Words Of Wisdom – Or Not?

To put this post into context so you don’t think I’m slightly strange, I’ve been researching racist skinheads for one of my university projects. Before I started I didn’t realize just how many websites there are out there promoting racial hatred in such extreme ways. Tonight, however, I stumbled on the website of one particularly extreme group and they shall remain nameless and unlinked because I don’t believe they deserve that promotion. Their website has a handbook that teaches them how to oppress “ZOGS” – in short term, Jews.

They also target homosexuals, black people, foreigners – anyone that, to them, isn’t white or British. They also feature shrines to Hitler and constantly state that his words are what everybody should live by – yes, really. I read their “handbook” and just had to share their tips just because they’re so bloody ridiculous. Please note, these are not  by views. Continue reading

Are Job Headhunters Looking for You?

adeleYou’ll be very excited when job headhunters call you for a job interview IF getting a ‘better’ job is your goal. After going through a series of questions and tests and often more interviews, you’ll feel even better (maybe even ecstatic..) when you are finally selected from amongst one thousand other candidates!

You Must Be Very Good…

You must be very good at what you do if job headhunters look for you. You must have very special qualities (qualifications, experience, achievements, skillsets) that caught the attention of job head hunters from among the thousands of others in their databases.

Behind the scene, there’s an organization that is willing to pay these job headhunters a month’s salary (or more) to hunt the ideal candidate for a particular position. Often, the organization also pays the travel and accommodation bills for the handful of headhunted candidates. Continue reading

Criticism and Staying Motivated To Study

memeMy nephew decided finally to get his GED certificate so when I just read an article about some online GED programs, I told him about it. And you know what he said? “I don’t need it”, “I can learn by myself”, “” It’s just not really my thing.”. It made me so angry but then I realized he is afraid of being criticized for his lack of educational achievements.

Criticism comes in all forms – “I’ve seen better.” “I don’t get it. “No offense, but…” “If you just changed this one little thing, it would work.” Criticism can be helpful or devastating depending on who and where it’s coming from. Don’t ignore the critics – but understand that critics will offer up criticism for a variety of reasons:

1. They generally care about your growth as a human being. – This kind of criticism is the constructive sort of support we all need. Of course, giving advice to other people on how to improve is extremely important and we all crave critique and discussion on these topics or we can’t continue to grow. Continue reading

How Big Are The 2014 GED Test Changes Really?

In this post I talk about the changes in the GED that became effective in 2014.

Most significant changes: Computer-based, Affordability, Non-transferable credits, Difficulty.

In most states, the General Education Development (GED) examination was changed in 2014 and learners who have not completed the full examination by the end of this year, will see their scores not transferable any more. Roughly once every 10 years, the GED exam is updated because it is a high school equivalency test. That implies that the GED test-takers must meet up with the identical educative specifications as high school graduates would. Therefore it is a natural fact that the GED examination is changing according to high school curricula. Check also information about online GED prep scholarships.

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Tips for Career Change – the YOU Factor

A-Career-Change-1These tips for career change are all about YOU – because all changes in life require adjustments on your part.

ABOUT YOURSELF:  How old are you? Tip 1: Your age does not matter. It is your ambition, determination and drive that matters.

ARE YOU IN GOOD HEALTH?  Tip 2: Starting a new career requires lots of effort on your part. If you’re weak and often sick you may not have the stamina to start one. Your ability to concentrate and focus on ideas to develop into a business may be compromised. The basics of good health are to watch your diet, get enough sleep and exercise regularly.

WHAT ARE YOUR SUCCESSES? Tip 3: Look back at your past. Did you finish your high school education? Your university education? Did you excel in any sports? Were you given new assignments or responsibilities in your job because you were good at what you did? Did you get any promotions, pay rises and bonuses due to job excellence? Do you have a happy marriage and family?

WHAT ARE YOUR FAILURES? Tip 4: Your failures are those questions in Tip 3 above which you answered ‘no’.

More tips for career change… ABOUT YOUR JOB: How long have you been working in your current job?

Tip 5: It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in your current job. What matters is whether you have ‘enough’ Assets and Skillset to start your parallel career while still working.

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Oops…Did I just catch you thinking small?

I recently ran into a young gentleman who told me he was going to start a website design business.

“Who is your business going to serve?” I asked him. “Local business owners,” he replied. “Have you ever thought about serving business owners across the world?” I asked him “No,” he said.

By all means, I am not taking anything away from this ambitious young man.  We need many more like him.  I am only trying to illustrate a hugely important point that 99% of all entrepreneurs in America are missing: you can have a global business overnight, today even, if you want to.  In many cases, developing the global component to your business can mean the difference between success and failure. With more and more countries coming online to the global business world, there is no reason not to take your business to the doorsteps of the new and emerging capitalist countries of the world. Moreover you can also grow your market and have loyal customers that grow with you. What do I mean?

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How To Deal With Negative People

I used to deal with negative people on a daily basis and it was physically and mentally exhausting.

My experience was very similar to the writer of this article, but instead of one person, I found myself surrounded by negativity from multiple people. My solution? I removed myself from the situation as quickly as I could.

I wish I had this article back then because it could have been very useful in helping me cope with the daily mess that I was subjected to, but hey, it’s done. I’ve learned A LOT and moved on.

I don’t even want to write about my experience, that’s how much I want to put it behind me.

That’s not really what Bloggers do, is it? Oh well! My energy is better spent on other things. 🙂

 

Tiny Buddha – How To Deal With Negative People

 

Quote of the Week – Zen Poem

“I want my life to be one of love, not rage

Kindness not contempt

Joy, not suffering

I want to be alive and present in this moment,

Not lost in thought and delusion.”

Zen Poem

 

Slomo – New York Times Article

I heard about this article back in April of 2014 about a fellow named Slomo. Slomo used to be a successful neurologist and one day, he turned his back on it all… His business, his life, the money. Now he simply glides on rollerblades down the Pacific Beach boardwalk every single day… and is the happiest he’s ever been.

Fascinating.

 

 

A Bra That Measures True Love

Dude…

This is…. I don’t know what this is but it’s way too ridiculous to ignore.

I have way too many jokes bouncing around my head right now, but I’m too busy laughing.

Just check out the article here.

 

 

Boston: Reclaimed

My trip to Boston was awesome….

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Here are the highlights:

  • I got to reconnect with my dear old friend J. We talked so much that weekend that by the end of every day my throat hurt. J… we have to talk more… Once a year isn’t cutting it anymore and now that a Facebook quiz told you that you are meant to be a Californian AND we don’t have snow… I don’t see that you have any other option.
  • J is also a fellow Gluten-Freer. In fact, she is an original Gluten-Freer, having been suffering from the allergy since 1999. In my circle of friends, I am the only gluten intolerant so it was completely refreshing to not have to worry about it, or think about it, or talk about it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind educating people, but sometimes it can be very overwhelming and exhausting to repeat myself. And since my diagnosis, I have not eaten out so much and so well. I had gluten free pizza… I had gluten free pasta… I even had delicious gluten free garlic bread and waffles!

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How To Reclaim Your Identity after A Big Change

shrm_volunteer_logoAbout a year after my divorce, my Ex announced that he was moving back to the East Coast and I was a mix of emotions… relief, sadness, fear and even excitement. A major chapter of my life was coming to a close, but I had good friends, a really great job, I volunteer and help to maintain California GED, and I lived in a beautiful city that I loved. As messed up as our relationship was, I was losing my best friend of 10 years. See… we had tried to do the “friend” thing after our divorce, but it failed miserably. The more time and distance I had from him, the more I wanted him out of my life. So his move was a really a blessing.

Now that I was officially a free and single girl, I set a goal for myself. I don’t know where I got the idea from, but I decided that I was going to spend however long it took, going back to all of the bars, restaurants, or other places of import that we used to frequent together to create new memories. To “reclaim” it as my own. It didn’t take very long because we had only lived in San Francisco for two years and we didn’t go out that much. I will never forget the thought that popped into my head as I walked down Valencia Street under the dark of night, “This is my city now.” I started to cry, but it was long, deep, full of healing kind of cry. I knew that I had completed my mission. Continue reading

What Makes Me Happy

Exercising never made me happy and I can’t say I had the best role models for that growing up. I grew up in the suburbs of Philly during the 80s. “Working out” was how many times you lifted a to-makehoagie to your mouth or how many times you pounded out pizza dough. Living in California for as long as I have, it becomes a part of your daily life (or else you get kicked out of the state… Nah, I’m kidding… Sort of), but it still didn’t make me happy.

Friends and experts on the Internet told me that I needed to find something that I liked. So I tried lots of things like running, hiking, swimming, belly dancing, cardio machines, Pilates, Yoga, Salsa, and even walking. I learned that I hated to run, but I liked everything else, just not enough to develop into a routine. I even poured money into a personal trainer and all I got out of it was a bruised shoulder on my first session. I never went back. Continue reading