How to keep a gratitude journal

Purchase a journal or notebook with lined pages. A simple way to make each journal unique to the individual is to make a collage from magazine cutouts on the front cover of an inexpensive scribbler. The theme of “things I’m grateful for” can be used in the decorating process: family photos, recipes, favorite sayings, fabric swatches or a child’s drawing.

Write down five things they are grateful for each day. This can be done anytime, at work, school or home or at all three. It is recommended in that you keep your journal by your bedside and write in it each night before going to sleep.

There are many things to be grateful for:

  • being alive and changing our lives
  • thrift shops and garage sales
  • having dreams
  • M&Ms and chocolate
  • mud and little boys
  • a computer that works most of the time
  • the assistance we receive from our social network
  • soft kittens and warm mittens
  • making it through each hour, each day
  • butterflies and freedom
  • the peace and quiet of sleeping children
  • seeing the trees wave in the wind
  • being able to read
  • having a friend to phone
  • a sunny day

If you are involved in a group or family that have all decided to keep journals, you can get together and have a discussion to see how keeping a journal has helped or influenced you. If you are alone in this endeavor, ask yourself, “Am I feeling a little more content with life and with what I have.
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Human Resources Start-ups and Small Businesses

Séverine Lemoine is an experienced HR manager. She had accumulated experiences working in a variety of companies either at HR departments or companies providing HR services. Working as an HR consultant today, she accompanies small and medium businesses to build and develop an HR culture and policy that corresponds to future stakes of the company: personnel and payroll administration, social environment, legal procedures, coaching and audit.

The Startup Atelier (TSA) had a pleasant time with Séverine discussing ABC’s of Human Resources for Start-ups. She answered my questions on various topics for HR in France and SMEs. Here is what I gathered.

The Startup Atelier (TSA): Could you say a few words about your activity?

Séverine Lemoine (SL): We help SMEs to develop HR expertise and to ensure social and administrative monitoring. Even though HR axis is sometimes forgotten in SMEs, it is, in fact, a true occupation. There are all kinds of subtle details especially with recent frequent changes in laws and regulations. Companies can be easily sanctioned if legal follow-ups and social fees are not applied properly leading to serious consequences which can be quite important for enterprise economics.

TSA: There are multiple choices for hiring staff in France, from CDI (permanent contract) to CDD (limited time contract). CDI is not very popular when we have our heads in the sand trying to build the company with lots of ambiguities in near future. Therefore, many opt-in for more flexible choices such as CDD and freelances. What are the points to take into account when start-ups engage in such solutions?

SL: Indeed, for young enterprises such as start-ups, CDD is commonly favored. The freelancing (Portage in France) comes in different forms. It can be a CDD contract for a given period of time and it can be an Auto-entrepreneur contract.
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