Ilene Marcus, MSW, MPA, is the author of Managing Annoying People and runs Aligned Workplace, speaking and training Leaders and Founders to attract and retain great employees. An emerging literary writer, her goal is to make you smile just a bit more. Please visit her website at

Latest Posts By Ilene Marcus

1 week ago

Knowing Myself Series – Part 1: Love What I Have

To be in a healthy romantic relationship with another, you must love yourself first. A hard-won lesson for me, as it is both cliché and overused. I wanted to do it my own way. Three years ago, at 58 years old, I met my soul mate and we fell in love…

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1 month ago

It’s Never Too Early to Prep for the New Year

It is official it is almost next year. On a most perfect New England fall day as my car’s heated seats warmed my soul, I slowed down at a sharp bend in the road. At that moment, bright orange leaves, framed in gold clouds took my breath away…

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2 months ago

Try the Housework Gym Routine: Get Your Body and House in Shape Together!

Why pay for the gym, when real life chores are so much more beneficial? Not to mention, I need a solution that saves time, money and is practical. It’s a retirement conundrum: the gym has become inconvenient…

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2 months ago

7 Songs Every Grandparent Should Share

It seems like yesterday I was singing these songs to my own daughter. Heck, it seems like yesterday I was learning them. And now it’s time to teach them to my children’s children. For me, it’s for my great nieces and nephews, as I am…

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5 months ago

5 Considerations When Our Friends Drive Us Crazy

We love our friends. We really do. But even as I practice channeling acceptance, meditating, Zen breathing, and openness to the universe, I get irritated. It’s not about accepting them. I do. It’s not about judgement. I don’t judge…

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7 months ago

The 4-Step Secret Formula for Creating a Powerful Second Act

Is there a second act in you? Perhaps even a third? At this age, we all know that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result…”

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9 months ago

Want to Get More from Life? Stop Pushing and Start Pulling!

Do you remember the pushmi-pullyu from the original Dr. Doolittle (1967) with Rex Harrison? I’ve always wondered why it never became an icon…

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10 months ago

Why the Place You Choose to Live in Retirement Says a Lot About You

Location. Location. Location. There’s an old saying: “What you see, depends on where you stand.” How often have I traveled the same road, only to notice something new? Sure that it wasn’t always there, I ask others: “Did you see what appeared on route 7?”

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12 months ago

7 Quick Things You Can Do to Have the Best New Year’s Eve Ever

Why does New Year’s Eve evoke such strong feelings in people? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – thanks for the insight, Charles Dickens. The real question is: how do I bulletproof myself either way?

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2 years ago

Let’s Shamelessly Explore the Art of Doing Nothing (VIDEO)

I am actively studying “the art of doing nothing.” It is an art. A wise friend said to me, “Do something, just sit there.” Do you know how hard it is, to do nothing? To just sit there? No reaction. No action. No thoughts. No plan. Just be. Just rest…?

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