Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tough times ... would be nice to have a financial institution that gives back its earnings to its customers and local communities.
"It's true with a credit union you give up convenience, but in return, you get better deals," says Clark Howard, author of Get Clark Smart: The Ultimate Guide for the Savvy Consumer and host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show on finances.
Many individuals wish to transform themselves for a new year. Luckily, you're not alone, and help is everywhere you look. The new coming year is a time to change yourself to have a lifestyle that suits you, Ready to get started?
Don't be afraid to change your look! Get a cool new haircut - try layers, highlights, or funky side-bangs! Be bold and cute! Also try straightening, crimping, and curling for a great new style.
Remember no matter what people say, looks DO matter in this world. You don't always have to look like a model, and it's true that looks won't change who you are inside, but you should try and look nice. Choose what look you want this year - do you want to be the funky rebel that everyone looks up to? Try big colorful belts, bright earrings, and many vintage tops that NOBODY else has! Or are you going for the Miss Popularity look? There isn't a problem with that! Don't completely deck out in designer - that can be intimidating! Buy a few designer tops and bottoms, but pair them with your favorite Old Navy jeans and your cute Claire's hoop earrings. This sounds obvious, but no matter what look you're going for, DO NOT REPEAT OUTFITS TOO OFTEN. People do notice. You can rewear pants more often, but always pair up new tops (try layering!) and accessories.
Remember as for accessories- go big, go bold! Think big wooden necklaces, or sparkly long chains. For earrings, try out those big red apples you saw in Icing but didn't want to buy - who knows, they might look great! Another great look is chain belts, especially with cute tunics. And a key accessory is actually your nails - no dirt! French manicures are the way to go, but cute outfit-coordinated colors look great too. Fake nails can look good too, but require a lot of maintenance.
Remember: shoes, shoes, shoes! Shoes piece together an outfit. You want at least 3 pairs. One cute pair of sneakers (Adidas, DC, Etnies, or simply really cute non-brand shoes would be good), one pair of stylish ballet flats (American Eagle brand from Payless is the way to go) and of course one pair of cute comfortable boots for winter (Uggs!).
Keep in mind that you need makeup. It doesn't matter whether you're 12 or 19, makeup is essential. You need at least one mascara (Almay is great stuff), one eyeliner (Almay again- get the silver and black one), at least 3 lip glosses any kind, eyeshadow (sparkles are cute), cheek tint, and of course concealer and powder. Use makeup daily!
Be. Outgoing. Simple as that. Say hey, wave, and smile. Don't look bored whenever someone talks to you. Seriously, if somebody you want to know never waves at you - you'd think they hated you right? Other people think the same way, so don't be afraid to go for it and make some cool new friends.
Don't dump all your friends when you start out with your transformation - if the plan backfires, who will you have left?
This might cost some major $$. Have at least $100 on your own, and check with the 'rents for some extra for clothes (you can't walk around nude, can you?)
BE BOLD AND BRAVE! Seriously, what's the worst that could happen if you say HI?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Do you often find yourself wanting to do something, but never having the courage to just do it? Are you tired of feeling too weak to do even the most basic things? Does it seem that something always stops you from doing what you want, or you're always waiting for someone or something to give you a "push" before you act? Being too passive might be preventing you from taking life in the direction you'd like to see it go. Here are some ways to overcome passivity and make your own way in the world.
Understand why you tend to act passive. Passivity has various causes: lack of willpower, lack of hope, lack of encouragement from other people, negativism, laziness, lack of necessary means. Think about the way you tend to act when you're about to do something. If there's something that stops you from performing that action, think about the first thought that comes to your mind. Notice the subtle differences between these causes. Beware; sometimes these causes are combined. The more situations you find yourself in, the harder it is for you to do something.
If you think "I know I can't do it, so there's no point in trying in the first place", then you lack willpower. You just can't gather enough will to do it, even if you're actually able to do that thing.
If you think "It doesn't work. It never does; it probably won't work now either", you lack hope. You think that just because you couldn't do something in the past, you can't do it in the present either, forgetting that you've gathered more experience by now and that you can't predict whether something works or doesn't work; you're the one that makes it happen.
If you think "I can't do it by myself, and there's nobody there to support me", then you don't receive enough encouragement from other people. You feel you're not able to do something without getting help from others.
If you think "It won't end up well. I'd rather not change anything that risk to turn out that the change is for the worse.", then you are being negative. You build up scenarios in your head, convincing yourself that if something bad can happen, it surely will. You always think that no matter how good an action is in itself, the consequences are always bad.
If you think "I can't do it because doing that thing requires having something that I don't have", you lack the necessary means to do it. It can be an objective point of view... or not. Some people truly lack the means to do something, but others just aren't willing to work to achieve it. And here we go to the next reason...
If you think "It requires too much effort... and for what? It's not worth all the effort. Things will turn out well anyway", you are just too lazy to do it! You strongly believe in destiny and think that, if something is meant to happen, it will; regardless of what you do to achieve it.
Gain willpower. Willpower is that ability to control your thoughts and actions in order to achieve what you want to do; in other words, the ability to go for your dreams and do what you really want to. You can gain it by following your impulses and being spontaneous. Willpower is an ability you gain only by practicing; the more you practice it, the more you enjoy it and find reasons to practice it further.
Choose "Now or Never" as your motto from now on. Convince yourself to do something right when it occurs to you, and imagine that otherwise something bad will happen. It's very effective in gaining more courage to do things.
Start by achieving short term goals, like convincing yourself to do the laundry today and not waiting until tomorrow or studying for 15 minutes for an important test. After you'll be able to accomplish these little things, you can move on to something bigger, like moving to a place you've always dreamed to live in, or losing those 20 pounds that keep you from having the perfect body, or whatever big dreams you may have.
Gain hope. Stop convincing yourself you can't do something before trying; you can never know how things will turn out. Try some little, but very useful mental exercises: when you know there are high chances of something to happen, wish for it. When it will happen, you'll feel better just for knowing that you were right. It may sound stupid, but it's very useful in gaining more hope. Practice this often; it increases your expectations that something will happen, and therefore improves your hope.
Get motivated. You have willpower, you have hope- now all you need is a reason to do something. Think about your greatest wishes and picture having them fulfilled. Set some goals you want to achieve, and focus on achieving them. Constantly aiming somewhere sustains your motivation.
Set some reasonable goals and some rewards and auto-punishments for them too. Reward yourself if you eventually accomplish the goal, and "punish" yourself if you don't. Set a time limit if you must. For example, if you finish your homework before 18:00, you reward yourself a chocolate bar, and if you don't, no TV for you this evening. This makes you feel more motivated to achieve your goal, whether it's due to thinking about the delight of the reward or the fear of punishment.
Ask for help if you need to. Sometimes it feels better just to have somebody who understands and supports you, and you feel like you could do more. There must be someone that's close to you and you can trust; speak to them about your wishes and expectations and tell them you want them there for you. Even if the person can't do much to help you, just knowing you're not alone makes you feel better. Tell them what kind of support you need, if you have to; some people won't understand that just because you talk to them about something you want actual, not just moral support from them.
Be more positive. Stop worrying so much about everything and thinking that things won't end up well. Unless the whole Universe is conspiring against you (and it isn't), positive actions will more often than not have positive results, too. You may not be the luckiest person around, but there are ways to improve your luck.
Stop living your life according to Murphy's law. If you truly believe something bad is going to happen, it may happen more often than usually. In fact, it will only seem like that, because counting every little bad thing that happens to you and ignoring the good moments will lead you to think your life is rather unfortunate. Actually, people have about the same percentage of success and lack of success in their lives. There are no people that are luckier than others; just people who are better at organizing their lives and influencing their fate. If something bad can happen, it has a chance to happen and a chance not to happen; it doesn't always happen.
Understand what you need in order to do something, and try to acquire it. Don't shoot for the stars; for example, don't dream about being the best basketball player ever if you're short or making more money than Bill Gates if you're dirt poor. Be realistic in your expectations. If you don't have the means to do something, but they're still achievable, don't hesitate and start working to acquire them.
Get off your lazy butt. That's pretty obvious; being a couch potato won't get you anywhere. Any action requires a minimum effort; even for walking you need to move your damned legs- nothing can be done without effort. Of course, it's easier to accept everything right as it comes rather than make an effort to influence it. But persisting in this mentality can lead your life in the wrong direction. Don't be surprised if after 10 years you'll end up broke, buried in debts, single/divorced, and having to sell your precious TV to pay the bills- all this because you didn't move a finger to improve your life! Don't leave your whole life in fate's hands; realize that all the people that are renowned for something they had done in their lives didn't have it all from the very beginning- any brilliant politician, for example, had to climb up to the top; they weren't born already elected, you know.
Be confident. You need to believe in yourself in order to achieve what you want. Don't think too low of yourself; every human being is good at something. Make a list with all the things you achieved in the past. They don't have to be impressive CVs; even a small activity like washing the dishes counts.
Get to know the positive side of change. Change makes our life less boring, allows us to experience new things, makes us understand different lifestyles and different points of view, gets us out of trouble and refreshes us, making us lively and energetic. Once you get to enjoy one major change in your life, you will be tempted to make other changes.
Become more disciplined. If you're disciplined, you have lower chances not to be able to do what you want/have to. If you can't convince yourself to do something, it would be useful for you to be forced to do it by external circumstances.
Sign up for something. Anything. Knowing that you just have to be somewhere at some hour forces you to become more disciplined in your schedule. Passive people often don't do things right at the time they should be doing them; they usually put them off.
Ask a member of the household to constantly remind you to do some regular activities. You have to be warned by now; it's very annoying. But that's precisely the point; you'll start doing those things just to avoid being pestered by that person.
Join the Army if you think you can handle it. It's the most disciplinary thing anyone can do.
Never think you can't do something (unless, of course, nobody has ever done it before you and there's no certainty you can do it). Be strong, bold, assertive and persistent in your tries.
Make your life less boring. If you have no life, it's understandable why you act passive; anyone who is so bored with their own life lacks enthusiasm and livelihood. Try spicing up your life a little; get a new social life, go out more often, try a new hobby.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Here I am again updating my blog. I just can't stay in one lay out can't I? I love this layout,the colors and everything. So guys,I am updating my blog roll as well. So if you don't see your blog on the list,please,please let me know so that I can add it once again.Sorry for the inconvenience.
Not much is going on today. Monday is usually slow.We having wind storm here in Seattle today. One after another storm huh! Seattle got snowed and now wind storm. Anyway, I am just EC browsing today. Since I haven't visit any of my blogger friend lately so I have decided to EC walking. Just wanted to apologized to all my blogger friend for not visiting your blog lately but I will make it up slowly. Hope you guys have a great Monday
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well guys, It's Christmas eve.You probably are so busy in your kitchen, baking pies,preparing things for tomorrow. Well, tomorrow we are going to be at my boo's house for Christmas dinner.I usually bring something. Last year I made green bean casserole and spinach salad.I make my spinach salad with special ingredients.Every Christmas,everyone wants me to make that spinach salad. Of course I will making that tomorrow. Actually I already made my dressing( take not the dressing os from scratch);) and I will be baking salmon as well to go with the turkey. here is my simple recipe for the whole bake salmon.
Whole Baked Salmon
4lb (1.8kg) fresh whole salmon
2oz butter (plus enough to butter the foil)
1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced
3 bay leaves
few sprigs of fresh dill
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup (80ml) dry white wine
salt and freshly milled black pepper
Preheat the oven to 130C/250F.
Wash the salmon under cold water and dry it using paper towel.
Lay a double sheet of kitchen foil on a large baking sheet. Butter the foil generously.
Place the salmon in the middle of the foil. Put half of the butter, the sliced onions, the bay leaves and dill sprigs inside the cavity of the fish and drizzle 2 tablespoons lemon juice over this.
Bend the foil up slightly around the fish to create a well and pour the white wine and remaining lemon juice all over.
Finally, smear the remaining butter over the surface of the salmon and season with salt & freshly milled black pepper.
Now bring the foil up and over the fish and seal loosely creating an airspace.
Bake the salmon in the center of the oven for 2½ hours.
Remove from the oven and open the foil to allow the salmon to cool. Once completely cold, reseal the foil and refrigerate.
This oven baked salmon recipe can be completed up to 24 hours in advance as long as it remains wrapped in the cooking foil and kept refrigerated.
Remove the chilled salmon from the refrigerator and place on a flat surface. Peel back the tin foil and carefully remove the skin. Now lift the whole salmon onto a serving platter and garnish with very thinly sliced cucumber, fresh lemon wedges and sprigs of dill.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The zone might have been 18 hours late, but boy, what a performance when it finally arrived!
As much as 3-8" of snow fell across the Puget Sound area, with the higher amounts on the Eastside and into the foothills.
But while the snow was the big story today, we'll shift our attention now from snow to ice and cold. Snow showers will linger through the evening, then taper off overnight. The exception is from Olympia south where snow showers will linger as late as midnight. Skies will gradually clear, allowing temperatures to drop into the upper teens and low 20s. A breezy north wind will also be blowing, adding a bit of chill to the air.
Friday will be much calmer in the skies, as it'll be mostly sunny all day. But with morning temperatures in the low 20s, icy roads will be a major factor. And temperatures won't budge much, only reaching the mid-upper 20s for highs as new arctic air moves in.
Friday night will be bitterly cold, with lows ranging from 10-18.
Saturday will be a lot like Friday -- mostly sunny but cold with highs in the 20s to low 30s. However, clouds will be increasing late in the day.
That sets up our next challenge -- a big storm heading in Saturday night and into Sunday. Now, I know we've tossed a lot at you this week, and many people have gone through a lot. But sorry to say, this storm also looks like it could have a profound impact on the region with several events -- including the potential of a major windstorm in the Cascade foothills, and a big mess of snow and freezing rain in the lowlands.
This storm is coming in from the west, and it looks pretty wet -- and warm. Second, we'll not only have some arctic air here in Western Washington, but even more in Eastern Washington. That air is very dense, and thus has higher pressure.
As the low pressure of the storm approaches, forecasting models are hinting now that we could see some very strong, gusty east winds in the passes to the usual North Bend, Enumclaw, Gold Bar east-windy places. But now forecasting models paint a much stronger wind -- perhaps sustained east winds as high as 50-60 mph with gusts reaching as high as 70-90 mph. Now, that's an initial estimate, subject to change, but we need to raise the red flag now. A HIGH WIND WATCH is in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.
Aside from strong winds, we'll be putting a lot of moisture on top of a very cold air mass. This could bring a period of widespread heavy snow to the entire region Saturday evening and night. We could see 4-8" again as a general rule across all the lowlands, but areas over along the Hood Canal and eastern Olympic Peninsula area could see 6-12" of snow.
Then as the warm air starts to mix in, we could see a large change over to sleet or freezing rain. The freezing rain could cause its own problems of icy roads and power problems. We expect it to gradually change to rain and taper off in the evening.
Yes, that's quite a bit to toss at you, and you're likely weary from this past week's events. But particularly those who live in the areas susceptible to strong east winds, you should begin preparations for potential power outages Saturday night and Sunday. Maybe take advantage of Friday and early Saturday's sunny weather to get ready.
A cool system moves in right behind that one for Monday, but this doesn't look as cold as the past systems, with rain or mix in the lowlands and snow levels around 1,000-1,500 feet. Highs will be in the mid-upper 30s.
A few showers linger Tuesday of rain or mix with highs in the upper 30s.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will see scattered showers but we should be all rain by then. Highs will actually climb into the low-mid 40s, so a White Christmas is not looking as likely, but there's still a chance these systems could end up cooler.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I got this tags from Bonz a few days ago. I just want to apologized for not posting this tag right away.Anyway,the tag below is a Christmas tag.Christmas is just few days away.Happy Holiday everyone and hope you 'all have a great one.Everyone is welcome to grab this tag if you haven't gotten this tag. Spread the love for this Christmas.
This award is from Bonz as well.I am going to write the rules down for this tag.This tag will be open for everyone.
Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo in your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you.
3. Pass this award to your BLOG LOVER Friends.
4. Add your link to the list of participants below.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
1. Soul Anchor 2. Cookie's corner 3. Life is good and beautiful 4. My Life Story 5. Memoirs of a Pinay in America 6. My So Called Life 7. Aprilheart 8. Jhanna's Lair
9. Life's All About 10.Challenges of Life 10. YOU'RE NEXT!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
World hunger is one of the major problems happening today, especially in third-world countries. Most don't think twice about it, but it is a very sensitive subject, and anybody can help!
Go to the local library or any nearby book store. Find all of the inspiring books you can...
* Chicken Soup for the Preteen's Soul, has a lot of great things, that kids, along with adults, can do to do different fundraisers that might inspire you yourself!
Set a goal. Start out small. Pick one area to try and fundraise. Gather other people willing to join. Make your purpose legally proven to be well.
Post a website. Don't make it too flashy but put all the important stuff in it, like dates for fundraisers, where you are, what you're supporting, contact information, etc.
Put it together. Write letters to people asking for their support in your fundraiser. Also try to get some sponsers.
Gather materials for the fundraiser (or whatever your mind takes you to, fundraisers aren't the only way.)
Pick a theme. You can do anything from a barbeque, where anyone can come and buy meals, where all costs go to feed the poor. Leftovers can be handed out to the less fortunate at a local shelter!
* Try to find a major resturant sponsor to cater and/or provide space.
* Attempt to find a popular world-wide, restaurant so they can cater to you from all over the world.
Set a date. Spread the news. Who knows? You may make it on TV!
Donate some of the profits to a foundation similiar to your beliefs. Keep it up and you may help an area reduce the number of starving dramatically, and that's just the beginning!
Create an online fundraising page. Make a web page and send the link to your family, friends, co-workers, parishioners, teammates, etc. and have them pass it on. You could collect donations via credit cards online. It's easy and simple, and eliminates spending a lot of time sending letters, calling people, and organizing big events.
Remember, a little goes a long way, so do your best to spread the word and put in your best effort.
Stick to your goal, even if it does not pull through the first time. Persevere. Remember people out there who hear about your cause will be helping out.
Keep your goal within reach. Do not start out with ending world hunger, that's about 60,000,000 goals packed into one deliciously impossible goal.
Make sure your funds are approved and legal...you don't want to end up in jail for trying to help end world hunger!
Make sure others who are sponsoring you have to pull through, and make sure other funds you participate in or donate to are also legally sound, just to stay safe and not end up increasing the tobacco industry instead of decreasing world hunger.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Quit Smoking--Smoking is the number one preventable cause of aging and illness in older adults. Excess deaths from cigarette smoking increase with age. Sixty percent of all smokers began by age 13. For them, aging begins at 13 and not at 30 as in non-smokers. Tobacco is the only product that when used as intended can and probably will kill you. You can add memory loss to the long list of health problems that come from smoking. Smokers may have twice the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease as do people who have never smoked. Stop now — it's never too late. If you quit smoking now, you can still reduce your risk of memory loss later in life.The fact that people who smoke develop wrinkles at an earlier age than their non-smoking counterparts seems to be due degrading enzymes A study from Ohio State University shows that using hypnosis to quit smoking is 30 percent effective in men and 23 effective in women. .. "Women seem more likely to smoke in response to stress or anxiety than men do.”
Manage Stress--Stress can make you sick and look older than your years. If you are under stress it shows in you face, in your attitude and in your sleep habits. Stress is the primary cause of insomnia, and without adequate sleep, you age much faster.
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Get Enough Sleep--Most people do not get enough sleep! For nearly 40% of Americans, this time is usually filled with tossing, turning, and frequent waking. These are textbook symptoms of insomnia, the most common sleep disorder in the United States. Seven to eight hours of sleep of night is optimum, and most of us don’t get that. Without adequate sleep, when the body rejuvenates, you awaken tired, with dark circles and puffy eyes. Wrinkling Is another sign of not getting enough sleep. Sleep can be enhanced by several different activities: adequate exercise, proper eating habits, weight loss,limiting alcohol and quitting smoking. Without doing these things, sleep can be a commodity that can not be bought at any price.
Make Diet Changes--Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Many of these contain antioxidants — substances that protect and nourish brain cells. And antioxidants may help prevent cholesterol from damaging the lining of your arteries and slowing blood flow to your brain. Foods high in antioxidants include colorful fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, berries, broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Supplement your diet with high quality vitamins, herbs, and minerals.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
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Friday, December 5, 2008
An auction is an exciting day out, and you might find something special to take home. It's quite a specialist method of sale though, so it's good to know the ins and outs in advance.
Get a feel for the system. Try going to a few auctions just to watch the show and get the hang of things.
Pre-register and get a bidding number. Most auctions today require that anyone intending to bid be pre-registered with the auctioneer and assigned a bidding number. If you do not register and receive a bidder number you will not be allowed to bid. The registration is on-site and insures a little anonymity for bidders, allowing a bit of privacy while being recognized as a bidder by the auctioneer. This bidding number is usually written on a card that the bidder can hold into the air, signifying to the auctioneer of the intent to bid. The auctioneer will announce the number of the winning bidder along with the winning amount.
If you are only interested in a particular item at a "roaming" auction, it might be worth your time to closely inspect that item before the auctioneer steps over to it in order to open bidding.
Make sure you understand all the payment instructions and requirements BEFORE registering for an auction... writing a personal or "travelers" check or using a credit card is NOT the "same as cash".
Do NOT sort through baskets of items attempting to create your "special" lot of goodies... the auctioneer who knows his business will know what has happened and may become irritated, or even skip over that lot until his assistants have re-sorted things back the way they were intended to be sold.
Don't get carried away with the bidding. It is easy to get so wrapped up in the spirit of things that you may find yourself wondering how or why you bought that pile of used doggie bones.
If the auction is outdoors, take along an umbrella no matter what the weather predictions may be.
A small pocket note-pad and a pen... you might meet a new friend, or want to take note of current selling prices of items. Both can be handy at future auctions.
Bring along a bottle of water, you will need it.
If you are going after that "big thing", make sure you have the tools, help, and transportation needed to get that thing home. (You could strap a piano to the roof of your friend's car, but it better be a very good friend with a lot of muscle.)
The most important thing you'll need at an auction, whether you intend to bid or not, is an upbeat attitude. Keep a good sense of humor about you and don't be discouraged.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Being classy is not about being stuck up; it is about having style and taking care to be polite to others and to reflect a genuine interest in them. It is also about being confident in yourself. This article will teach you how to move through life with class and ease.
Choose your battles; choose your friends. Few battles are truly worth fighting. Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves (mentally disabled, animals, children, etc). Be wary of those who appear to enjoy bickering. If someone is rude to you, either ignore them completely (recommended) or, once you have completely calmed down and are thinking clearly, explain how you perceived their actions and work towards a resolution. Never stoop to their level, and do not be hasty. Surround yourself with positive, polite people who encourage and live your classy, intelligent lifestyle.
Choose your words. The classy individual listens more than he or she speaks. Having a strong vocabulary is important, but do not use a word unless you are certain of its meaning. Use words to express yourself lucidly. Importantly, do not correct others when they use improper grammar. Differences in background, family life, and education cause people to speak differently, and often people use slang for effect. More than this, it is irritating and degrading to be corrected by a know-it-all. Do not insult, gossip, or slander. When necessary, voice your opinions appropriately and constructively. This encourages your audience to listen carefully when you speak.
Do not be a doormat. You must be courteous, but do not bend over backwards to please others. If you do, you may find yourself being taken advantage of in the future. Limit your time and availability and draw boundaries with others so that they are aware of your limits.
Break the stereotype shackles. More often than not, using labels in any way, whether to identify yourself or others, shows a lack of creativity, lethargic social skills, and a lack of careful observation. Give everyone respect and the benefit of the doubt.
Be assertive. Avoid passive-aggressive thinking; this is likely to trip you up eventually. Assertiveness demonstrates maturity, thoughtfulness, and confidence. Class requires balance, and assertiveness is a prime example of this concept.
Make sure your clothes fit well and that you are well groomed. Excellent presentation is half of the battle. Wear clothing and accessories which flatter your body and never wear anything you feel uncomfortable in. It is important to remember that modesty is key in earning the respect of others. A bit of cleavage may be fashionable, but true gentlemen will appreciate modesty more than exposure.
Avoid getting caught up in trends. There is nothing wrong with enjoying fashion or buying clothing you find attractive, but it is important to stay in control. Do not become a slave to fashion, or you may be regarded as foolish, "high maintenance", and/or shallow. The clothing you wear should enhance your personality, not create or alter it. This advice can be applied to many aspects of life in which you may feel pressured to "fit in."
Avoid desperate behavior like the plague. This is the kiss of death for the classy person. Only desperate times call for desperate measures. Take a deep breath, be strong, and move through the situation with elegance and grace. You will be the victor for it, no matter the outcome.
Seek wisdom. As difficult as it can be to heed the advice of those more experienced than yourself, it is a necessary step at times. No matter your age or ability, allow yourself to learn from the mistakes and victories of those older or more experienced than you. You will win their favor and be available to pass on your own wisdom or advice.
Be open to personal development. Do not berate yourself, but be receptive to constructive change. In our world, change is inevitable. Be a positive and flexible part of it and show others the way as well. Face life rather than burying your head in the sand and others will know instinctively that you are someone whose opinion counts.
Carefully consider tattoos and piercings. Let's face it: it is easy to judge by appearance. Therefore, take careful consideration when deciding if it is a good idea for you to get visible tattoos or body piercings. Even though a person’s outward appearance does not automatically show his or her inner qualities, appearances can reflect how a person is willing to be perceived by the world. Job opportunities may be limited by such an expression. Also keep in mind that although tattoos and piercings are expressions of individuality, they can be permanent or difficult (even costly) to remove. If you are in doubt about how a tattoo or piercing will impact you in the future, find another way to express yourself.
Be knowledgeable and aware. It is wise to become politically, culturally, and religiously aware. Even the most basic knowledge can save a person from embarrassment and awkwardness. If you know in advance that you will be spending time with someone of an unfamiliar background, it is a good idea to do more in-depth research to avoid embarrassing faux pas.
Changing your behavior may feel unnatural. If it does, remind yourself that you are a work in progress. A classy person is simply one who consistently exhibits classy behavior. Focus on your behavior and attitude rather than your feelings.
If you slip up, forgive yourself, apologize to anyone who may have been hurt by your not-so-classy behavior, and continue on your way. That's classy!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Monday, December 1, 2008
The clock is ticking. Everyone's counting on you. Which wire do you cut?
While most of us never have to deal with the life-or-death dilemmas of a bomb squad, everyday situations, such as job interviews, public speaking, and family emergencies, can be every bit as stressful if we’re not accustomed to dealing with them. Learning how to remain calm in times of stress will not only make things go more smoothly immediately, it can also, over time, help you lead a healthier, happier life. Here's how to keep your cool when the pressure mounts.
Identify the cause of your stress. Is your heart pounding because that idiot just cut you off on the freeway, or is it because of that presentation you have to give to your boss this afternoon? Think for a moment and try to figure out what’s really bothering you.
Choose your response. Even if you’re powerless to change the source of your stress, you have the power to choose how you’ll respond to it. The appropriate response to stress should depend on what’s causing it: you can either shake off your stress (ignore it and let it go immediately) or face it head-on. In order to choose your response, ask yourself some questions.
Does it matter? Yeah, it’s all small stuff, but some stuff is smaller than others. Consider how long the source of stress will affect you. That idiot driver will be gone in a moment if you just let him keep speeding down the road, but the death of a loved one may affect you for years.
How much control do you have over the situation? You can’t control the rain that’s ruining your wedding, but you can control how well you do on your algebra exam tomorrow.
Is the source of stress in the past, present, or future? You can’t change the past, but you can respond to the present and prepare for the future. Let your past troubles fade.
Shake it all off. If a situation is beyond your control, or if it just isn’t that important, stop worrying about it. Easier said than done? Just do it.
Inhale deeply through your nose. In your mind, count to five seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth, for another five seconds. Repeat this breathing pattern until you feel comfortable with it.
Think about something else. Get your mind off the stress by thinking about something that makes you happy, such as your kids or spouse (provided they’re not the cause of the current stress), or by concentrating about the things you have planned for the day.
Visualize relaxing things, such as a deserted island or a country road. Close your eyes and try to picture even minor details about the imaginary place, and you can put yourself in that situation instead of the one you’re in.
Get away from the cause of the stress. If you can physically escape the stress trigger, do so. Leave the room or pull off the road for a moment to put things in perspective.
Get some exercise. Whether you go for a run, do calisthenics, do yoga, or lift weights, 10-20 minutes of physical exercise every day can relax you even when "nothing can". Getting plenty of exercise also helps you respond better to stress in the long run.
Face your stress source head-on when you're ready. Getting stressed is not going to resolve the situation. Sitting around worrying is a good way to procrastinate, but procrastinating will only prolong or intensify the stress. Facing your stress head-on is really just a way to shake off a bad situation that you cannot or should not ignore. If you can change the outcome of a situation that matters to you, the quickest way to overcome that fear or to empower yourself is to take action as quickly as possible. Once you’ve resolved the underlying problem, you can shake off the stress because it no longer matters. The steps below will help you. If you feel paralyzed, use the steps above to relax and temporarily distance yourself from the situation just long enough to be able to see it clearly.
Make a plan. Sometimes you can resolve a stressful situation right away with one action, but often you’ll need several steps, perhaps over a long period. Write out a plan with attainable goals and a time line for reaching those goals. Additionally, many stressful situations are avoidable. If you prepare ahead of time for important events and make contingency plans, you may not have to cope with as much stress later. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Take one step at a time. A complex problem can be overwhelming, even when you’ve got your plan mapped out, but remember: the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Just focus on one small goal at a time.
Be realistic. If you continue to experience stress because no matter how hard you try you can’t take the steps quickly enough, you probably haven’t set realistic goals. In a culture that values a can-do attitude, it can be hard to accept that sometimes you can’t do something, at least not within a given period of time. If that’s the case, revise your time line or lower your expectations. If you can’t do that, the situation qualifies as one which you can’t control. Learn from your experience, but let it go.
Stress about future events is mostly caused by fear, and stress over things in the present is usually caused by a feeling of powerlessness.
Remind yourself that without negativity, stress, sadness or depression in life, there wouldn't be joy, excitement or happiness in life. It's like the yin and yang; they'd simply not exist without each other. It's true that nobody has an easy life forever. Trouble comes to everyone sooner or later. It's all a natural part, a cycle people have to go through in life.
Focus on someone else who is in the same situation as you and try to tune in to that person’s calm. Remember that if he or she isn’t nervous, you probably don't have to be.
Inappropriate reactions to stress or an inability to cope with stress can shave years off of your life. It's true that not everything is possible, but it's impossible for anything to change if it needs your attention and you just sit there and slack off. Hard work is an achievement in itself.
Getting in the habit of hitting things while angry might make you a violent or aggressive person. It's better to defuse your anger than to try to take it out on other people or things. Never hit a person or other living thing, and make sure that any inanimate object you hit won’t hurt you.
Don’t self-medicate. Alcohol and drugs may provide a temporary escape, but your problems will be waiting for you when you get back to reality. Besides, do you want an addiction problem in your life, too? You yourself may not care about it, or even be aware of it, but it will affect the people who love you.
See a health professional immediately if you experience chest pain or dizziness.
Don't blame everything on yourself. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, a problem may seem impossible to resolve. Giving up on the subject is not always a bad thing, but giving up on yourself and starting self-abuse methods is counterproductive.