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Why Do We Overeat During The Holidays?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 18, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Do holiday comfort foods help put you in the Christmas spirit? Here’s some food for thought on what science says about this perception.

It’s hard to think of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations without thinking of food — particularly rich, creamy decadent comfort foods.

Whether it’s the meals that remind us of childhood, the ubiquitous sweets or the coffee drinks with more calories than cheeseburgers, many of us indulge during the holidays only to start the new year wishing we hadn’t.

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Topics: Eating Right

It’s Finals Week And You Need A Laugh

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 10, 2014 7:45:00 AM

As you finish up the academic term, you could probably use a little stress relief. Here are a few one-liners to make you smile.

It’s finals week. While the end of the term is in sight, right now you’re up to your eyeballs in papers and final exams for your online degree program.

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Topics: Happiness, Just For Fun

21 Apps To Get You Through The Holidays

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 18, 2014 8:29:00 AM

If you're a working adult enrolled in an online degree program, this time of year is crazy busy. Here are some apps that can help you finish the academic term strong and prepare for the holidays.

If you love apps, you know you’re not alone.

But you probably have no idea how “not alone” you really are.

Last year, more than 1.2 billion mobile app users worldwide downloaded more than 82 billion apps.

Currently, there are more than 2.5 million apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play alone.

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Topics: Success

How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 11, 2014 7:40:00 AM

No one knows better than a veteran that actions speak louder than words.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-- John F. Kennedy, U.S. president and
World War II Navy veteran


A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nick Lanier wore the camouflage green, tan and gray of a U.S. Army uniform for 13 years.

During that time, he was often approached in airports, restaurants and shopping malls by strangers who shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

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Topics: Gratitude

5 Labor Day Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 28, 2014 8:02:00 AM

If you’re looking for some insight into how to create a better work-life balance, check out these tips for some practical ideas.

It’s hard to find time just for you, isn’t it?

Maybe you check your work e-mail compulsively from your phone or spend your free time shuttling kids to their activities. Maybe you have postponed vacations because you’re too busy, or you sacrifice sleep because you have papers to write.

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Topics: Productivity

An Infographic To Inspire You To Persevere

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 12, 2014 8:13:00 AM

If you’re a student in an online degree program who is managing work and family responsibilities, in addition to your educational pursuits, you know how difficult it is to stay the course.

History is replete with examples of people who persevered despite challenges and setbacks and succeeded. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard many of them.

Beethoven composed his most important works, such as the epic Symphony No. 9 including the “Ode to Joy” movement, during the last decade of his life, when he was deaf.

J.K. Rowling was a penniless, single mom when she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.

Walt Disney’s first animation company went bankrupt.

Colonel Sanders, a sixth-grade dropout, didn’t even start his entrepreneurial venture until he was 65.

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Topics: Success

The One Thing You Should Do This Independence Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 3, 2014 7:16:00 AM

Slurp watermelon. Plunge in the pool. Ooh and ahh over fireworks. But first take a moment to read the most cherished words in American history.

Don’t you love it when the Fourth of July falls on a Friday or a Monday! Three-day weekends can’t be beat. It’s a great time to take a break from hectic work schedules and rigorous online studies, and have fun with family and friends.

How do you celebrate? Do you host a family cook-out or head to the local park? 

Before you start boiling the potatoes for salad or reach for the beach towels, you might consider taking a few moments to reread the most beloved words in our country’s history: the Declaration of Independence.

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Topics: Gratitude

Give It A Try – Unplug

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Mar 18, 2014 8:39:00 AM

While the very thought might cause your palms to sweat and heart beat faster, there are benefits to unplugging.

Once upon a time, Americans were known for their love affair with their cars. We romanticized about the freedom of the open road and – from “Little Deuce Coup” to “Pink Cadillac” – even wrote songs about them.

Statistics show, however, that the total miles Americans drive peaked more than six years ago and is gradually falling.

So what’s our current infatuation?

Is there even a need to ask?

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Topics: Success, Productivity

Snooze, You Lose? Maybe Not!

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 4, 2014 8:21:00 AM

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented. But did you know that taking regular breaks during the day – including naps – can make you more productive?

Science proves what moms have always known: the power of a good night’s sleep.

Having a bad day? Mom says, “Things will look better in the morning.”

Need to make a big decision? Mom says, “Sleep on it.”

So, as a busy adult with career, family, and school commitments who is always looking for more time in the day, it probably stresses you out when you read about yet another reason you should be getting more sleep.

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Topics: Productivity

Seeking Better Work-Family Balance? Exercise

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 16, 2014 7:56:00 AM

Adding exercise to a busy schedule can actually help you better balance work, family and school.

When it comes to attitudes toward exercise, there’s little ambivalence.

There’s the stance of cartoonist Paul Terry – creator of Superman’s anthropomorphic equivalent, Mighty Mouse – who said, “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”

Then there’s the approach of one of America’s most famous authors, Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Current research conducted by faculty from Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business and led by Dr. Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management, supports the latter: Exercise increases your ability to manage, balance and integrate your personal and professional lives.

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Topics: Productivity

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