’t perfected her signature, you can sign for her, followed by the words “By [your signature], parent [or guardian] for a minor child.” With older children, let this be an exercise you do together on the road to adulting. Tax software makes it super easy and will double-check your work.
Be prepared to file it via snail mail: If this is your child’s first dance with the IRS, she may not be permitted to file her return electronically. That’s okay: This is a chance to show her how they did it olden times — by using a printer, stamps and the U.S. postal service.
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Tiffany and Earl have been dating for almost a year. They met at a very swank art gallery. Tiffany felt like it was love at first sight. Earl, on the other hand, thought the way Tiffany pretended to know about art was kind of cute and he wanted to take it upon himself to become her new art teacher (if you know what I mean). Needless to say, they instantly hit it off and started dating one another. Their friends and anyone that came into contact with them always comment on what a cute couple they made, which quite naturally made Tiffany blush and her heart expand anytime she heard those comments.
After dating for six months, they decided to move in together. Tiffany’s parents, although they liked Earl they weren’t that keen on the idea of the two of them moving in together, they felt it was too fast and besides they wanted Tiffany to focus on her final semester of becoming an anesthesiologist. After all, if she is going to be putting patients to sleep, she needs to know her stuff. Yet, they knew that their daughter was head over hills for Earl and with them both being adults, there wasn’t very much they could do about it. Earl’s family, on the other hand, wasn’t that fond of Tiffany. He was much worldlier than Tiffany and although she was going to school to be an anesthesiologist, they felt she was not the right pedigree for their son. Earl graduated top of his class from a very prestigious college. He loved the arts. He loved it so much that he decided to open his own art gallery. He had various artsy friends and was well known in the art community, so getting the word out about a new gallery or getting artists to display their work wouldn’t be a problem. Earl wasn’t as into Tiffany as she was into him, but he thought she would grow on him, so the two moved in together.
The first three months of them moving in was great. Both Tiffany and Earl had a lot of friends, so they would entertain a lot. There was always someone other than the two of them at their townhouse. However, with all the art gallery galas and events that Earl attended and Tiffany’s constant late-night studying, they hardly ever got to spend any alone time and that started to wear on their relationship. Earl loved Tiffany’s caring heart and her great spirit, but he wasn’t in love with her. Tiffany, on the other hand, was madly in love with Earl, but she also sensed the change in their relationship. Yet, she continued to hang on, hoping that things between her and Earl would improve.
Earl started to feel that maybe their parents were right about not moving in with each other. He no longer wanted to play house with Tiffany and he didn’t know how to exactly tell her without hurting her feelings, he also began to admit to himself, that they really didn’t have that much in common with one another, with her being into medicine him into the arts, so he started to become distant. Tiffany had no clue as to how Earl felt. She knew things were different, but whenever she would ask him what is wrong he would say “nothing” and rush off; leaving no time to talk. She didn’t know how much longer she could go on with him giving her the cold shoulder. Yet, she continued to hang on. All of Tiffany’s family and friends started noticing a difference in her. She was no longer the happy-go-lucky young woman they knew. She had become somewhat depressed andobsessed with having to know Earl’s every move. It had gotten so bad, that Earl stayed away from the townhouse for a few days, just to get a break from her. Tiffany was starting to act really needy and that was really turning Earl off, she was not the same person he had met months ago.
After Earl stayed away from the townhouse a few days, Tiffany finally came to the realization that their relationship was coming to an end. But, because she still loved and cared for Earl, she didn’t want their relationship to end with him hating her, in hopes they get back together. So, she moved out of the townhouse back home with her parents until she finishes up her last year toward becoming an anesthesiologist. Since being at her parents, Tiffany took time to do some reflecting upon her and Earl’s relationship. Tiffany had to become real with herself and admit to the obsessing over Earl and losing herself in the process. They never got back together. Although she still thinks of Earlevery so often she has stopped obsessing over him and started focusing more on her career, family, and friends. She has also put her dating life on the back burner…at least for now.
The moral of the story: You can’t make someone feel something they don’t. “If you have to keep wondering where you stand with someone, maybe it’s time you stop standing and start walking.” – Quotepix.com
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Ending Black History Month with Black Ballerinas In the Making
A group of Texas ballerinas are making a bold statement for Black History Month with their new photo shoot.
The dance company was inspired by trailblazing ballerina Misty Copeland, and wanted to do something in honor of all the Black ballerinas to commemorate Black History Month, ABC News reports. What came of that was a powerful photo shoot that’s making its rounds on the internet.
The iRule Dance Studio in Beaumont, Texas is home for these pint sized dancers. The photo shoot was initially meant to just be a fun bonding moment for the girls, but they quickly realized the significance of the moment after seeing the shoot.
Angela Malonson, one of the parents of the dancers said, “These girls work so hard, and although they don’t complain about it, sometimes we like to do something fun. It just so happened to be February and what better month to do in honor of Black History Month.”
New Mexico’s first African American appellate judge in the state’s 100+ year history.
Shammara Henderson just made history by becoming New Mexico’s first African American appellate judge in the state’s 100+ year history.
Appointed the Court of Appeals, Henderson is a former state and federal prosecutor, assistant district attorney and assistant U.S. attorney, despite being just 37 years old. Her extensive experience is part of what she believes made her a great candidate, KOAT news reports.
“I’ve always wanted to be a judge. I have that experience that would bring value to the bench in multiple different ways and I think it’s important for people to be able to see that. I think having a diverse bench is very important in interpreting the law to ensure that it is being applied appropriately,” Henderson said.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Henderson who will replace Judge Monica Zamora, a historic decision over 100 years in the making. “Black lawyers, Black law students, women lawyers, women law students and anybody really, if they put their mind out there and say that they can accomplish these things, they can do it,” Henderson said.
Henderson is set to start her new position this March, but will have to be elected during the next general election if she plans to stay on the bench.