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Key Aspects for Living a More Resilient Life

As promised last time, I want to share some key factors in how to lead a more resilient life. Resilient people think differently. They use a set of skills, whether innate or learned, that allows them to persevere, to manage stress more easily, and to move through failure instead of getting stuck in it. Strengthening your resilience muscle will positively affect the quality of your life. The more you consciously choose to bounce back, the faster you will do so.

Here are a few factors to living a more resilient life: 

1) Have caring and supportive relationships within and outside the family. Relationships that create love and trust and provide positive role models offer encouragement and reassurance to help build a person’s resilience.

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Hero Central: Community Lodgings

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Twenty four years ago, an organization was started in Alexandria to fight homelessness. 
Community Lodgings began providing housing and services to the poor. Recently, the Catalogue of Philanthropy named the non-profit one of the best small charities in the Washington area.

"I've watched families when they come in, like a family will come in with a negative look on their faces and just sadness. After a couple of months, they come in they're saying 'Hello Bonnie' and smiling," shared Executive Director Bonnie Baxley. "It's exciting to watch their attitudes change in terms of I've got a handle on this."

It is estimated that 10% of all homeless people in Northern Virginia live in Alexandria. Besides providing transitional housing, Community Lodgings offers youth and adult education.

Congratulations to PTA Reflections City-Level Winners

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The following Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) students placed first in the city level of the PTA Reflections Program and will move on to compete at the Northern Virginia District level. The district competition includes schools from ACPS, Fairfax and Arlington counties and the City of Falls Church. The Reflections program provides opportunities for students to receive recognition for their artistic efforts and expressions based on an annual theme. The 2011-12 theme is "Diversity means ..." View a complete list of city winners (PDF).

The following students compete at District:

Film Production

D.C. Area Job Fair

D.C. Area Job Fair


From Peggy Hillman:

National Career Fairs is holding a job fair on Tuesday, January 17 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, located at 1900 North Fort Myer Drive.  The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. 

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Washington Humane Society Announces 11th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair


From Jacquie Toppings:

Anti-Huntsman Ad Hits Home For Families With Adopted Children

ALEXANDRIA,Va. (WUSA) - Presidential politics hit home for an Alexandria family on Friday after a web ad aimed at Republican candidate Jon Huntsman raised questions about his values, citing his ability to speak Chinese and his decision to adopt children from China and India. The ad, sponsored by a group identified as NYLiberty4Pau,l urges voters to support Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the race, though Paul disavowed the ad and said his campaign had nothing to do with it.

"It's a very strange way to make a point," said Alexandria lawyer Nancy Jo Nelson, who has adopted three girls from China.

"I think there is nothing more American than adopting a child that has been abandoned anywhere in the world. It's a highly American thing to do," she said.

"It does make me mystified why something that nutty would advance a political campaign," Nelson told 9News Now.