We are well into 2019 – hard to believe! It has been quite a year so far!
Wow! It is almost Spring! Woohoo! I have been here for almost 19 years and I am still not a fan of old man winter! For all you new folks, our winters are not always like this. But let’s keep our eyes on what lies ahead! Spring is a beautiful time in the Lehigh Valley! The blooming flowers and budding trees! It is an amazing display of natural art and beauty!
(Just one thing – if you have allergies grab your tissues. If you don’t have allergies and are new to the Valley, it might not be a cold – just saying.)
TO GROW WE NEED TO KNOW! WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Along with all things new is another year for LINC to be in service. It is hard to believe we are going into our fourth year as an organization! This means we get to do some assessing! And YOU get to give us the grade! We need to hear from YOU!
Ask anyone in the LINC office or anyone who sees me on a regular basis, and they’ll all confirm: I have more than a bit of experience with allergies. If I were one of Snow White’s seven dwarves, I’d be Sneezy. I’m allotted one “bless you” in the morning and one in the afternoon, because otherwise, I’d tire everyone out. What I didn’t know prior to moving to the Lehigh Valley is that it consistently ranks in the top 100 “allergy capitals” of America; Allentown ranked 59th most challenging place to live with spring allergies and 19th most challenging place to live with asthma in 2015.
With snow still on the ground in some areas, it’s hard to believe that spring is less than a week away. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering what spring looks and sounds like in the Lehigh Valley.
It will be warmer. During the month of March, daily high temperatures increase by 11°F, from 45°F to 56°F, and rarely fall below 33°F at night. During the month of April, the daily high temperature increases by 12°F, from 56°F to 68°F.
The air will smell fresher. Have you noticed the smell of spring in the air? It’s that distinctive scent of equal parts gentle rain, fresh soil, and freshly mowed grass. Depending on where you live, the scents of the local farm fields will permeate the air as well.
I am a LINC Ambassador and a member of the Ambassador Council. I coordinate the LINC Ladies Night Out. We have been holding events every other month and it has been a pleasure to meet so many of you. I hope to see you at our next gathering on May 9th at Twisted Olive.
I can’t believe 13 years have passed since moving to I can’t believe 13 years have passed since moving to the Lehigh Valley. It feels like only yesterday that I made the “very long” journey from New York. Yes, that was sarcasm! One of the best parts of the Lehigh Valley is its proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. It’s only when your friends and family visit that they are finally convinced that this is not a different country, it’s a fantastic place to live, and a great place to vacation. Festivals, art, theater, sports, relaxation, shopping, restaurants…WE HAVE IT ALL!!
My last few newsletter articles have been about networking, but I cannot overemphasize the value of networking when you are new in a community. Whether you are looking for people with similar interests or looking to expand your professional contacts, networking is a necessary skill. In fact, every time you meet a new neighbor or co-worker, you are networking.
As I sit at my desk looking at the snow, I am dreaming about spring, which leads me to think about spring cleaning. What does spring cleaning look like in terms of your professional life? For me, it involves the questions, “Have I tended to the professional relationships that I needed to tend to? Are there new professional relationships that need to be “planted”? Are there professional relationships that need to be “pruned”?
One of the tools that I wrote about in our last newsletter was LinkedIn. It is a tremendous tool that has lots of free functionality! Here are some ideas to start your own professional spring cleaning on LinkedIn.
Everyone who goes to a workplace everyday experiences the organizational culture of that business or organization. Most of us can readily identify the elements of the culture. It encompasses the stories we tell, the way we treat each other, and the way we interact with our customers or clients. For most of us there are things we like and things we dislike about our organizational culture. In the book, The Culture Code (Bantam Books, New York, 2018), author Daniel Coyle emphasizes that we can all exert some control over the organizational culture in which we find ourselves.
There are all types of people moving into the Lehigh Valley! The LINC staff has had the amazing privilege of working with individuals and families from around the world. We want to share with you a representative of the beautiful people we get to help!
This month our clients were a bit busy so I thought I would jump in and send a message your way.
Trust me when I say I get moving to a new area. I was always the accompanying partner as we moved many times. What determined the success of our moves was getting involved. Sure, there is the unknown of finding a place to live, finding the grocery stores and malls, figuring out doctors, dentists and oh by the way where is the closest emergency room for my accident-prone children. Those are all important, but for me what was critical was meeting other people.
Moving from Mississippi, I wanted to find a place to live with good energy that allowed me to walk to restaurants, bars, and shops. I found that exact combination in Easton, PA.
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