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About Ilene Marcus

Ilene Marcus, MSW, MPA, is founder of Aligned Workplace. A recognized workplace expert, speaker and author, Marcus mentors business leaders to drive their agenda and build workplaces where success, inspiration, kindness and joy define the culture. Please visit her website at http://alignedworkplace.com
Latest Posts | By Ilene Marcus
7 Songs Every Grandparent Should Share
1 month ago

7 Songs Every Grandparent Should Share

By  •  Family

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. Read More

5 Considerations When Our Friends Drive Us Crazy
4 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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6 Reasons to Love Face Masks – Besides the Obvious
4 months ago

6 Reasons to Love Face Masks – Besides the Obvious

There’s nothing like a pandemic to show the cracks in the veneer. Where things can break down. What does not work. And yet I am the eternal optimist. I like to find that silver lining. The lesson, the takeaway, the surprise…
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3 Ways to Reconcile Your Own Childhood in Your Role as a Mother
1 year ago

3 Ways to Reconcile Your Own Childhood in Your Role as a Mother

By  •  Mindset

Nothing surpasses motherhood. Of all the feelings, emotions and do-overs I would like in my life, my relationship with myself vis-a-vis my daughter is at the top of the list. Read More

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

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

By  •  Lifestyle

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? Read More

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

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

By  •  Lifestyle

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 bullet-proof myself either way? Read More

Try the Housework Gym Routine: Get Your Body and House in Shape Together!
2 years 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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5 Ways to Accept and Celebrate What You Have in Your Life Right Now
2 years ago

5 Ways to Accept and Celebrate What You Have in Your Life Right Now

By  •  Mindset

At our age, we think we should have what we want. I got a new car. I wanted leather seats, but I didn’t get them (more on that below).

We all know the trick to life is wanting what you have. It’s been quite a lesson to figure out what are the things I need, versus what I think I need. How do you stay in that zone of being happy with what you have? Read More

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

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

By  •  Mindset

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.” Read More

The Power of Rediscovering Childhood Friends After 60
3 years ago

The Power of Rediscovering Childhood Friends After 60

By  •  Lifestyle

It took me 50 years to discover the power of a childhood friend. It all started when I was shipped off to sleep away camp in the summer of 1969 and met Betsy Brown. By 1975 we were already too old for camp. Read More