Attitude

How My Worst Haircut Turned Out To Be A Great Experience

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Every three years, I lop off all my hair and donate it to be turned into a wig for a cancer patient. A few days ago, I did it again. Nine inches of healthy hair snipped off. This hair was then put into an envelope and mailed to a company that will turn it into a wig for someone undergoing chemotherapy.My aunt is currently undergoing chemo and is wearing an array of colourful scarves until the treatment is done. Then she will wear a wig to help her feel more like her usual beautiful self until her own hair grows back in again.I (thankfully) cannot imagine the tremendous feel of not-yourself-ness that goes along with this entire process. After all, we gals tend to identify strongly with our hair. There is a multi-million dollar industry built around it. So while dealing with all the emotional and physical ramifications of cancer, […]

5 Reasons Why You Need to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Life Right Now

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by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Cut Toxic People Out of Your Life Right NowThey sap your energy. Depressed and angry people generally live in a state of exhaustion and tend to die younger. This is because toxic people don’t tend to have good sleeping or eating habits. They tend to look for quick fixes to feel better which leads them to engage in high-risk behaviors like smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol, splurge shopping, or reckless risk-taking.Toxic people will destroy your other relationships. They take up your time and thoughts. As you struggle to come to terms with whatever they have done or said, you will likely seek the opinions of others, or vent to others. Which is fine if it’s an occasional thing. But toxic people aren’t just having a bad day; they are just bad and often determined to stay that way. As you vent to other people on an […]

What Stops Women From Being Successful?

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Recently, I watched a video that had gone viral on Facebook. A number of my contacts had shared it and posted their own versions of lol. After I watched it, I wanted to unfriend a number of those women for perpetuating the subliminal message of women as weak—a message they likely didn’t even comprehend.The video in question starts with a very pregnant woman walking onto a busy bus. No seats available. She smiles at the people, who ignore her. She pushes her belly into someone’s face. He ignores her. Then she pulls out an inflatable mallet and bludgeons him until she gets the seat.When I first saw this, I knew the intent was that I should laugh. And I wanted to. Having been a pregnant woman on transit, it’s a far too common sight.But I didn’t laugh. I was offended. Not because of the selfishness of the other passengers but […]

Five Reasons Why I Love Smokers

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by James Sorenson Article Categories: ,

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I am not a smoker. Never have been. I tried a cigar once in university during a fancy dinner out at a posh cigar bar and almost hacked up a lung. The cloud in the air, the taste in my mouth, the way the smoke clung to my hair and clothes for the rest of the night…well, that did more to turn me off smoking than any nasty picture on a cigarette box.But other than the obvious reasons of health and environment destroyer, smokers are great. I love them.If you’re a smoker, here are the top five reasons why I love you:I know right away you are weak. Strong people look at problems and try to find solutions. People who can’t handle the stress of individual moments turn to an external source or substance for reassurance or relief. Those who smoke to calm their nerves are people who basically can’t […]

Star Wars VII — Skywalker Family Problems

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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Family problems are far too common is our society—none more than business relationships. Mergers and acquisitions tend to be hostile—often leaving one party disappointed.Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 BILLION. Cha-ching Mr Lucas. However, with that, Lucas no longer has any control over Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise.Lucas had plans and ideas for the upcoming installment of the Star Wars film; he had a story to follow Return of the Jedi, but Disney did not want it after they bought Lucasfilm.With that George Lucas and Disney parted ways leaving the fans caught in the middle. Much like a divorce where the children are left wondering: “What will happen now?”In a Vanity Fair interview, Lucas says that Disney wants “to make something for the fans.” He also stated that: “They [Disney] weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. But at the same time, I said if I get […]

Five Tricks To Help You Make a Great First Impression

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by James Sorenson Article Categories: ,

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First impressions take only seconds to create. Some studies put it as fast as milliseconds. These impressions can take years to override because our brain’s organizational system doesn’t like to refile data.Here are five simple things that will help make a solid and successful first impression:A warm and engaging smile changes the contours of your face. Your eyes crinkle, your teeth flash and your skin shifts to create a welcoming and universally approachable signal to a newcomer.Eye contact. When you are speaking with someone, make eye contact. Don’t ogle or hold it for too long though. Remember to occasionally break your gaze—but not when the other person is speaking. People appreciate someone who is paying attention to them.Keep your mouth closed. Too often when people are nervous or in a situation where they are trying to impress (like at a business networking event, for example), they talk too much. Or […]

Moving Past Survival

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by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,

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In times of long gone (for most of us) survival was a daily struggle. We had to hunt food, avoid danger, protect or rediscover shelter, and avoid any threat the elements presented us.Today, most of us in the western world don’t have to face such struggles. We have shelter, food and all our basic needs covered. This is thanks to an elaborate set of social systems set in place to ensure all its citizens have access to the basic needs. This, in theory, should allow us time and energy for other pursuits such as intellectual development, artistic expression or family nurturance.Yet, with the worst of the threats eliminated, we seem to set out to recreate those threats and keep the fight for survival alive.That’s nonsense, you say?Really?I know a woman who earns an excellent income. She could have had her small bungalow paid off years ago, and her child’s university […]

Bribery—An Endorsed Parenting Strategy (How to Survive Kindergarten)

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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My son just finished his first day of junior kindergarten. Thanks to the nature of my business, he had been home with me from the day of his birth until now. I had him in social classes like gymnastics and cooking to help him make friends and socialize but otherwise, he had my complete attention.    Kindergarten was the first time where I wasn’t right there. When my husband and I picked him for lunch, he didn’t want to go back—despite the allure of the water table and the blond girl who had already taken a shine to him. So I talked to him and we worked out a deal: If he went to the afternoon portion of kindergarten, we would take him to Mastermind and let him pick out a special toy for being so brave. He agreed, reluctantly. At three o’clock he came flying out the class door […]

How to Save The World in Five Minutes Or Less

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by Karyn ConnorArticle Categories: ,

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This week, I had to have my annual physical checkup including my least favorite part: blood work.Thankfully, my doctor’s office employs the most talented nurses who are able to stick the needle in without so much as a pinch, every time. I joked with her (only partially joking, truth be told) that she should freelance her services out. I gladly would have paid her whatever she wanted if she had been willing to do all my pregnancy blood work. For anyone who has had a baby, you know that this means you are essentially a pincushion for nine months.Then, she told me something spectacular. She lives in a condo not far from the doctor’s office. This building is home to many seniors who use the doctor’s office where she works. When she knows they need blood work done, she will often stop by in the morning, take their blood in […]

Tell Me About Yourself – 3 Components of Successful Interview Answers

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Almost every job interview contains a question about you as a person. What the interviewer wants is to determine if you are compatible with both the position and team at hand.  What an interviewer is looking for with these types of questions is a sign that you are a well-rounded person. They are looking for three indicators: Works well solo Works well as a team member Has a good social life/support network  So how do you show the interviewer that you are the perfect, well-rounded applicant? By picking an example of each of the above and working them into a succinct answer. For example, a teacher friend came to me and asked me to help her figure out an answer to this question for a pending interview. Here are the points we came up with: Knitting designer Volleyball coach Social coordinator for her church These examples weren’t picked at random. […]