Friday, February 27, 2009
I haven't have any chance to blog hop for a while now. Right now, I am kind of multi-tasking. I am blog hopping, posting and updating my other blogs template. It's kind of prostrating though, just because every time I tried clicking on my buddies blogs, it is not appearing. I am not sure what is going. I am not sure if the problem is on my end or the other end.
But anyway, right now I am trying my best to pay my friends over the blogoshphere a visit. If I can't to it all today, I try again tomorrow.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Do you want to be more sophisticated? Here's how.
Be polite and charming. Being polite and charming is mostly about being aware of your companions and their feelings. Is your dinner companion an avid golfer? Then let him/her discuss golf. Express an interest in the subject. Respond intelligently with whatever knowledge you may have that relates. If you know nothing about golf, let them talk. Human beings like to talk; the best conversationalists let others talk and keep the conversation moving with leading questions and the occasional meaningful, insightful, or witty comment. A leading question is one that "leads" your conversation partner to speak at more length than a simple yes or no answer. Never interrupt and never forcefully assert your knowledge. Being selflessly aware of your companions' interests can give the impression of charm.
Understand etiquette. Etiquette is a system of manners and customs that each individual culture devises. The main purpose of etiquette in most modern cultures is to make those around you more comfortable or at ease. Be careful, however, because etiquette is different in each culture. It's important to study the rules of etiquette that your culture/society has adopted. There are plenty of online resources for that type of research. Use them. Study what is appropriate at various types of social functions, not just at the dinner table. And, when in doubt, ask yourself "What will make my companions more comfortable--behavior A or behavior B?"
Dress well. It's important to know what colors and what clothing styles suit you. By reading fashion magazines, you can get a better understanding of current trends but be wary of being too trendy--you can go broke keeping up with this season's latest. It's better to build your wardrobe on a solid foundation of classics that don't change much from season to season but that can easily be accessorized to keep them current. Do your research and find out what doesn't change much but also works for your personal style and body type. Get the advice of a professional if you don't know.
Know what you're talking about. It's important to be as knowledgeable about as broad a range of subjects as you can be. Read! Read everything, from newspapers to non-fiction books to magazines to scientific journals to literature. Being actually knowledgeable about a subject keeps you from appearing like that know-it-all buffoon who talks too much at parties and doesn't really know much about anything. You know who I mean. You've seen him/her before. Avoid that by actually being knowledgeable and by not speaking up when you don't know anything. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." If you want more specific direction, read up on your friends' interests. At least you'll be able to listen intelligently.
Read.Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of material that one can read? Start with newspapers. Find a good national or local paper ,preferably one that covers international events. Good magazines like TIME are easy to read and entertaining. If you can't subscribe to a newspaper www.nytimes.com is a good place to start. Here's a secret to coming across as well read - read abridged ( shortened) versions of classics or read book reviews. Book reviews give you enough information to carry on conversations about famous or award winning authors. Find a category of fiction you like and read up at the local library. If the size of books frighten you, you are not ready to become a sophisticated adult. Don't forget about poetry - start with a poet whose work you studied at school and go on from there. And one more final advice- if you are truly desperate and absolutely can't read the book- see a movie version of it!
Be respectful. First, it's important to respect yourself. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. Learn to appreciate your strengths and forgive your weaknesses while improving those that you can. From this base, you'll have the sensitivity and confidence to be respectful of others' feelings and needs.
Put others' needs and interests before your own.
Educate yourself and the rest will follow.
Experience is a good teacher, but only if you think about your experiences afterwards.
There is such a thing as trying too hard. Be wary of it. Be your natural self, but be AWARE of both your own behavior and the feelings of your companions.
A simple look is always a look that won't have people staring, always a look that won't have people talking about you. You can feel confident looking simple.
1. Know that after showering at night, part your hair to the side. If you have bangs, part your hair in the middle to keep them down and straight. However you may part it, make sure that your hair will stay out of your face.
2. Get dressed wearing a pair of classic blue jeans. Classic jeans are not very skinny and tight, they also do not flair out a lot and are not baggy. They fit you just right and should come down just above the balls on the sides of your feet. Then, wear a solid color t-shirt. The length of the shirt should just cover wear you put a belt on your jeans. Wear simple sneakers like K-Swiss.
3. Wear your hair in a ponytail smack dab in the middle of the back of your head. No bumps. If you have bangs, comb the hair from your bangs back in the ponytail. If you parted your hair to the side, don't flip your hair back in the ponytail. Just leave it neatly parted.
4. Wear some clear lip gloss, maybe some mascara.
For the real simple look, don't paint your nails bright colors. A simple French manicure on short nails looks fine.
Be yourself. The simple look doesn't make people who like to stand out feel very confident as people who like just blending in.
If you wear your hair down, it will look more simple if all of your hair is the same length and has no layers or bangs.
If you change from standing out to being simple overnight, people might talk and stare.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Being a gentleman is sure to impress any girl you're interested in (or at least, any girl who is worth the effort!) It's also great to act gentlemanly around parents and grandparents, employers, teachers, and anybody else who might need to think you're great.
Pay attention to how you dress. You don't have to dress "preppy" but you should make sure your pants, shirts and shoes are of good quality and in good repair. Gentlemen don't wear things that are scuffed, stained, ripped, ill-fitting, or otherwise in bad shape. (See the "tips" section for dress ideas.)
Be courteous when you talk to a girl. Make conversation, but let her do at least half the talking. Look her in the eyes. Don't stare at other parts of her body, and don't lean in too close unless you're about to kiss her.
Practice your handshake. (Shake hands with your friends until you get this right.) You should reach out, grasp the other person's hand firmly but without crushing their fingers, give two up/down shakes, and then release. Shake hands immediately upon being introduced to someone new, and say the other person's name, along with, "Hi, it's nice to meet you." This also applies to girls, but do not squeeze their hand. Hold her fingers and gently shake up and down.
Don't use bad language. A foul mouth is not gentlemanly at all. Try to speak clearly, with your head up, and use correct grammar. Don't use big words if you don't know what they mean. If you don't know much about the subject of conversation, you can keep silent, ask what someone else thinks, or make neutral remarks.
Avoid talking about matters that people might find gross, disturbing or rude. If someone else brings such a subject up, listen politely but don't say anything. (Of course, there are exceptions depending on how well you know someone, and what they would or wouldn't find offensive and disturbing.)
Practice your posture. Gentlemen can appear at ease without slouching, you know!
Keep all your belongings (house, car, etc.) and yourself neat and clean. Don't leave trash lying around or dirty dishes in the sink. Shower daily, wear deodorant (but not too much, cologne or deodorant you can smell from a mile away is offputting) and brush/floss your teeth.
When initiating physical contact other than handshakes, take it slow. Don't touch a person until you have gotten to know them well first.
If you ask someone out on a date, offer to pay for dinner. You can let the girl talk you into splitting the bill in half if you want, but don't let her pay for the entire thing.
If you're visiting somebody's house for dinner, help clear the table. Offer to help wash the dishes.
Pull out the girl's chair and take her coat for her when she sits down.
If you're in a restaurant or out with friends and you are offered alcohol to drink, do not have more than one drink. If you're with people you know well, you can have up to two, but don't have more than that. A simple drink of a high-quality liquor is usually better than a mixed drink with cheap ingredients.
When you're riding on a bus or public transportation, stand up and offer your seat if an elderly person, pregnant mother, or (ideally) any woman gets on board.
However, do not fake this! Women can always tell if you are secretly a sleazy slimeball hiding behind the appearance of a gentlemen. If all else fails, simply remember this - being gentlemanly is about being courteous and respectful.
When offering a woman your seat, don't wait until she accepts to get up. This gives the impression that you are just doing it as a formality rather than really offering your seat. Instead, get up and then offer the now empty seat.
The key to this maneuver is to know the line between going out of your way to be a gentleman (thumbs-up) and going too far to be a gentleman (thumbs down.) Ideally, you should be able to trust your gut as to what is too far. If you're a novice, it's generally appropriate to go one step beyond what your gut tells you to do. (Chivalry is uncommon, so it will probably feel weird at first.) However, there are a few rules of thumb:
If she would have to push her way through several people to get to the seat, don't do it.
If there is a group and they can't all have seats, don't do it.
If you are sitting with a friend in a pair of seats, either you both do it or neither do. For just one person to do it, creates a lot of weirdness.
If you offer and she declines, try once more. If she declines again, sit down. The key here is to sit down without being even a little bit condescending.
Learn to iron your own clothes, and iron them. Don't expect a girl to do it for you. A gentleman is self-sufficient.
Keep your hair in trim, and keep your facial hair neat if you have any. (If you don't, then make sure you stay clean-shaven. Fuzzy chins are scruffy.) Don't dye or bleach your hair, it should remain its natural color.
For shirts, you should wear button-down dress shirts, polo shirts or sweaters. Shirts with collars are better than shirts without.
For pants, you should wear slacks that are neatly pressed and a conservative color like khaki, navy blue, gray or black. Jeans are okay in informal situations, but they must fit you (no baggy pants) and they must be in good condition.
Always wear a belt. Don't choose a belt with an oversized buckle or a lot of studs on it, though.
Know how to tie a tie and wear it correctly. Wear one when you're being especially formal.
Wear loafers or dress shoes. Make sure your shoes fit you well and are shiny and in good condition. Your socks should always match, of course.
In general, your socks should match your pants, and your belt should match your shoes. If you are wearing jeans, then your socks should match your shoes.
If you're ordering food or drink, don't order something you don't like just because it sounds impressive (like black coffee, escargot or scotch on the rocks). Only ask for something you actually want. It does not look very cool if you ask for something and then don't touch it.
Don't get piercings or tattoos. If you have them, take them off or cover them up.
Treat all women chivalrously, but don't be condescending.
When you're making conversation, avoid topics the other person (or people) might find offensive. Don't talk too much about yourself.
Don't get drunk under any circumstances. It's not dignified and is very off-putting. (Besides, if you're driving home later, it can be dangerous to you and your date.)
Never act as though you're too interested in sex.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So you've got nothing to wear that suits you? Out of your own typical designed style? Nothing cool to wear? So, want to fit in with the rest of the crowd? Clothes are nothing more than a simple material of cloth to warm you up, and cover you so you are not in the nude. But wearing cruddy clothes don't fit in with the style the rest of the 'crowd' likes. And wearing goofy clothes will make you look silly, even in front of your loved one(s). So selecting the right clothes for occasions like proms, parties, funerals, and the others really are important, right? So here is an article that helps you choose your own special style!
Choose a style that fits you, and here are the instructions for doing that.
Browse online for clothes that are your age and appropriate. Once you've done that, look through the clothing and match it with other online clothing stores and see if it look goods.
Think about accessories. Wristbands, bracelets, earrings, necklaces etc. and make-up. 'Should I put on a little more eye-liner?' 'Does this purse look cute with this scarf'? ask yourself these questions. They really do help.
Clothes can make you who you are. You may have already found your style or 'Label'. Correct?
If/When people come up to you and ask you what your label is just say, Most don't really find 'labeling' all that cool. You should be pretty happy with what you do and how you dress.
Don't pretend that your something you are not just to impress others! Reflect your personality!
Be who you want to be!
Remember you weren't born as a prep or a skater or an emo!
People will call you a poser and it's just the way they roll. It's not that cool but you will learn to live with it.
Monday, February 23, 2009
What do you think about the OSCAR last night. I think it was just okay. Nothing really special happened.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I feel fat, I don't like the way that I look. This is a simple way to transform yourself physically and mentally in six weeks. Most importantly, it's free.
In order to fully transform yourself in six weeks, you have to be committed and willing to do this for YOURSELF, and not to please others.
First, take a week to examine yourself starting with your diet. Make a list of things you would normally eat on a regular basis.
Decide what diet would best suit you.
Eliminate all the junk food you would normally eat and reduce the amount of carbs you would eat on average.
After you've started with your diet, associate it with exercise but don't over do it. Exercise 3 times a week leaving 4 rest days in between.
Look at your appearance. Are you happy with the way you look? If not, try a new brand of clothing that suits your style and shape, try new hairstyles, shave, etc.
Makeup: go ahead and get it done at the mall and get tips from the artist. Start using lotions to smooth out your face. If you have an acne problem try to use a acne cream and wash your face every night.
Within about 6 weeks, if you can lose 10-15 lbs, clear up any acne, and build a stronger self esteem, You can be beautiful. Remember, this is a self choice NOT for pleasing others.
Remember, this is a self choice NOT for pleasing others.
Drink a lot of water.
Eat more proteins.
Avoid fast food.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Walk; do not park close to a store, park farther away to get more exercise.
Remember not to push yourself too hard, but have discipline.
Look forward to the new you. You'll be a amazing person with more confidence.
Do not tell everyone your on a diet, let them notice the changes.
Try not to stress out.
Do not diet to the extreme; for example, starving yourself.
Friday, February 20, 2009
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Procrastination can lead to many problems -- tests failed, weight gained, relationships weakened. But you can change your ways.
Look at the effects of procrastination versus not procrastinating. What rewards lie ahead if you get it done? What are the effects if you continue to put it off? Which situation has better effects? Chances are, you will benefit more in the long term from facing the task head on.
Count how much time you spend on activities procrastinating. You may be shocked by the amount of time wasted simply watching TV.
Set reasonable goals. Plan your goals carefully, allowing enough time to complete them.
Break the task down into smaller parts. How can you approach it step by step? If you can concentrate on achieving one goal at a time, the task may become less of a burden.
Get started whether you "feel" like it or not. Going from doing nothing to doing something is often the hardest part of overcoming procrastination. Once you start, it will be easier to continue.
Ask for help. You don't always have to do it alone.
Don't expect perfection. No one is perfect. It's better to try your best than to do nothing at all.
Reward yourself. The reward that lies at the end of a long road to a goal may be great, but while you're on the way, it may not always be enough to motivate you. Remind yourself-with a break, a movie, some kind of treat you like-that you are making successful progress.
Don't let yourself be distracted - by taking control and saying "no" to picking up the guitar, playing a DVD, or texting your friends, you build confidence in your ability.
Other time traps to avoid: saying yes when you don't have the time, studying when you're tired or in a distracting location, not thinking ahead, not curbing your social time, and finally, taking on too many tasks and projects.
You may want to take a course in time management.
Several books have been written on procrastination. Here are the titles: "Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It" by Jane B. Burka, Lenora M., Ph.D. Yuen, "The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play" by Neil Fiore and for students, "Beat Procrastination and Make the Grade : A Life-Saving Guide for Students" by Linda Sapadin, Jack Maguire. These are highly recommended.
Of course, not everyone enjoys reading - a very good audio CD/cassette is, "Make Your Mind Work for You : New Mind Power Techniques to Improve Memory, Beat Procrastination and More" by Joan Minninger.
If you are reading this now because you are trying to procrastinate, stop procrastinating immediately and get back to work!!!
If you hate to read and begin to procrastinate think of it this way. If you have to read a 276 page book divide it into the amount of time you have. If you have about 2 weeks, reading about 21 pages a day is much less overwhelming.
Just start working.
Imagine how good you will feel when the thing you are putting off is done and off your mind.
It is normal at the start of any task or change in life to feel like you want to give it up or not bother and return to what is easy. Push on; it's worth it.
If your procrastination is very serious then you should see a specialist.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I just wanted to write a quick post for my co blogger. I wanted to apologized for all my friend over the blogosphere who visited my blogs none stop even though I wasn't able to visit their blog back right away. We ( me ,my husband and the rest of his family were going back in fort at the Swedish Hospital here in Seattle, for my husband dad is in the hospital until now. We nearly lost him the other day.
I have some chances to blog for a little bit everyday since friday , when ever we (husband family) switch shift to be there with my hather-in-law. I am not sure when he will be home. His doctors are still doing some test.
Anyway, I just want to apologize. Bear with me, I will be visiting your blog soon. Hope you all have a great day.
Monday, February 16, 2009
The economy always has and always will have its ups and downs. It's easy to coast through the good times, but how do you come out of the tough times unscathed?
Talk it over. Sit down with every member of your household and go over your finances.
How you resolve and differences in your approach to money will have a profound effect on your relationship's chances of succeeding: Take a Healthy Approach to Finances in Your Relationship
Now is the perfect time to set an example of your children, and show them how a family can pull together during tough times and everyone can chip in: Teach Your Child About Budgeting and Get Adult Kids to Pay Their Share
Set financial goals. Focus on paying off debt and saving an emergency fund. If you don't already have you an adequate emergency fund set aside, specify a goal for how much money you want to add to it every month, and put an equal amount towards paying off your highest interest debt. Pay yourself first.
While normally, it's recommended that a two-income couple keep three months' worth of expenses in an emergency fund, during a downturn the recommended time is six months instead, especially if you're in an industry that gets hit hard by a recession (construction, financial services, food) and if you're a one-income family. If you're self-employed, you should set aside up to a year's worth of expenses.
Cut costs. There are a number of ways to reduce expenses.
Cut discretionary spending. Buy nothing. Resist sales pitches. Don't even think about using that new credit card offer in the mail, even if it does have a low APR and no payments for two years--evaluate it carefully. When you do need to buy things, haggle. But this is a good time, overall, to determine the difference between what you want and what you need, and reconsider your values - is your current standard of living really worth hanging onto?
Transportation - Carpool as much as you can. Consider commuting by bicycle or even living without a car. But if that's not practical, look for ways to save money on gas, even if it means hypermiling.
Housing - Get a roommate or consider relocating to an area with a lower cost of living. Maybe you can move in with family members until the economic downturn blows over. Keeping the peace in a multigenerational household isn't always easy, but it has its own rewards.
Food - Stop going out to eat; instead, try to cook at home from scratch more often. Consider the benefits of the slow food movement. If you don't have enough time to cook, try doing it just once a month. Find good deals at a local farmers' market.
Keep the money flowing in.
If you have a job, be an amazing employee. Now is not the time to slack. Show up early, stay late, and volunteer for projects. Pick up the slack for other workers; it's what will happen when people get laid off, anyway, so now is the time to prove yourself. Look for ways to save your employer money, especially if you see your employer doing little things to that effect, like encouraging employees to turn of their computers. Try to quantify your efforts in terms of how you've raised profits and cut costs. Start networking so that in case you still get laid off, you have a safety net of contacts who might be able to help.
If you own a business, develop a risk management plan if you haven't already. Find ways to reduce expenses, e.g. Virtualize Your Workforce. Improve Service Quality at Your Business so that budget-strapped customers will want to use your products or services through tough times.
If you don't have a job, find other ways to make money fast. Focus on cutting your expenses, as described in the previous step, and consider volunteering; if you've got the spare time, there are organizations that will need your help, and you could establish good karma in your community.
Enjoy life. In order to avoid recession depression, don't let fear control you; an intense feeling of paranoia can make you an inflexible employee and also strain your relationships. Be thankful for what you have, and make sure to have fun. Instead of not taking a family vacation, for example, take a Staycation or Exchange Your Home for Free Vacation Accommodation instead; invite your family to think of creative ways to save money without skimping on happiness. Accept difficult times as a challenge for your fortitude and adaptability.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
You have a lot of skills (not all that you use on the job, often), and even more knowledge. How can you apply that knowledge to your job/career and increase your value/worth?
Substantiate and list everything you already do at work. Keep a work diary/journal and write down everything you do.
List concrete tasks that you perform, whether on a regular or occasional basis.
List skills that you use in the course of your job. These might be computer skills, skills that you use to accomplish tasks, or general skills, such as the ability to manage money or projects.
List "soft" skills, such as communication skills. Do you deal with difficult people or touchy situations? Do you manage people? Can you help a customer to decide what she really wants and transform that information into a product specification? Write that down, too.
List knowledge that is valuable to the company. Do you remember the history of a product or process or why something is no longer done a certain way? Do you know exactly where to find information in a file or database?
Keep a list/inventory of what you do outside of work, too. Your extracurricular activities can give you ideas about skills and interests you may not yet be using on the job.
Classes, whether in person or online.
Websites and what you do on/for them
Hobbies and pastimes.
Decide which of these skills are relevant to your current job. Look at your job description with a critical eye, both for what it currently says and what you might like it to say. Think ahead to what directions you would like your career to take.
Talk to your work acquaintances and get their professional opinions. Ask your colleagues and, if possible, your supervisor, what strengths and weaknesses they see in you. Be prepared to accept criticism gracefully.
Expand your knowledge, skills and abilities.
Take on newer or more advanced tasks.
Take a class or attend a training.
Read manuals, procedures, instructions, or any other information associated with your career goals.
Get more practice at a partially developed skill.
Learn from others who do similar jobs or tasks that you wish to attempt.
Incorporate skills you have learned outside the workplace or skills from previous jobs into your current job.
Evaluate your salary against others in your field (www.indeed.com/salary).
Take into consideration where you live and work, as opposed to where others might live and work.
'Rewrite' your job description to encompass your extra talents.
Ask for a pay raise. When you can demonstrate growth and, ideally, an increased worth to the company, use your journals to summarize that growth and value. Then, take your case to whoever.
Ask for a promotion. If your job has grown or changed a great deal, or if your responsibilities have increased substantially, ask for a new title as well as a new salary. This could get you the respect of your colleagues as well as put you into a higher salary scale.
Look at your hobbies and interests with an eye towards turning them into an extension of your job, or a new job.
Be honest with yourself. If you're not a 'people person', putting in for a sales position might not be for you.
Don't lose sight of your basic job duties in the process of growing or changing your career. Make sure that your job gets done, even as you branch out and learn new things.
Let people know you're trying to grow and improve. Your initiative will be more visible and you're more likely to get help, whether in the form of opportunities to learn (such as more advanced tasks) or direct training and advice.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Usability testing is nothing but testing done to evaluate the functioning of a product before it is released in the market. Usability testing can go awry if the facilitator is not capable enough to handle it properly. So before executing any kind of usability testing the facilitator (the person who is doing the testing) should bear in mind few points.
Do not deviate from your goal. The facilitator should be well aware of his responsibilities and that is to gather as much information as possible about the product or application. So it is upon his hands as to how he should maneuver the whole course of the testing. He can make it a success or a failure. It all depends upon how well he handles the testing procedure.
Try to know your participants. Before giving suggestions as to how to go about it, try to understand your participants. Some may grasp things very quickly while others take time. So deal with the participants accordingly.
Make them familiar with the environment. The participants may be or may not be familiar with the application, service or the product. It may not be new to some while for others it may be their first time.
Make the participants feel at ease. Provide an atmosphere where they can carry out the tasks in a relaxed mood. Do whatever you can to make them feel at ease. If they are cool and composed then only the testing would become productive.
Do not test the participants. Very often the participants do get a feeling that they are being tested instead of the product or software so they should be given the assurance that the product or service and not they are the purpose of testing.
Be a good listener. If you are a good listener then the participants would automatically feel comfortable. They will come up with suggestions of improvements.
Never intimidate them. Always give scenarios and never instruct them as nobody likes anyone bossing them around.
Do not rub them the wrong way. While carrying out the test if the participants are stuck somewhere or are not able to complete the task do not make faces or noises in a way to provide hints or your displeasure as it may hurt their ego.
Friday, February 13, 2009
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Afternoon you all. How's your day so far? My day is going alright. Got a bad headache though, otherwise things are going well. I got my PR back up one of my blogs, that will gave me some advantage of getting some task from smorty, which I haven't gotten any task from them in a while. Getting my PR back to 2 is a good thing. Blogging is kind of busy today. Triple P releases a bunch of opps today. I was able to grab three of them. I wasn't able to grab anymore for today for I reached my limits.
Anyway, I hope everyone was able to grab some opps at PPP today.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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A vibrant and robust romance is one in which both partners actively engage one another with thoughtful and fun activities. The state of your romance is the result of not only your efforts, but those of your partner as well. A caring and supportive demeanour is also important. Often, you can run out of fresh ideas to keep your romance exciting. The best solution to this dilemma is to look to other sources for ideas. So here are a few ideas to add to your arsenal of plans to maintain your vibrant romance.
Try your hand at a new recipe. Even if you don’t cook often you can pick out an interesting recipe and surprise her with your new culinary skills. You guys out there should not underestimate what you could do with this idea. Most recipes are written well enough so that even a novice can follow the directions. You will make her feel real special if you take the effort to actually “wine and dine” her.
Go to a dude ranch with her and take a horse ride on a trail. Many of these venues will offer a great campfire steak dinner after the trail ride. My experience with this was great! I can’t wait to do it again.
If you have always wanted to go ballroom dancing or learn swing-dancing, why don’t you make it a priority? Talk it over with your sweetheart and let him or her know that this is what you really want to do. Once you both agree then go ahead and sign up for lessons. Most organizations that provide this service will have a big dance with live music at the end of the lessons.
Go online and search for wineries in your area. Once you know where they are you can plan a romantic wine-tasting excursion. Bear in mind that most wineries have a gift shop where you can buy your sweetheart a nice gift.
Next time you are invited to a wedding you can play a secret pretend game. At the reception, you as a couple can secretly pretend that you are the bride and groom! Then at the end of the evening you can retire to your “honeymoon suite”. Need I say more?
Go to a theatrical play together. Plan a nice restaurant dinner around it. Does this sound rather mundane? What can make this idea more exciting is to dress to the nines. You know the song: “Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man”? And you guys know what a nice evening dress can do, don’t you? Does this work for you now?
Plan an all-day date together at the next state fair in your area. Reserve a motel/hotel room so you will not be concerned with the trip back home. Beforehand, check a newspaper or internet site for events at the state fair that interest you the most, such as music concerts or fireworks.
Plan a canoe or kayak trip down a river in your area. Pack a blanket and a picnic lunch, and don’t forget the wine. Plan to stop along the way for a romantic picnic in the wild.
A relaxing way to spend time together on an inclement weather day is to visit a museum. Most of the larger museums will have a restaurant or two to choose from. I have dinned in a few where the food is excellent! Visit the gift shop while you are there and buy your sweetheart something nice.
OK, the weekend is near and you don’t have a clue on what you are going to do. Look up in your newspaper or internet what sort of comedy clubs you have in your area. Comedy clubs are fun!
Many churches occasionally sponsor a weekend relationship encounter program. I have a cousin who told me that she and her husband were “joined at the hip” before they attended one of these programs, but now after their weekend encounter she stated that “now we are one”! A glowing recommendation I would say!
An excellent way to get to know your life-partner better is to exchange a favorite book with each other; then each of you actually read the exchanged book. This plan has the potential to provide valuable insights into who your partner is. What could be more romantic?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Negative thoughts are not reserved for just a few people or situations. Everyone is plagued by negative thoughts at one time or another.
However, once you begin thinking about what you're "thinking about", you've already taken the first step to controlling negative thoughts.
Make the decision that you're going to be the one to decide what your thoughts are and will be. You can control what you think about. This means making a daily effort to consciously program positive thoughts or affirmations into your mind.
Surround yourself with positive people. Have you ever heard the saying, "birds of a feather flock together"? It is the same with both positive and negative people. If your current list of friends does nothing but tear others down, complain, and generally be negative, it is going to be very difficult for you to get over being negative in that environment. You may, very well, need to make some new friends.
Refuse to accept negative stuff when you hear it from others. If you're making progress and you hear someone spilling out a bunch of negative stuff, simply tell yourself that it's not what you think, it's not what you believe, and it's not what you accept about yourself or anyone else.
Change your language. The words 'should', 'could', 'might', are out. For example change "I might go and fix the car" to "I WILL go and fix the car". That way you're talking action and making a promise you are more likely to stick to.
Think for yourself.
Use your initiative instead of waiting for people. You can waste a lot of time waiting for others to act.
Get fit. Having and sticking to an exercise plan can be very helpful.
Remember that actions speak louder then words. Rather than just talking, be willing to take some action.
Your life will go nowhere if you sit around doing nothing all day. Have some ambitions and goals and work toward them. Plan what you want to achieve in your day. Then make sure you follow through.
Not everyone is going to like that you want to be positive. For whatever reason, some people enjoy being negative, and you may find yourself fighting an ongoing battle for awhile until you make new friendships.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Stress. We all deal with it. Whether it be our jobs, family life, drama with friends, a relationship problem, or finances, stress is there, but so are these ways of relieving it.
Take a deep breath. This is your first, most immediate defense against stress. If you can get in the habit of pausing and taking a nice, deep breath every time you feel stress beginning to take hold, you'll have won half the battle just by preventing it from taking over. The other half is won by addressing the causes of your stress.
Communicate. Whether you talk to a friend or talk to your cat, getting it off your chest will help a lot. If you don't feel like talking about it, write it down. Keep a journal and write down whatever it is that's bothering you. Writing is a therapy of its own.
Laugh. Rediscover your sense of humor by making fun of your situation. View it from your future self's perspective, telling this story to a bunch of your friends over pizza and soda. Crack some jokes. Do your goofiest impression. Tickle a child that you love. Laughter, whether it's yours or someone else's, is the best medicine--and it's contagious!
Get fit. Perhaps your health and appearance are stressing you out, but even if they're not an issue, being physically fit can directly help relieve stress, which exists on both a mental and a physical level. Sometimes there's nothing like a long run, an intense yoga session, or a fresh swim after a stressful day to help you feel relaxed and stress-free again. Also, exercise releases endorphins; a feel good hormone. Chocolate releases endorphins as well (just only in moderation)!
Be organized. For the most part, stress arises from feeling overwhelmed. There's just too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Being organized and getting your priorities straight can help you break responsibilities down into manageable pieces and focus on the things that really matter to you, rather than getting caught up in details and creating extra work for yourself--all of which leads to more stress.
Soothe the senses. Light a scented candle that has a calming fragrance like lavender. Listen to your favorite, most relaxing music or, better yet, go somewhere that you can listen to wind rustle through trees or waves crash on the beach. Enjoy the scenery, whether you're outdoors or viewing an art exhibit. Drink some warm tea or taste--really taste--some dark chocolate. Treat yourself by getting a massage or, if you want to be alone, take a bath (bubbles are recommended).
Do nothing. That's right, folks, do nothing at all. Close the door, open the window, have a seat, and take a little break from life. If your mind is racing, learn to meditate and just let that stress go.
Note that not all stress reducing activities will work for all people. Experiment with different techniques to see what works for you.
Imagery meditation. Meditating, concentrating or just emptying your mind while viewing tranquil scenery, either real or in video clips can help your mind let go of anxiety filled thoughts.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Indian head massage
Dance to relieve stress
Be aware of your choices; you always have a choice.
Learn to say no; you cannot do everything you are asked.
Learn how to delegate.
Be thankful. It does wonders for your state of mind.
If you need to apologize to someone, and it will not make the situation worse, find a way to do so. More importantly, learn to forgive, particularly to forgive yourself. Guilt adds pain to stress.
Relieving stress in the short term is a good idea, but resolving the underlying causes of stress is even better. If the same issues keep driving you up the wall time and time again, give some serious thought as to how they can be dealt with permanently.
Don't waste your time worrying about things you cannot change.
Be wary of escapism. Do not alleviate stress by doing something that'll only make it worse in the long run (e.g. buying a new pair of expensive shoes when what's stressing you is debt).
If stress gets really bad and you feel that you cannot cope with it, seek professional help.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Everyone needs a day off once in a while. But this is a treat- don't do it every week!
Get out that bubble bath and the radio. Draw a bath, of course with extra bubbles. Tune the radio to a relaxing station, light some candles or incense, and just relax! Don't clean, just soak your troubles away. Then wash your body with a refreshing-smelling body soap.
Whenever you are done soaking, get out, dry off, and get dressed in sweats and a T shirt, or whatever makes you feel comfy. Maybe lounge pants, floods or shorts.
Pull your hair back into a bun, and put on a headband. You want to make sure your hair is out of our face for these next few steps.
Rinse and pat your face dry.
Apply a facial mask. If you don't have one, make one (1/2 mashed up banana with 2 tbs. honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes.) Then rinse. While you're waiting, read a good magazine.
Rinse the facial and pat your face dry. Now wash with a great toner (Neutrogena Acne Face Wash, $7 drugstores). Rinse well and pat dry.
Now, it's time for the nails. Remove any old nail polish from your finger nails and toe nails.
Rent or watch on TV a good chick flick. Paint your nails and eat yummy popcorn while doing this.
Get a tub of your favourite ice cream plus cookies and enjoy.
After the movie, read a good book for as long as you'd like.
After you've read, go to sleep, or, take a nice nap.
Meditation: Try meditating, or resting quietly with the goal of completely clearing your mind. You will inevitably start to think about something, just notice that, acknowledge it, and gently bring yourself back to a silent mind. Whatever you were thinking of will still be there when you leave this state, but putting it down for a moment, 5 minutes, or an hour, will re-energize your mind and help you to deal with any task.
Yoga: Some simple stretching of the body can do wonders to relax muscle tension as well as mental tension.
Spray on your favorite perfume/body spray all over your body and clothes.
Tell everyone in the house that you're doing this, so they don't disturb you.
If you don't like popcorn or ice cream, make a hot hot chocolate with whipped cream on top.
Don't feel like renting a movie? Check to see if any good movies are on TV, or watch a favorite movie that you own!
You can replace these clothes items with anything you want, as long as it's comfortable. Pajamas work fine too, if you're doing this later in the day.
If you have a CD player near your bathroom, put the CD in there, and turn it up so you can hear it. This may be safer than actually having it in your bathroom.
If you don't have bubble bath, shower/bath gel or bar soap work great too.
Snack types can vary, so if you prefer veggies and dip, over chips and popcorn, go for it! This is your day, after all!
If you want, invite a few friends over for watching the movie, so you can have fun together.
Try doing this on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday), or in the evening.
If you don't like to read talk on the phone or take a calming walk!
This guide was intended for women, because men may not find it very relaxing to watch a chick-flick (boring yes, relaxing, no) or use bubble bath. But, if you're a man and find these things relaxing, these steps will probably work for you, too.
If you don't unplug your phone, pager, etc. you will be interrupted'. Make sure everyone knows where you are and not to bother you, so you won't have to tell them while you're in the tub or something.
After working hard, every woman deserves a break. Here's how to have yourself a great relaxing evening- without getting disturbed!
Finish all the things you had planned for the day that were absolutely essential for you to do. If you have something on your mind that's bothering you, it will be very hard to relax and enjoy yourself.
Tell everybody you live with(if you don't live alone) not to bother you.
Turn off cellphones, pagers, phones, messenger, computers,etc. You don't want to be interrupted during your evening.
The best thing to do to begin the relaxation process is to take a bath. The bath is not meant to cleanse, but mostly to relieve tension, so if you need to wash your hair, shave, etc. its better to do this before you begin.
Turn on some relaxing music, light some candles, read a book, have a glass of wine and some chocolate, or simply relax.
Stay in your bath for as long as you want.
When you get out, dry off, smooth on some sweet smelling body lotion and change into some comfy clothing.
Pull your hair back into a ponytail, if the length allows, or simply push back with a headband.
Wash your face with a good cleanser, exfoliate, tone and out on a great face mask. Search on wikihow for some great face mask recipes. Leave on for about 15-20 mins. read a book or magazine while you wait.Wash off with warm water and apply some moisturizer.
Rent a good chick flick(or any other type of movie you enjoy), make some popcorn or other snacks, curl up with a blanket and enjoy. You may want to give yourself a manicure or pedicure while you do this.
After the movie is over, make sure you have a warm, clean bed to go to. Grab a book, turn on some nice music. Make sure you turn off the music before you fall asleep though.
Find some great recipes for fast, yummy and nutritious foods that you would enjoy having, or simply curl up with your favorite dessert or a tub of chocolate ice cream.
When taking a bath to make it even more enjoyable, try adding a few drops of essential oils. Check for oils that will give you the desired effect(relaxing, invigorating,etc.)
To make your bath even more enjoyable and leave your skin baby soft, smooth and supple, combine the juice of 2 lemons, 1 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oils, and some cinnamon, or another spice to add a scent.
Just relax, and don't think about anything that could ruin your treatment-school, work, bills, etc.
Find a night when you have absolutely nothing to do. Unless you do your spa in the afternoon. If you do the spa in the afternoon, make sure you keep track of time. It would stink to be in the middle of your facial mask and have to go running out somewhere.
Do not fall sleep in the bath.
Do not do this and neglect other work you may have to do!
If you are allergic to any products mentioned above, do NOT use them, as it can cause serious injury.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The early morning is a very special time of day. Even night owls get a delighted surprise at just how special this time of day can be, with its total stillness, the sounds of awakening birds.
Use this time to do something special before others wake up. If you enjoy writing, reading, or simply thinking, this quiet and uninterrupted time is a really ideal time of the day. Few others will awaken early enough to disturb you.
Watch the news. Watching the news in the early morning gives you a jump start on your day. You already get a handle on the issues that are happening in your part of the world before others even get to know about it. You can already be in the great position of having analized what the news means for your work, day, project, etc. and be moving into the next phase!
Exercise. The morning is the best time to exercise because your calories burn better. It is also a great way to get your body moving in the morning, when you are really refreshed. No more excuses about evening tiredness.
Have a cup of your favorite beverage. This is a great opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy that brew thoroughly rather than bolting down something scorching as you tear out the door in a hurry.
Watch the activity of the world waking up around you. Position yourself somewhere comfortable to watch the street and tree activity. You'll see birds and mammals waking up, others coming back to bed. You'll see people getting up and beginning their daily routines, opening storefronts, getting kids out the door, hanging out washing etc. It is wonderful if your need some oiling of the creative juices for writing or thinking!
Watch the sun rise. The colors are simply incredible on a clear and fine morning. If it's gray and rainy, just count your blessings at how wonderful nature is for keeping the cycle of life going this way. And choose a bright outfit to counteract the gray for that day.
Billy Bob Thornton is probably your idol if you can't come to grips with the early morning. He isn't fond of the birds singing first thing at the day! To avoid this reaction and to really appreciate the early morning, get a good night's sleep. That cannot be stressed too much. Otherwise, you'll just feel groggy and grumpy.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Let's talk about the weather.Every states here in US have different type of weather.Some state get very cold and freezing during summer.Some states weather stay warm or just right I am currently living here in Seattle which it rain a lot. Some days here in Seattle are sunny, some days are gloomy and cloudy.
I am from Philippines , so I came from a country which have a hot & humid weather. I am use to warm weather.I never been to Arizona, but I heard weather get so hot over there. For me I would not want to live in Arizona but I would like to have a house there or just a rental place where you can get away from rainy, cloudy weather.
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Even the ancients claimed that you have to pay attention to a woman’s gestures instead of what she says.
Watch her fingers carefully.
If she pushes her fingers through her hair, she is looking to get your attention. Clean and neat hair is as important for a woman as acceptable height, wide shoulders and biceps for a man. The way she touches her hair is also very important. It tells you information about her temperament. If she does it slowly you have encountered a cunning expert of the art of love. Quick, nervy movements disclose impatience or embarrassment.
If she touches the edge of the glass with her fingers, Freudian psychologists often interpret it as a sexual sign. This theory is supported by the women themselves, who claim that they deliberately pet the glass, in order to call the chosen man’s attention upon themselves. Elegant, caressing movement is a sign of intrinsic calmness, self-control and waiting, so sit by her. Her beating a rhythm on the glass with her nails is a sign of impatience or a broad hint of SOS, which she’s sending to her boyfriend, who is fighting for another Bailey’s at the bar.
Note any physical contact.
If she touches you in any manner, this is almost always a good sign, with the exception of the event in which she is striking you and telling you to get out. If she is lightly touching you on the arm while laughing, or in general just finding any way she can to touch you, bump into you, or grab you, then she is almost certainly interested.
Check out her hands and arms.
If she leans on her hand with her chin and her eyes seem to be thinking, it’s not always the sign of her being impressed by your appearance. Generally the woman tries to answer her own question this way: "Does this guy deserve me" You know the answer, but the lady needs time. If you want to help her make the only right decision, be politely determinate and determinately polite. Flash your sense of humor as well.
If she sits back with her arms crossed together, this is the worst possible thing you can encounter when out hunting. This gesture is evidence of the fact that you’ve made the worst impression of all on the woman and she doesn’t trust you at all. Nothing helps here, neither refined jokes, nor nice, muscular body.
The way the woman herself thinks of her hands is also very important. If she stares at them for a very long time, it may imply that something angers her (perhaps you?). If she beats the rhythm on the table or the bar means a similar state of mind.
Look at the lips.
If a woman wets her lips quite frequently, it’s either out of habit or desire to get you to pay attention to her lips and sooner or later kiss her.
When a woman is biting your lips, do not interrupt her – everything’s alright. But if she’s biting hers, you may assume that she’s nervous. Why? Perhaps you are staring at her too inquisitively.
Eye the eyes. According to famous experts of the topic and authors of cheap romantic stories the fast movement of the eye-lashes is the sign of women who like to conquer men of their own accord. Besides they are emancipated, who like to take over the duty of initiation. They aren’t waiting for your jokes and wide smile. They undertake to initiate. The only problem with such ladies is that not all of them will enjoy herself in the role of the doped out game. But if you don’t mind losing the role of the hunter, swallow the bait. Also, note her pupils. Basic biology tells us that when we like something (or someone) our pupils expand (dilate). When we don't like something, they contract. If her pupils are big, it may be a sign that she likes you, or likes what you're saying. On the other hand, if her pupils are small and pointed, it may be a bad sign. However, this method isn't foolproof. If it is really bright outside pupils contract naturally, regardless and if you are somewhere darker, they naturally dilate.
Check out the legs. Researchers of body language emphasize that when a woman frequently crosses her legs or let them swing, is also a sexually charged movement. The strongest of all these movements is when she opens her legs without meaning it. It’s a classical Freudian opening symbol. A contrary sign to this is when she puts her legs together.
Check to see if she turns away quickly when you turn to her direction: this can be a bad sign, or she just doesn't want you to catch her looking at you.
Not all women have the same body language! Not all women correspond well; it may be due to shyness or any other cause
Women may be offended by you checking them out.
Refrain from assuming that seemingly sexual gestures mean the girl wants you. If you make advance and she's not looking for that, things will probably not end well.
Also do not stare at the woman's cleavage if she has it partially exposed. Some men when talking to a "sexy" woman have a very bad habit of doing that. Any woman will take offense when she notices that your eyes are wavering (Especially on the very first date).Try to avoid the temptation!
Small talk is the key. Dont talk about your past previous relationships. Or a 3 hours talk about how you live or your job. Get her to do most of the talking. She'll think your a good listener.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Women over forty still need to express their sexiness and style but without looking like a teenager or a street walker. The secret is in clean elegant lines, high end fabrics that drape well and fit are the key points to remember when choosing your outfit. Let's look more closely at those points:
Choose clothes with clean, elegant lines. In a fashion world of layers and "more, more, more," clean lines slim the body, remove the overkill of too much volume and confusion and help the observer focus on the person, not the clothing. Look for lines that flatter your figure. Be adventurous and try on that wrap dress or long straight skirt with the fringe end. But keep the rest of the outfit in balance and opt for clean lines, less volume and simple cuts, like straight skirts or A line skirts. Look for details that enhance the quality of the clothing but don't add bulk.
Skip the cheap polyester. Women over forty need to wear the better quality fabrics. Choose silk, wool, cotton and high end blends of elegant fabrics that will drape over the body better. A better fabric adds to the life of the garment as well as the reflection on the wearer. Let the teenagers buy the cheap stuff since their styles and tastes change every month. You, a sophisticated woman, prefer a classic or updated classic in a soft or crisp fabric that holds up under seasons just like you do! Experience comes with age. So does an appreciation for silk. Better fabrics add to your worth and sexiness.
Get the right fit. Wearing clothes too tight screams that you've gained weight or you're trying to look like a streetwalker or teenager who is showing off assets. Women over forty are mysterious. And smart. Buy clothes that fit well but are not skin tight. Most women over forty need a hem line just below the knee but above the calf or just above the knee. Got great legs? Opt for a hem line two inches above the knee (the shorter look is younger looking) or add boots with a longer skirt that has a slit in a strategic place. If you have any weight in your upper torso, avoid patterns and horizontal stripes in your sweaters and blouses. If you prefer wearing black, always a classic, try for a touch of color to lighten your look. Red is powerful and requires confidence. Women over forty should have the confidence to wear red. Find the best shade for you: reds are either orange based (tomato red) or blue based (cardinal red).
Wear good jewelry. Make a list of jewelry that you would like to own and start acquiring those pieces. Start with classic but larger size pearls in your best shade (depending on your skin tone. Less is more with jewelry so stay with a few key pieces and avoid the overkill of jangle and dangle.
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So, you want to dress like an uber-fashionista. Layers, piles of colors, and tons of accessories! You can try that... but the balanced way!
Determine what colors you'll be wearing. If you are going to try three colors or whatever, stick to one basic color, like tan, black, white, or blue and wear it colors at least twice.
Determine the shape of your top, an add accessories with that. If you're wearing a tube-top, wear a long necklace. If your wearing a regular t-shirt,just a lot of bracelets piled up on one arm will do fine.
Give your self a signature item. For example, a necklace, a bracelet, a headband... An accessory.
Find a few pairs of shoes that work with everything. If you're a girl, some tennis shoes, ballet flats, and medium heels. For guys, sneakers, work shoes, and dress shoes. Preferably all black or a neutral dark brown color.
Add your own personal twist!
Find a signature accessory.
Keep shoes and other accessories a neutral to balance out one or two crazy colors that you change up each day.
Don't overdo it.
Change it up a bit at a time, so you don't freak everyone out.
Things You'll Need
A great personal style sense.
A signature item
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The # of dropped on my EC doesn't seem much but pretty not appreciate by me.Thank you for all the blogger that had been dropping by to my EC. Here are my top dropper last month.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Everybody has dreams, even if they're buried deep inside childhood fantasies. Here's how to find them and make them come true.
Get in touch with your dreams. What do you fantasize about doing with your spare time? What extraordinary future makes you feel a little bit more alive when you imagine yourself in it? What did you dream about when you were a child? Think about it ...And write it all down.
Identify mental obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. For example, maybe you've always dreamed about becoming a painter, but you were too worried about what people think, or about not making enough money. In this case, your obstacles are ego and finances. Ask yourself honestly: What's more important, achieving my dreams, or getting respect from my peers, or being financially secure? If I had to choose between my dreams and my other concerns, what would I choose?
Make changes in your life. If you're not already working towards your dreams, you're probably trapped in a cycle that keeps you locked away from them. Break the cycle. For a lot of people, that means changing careers.
Set clear, inspiring goals. Goals are like pillars that support your dreams.
Discovering your dreams is an ongoing process. Often, as you try to make your dreams a reality, you learn more about what you want. For example, you might have dreamed about becoming a vet, but in the middle of vet school, you may realize that your dreams involve training animals rather than treating them. Don't be scared to adjust your course as you learn more about yourself and what you want out of life.
Believe in yourself
Keep moving forward and live in the now. If you have trouble letting go of something in the past, e.g. something you feel bad about, then write it down on some paper and then destroy the paper- ripping, shredding, anything as long as its gone and you can move forward to follow your dream.
Don't lose focus if something that appears better comes along.
Making a big career change isn't easy, especially if you've got kids to support, a mortgage to pay, and a car to worry about. But if you've got the motivation, you can do it. Here's how.
Tackle the golden question: If you had all the money in the world, what would you be doing with yourself? Don't hold back. This is brainstorming time. Make a list of all the things you'd rather be doing with your time. Your first few answers will probably be something like: Take a tropical vacation, spend more time with the kids, etc. But push your thinking beyond that.
Evaluate your skills and talents. Ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I most enjoy doing? Write down every skill you're capable of. Don't be shy.
Identify transferable skills. After deciding what career best suits you, and have listed all know skills and talents, identify what skills will best transfer over into your new line of work. The longer the list the easier the transition. If you have only a few or no transferable skills, do not be discouraged. Pursue your passion to find happiness.
Think of jobs that allow you to do what you really want to do, at least in some form, and apply your skills and talents every day. Be creative and open-minded.
Conduct informational interviews. Informational interviews are a gem twofold: you get straight talk about your considered profession from actual professionals, and you achieve face time with individuals that possibly have the power to hire you later down the line.--18.104.22.168 17:05, 11 January 2009 (GMT)
6. Consider your financial situation. How much does it cost, on a monthly and annual basis, to support your current standard of living? Are you willing to lower your standard so that you can take a job that pays less?
Make a list of everything you want in your new job, and one of everything you don't.
Browse job descriptions in your desired field. Visit a site like Salary.com to find out how much you can expect to earn in your new career. (However, do realize that Salary.com is NOT the source businesses use to set salaries- they use services that survey other businesses. Salary.com just shows a possible average of salaries and is a decent general place to start for career info.) Also refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbookto see how competitive the job market may be.
Check local schools for courses and programs that may give you an edge. Start taking night classes while you're still at your current job. Establish rapport with your teacher - he or she will prove to be a valuable reference when you're applying for a new job.
Volunteer for organizations related to your desired career. For example, if you want to work in architecture, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for disadvantaged families. You get experience, and they get a helping hand!
Network. Talk to people in your desired field. Explain your situation. Ask them for advice. Give them your contact information. If what they say is true - "It's not what you know, it's who you know" - then cover all your bases in this department.
Save enough money to support yourself for 3-6 months, or however long you think it'll take to find a job in your new career that will support you adequately.
Write a new resume. Make sure you include your objectives (based on step 1), education (step 6) and relevant experience (step 7). See also How to Write a Resume.
Start your job search and good luck!
Most people's deepest vocational passions fall within three categories: teaching, healing, and creating. If your focus in your career is on doing one of these three things, you're far more likely to draw satisfaction from your job.
Having a spouse with a steady job makes switching careers a lot easier, but is by no means necessary. You should, however, seek the moral support of friends and family.
Consider donating your time for free if your new chosen profession enables this, to help you gain some experience and meet people in the field.
Consider shifting roles within your workplace to give you a more rewarding experience.
Consider your present career and the amount of time you need to retire. It may be better to stick with the job you have, retire a bit early, then take up something more rewarding. Bailing out early when you have a good retirement plan may compromise some of your other goals.
The most important aspect of starting a business is that it must be something you enjoy. If the primary motive is money, but you don't enjoy it - it is a bad fit, and that is a sure formula for failure. However, if it is something you enjoy, you won't run out of enthusiasm. Your creative juices will flow, making your business a cut above the others, and increasing your chances for success.
List your interests. This will help you focus on businesses that will provide the greatest probability for success and eliminate possible failures.
List your skills. No one can be all things. If any aspect of business does not fit within your skill range these are the areas where you will need to get help.
Assess your personality. Are you a people person, or do you enjoy working alone? Do you love to serve others, or do you find people a pain? One ingredient that is sure to lead to failure is a reclusive or abrasive personality. Think about the people that you have met in business. Who were the ones that you wanted to give repeat business to?
Determine how much risk you can tolerate. Going into business can be scary; especially the first couple of years. Some businesses are scarier than others. If you lie awake nights wondering how large loans are going to be paid, or if you're going to be sued, maybe a business with less upfront capital or probability of lawsuit is more for you.
Determine how much time your business will require, and ask yourself if you are willing to commit the time. Many businesses require a huge time investment. Can you and your family tolerate a twelve or fourteen hour day schedule?
Take some classes. An excellent place to start is SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), an organization that helps educate individuals considering starting a small business. After taking some SCORE classes some people are convinced that starting a small business is for them, while others are convinced it is not.
Have a plan. As the old saying goes, if you aim at nothing, you will hit it.
Set it up legally. Hire an attorney experienced in setting up businesses. He will guide you through the paper work and make sure things are done properly. A good attorney will not just do the paperwork and determine the business type (Inc, LLC, etc.) but will also advise you on common errors to avoid that can get you into trouble.
Find out about grants which may be available to help get your business started. The Princes Trust is a great starting point if you are aged between 14-30, and can offer lots of useful advice, as well as providing grants.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of new businesses fail. Always maintain a "plan B" just in case.
Don't do any monkey business!