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Staying Thankful in 2020: UTC CPE’s Gratitude List

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There is no denying that 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride. Despite unprecedented circumstances, our team at UTC CPE discovered that there are still things to be thankful for this year. Check out the people, experiences, and memories that we are thankful for—and hopefully, you’ll find that you are able to add similar things to your own gratitude list. Ginger Duggan, MBA, PMP Assistant Director of Business Development for

12 COVID-Friendly Ways to Show Kindness to Your Co-Workers

When I discovered that World Kindness Day is this week (Friday, November 13), I began to reflect on the many times that kindness has been shown to me. I thought about: The stranger who paid for my drink in the Starbucks drive-thru. A mom who, time and time again, has dropped everything in her life to make sure that I am taken care of (and am fed lots of

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Good News Stories, Part 2

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After writing my first “Sharing a Smile” article, I realized I wanted to continue deliberately taking time to seek out good news! Between a rocket launch, Disney singalongs, and everything in-between, these eight stories remind me of the positivity that surrounds us in a chaotic world.   A Rocket to Remember: On May 30, Americans gathered around their TVs to watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Military Appreciation Stories

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Happy Military Appreciation Month! It is an honor to be able to celebrate the resilience, dedication, and sacrifice of our troops, both past and present. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of heartwarming military stories (and use up a tissue box or two every time you watch them!) These eight videos and articles, from homecomings to marriage proposals, are sure to leave you feeling proud and appreciative

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Nurse Appreciation Stories

male and female nursing students working at a hospital

If I had to describe nurses in three words, I would use the phrase “superheroes in scrubs.” Recently, the world has seen our healthcare heroes step up to the frontlines and fight COVID-19; twenty-three years ago, I personally experienced the life-changing effects a nurse can leave on someone. Being born almost six weeks premature, I spent my first month after birth fighting for my life in the NICU and

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Teacher Appreciation Stories

African-American female teacher at a whiteboard

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! Teachers deserve appreciation for many reasons; they sacrifice their needs for the needs of students’, have the biggest hearts, and devote their lives to helping kids develop in ways that will make the world a better place. As I was researching stories to share in celebration of the week, I found numerous reminders of why educators are some of the kindest and most wonderful

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Good News Stories

man smiling while holding his cell phone

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with news that is often disheartening, I find myself needing to look for positivity. I recently watched a Workstation seminar where the speaker discussed the importance of balancing overwhelming information with gratitude and joy. I have made it my personal mission to intentionally seek good news. Throughout my search, I found these ten videos and stories that are encouraging reminders of