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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

        Appreciation is a wonderful thing:
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  – Voltaire

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MHN Orientation Postponed

Many of you who attended the December reception received a list of scheduled 2012 UT events.  We are postponing the MHN Orientation Webinar originally scheduled for January 19th.  Once a new date is finalized, it will be posted on the blog.  Sorry for the confusion!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Serving Abroad...Through Their Eyes.

Do you love to take photographs of your travels?  Are you also a previous or current member of the Foreign Service, Civil Service, or U.S. Military?  Enter the Serving Abroad...Through Their Eyes photo contest before February 20th!  Submit up to ten of your best photos from your overseas travels since 2000 and have a chance at being honored in Washington, D.C. along with nine other finalists.  Some of the winning photographs will be displayed at U.S. Embassy Kabul. 

To submit your photos, click here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Because we all want to start the New Year right...

Take a look at this great article:  30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself.  I think I am going to print it out and keep it where I can see it.  

My favorite point from the article:

"Start noticing the beauty of small moments. – Instead of waiting for the big things to happen – marriage, kids, big promotion, winning the lottery – find happiness in the small things that happen every day.  Little things like having a quiet cup of coffee in the early morning, or the delicious taste and smell of a homemade meal, or the pleasure of sharing something you enjoy with someone else, or holding hands with your partner.  Noticing these small pleasures on a daily basis makes a big difference in the quality of your life."

Read all thirty here

                                                                         Smile.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did you attend the Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays Reception?

Check out this article and a few photos from the event featured in The Washington Diplomat. 

Reminder for the New Year

Unaccompanied Tours Employees and Families,

If you are not receiving updates from us and would like to, please send us an email at FLOaskUT@state.gov.  With this contact information we will reach out to those listed and explain our program of support for unaccompanied tours.  Remember we are only a few keystrokes away if you wish to talk or ask a question.  Hope to hear from you soon!