Archives for December 2007

A time to reflect

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As 2007 draws to a close, it is now time to look back at what you have achieved in the last 12 months.

Look back to where you were in January 2007 and compare that to where you are now. How much have you learnt? How much have you grown? What would you do differently if you had your time over? What will you do next year?

Start thinking of a new years’ resolution – what will it be? What are your goals for 2008?

Like I said once before, commit to making 2008 your best year EVER!!!

My quote for the day

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"The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts."

Booker T. Washington
1856-1915, Educator and Reformer

Think about this as we finish off 2007 and start off a brand new year!

Be Happy – Part 4

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More stuff on how to be happy

– Express your feelings and affection to loved ones. Let pent up anger or frustrations go and find ways of expressing these feelings in a positive, constructive manner.

– Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction to many people. It gives a feeling of accomplishment when tasks are completed and they give us a sense of value.

– Learning can be a fun exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also helps us to expand and broaden our horizons, and it could open us up to more opportunities in the future.

– Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

– Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.

There are lots of things you can do to help you remain positive and happy, and these are just a few ideas.

As quoted by Abraham Lincoln, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."…

I’ll leave you to ponder that!

Be Happy – Part 3

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Tips to being happy

1. Possess a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also thank the mailman for delivering your mail, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God or the Universe for being alive.

2. News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a positive, happy thing to do.

3. Manage your time. Time is valuable and too important to waste so use it wisely. Be sure to apply your time to things with the highest priority.

4. Laugh every day. Have you heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they say -‘Laughter is the best medicine’.

Be Happy – Part 2

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Social networks or relationships can affect your happiness. People are different so accept others for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to see the other person’s point of view.

Being happy is relatively easy. First you need to decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook will be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.

There are several ways by which you can do this and I will cover these in my next few posts.

Have a great day!

Be happy – Part 1

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Almost everyone have heard the hit single ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. This song’s simple message surely made a lot of people happy by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, optimistic life is good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from many stresses. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

One of the great things in life is that we have the power to choose how we feel on a daily basis, and choosing to be happy will definitely reap great rewards in the long term.

So think about how you would rather be – happy or sad?

Have a great day!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to you and your family!

 

I wish you a happy and safe Christmas and a happy New Year.

May 2008 be your very best year ever!

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Take care

 

A time for giving

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Christmas is a time for giving, so why not think about what you can do to help others?

My husband and I sponsor two disadvantaged children. One is a teenage girl in Indonesia who we sponsor through World Vision. She was a little girl when we started sponsoring her, and now she is in her teens! She is a lovely girl who sends us messages of gratitude on a regular basis. It really makes me feel good that we are able to help her change her life for the better.

The other child we sponsor is in Australia and we pay into a scholarship fund for him. The money we pay goes towards his schooling, including uniforms, books, excursions or anything else a child needs to get through their day to day activities. The reason I decided to sponsor him was because after some research I realised that there were many kids out there who felt like outcasts because they couldn’t afford to go on school excursions, or they didn’t have a proper uniform to wear to school or the right equipment. Kids can be cruel, so I wondered how others were treating some of these children. I decided that if I was able to prevent one child having to deal with this, then for a tiny amount of money (I pay less than $1 per day), then it was worth it.

I feel great about doing this, and hope to have plenty more children sponsored by the end of 2008.

Have a great day!

Meet the Robinsons – “Keep Moving Forward”

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My husband and I attended a Christmas party last night and my mother looked after the children. I took our older daughter to hire a DVD so she and her grandmother could entertain themselves while we were out.

We ended up with Meet the Robinsons.

Today, my husband and I decided to watch it too and I loved it!

The "motto" throughout the movie was "Keep moving forward" and pretty much referred to the fact that one should stop looking back at past failures and keep moving forward.

During the movie, the main character Lewis suffers a "failure". The family applaud him because they see the failure as an opportunity to try again.

What a wonderful message and one I definitely apply to my own life. I’ve "failed" many times at many things, but not once has that fact defeated me.

Even the fact that I am currently in the midst of a "difficult" period will not stop me striving for success – EVER.

Have a great day!

Job interview tips

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Phew! What a busy day I had yesterday! I am on a job hunt, and writing letters and sending resumes took up a lot of my time, in between finding jobs to apply for. Lucky for me, I am in Australia and there are plenty of jobs to go around, especially in the city I live in!

Job hunting can be a stressful process for some, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Preparation is the key, so I thought I’d talk about some of the things I do to help me during an interview:

  1. Research the company offering the position you are applying for! Know as much about them as you can – if your position is with a large organisation, you’re in luck because they very likely have a comprehensive website.
  2. After doing your research, think of some questions you can ask during your interview – interviewers are impressed if you ask well thought questions about their organisation or the job. Don’t ask about employee benefits!!! (You can do this after they have offered you the job).
  3. Think about STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result when answering questions. This where you talk about a situation relevant to the question. You tell them what your involvement was (Task), then you tell them what you actually did (Action) and then of course you tell them the outcome (Result).
  4. Smile and use regular eye contact. Don’t stare, and ensure your smile is genuine and relaxed, even if you feel like you’re dying inside!
  5. Know that whether you get this particular job or not, there are plenty out there and you will get the best one for you!

Now, I’d better take some of my own medicine! I have two meetings in the new year with recruitment consultants and I have officially applied for four jobs. I am extremely positive at least one of them will be "the one"!

Have a great day!