Social Media and Getting a Life!


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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WordPress Pro Plugin

January 5, 2015

General

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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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What to expect when you are 27 years old


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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Expat Life? I’m moving to Houston

September 12, 2014

Career

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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.Read More »

Boxpark London and other attractions you need to know in London

July 28, 2014

Design

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We took a little break from DIY’ing on Sunday to visit Columbia Flower market and Boxpark, a pop-up mall in Shoreditch, East London.

It opened up at Christmas and since I only just got the chance for a visit it, I thought it was worth a share. BOXPARK is made from shipping containers and is designed as temporary retail space. It has a pretty good mix of fashion and lifestyle brands with galleries and cafes set on the upper level. (It was hard walking away from the cosy OnePiece)

I was more excited about the place itself, with it’s stripped back, refitting of shipping containers, exposed steel frames and timber patios above. The plan is for it to be open for five years where it can then be packed up a moved elsewhere.

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How to Complete a Project


The weeks are flying by and it’s been hard to even keep up with one post a week. Life is good, just crazy mental trying to figure out my step really. As promised to my student readers, here are some thoughts about completing final project such writing a thesis:

Final project or thesis is a requirement of a student completing his studies. Some students think this is the toughest stage in all stages of lecture-even some of them are not able to finish it. In general, the obstacles often faced by students in completing the final project / thesis is 90% of their internal self and the rest are from external factors, such as lecturers uncooperative, unfavorable economic conditions and luck (the will of the one above). Here are tips effectively complete the thesis / Final Assignment:

1. Intention & Motivation. The first step you should do-and the most heavily-is cultivate in yourself that the thesis is the only bridge your future or in other words your door to ‘out’ of the campus as well as ‘entry’ into the world of work. It is true without any degree you can get a job, but it certainly packed a bachelor’s degree will be better able to increase your chances of getting a better job.

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My Tuscan holiday

July 18, 2014

Lifestyle

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It’s been a lovely week! I’ve been in full tower designing mode, it has been great! Although I’m still crazy busy, I feel like I’m actually able to stay on top of things, so this once a week blogging is definitely helping out.

The fabulousness of the week, continued into the weekend! Friends of ours have bought their first flat together and we got to pop around to see their amazing place in Stockwell for a delicious dinner.

Sunday morning I was woken up to the smell of sizzling bacon, nothing better :

I’m now ready to start another week…

Today’s post is all about a sense of permanence and temporality. These two restaurants in London were meant to be temporary pop-up, but have become so successful, they’ve ended up being more permanent pieces in the city.

The Filling Station

The first is the Filling Station in King’s Cross, a converted BP garage right on the canal.

The Second is a Hix restaurant, “Chicken and Steak” also known as the Tramshed in Shoreditch. Again, meant to be a pop-up restaurant near Old Street, it is filled with Damien Hirst pieces, like the formaldehyde “Cock and Bull”.

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How to hire a good assistant. Not only education matters

July 14, 2014

Lifestyle

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So, I’m so busy at work that we decided to hire a new assistant, but the whole process made me think about the whole hiring/education/exams things. While recruiting an employee most of the companies only seek educational information. But it is important to know about many other things about a person to avoid any future problem. So, it is essential to carry out pre-employment screening before appointing an employee.

Employment screening will help you to verify

  • Educational record (for example many people think that reporting getting a GED in NYC while applying for a job in San Diego will allow them to get a job without checking credentials but it’s not the case. Potential Employers can check this stuff pretty easy. Getting in touch with online classes providers is easy too.
  • Criminal history
  • Past records
  • Social security number
  • Residential address

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The art of storytelling in life, work and relationship

May 30, 2014

Design

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Even if you have a boring life, and spend all your time home alone, watching TV, and playing mafia wars, you still have something to share.  It may not be an exciting life, but it’s your life… it may seem less-than-ordinary, but it’s still unique in some way.  No two people on this earth are having the exact same experiences, thoughts, or feelings.  Maybe similar at times, but not exact.

Your experiences are unique and, therefore, valuable.
There are lessons to be learned even in the dullest of circumstances.

Yet, time and time again we leave out what makes us most unique.  Our Stories.

When you leave out your story,
all that’s left is generic advice.  

How many articles should I read that tell me how to save money?  That tell me how I should write? How I should manage my time?  How I should set goals?  Or how I should market my business?Read More »

What surprise me about the American dropout crisis

May 5, 2014

Design

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A lot of people know that the American educational system is in trouble. The question do you know how this will affect their economy, their society, and their students. It’s shocking actually. Take a look

  • In eleven states, the graduation rate is around ninety percent for white students, but you can find no state where the same number is true for non-white students.
  • The average U.S. graduation rate for Hispanic and African-American students is less than 68 percent.
  • If in 2015 the average graduation rate would have been 90 percent, the American GDP would have grown by $7.1 billion.
  • People who hold a high school diploma will less like be unemployed, have better jobs, make higher taxable incomes, and will less need social services.

Therefore the company I work for, Covcell.com offered GED Prep scholarships, and the company has done that before. In March 2014, we offered 20 people an online preparation for GED exam totally free. We got so many applications, there are plenty of people who want to learn and look for available help. This is our contribution to fight the US dropout crisis.Read More »