Magnolia Potter is a muggle from the Pacific Northwest who writes from time to time and covers a variety of topics. When Magnolia’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book.
How the Art of Giving Can Help You Financially
Some seasons like the time around Thanksgiving and Christmas encourage more charitable giving than others. However, as a business, giving isn’t something that should be only seasonal. In fact, an increasing number of organizations are realizing that giving can be one of many keys to success. Business giants like Walmart, Wells Fargo, and Chevron are evidence of this, as they spend hundreds of millions on charitable giving annually.
While one of the core purposes of every business is to make a profit, there is always room for giving, too. In many ways, it could help boost your finances as well
What's the Current State of Workplace Safety in the U.S.?
No matter our chosen industry, most of us take the concept of workplace safety for granted. After all, wide-reaching workplace accident prevention programs and data collection have been routine since 1913, when the National Safety Council (NSC) was founded. Today, the nonprofit NSC performs a variety of services, such as offering safety training courses for employers that seek to reduce job site injuries and build a culture of safety.
Yet more than a century after the formation of the NSC, jo...
Improving Your Life After a Divorce
Going through a divorce will invariably shake up your life. Relationships with those you’ve known for years will change, your financial situation goes into flux, and it can overall leave you feeling a bit lost and adrift.
While divorce is a big change in your life, it doesn’t have to be an entirely negative experience, as you can use the opportunity to take control of your life and how you want to live it, making improvements and setting yourself up for a happy future.
3 Tips for Improving Yo...
The Increase of Marijuana and Personal Injury Cases
Since 2014, when the Colorado Amendment 64 became law, legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over 21, 10 states and the nation’s capital have followed suit. That’s good news in a legal sense, as marijuana users in those states no longer live in fear of incarceration for simple possession. But legalization also comes with downsides, and state legislators are scrambling to figure out how marijuana fits in with current policies.
One area where legalized recreational marijuana is problemat...
The Environmental Impact of Our Favorite Pastimes
There is no mistaking that humans are having an incredibly profound, as well as an incredibly negative impact on the surrounding environment. Thousands of climate and ecological reports have reiterated the same information: humans are deeply disturbing the ecological health of the planet, destroying entire ecosystems and raising the overall global temperatures at an unprecedented rate. Without substantial changes to our day to day lifestyles, the world as we know it will likely disappear with...
The Rise of Pet Sitting Apps: Are All of Them Reputable?
The gig economy has truly taken off in recent years. Roughly one-third of the US population is made up of gig economy workers — but what does that mean, exactly? Gig economy workers are those who don’t necessarily work a 9-5 job, or work for a specific company or boss. Instead, they work for themselves, turning things like side hustle jobs into their full-time careers. Pet sitting is a popular gig economy job that can lead to a full schedule and a lot of success when it’s done the right way.
Why We Shouldn't Excuse NFL Players
Although it has decreased slightly in popularity over the last decade, football remains America’s favorite sport amongst U.S. adults. Millions of spectators attend National Football League games, and millions more watch them on television. The league itself has enjoyed a 5% increase in television ratings in 2019, and last year brought in $3.71 billion in advertising revenue, an increase from 2017’s total of $3.58 billion.
Professional football continues to reap benefits from its immense popul...
City Planning, Transportation, and Infrastructure Data
As we usher in 2020, the total global population will have reached 7.8 billion. Across the globe, more of us live in cities than in rural areas, and that percentage is expected to increase into the future. In fact, the United Nations predicts that 68% of global citizens will reside in urban areas by 2050.
With a continuously rising urban population, infrastructure planning becomes even more vital to the health and happiness of all people. Of course, exercise, proper sleep, and socialization a...
Construction in the 18th Century
Most of America’s oldest buildings are ancient dwellings in the desert Southwest, primarily constructed from adobe and mud. Early settlers in what are now the northeastern states, however, preferred timber-frame construction. The oldest of these timber frame houses is the Fairbanks House in Massachusetts, a National Historic Landmark built around 1637.
Early colonists borrowed much of their architectural style from England, where the Georgian style of architecture was widely popular throughou...
Self Improvement Through Greener Habits
If you are into self-improvement you might want to consider developing greener habits. When you hear the term ‘self-improvement’, what comes to mind? It may be reading more books, working to get to the peak of your career, or making use of your dormant gym membership. These are all great ways to improve yourself, but what if you could do them and do them all while thinking ‘green’? Helping the world around you while improving your bad habits can be a rewarding feeling.
Self-improvement and gr...
Why The U.S. Should View Refugees As An Investment, Not A Burden
By Magnolia Potter
The United States is at a cultural crossroads when it comes to the perception of refugees and immigration as a whole. While those on the left generally accept and argue for the inclusion and lifting up of those who are fleeing persecution and sexual violence, the right seems bent on preventing refugees and immigrants from entering and participating in U.S. society.
Republicans and the Far-Right are intent on spreading the lie that immigrants and refugees are a drain on the ...
The Young Parent’s Guide to Embracing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
The digital nomad lifestyle appeals to many people, and with good reason. The idea of traveling around the country, relocating on a whim, and working online sounds romantic, freeing, and exciting. Just think of the adventures you could have!
While it’s true that many digital nomads are young, single individuals, plenty of parents and families are embracing the digital nomadic lifestyle, too. It’s absolutely possible to travel with your kids, and this eccentric lifestyle can even give your chi...
Evolution Of Female Musicians
In November 2019, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled its list of nominees for induction in 2020. Per usual, the nominee list is a predominantly male showcase — of the 16 nominees, only three are women. Further, one of those women is Chaka Khan, who is up for nomination not as a solo artist but as part of Rufus, the group with which she initially found fame.
Yet her solo career has far eclipsed the popularity of Rufus, a Chicago-based funk ensemble that disbanded in 1983. An active musician...
Strategies for Improving Employee Retention
Employees are an integral part of every company, as they bring the vision to life. It is nearly impossible for an organization to stand without talented people, which is one of the reasons that retention is an area employers should invest in.
As an employer, you may be wondering how you can keep your most valuable employees around — a good question to ask, and one you should find answers to ASAP, seeing as high turnover rates could result in major losses. Specifically, studies predict that wh...