Often, we feel that our lives are spinning out of control. Life events appear to be working against us and not for us. There seems to be “always something” to sabotage your plans. The family structure changes, a family member loses a job, we apply for what seems like 50 jobs but receive no job offers or we are employed but dislike what we are doing. So, how do we bring about change?

Mercer County Cooperative Extension will conduct “Skills for Taking Control of Your Future” workshops.

The workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, April 1 through 29, at the Mercer County Community Education Council; from 1 until 3 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2 through 30, at the Sharon Lifelong Learning Center; and from 10 a.m. until noon Thursdays, April 3 to May 1, at the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell.

Participants will learn methods to begin taking charge of their lives by identifying their personal strengths, practicing effective decision-making and discovering new ways to communicate for success. Basic money management will be reviewed, in addition to ways to manage time and stress.

Who should attend? If you feel “stuck” in your current situation or feel overwhelmed with life, this workshop will help you to create a plan to reach your goals to overcome your daily challenges. Volunteers and agency staff assisting individuals during their life transitions are also encouraged to attend.

There is no cost but seating is limited.

For more information and to register, call Mercer County Cooperative Extension, 724-662-3141.

Valerie Manganello is workforce development educator for Mercer County Cooperative Extension.

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