Do You Know How to Be Truly Happy?

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This is a question I have quietly (in my head) asked many people the last few years.  With the worldwide decline in the economy and the tremendous loss of material possessions.

Many people have been left “materially naked”.  Without these material things to cover ourselves, we have been left with the person in the mirror.  And for many, the person in the mirror is the person they most despise.  It was not until this massive worldwide loss of material possessions came about that many people realized how much “stock” they put into “things”.

It has become very apparent that as a society, we tend to define and value ourselves by “what we have”.  For me, I like things, but I am not attached to them.  If I have them… great, if I don’t fine.  If I have to get rid of something… I do and really do not think about how the next person views the disappearance of that material possession.  I am happy nonetheless.

Letting go. Messages from the universe

I have a really bad habit of hanging on to things long after I should have let them go. Not by anyone else’s standards, but from my own point of view, since I would know better than anyone else when it is time for me personally to let go of something. Anyway, I did a dumb thing the other night: I went looking somewhere I had not looked in over a year to see if the dust really had settled. I should have stayed away.

Anyway, I did a dumb thing the other night: I went looking somewhere I had not looked in over a year to see if the dust really had settled. I should have stayed away.

On the other hand, I got another pretty clear message from the universe, or God, or who/whatever, that I was right about that person to begin with and that I should probably stop worrying about it and feeling guilty about my part in things. My philosophy is that a lot of so-called sins are easy to fall into through lack of boundary-setting, and so one’s participation in them is sometimes passive.

For instance, an opportunity to commit adultery might more or less fall into one’s lap.  But thieving is always an active sin, as in the thief must make an active choice to steal and then seek out the coveted item(s). As such I hold thieving to be a more serious sin than most others a person could commit. (I’m not letting passive sinners off the hook, just paying them a little slack because people don’t always actively seek out wrongdoing, and setting boundaries and defending them is not the easiest thing for some people to do.)

How Many Ipods Is Too Much?

I think my gadget love is getting a bit too much. I mean, who needs three iPods? And why are they still there?

I’m not joking, I’ve got an iPod Shuffle (1st gen) which I only really use as an extra flash drive, an iPod Shuffle (2nd gen) for when I’m either walking the dog or out running and an iPod touch for my “main” music player, even though it’s mostly photos and apps on there and only about 10GB music on there.

And guess what I’ve asked my mum to bring me back from Hong Kong next week? Yup, an unlocked iPhone. Not quite sure why I need both an iPhone and an iPod touch but I do really want the phone version. I’ve hovered between that and the HTC Touch HD phone for the past week, but the iPhone is winning at the moment.

Do you own multiple MP3/MP4 players? I can’t be the only person…can I?

Finding quality sources online that aren’t Wikipedia

Since finding out about it, a lot of teachers have developed a vendetta against Wikipedia. I’ve known lots of kids who use it as their only source in a research paper, and teachers go bonkers when they see that. This is because Wikipedia is editable by anyone, making it an unreliable source for a formal report.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Wikipedia as much as the average person. Like any Internet hipster, I look up information on Wikipedia all the time. I know how much the regulars over there guard pages against any harm, but I also know that anyone who looks around long enough will find some incorrect fact on a page. I have found many, and I regret to say that Wikipedia isn’t as flawless as we’d all like it to be.

Oh my! A nomination!

I just startled my husband by shouting aloud as I discovered my blog had been nominated for Best New Blog in the Edublogs awards! I remember looking at all the inspirational blogs in last year’s awards (just as I started on twitter!) and being inspired to start my own – the inspiration helped me realize it would help solve two problems I was finding:

  • I kept running out of space to express myself in the 140 characters allowed by Twitter
  • I needed a way to remember what I was doing!

Blogging has proved to be a tremendously powerful reflective tool, as well as a record of what has been going on in my class and cpd.  It’s been a useful way for me to record my notes.

What has surprised me is how many others are interested in reading it too – but if my mistakes and/or successes help someone else in their own practice so they don’t have to reinvent the same wheels, then I am more than happy to share what I have been doing and what I have been learning.

I’m Exhausted

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images-81I’ve been feeling a bit depressed for a few days now. The only thing that has changed was my interview going live last Friday… Or it could be PMS…

Either way, I’m a big fat ball of emotions right now and when I get this way I don’t want to work, or talk, or socialize or breathe.

A part of me wants to call my therapist, who is away for the next two weeks (talk about timing, huh?) and the other part of me wants to try to deal with this on my own. She isn’t going to be around forever, so I need to learn how to deal with this stuff without her…

The Challenge of Being Kind in a Corporate World

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I have been told several times in my life that I am too nice. In the past, I would be admonished by a friend or a boyfriend if I let someone in front of me in a line or give an able-bodied person my seat on a bus. I would just laugh it off because, in my mind, there was no problem… until recently. Now, for some reason, I am being treated like it’s some kind of horrible character flaw.

“Oh, You are being way passive aggressive.”

“You are too nice, you need to be more forceful.”

“They are going to walk all over you if you keep being so nice.”

It Just Doesn’t Add Up

I’ve got good news and bad news.  I think I’ll start with the good news.

I’m a member of The Mom Pledge Blog whose mission is to “eradicate cyber bullying among moms.” Apparently there are some mean mommies out there who take pleasure in criticizing, demeaning, and hassling their fellow moms.

As if being a mom isn’t hard enough without dealing with that kind of crap from somebody who should know better.  I’m not a “cause” kind of gal, but this is one I support wholeheartedly.  So I took The Pledge. If you’re interested, click the link, take The Pledge, and grab a button to display on your blog.

The first weekend of every month, The Mom Pledge Blog hosts a Blog Hop.  Bloggers post links to their posts and everyone who posts visits each others blogs.  It’s a great way to meet other bloggers.  The remaining weekends of the month,  one of the links if highlighted.  This weekend, it’s mine!  So, go on over to The Mom Pledge Blog and check it out!

Now, for the bad news.

Are You a “Busy Beaver”?

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i_feel_good1When I was growing up my church had a saying on the wall in the entry way, “If You Are Too Busy, Then You Are Too Busy”.  I never quite understood what that meant as a child.  I mean it just didn’t make much sense to me.

However, after several years of being in business for myself, I began to get people coming to me asking if they could work for me or work with me… when the opportunity arose I would give some people that chance they had been pressing me about…

And believe it or not, more times than not once I opened up the opportunity I saw dismal performance, constant excuses, people wanting to be handheld… it was demoralizing for me.

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 anymore.

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 is changing according to high school curricula. Also, GED study materials need to change and many websites also upgraded their practice tests. So far, the website Covcell.org offers the best practice tests for GED preparation and they offer also great lesson plans!