As luck would have it, two kids – Neighbor Boy, eight and Neighbor Girl, five – live just down the road from us. They’ve come over several times to play and on Friday, Julia went over to their house for the first time. I stood at the gate and watched her dash excitedly across the driveway and into their yard while my emotions went to battle.
The proud parent in me was swelling, all, “My little girl, playing at someone else’s house for the first time…a childhood rite of passage. She’s growing up!” The rest of me, however, was screaming, “This growing up business is happening too fucking fast! Stop growing up, dammit!”
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I’m super excited, after almost 3 months of hard work of my colleagues and I, our free GED online classes are ready for students. The GED (General Education Development) program is aimed at helping adults improve their career options and giving them a chance to access higher education if they pass the GED exam. In the US there are around 40 million adults who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. More than 500,000 people complete the GED exam every year. The new GED exam now consists of four sections: Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Our GED prep classes allow online preparation and are free of charge, they consist of online lessons with audio and questions that check your comprehension of the topic that was mentioned in the lesson.
We also work on extensive guidelines for students about effective studying. I thought this subject can be also interested for you so here is a summary. Do you want to check your knowledge? Try our new practice test to get all set for the GED, I can assure you it’s not that easy
Whatever course your are doing a school, college or university you will at some point have to do some sort of studying, and setting in place some good study skills at the beginning of your course can really benefit your when it comes time for any written or practical exams. Here are just a few top study tips to help you study more effectively.
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Peter Shankman, a PR and media guy, has created an elegant, profitable business called Help a Reporter Out, or HARO. It’s a newsletter that connects journalists with sources.
Here’s how it works. When a journalist is writing a story and needs a source for the article, they submit a request to Peter. Peter compiles the requests and emails them to his contact list 3 times per day. You can become a contact by signing up at helpareporter.com. If you can help a reporter out, you do, either because you’re a nice guy, or because you want to get yourself or your business mentioned in the journalist’s write up.
So how does Peter make money? He runs a small text-only advertisement at the top of each email. These bring in around $3,000 per day for a couple hours’ work. That’s 800k per year — not too shabby.
This is a great example of adding value by connecting people together. Continue reading Help a Reporter Out, a Simple Microbusiness
Copyblogger has a good list of 5 essential traits your product should have if you want it to sell.
1. It must solve a problem.
2. It must have mass appeal.
3. It must be unique.
4. It must offer instant gratification.
5. It must be demonstrable.
They call this the “Billy Mays 5-Step Guide to Selling”, though they give no proof that the legendary pitchman endorses this list. I still think it’s a good one though.
My little brother has just graduated from high school and I was getting crazy about finding a good gift so it’s a topic of my blog post today.
If someone close to you has recently graduated high school, then you might be looking to find a good present to buy the new graduate. While what you can buy will depend on what you can afford and your relationship to the student, you have many options.
If the student is going to college next year, anything that could be useful in college is a great choice, ranging from dorm accessories to entertainment. If the student is not attending college after graduating high school, anything that he or she could use otherwise would make a great gift.
I would also make sure that the student doesn’t have any of these beforehand… there’s nothing more awkward than giving a gift and finding out the person already has it!
Here are a few general areas to think of when deciding what to get:
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Should I unplug now or later?
Social media has permeated every facet of my life. I stay connected with friends that I haven’t seen since high school or early college days (Facebook). I keep my writing skills sharp with this blog. I throw out fun witticisms to my friends while watching ballgames (Twitter) and network to find my next full-time employment (this blog and LinkedIn). In my current capacity as a social media intern, I even use a little bit of all that to perform my job. Yep, there isn’t one facet of my life that social media doesn’t have a place.
Except the bathroom.
You read that right. The bathroom. I don’t take my laptop into the stall. I don’t carry my cellphone (in fact, I don’t have internet on my cell phone at all) to the shower. And I certainly don’t have a PC hooked-up next to the toilet.
And that got me to thinking. (Uh, not that kind of thinking) Unplugging.
Strange as it may sound, getting completely away from technology for a few minutes, hours, even days, can be fantastic. According to some studies, it can even be healthy (apparently, social media can warp our brains )
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As a noob affiliate marketer, and a WordPress devotee, I’m always looking for plugins to make my life a little easier.
I came across a program called WordPress Affiliate Pro, and while I haven’t bought it yet, I’d like to.
Usually these things come across as the perfect way to throw away money- being ebooks with nothing new to offer, or a program that can be gotten free somewhere else. But this one is different, or at least it seems to be.
There are two main types of affiliate ads: banner (it’s still called a banner ad, even if it’s 125X125), and text.
In either case, it takes forever to log into the affiliate account to grab the code, search out the appropriate keywords, copy/paste/insert link- and you have to do it for each location on each post and page that you want the ads on. Even if you keep a file of the individual codes for easy access, it still takes time to get the links live.
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I always knew that 27 was going to be huge year in my life, the one where I would crystallize my future. I mean Van Gogh started painting at 27; Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were all immortalized at 27. Here I am, about to end a year of self-discovery and let me tell you, I found my muse. I conquered 27 at I am officially about to conquer 28!
A Year Of 27:
- Loving myself
- Truly falling in love (again)
- Tripling my savings
- Traveling and working for one month in the US
- Paying off my car (part of my student’s loans)
- Finding myself
- Flying out to help someone move
- Becoming a Godmother for the first time
- Learning patience teaching people how to solve the GED practice tests
- Running a mile under 9 minutes
- Meeting and befriending incredible people
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Big news, I decided to move to Houston, I have a job already, I will be leading GED courses there in Houston and helping people to pass the GED exam. So it’s time to say goodbye to my many friends. Who doesn’t know how to say goodbye? It’s the polar opposite of hello; one of the first words that we learn as children. We don’t feel threatened by the feeling when we say goodbye to our parents at school because we know at 3:00 pm sharp, we are en route to say hello again. When do we make this shift of blissful ‘goodbye’ innocence to cognitive ‘goodbye’ awareness?
Somewhere along the line of our relationships that extend beyond family, we learn that goodbye doesn’t have any guarantees. We may or may not ever say hello to that person, that place or that thing again. Accepting this reality is perhaps one of the toughest things I am learning today.
My life is full of goodbyes. I started moving around the world when I was 14 years old. From that moment, I knew that every hello needed to be more passionate, more sincere, more welcoming. I would inevitably be leaving my friends, my new favorite city and my new life. This has been both a blessing and curse as I’ve grown older. Continue reading Expat Life? I’m moving to Houston