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An Important To-Do This October

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a very important time of year and the message deserves center stage. However — many people tune it out. Myself included. It’s very easy to glaze over when the pink ribbons pop out year after year. Saying that though, for anyone going through treatment for cancer, this can be a tough time for them.

We should remember that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but I know that getting a productive person to give up part of her day for screening might require a little more convincing.

Don’t think you’ve got enough time to screen yourself? See how many of the items below you have on your to-do list this week.

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“List Makers Hall of Fame” Contest Winner!

Attachment-1 (1)A few weeks ago I created a contest for my fellow list makers to strut their bucket lists for all to see! I asked you to take a photo with your bucket list and send it in.

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4 Etiquette Rules You Never Knew

etiquetteFor some reason, I’m always the “go to” girl for etiquette questions at the office. Etiquette extends far beyond the rules of holding doors and proper forks. I actually rather like etiquette but there is so much I don’t know! Experts like Emily Post, author of Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, know much more than I do so I checked out their advice on these interesting etiquette questions.

1. Ladies first, right?  Nope — not when we’re talking about a revolving door. Men should actually go through a revolving door first so they can push it for a woman. Don’t believe me? Lizzie Post has become my go-to for etiquette questions on twitter. Check out what she has to say!

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2. To drink or not to drink:  If you bring wine to a dinner party, it is considered a gift and the host does not have to open it. Experts recommend that if you want the bottle you brought to be opened that night, you should offer to be the one bringing wine to the party in advance.

3. While there are major disagreements about this, most experts say that you do not have to give a gift if you are not attending a wedding. As a matter of fact, some experts say that it is not required to give a gift even if you are attending. The gift is traditionally meant to support the marriage, not the wedding itself. But if you ask me — I say go with the gift no matter what.

4. You don’t have to stop wearing white after Labor Day. Lizzie Post recommends switching over to winter white when it starts to get chilly!

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What etiquette questions have you always wondered about?

List Maker’s Hall of Fame: Bucket Lists

Paula's Bucket List Making a bucket list is one of the easiest lists to make. You know yourself better than anyone and it’s fun to day dream and work towards that goal one day. As my favorite lady Oprah says “you become what you believe.” So once you put it down on paper — you are one step closer to your goal. It’s one of the first lists I tell non-list makers to put together.

I’m sharing my bucket list today in hopes that you will share yours too! I’m introducing a new contest called the “List Maker’s Hall of Fame!” Once a month I will announce a new list category. Then a winner will be chosen at random and you will be featured on ListProducer.com and all of my social media outlets. I may ask you a question or two about your list as well once you win, 🙂

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Let These Ladies Inspire You

 

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We Can Do It poster for Westinghouse, closely associated with Rosie the Riveter, although not a depiction of the cultural icon itself. Pictured Geraldine Doyle (1924-2010), at age 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight I will be attending the inaugural New York Women in Communications‘ WiCi awards. This awards ceremony honors pioneering women who are changing the field of communications. The incredible women being honored are pushing the communications industry forward and are inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. I’m excited to attend.

 

This got me thinking about women who inspire me. Having mentors and women to look up to has been one of the biggest positive forces to propel me forward in my life and in my career. Here’s a list of the women who inspire me (in no particular order!):

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