While there's been recent talk that America seems to be heading for another recession, and despite recent job growth there are still many who are still on the unemployment line, I wonder how these people who've thrown up their hands saying "There are no jobs out there!" would account for me.
Two years ago I was laid off from my previous job. The company needed to cut back so it closed some of its branch locations in different states, one of them being the one I worked at.
Was it devastating? Yes. It was. I had invested three years of my life in that company, working my way up from the bottom to a decent salary, benefits and seniority. And all of a sudden the company took it all away from me. The only decent thing they did was help us file our unemployment claims.
After about a week of moping around my apartment over my losing my job, I came to the realization that the only thing that was going to get me out of my rut was to get another job.
My job search took me three months. And
While there's been recent talk that America seems to be heading for another recession, and despite recent job growth there are still many who are still on the unemployment line, I wonder how these people who've thrown up their hands saying "There are no jobs out there!" would account for me.Read More »from User Post: How I survived a layoff
By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazineRead More »from 3 Things That Can Make You Feel Really Calm
Did you have a stressful week? If the fact that it's Friday isn't enough to make your stress levels take a dip, then try one of these three things..
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Sniff some lavender: Multiple studies have confirmed the soothing properties of lavender. Whether you just keep a little sachet at your desk or try it in the form of lavender-scented shampoo, it's a cheap and easy way to feel zen. I love lavender, do you?
Eat a mango: Oddly, Japanese researchers say that the scent of mango produces calm feelings. They're not sure why, but since mango is such a healthy snack, it's worth trying!
Have a good cry: Confession: I cried recently, and it felt really good. I felt calmer afterward, less worried about the thing I was crying about in the first place. Turns out, I'm not alone. More than 85 percent of women say that crying helps them feel calmer. So don't hold back those tears!
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Are you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled with your life, work or relationships? Are you looking to live a healthier, more active and energetic life? Whatever it is you're looking to create or change, you've probably spent a lot of time seeking out the right self-help guru, affordable program or perfect book. I know from experience that there's a lot of self-help out there to choose from and you'll likely spend a ton of time and money searching for the perfect solution.
But I've got some awesome news for you...
Despite the various packaging and marketing, all personal development boils down to one simple concept: Personal responsibility.
Personal responsibility is about taking 100% responsibility for everything that manifests in your life. Your successes, your failures, the way others treat you, your health, your happiness, your finances, etc.
But I want to make one thing very clear, it's not about blame.
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Buzz just got ahold of the new trailer for I Don't Know How She Does It, a film adaptation of Allison Pearson's book by the same name, starring Sarah Jessica Parker. The movie's got a great cast (Christina Hendricks and Busy Philipps, to name a couple), and it looks pretty funny and heartwarming - almost what we'd imagine Carrie Bradshaw's life might be like a few years down the line from where we last left her, juggling a loving husband, small children, and a successful career.
SJP's character is frantic and harried, focusing on everyone else's needs above her own, and at one point the trailer asks, "How do you keep life together, without losing it?" But that got us thinking: maybe we should be asking a different question altogether. That is, not just if a woman can have it all, but whether that's even what she should strive for. The idea of a "superwoman" who can juggle an unbelievable number of responsibilities without dropping
By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine
I love reading diet plans. The idea of having meals mapped out for me is so appealing, even though in reality I'm more of a "wing it" type who's better off having a variety of healthy foods around to choose from. As a registered dietitian, I know that when you're trying to lose weight, it's important to find the diet strategies that actually work with your personality rather than against it-completely eliminating your favorite food or planning to cook 3 meals a day when you hate to cook, for instance, could set you up for failure. At EatingWell Magazine (where I'm the associate nutrition editor), we've homed in on 4 diet "plans" that can work for different personalities.
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Diet Plan to Try: The Delicious 500-Calorie Dinner Diet
Trying to overhaul every meal every day can be overwhelming. Tackling just one
Giving a toast at a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception is supposed to be an honor. So why does it cause so many bridesmaids to ruin their $300 taffeta terror-of-a-gown by breaking into a cold sweat? Because there's a lot that can go wrong. I've seen more wedding toasts derailed by a drunken uncle or botched by a nervous maid of honor than I, or the happy couples, care to remember.
With emotions running high and wine flowing like water, it's all too easy to get long-winded, overly sentimental, and even inappropriate. The last thing you want is to make your lovely hosts wish they had one of those giant hooks to pull you offstage.
Before you take the mic, remember a wedding toast is not the time to make any of these mistakes.
1. Resurrect all-or any-of the happy couple's old relationships.Read More »from Eight Tips for Giving a Top-Notch Wedding Toast
Everyone is happy the groom didn't marry his obsessive ex with trust issues, but the bride and her family don't want their special day to be overshadowed by the ghosts of
Au revoir, adios, see ya-there are plenty of ways to say goodbye, but it's not always easy to know the right way to bid farewell to certain situations. It's especially tricky when faced with things like a bad date, in-law visit or a party where you're making new acquaintances. To help navigate the tricky waters of social mores, we turned to etiquette experts for their tactful how-to exit strategies. Read on to learn a few rules that will ensure you always make a gracious departure.
Dinner with a Friend
First things first: If you're exhausted or in a bad mood, it's best to pass on the dinner date. "It's your responsibility to contribute socially, even to a one-on-one dinner," says K. Cooper Ray, founder of manners and style blog SocialPrimer.com. That said, if you've had a leisurely dinner and are tired-or have somewhere else to go-it's best to tell your friend the truth. "This is when you can be the most real," Ray says. "I always think that honesty isRead More »from How to Say "Goodbye" in Any Situation
car rideThese little moves won't just make the car ride seem faster. They could lead to a happier relationship.
By Zoe Ruderman
A long ride to and from work isn't just doing a number on your engine and your wallet. A new study claims that women who live 45 or more minutes from the office have a 40 percent higher risk of getting divorced!
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Researchers say it could have something to do with the elevated stress that commuters experience. Avoid road rage-and a sabotaged twosome-by making these habits part of your daily driving routine.
1. Commute with a friend or coworker (or your guy, if his schedules matches yours) and stop for coffee on the way. Even if it adds 10 or 15 minutes to your trip, it's worth it. That's because a recent study found that getting a caffeine fix in the company of others lowers stress levels, while sipping that iced latte solo will leave you feeling more stressed out.
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For most of us, work is a requirement. And until we uncover or create the opportunity that allows us to work our passion, we may be in a job that's just, well…a job. Accepting that your 9-5 is just a job works fine until you finally start listening to your passion and purpose. Once you begin to acknowledge your purpose and feed your passion, your "day job" may begin to feel like a burden.
So how do you make it through the 40+ hours a week without feeling like you are serving time for a crime you didn't commit? Here are nine tips on how to be happy at work:
1. Stay out of drama and away from contentious people.
2. Initiate a new project - tie it to a new skill you want to learn or practice.
3. Choose a better perspective: Look for opportunities and wins instead of shortcomings and losses.
4. Find a buddy. Research shows that people that have friends at work have a higher rate of career satisfaction.
5. Learn something new - read a book, read an article,Read More »from 9 Ways to Be Happy at Work
The secret to getting that job promotion may be right under your nose. No, not those. Look further down... to your waistline. New research from Iceland found that not only do overweight women have a harder time getting jobs than their normal-weight peers but once employed earn less, by about $13,847. Even worse, the same is not true for overweight men. It's not fair but as Jonathon Ross, host of the Discovery series Everyday Fitness, says, "In our world, perception is reality." Here, three experts share their top tips on how to get the money you deserve.Read More »from Do Skinny Women Make More Money?
1. "Make all your choices consistent with your professional appearance. It's okay to enjoy a doughnut, just don't do it at work," says Ross who adds that while clients don't necessarily come to him for help with their jobs, after making positive healthy changes they often find the job success they've been seeking.
2. Make short-term goals. Advises Ross, "Simply ask yourself: What can I do to make tomorrow healthier than today?"
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