Criticism and Staying Motivated To Study

My nephew decided finally to get his GED certificate so when I just read an article about an online program for GED preparation, 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:

Lady Of The Lake

chamanThe sun is setting over Lake Titicaca, turning the sky several spectacular hues of crimson and gold. Perched high above the bay amidst some bizarrely hewn rocks-the ruins of an Inca astrological site-I’m taking part in an Andean Pachamama ceremony, offering gifts of coca leaves to the omniscient Earth Mother and protector.

The typical traveler who’s been seduced by the cosmic vibe of the place where-according to Inca legend-the sun and the moon were born, I’m hoping for some kind of meaningful, spiritual experience.

My friendly local guide, Ramón, is missing a few teeth but full of engaging facts about traditional practices. As we meditate over an assortment of symbolically shaped sugar tablets, then set them alight, I do my best to feel connected to the energies of the awe-inspiring surroundings.

Stories About Customer Service in Japan

download-17Did you know that McDonald’s in Japan offers a “smile” on the menu? It is a real smile for free. On the menu board, it clearly says, “Smile….0” in Japan. You can see this sign at any McDonald’s restaurant in Japan.

Therefore if you have a chance to eat at McDonald’s in Japan, you should ask them, “Can I have a smile?” I am sure they would give you a big smile. To my surprise, however, I learned that there is no such a thing in the U.S.A. I think this difference is based on cultures.

I don’t know if you remember my article “Something about bee,” that I wrote last year. When I went to buy medicine for a bee-sting, the sales lady said, “we have some products to offer, but they don’t really work that well”. Though my bee sting was very painful and I needed immediate relief, I was very impressed by her honesty and I recognized the differences between cultures on that day.

Have We Been Looking for Love and Security In All The Wrong Places?

download-41You are an independent woman. You have a successful job that others would kill for; you have a fabulous home and supportive girlfriends. You are the personification of the perfect 21st century woman, yet you can’t shake the feeling:  your life is incomplete. Why?

Women have a natural desire to feel secure. We want unconditional love without judgment or criticism. We long for affection and affirmation. We want to feel protected and be financially stable.

There is nothing wrong with these desires.

Somehow we allow our self-worth to be determined by whether or not we’re in a relationship, and unfortunately, a lot of women look to the opposite sex in search of this false sense of security.   Feeling lonely, we force ourselves into unhealthy  relationships.  Fear of being alone can cause a woman to make foolish choices. Many will fight to keep a man close even when it’s obvious to everyone around her he needs to be let go.

What a Woman Expects On a First Date

2a448e46-ef55-4a69-92d0-359d2720d400First dates have changed over the course of the years. Things that were customary in the past are considered old-fashioned, creepy, or just not safe. It’s a sign of the times, and to be successful, you need to roll with it.

Here are some guidelines to make sure your first date is a success.

First Dates Do Not Include…

Picking her up at home — While this used to be customary, the world is a scarier place now. Unless she specifically asks to be picked up, assume that she has her own ride.

Flowers or gifts — This is also an old-fashioned custom. Nowadays, most girls will find this a bit too forward and a tad creepy. If you’re an old-fashioned guy and insist on presenting her with something, buy a single rose in pink (admiration) or yellow (friendship).

First Dates Need…

What Are Your Time Management Skills?

Everyday we manage multiple responsibilities, some of us excel at taking care of the details and thrive in such an environment. While others struggle trying to keep track of the details and truthfully dread having to do any kind of follow up.

As an Online Business Manager and Virtual Assistant I often find myself in the position of managing many aspects of my clients business, especially coordinating and following up with other freelancers and outsources that my client has on their virtual team.Time-Management-icon

That’s the fantastic thing of being an Online Business Manager I can directly support my clients in getting more things done, but taking care of all of the administrative aspects of their business and let my client focus on what they do best and what brings in the revenue for them.

So when I step into the role of managing my clients virtual teams I often try and follow these tips to keep things on track focused on the projects at hand.

TIP #1 – ESTABLISH OBJECTIVES

Eating Gluten-Free Is No Fun

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gluten-free-sign-among-breadI can eat only gluten-free food! And it makes me crazy.  Thursday night and I am still continuing with my week of depression. By the end of day today, I could barely get any work done and all I wanted to do was sleep.

So after my two hour nap, I could barely raise my arms to reach my laptop that was on the coffee table. It was time to order dinner.

This is the point where my frustration comes in. I can’t eat any take out! It’s my “never let me down go-to” and now all of the fun is gone… Yeah, I could order a gluten-free pizza, but I can’t have cheese, and it will take too much effort for me to call them.

Words Of Wisdom – Or Not?

KestrelC256x256To 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 my views.

Awesome Guide to Antwerp, Belgium. Must see ” the Diamond City”

maxresdefault-10Europe has so many vacation hotspots you could spend years getting to them all and Antwerp is no exception to the splendor.  Read on to learn the many ways to enjoy Belgium. 

Now what are the exciting things that you could do when you find yourself in a city that looks like a museum itself? Then read on as I show you around and share with you the things that you could do to have fun while you’re in Antwerp, Belgium.

This city is dubbed as the Diamond City because the world’s most massive diamond-cutting industry can be found here. These precious stones are created discreetly among the Jewish neighborhood. So if you are planning the perfect engagement and wedding ring for your fiance, then come here and ready your money for some authentic diamond ring shopping!

12 Natural Wonders of the world You Must See Before You Die

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live-life-fully-205x300Whether you are seeking a gap year destination or something off the beaten path, here are 12 natural wonders you must see before you die. 

When we speak of wonders of the world, one’s mind travels to the Taj, or the Pyramid of Giza. These are man-made wonders; glorious and definitely must-see, but the natural world holds greater wonders than man will ever be able to create. Here are 12 such natural wonders you absolutely, simply must see before you pass on.

1.   Aurora

Aurora is a brilliant, natural display of colored lights that are created when electrically charged particles collide in the ionosphere, directed by the Earth’s magnetic field. This effect is called Aurora Borealis in the northern latitudes and as Aurora Australis in southern latitudes. These lights were named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. You can see these lights from high locations in Alaska, Sweden, Antarctica and south of Madagascar and north of Australia.