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What is Beauty?

What is beauty? The media portrays a certain concept of what we should accept in the physical features that defy beauty. We ourselves implement what we like and dislike and create our own definition of beauty. Beauty is not just in a physical or materialistic form. It’s also the personality and characteristics that a person features and displays in their life to others. It’s the appearance that sets the stage of what is to come. When you limit beauty in some form you create a  prejudice motion signaling whether or not you like or dislike the person for their physical being or their character.

 

We look mostly at beauty from the outside. Our mind is set to take that first through our eyes. Our eyes see the reflection of the person’s appearance and creates an opinion. As such, you yourself try to create an outside beauty. You try to look presentable for an interview. You want to wear the best outfit to get compliments at a party of date. None of it is bad, but do consider other factors before creating an opinion of a person. Allow yourself to learn from people and find out who they really are. You never know if they might be seeking help, or if they can help you.

 

When you take time to find out who you are, you take time to create your own brand. What do you want the world to see? People will judge no matter what. You are the only person that needs to accept who you are. Give yourself the chance to find out who you are whether it’s good or bad. Become comfortable with yourself and allow exposure to your inner beauty with your actions and words.  Be bold, be beautiful!

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Sewing on the go!

It’s always fun to find the right sewing machine for your projects you have to do in the Fall. Getting a sewing machine case is perfect way to transport your machine and stay organized. It gives enough space and compartments to hold tools, threads and notions. You can go with a simple case that just hold the sewing machine or be more convenient to finding one that keeps supplies secure.  There are different styles to choose from for a , but they all do the same thing, protect your sewing machine.

There are different types of sewing machine cases. You can always look for a case that if sufficient and sturdy for the job. I choose the polka dot rolling case because it’s reliable, and has enough space for my tools that I need when I’m not near my station. I love that it rolls because I don’t have to carry a heavy machinery and hurt my back. It also has space for me to place my fabric and patterns and make it more accessible.  Now that I have everything organized and accessible in one place, I can take it with me on trips and work on my projects. Great way for work!

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Life is to short!

Black and White LaptopThere is chaos in your surroundings; don’t let it come for your mind. Give yourself a chance to enjoy life, make mistakes, learn from them, and try again. If you become your own worst enemy, you won’t be able to succeed. See outside the box, be the person you envision yourself to be. It takes time to find yourself, but that’s the beauty of it all. You are able to explore and seek what you like and dislike. You create experiences, memories, and objects that will allow you to evolve and find meaning for what you are passionate about. Don’t allow time, predicaments, or circumstances to dictate the route your destiny will be. It’s a part of growing and in time, it will pass.

Life is journey that takes you through different experiences. There are times you may feel at a loss and without the willpower to get through. It happens, but don’t allow it to overwhelm you or make you feel like a failure. Just allow your mind and body to reset itself and get back on track. Life is to short to surround yourself with negativity. It’s okay to spend time perfecting your vision–don’t allow your doubts to take over. Take the risk of getting to know yourself before the defeat.

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What is Yoga?

What is Yoga? It has rapidly become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It can be done from the privacy of your home, classrooms, and work or even while you travel. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Once you get into the workout though, you learn that it is so much more than just a way to work out and keep in shape. It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into it for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings along with it.

It can do a lot for the body, although it won’t cure every ailment. It can be worked into practically any lifestyle or schedule. Proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Physical Benefits 

Increased Flexibility                           Increased Strength                    Improved Balance

Increased Stamina                             Improved Body Alignment (reduces joint pain)

Mental Benefits                                  Stress Reduction                          Body Awareness

Better Sleep                                         Improve self-confidence             Relaxation

There are many more physical and mental benefits, but these are the major ones. Those who suffer from certain conditions can also benefit from yoga. Women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant can benefit greatly from the workout. Finding the right fit for you is beneficial. As a beginner, I try taking classes to aid me with the techniques and teach me ways that I can improve my posture in every motion.  As I fully grasp the workouts, I plan on using apps and going outside the realm and find other places to workout. Yoga is good for the body and mind. You can find yourself taking a leap of faith in getting your body and mind into shape. Give it a shot!

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Skyrocket power bills: how to reduce the cost.

As the temperatures skyrocket, power bills seem to do the same, but you can stop them!

Cutting your electric bills doesn’t have to mean buying a bunch of gadgets — or sitting alone in the dark.

I live with sunny weather all year round, so air conditioning usage accounts for most of my bill. If you live in a colder part of the country, however, heat can cause you cost more. Either way, you can use the thermostat more efficiently with simple tricks.

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  1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – some  recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.While this may sound entirely too hot for the summer months, you may be surprised to find that it is just low enough to keep you cool. Many opt for a temperature of 72 degrees, or even lower in some cases. It is your choice, but the lower you go, the more you are going to pay on your electric bill. Getting a programmable thermostat can also help you set the temperature higher when you’re gone during the day at work and cooler when you’re home at night.
  2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.Before the summer, get your AC inspected to make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible. Clean air filters, some units require monthly cleaning.
  3. Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler.If you spend of the your day outside of the house, see your thermostat to automatically shit off the AC when you’re away. To keep the sun from heating your rooms, close the blinds when you’re not home.
  4. Window, ceiling and whole-house fans are also low-cost ways to stay comfortable.overhead fans getthermostat-banner air circulating which helps delay turning on the air conditioning, especially if you can also leave windows open on cool summer evenings.
  5. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It’s best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.
  6. Set your water heater to 120ºF.
  7. Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
  8. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.Turn off lights when you are not using rooms, try to rely on natural light more often.
  9. Eliminate, or deactivate, extra freezers or refrigerators if you can, especially if they spend the summer outdoors or in a garage.Keep the refrigerator doors closed whenever possible. Also, avoid placing hot items in the fridge – let them cool to room temperature first.Heat up the food, not the house. A microwave is much more efficient (and quicker!) at heating things up than an oven, especially if you’re trying to stay cool with air conditioning.
  10. If you have a pool: consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30 minute increments daily. Keep on reducing the time as long as the water appears clean. You may find you only need to run your pool filter six hours a day. Install a timer to control the length of time that the pool pump cycles on.

Hope you have a great summer and find ways to save in the heat!

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Women who Rock: J.K.Rowling

J.K. Rowling is one of the most fascinating stories that took the world by storm came from a great writer, born on July 31st, 1965 J.K. Rowling is the woman behind the Harry Potter franchise becoming one of the best-selling authors today.

 

Harry potter books The craze and fan frenzy for Harry Potter series had multiplied manifold so much so that she withdrew the fourth book of the series from contention to give the other books a fair chance.

 

After the epic success of the Harry Potter series, she took a hiatus from the world of writing only to return to the book stands in 2012 with ‘The Casual Vacancy’ aimed at adults. A dark comedy about local election in small English town of Pagford, the book received mixed reviews but nevertheless sold about 1 million copies in its first three weeks of release.

Today, the Harry Potter franchise is worth an estimated $15 billion. A global brand, it has created world records in literary circles and continues to be the most loved fiction tale. For her outstanding contribution to the literary world, she has been conferred with the prestigious Legion d’honneur by French government and Order of the British Empire. She is the proud recipient of the National Book Awards, British Book Awards, Hugo Award, British Book of the Year award, Locus Award, Bram Stoker award, Hans Christian Anderson Literature award and many more. Furthermore, she has been offered honorary degrees from various universities and colleges.

 

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What to wear for an interview

WHAT TO WEAR FOR AN INTERVIEW

 

So now you have your resume and portfolio prepared, and you’ve done your research on your potential employer. Next stop: what should I wear?

Interview 2Appearance is a key factor. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to making sure you wear casual formal attire for an interview. It makes you look serious about the position and prepared for the job ahead. Once you are in the interview, they will see your character and can see what a great person you are. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, scrambling to get ready for the interview. Regardless of the type of job, a first impression should be a great one. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a pantsuit; dress accordingly in business attire. Don’t go in your pajamas, obviously, but if you are applying for a position in a more casual environment, such as store or restaurant, it’s still important to be neat, tidy and well-groomed. Present yourself as a positive image to the employer. When wearing makeup and accessories, don’t go for flashy. Make it more reserved; you’re not going clubbing. This shows how seriously you are taking the opportunity and shows your level of respect for the interviewer. Startups tend to be a lax atmosphere and dress code, so if you show up for a job interview in a suit and tie or conservative dress, you may give off the impression you are too uptight for the laid-back culture. Another example is a creative agency, where the traditional interview outfit may come across as unoriginal or boring. You can usually get away with adding something extra to show your originality and personality. Of course, there are still organizations where employees are expected to wear suits every day, such as law offices or finance industry firms. This is where researching the company you are applying for comes in handy. You want to make sure that you are able to be a part of the team and help them and yourself grow.

I tend to confuse the attire for interviews at times. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, but some details that I use to help me decipher office dress codes are:

Business professional: In a business professional atmosphere, suits are common and the basis of daily wear. Women might wear a skirt or pantsuit with heels.

Business casual: Don’t worry about having to wear a  suit when interviewing at a business casual company. You might consider wearing a conservative dress, a blouse (or sweater) with a skirt, or dress pants and dress shoes or boots.

Casual: When interviewing at a casual office, it’s still important to look polished and professional. That doesn’t mean you should go all the way with jeans and flip flop before getting hired. You might want to wear a collared shirt with pants or a pencil skirt or work dress.  

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Interview appearance

The interviewer is going to notice everything about you, including your interview attire, hairstyle, and makeup. With your skills, experience, and capability, you will ultimately win the job, but how you present yourself can impact the hiring manager’s impression of you. Your appearance is the reflection of your level of professionalism.

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Interview Tips

 

Interview Tips that can help you get ready.

Interview pointers

Interviews makes people anxious, no matter how many times they have faced it earlier. There is not doubt that you need to be attentive for an interview. Here are some tips that will point you to the right direction. Do your homework, there is no reason, you should be nervous or jittery about it. You are the right candidate and your work will show them how great of a person you will be for the position. Talk about what you have done to prepare yourself to be the best candidate for the position. Use examples to back it up during the interview. Then ask if they like more details. Give them a background of your work and experience.  You must show them they are doing a great investment in bringing you into the team.  Any job interviews you have form an entry level to the board of directors can be nervous, anxious affairs and one of the key factors in determining if your interview will ultimately be successful is how prepared you are.  Your interview is a two-way street. The interviewer wants to find out about you, but it also is your chance to find out about the company and what your role will be. Be interested and enthusiastic but not pushy and rude. Stay relaxed and listen carefully. Above all BE YOURSELF!!

 

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Interview Tricks

Interviewing for a new job can be a bit intimidating. After all, it’s not something that you do every day. Most people who interview for a job are either recent grads that are looking to get their first real work experience, or they’re already experienced workers who have been with the same company for a long time and are ready to move on to something new. Here are some helpful tips to help you make a better impression and get you into the door to your new career.

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Preparing for the interview

Prepare your portfolio and resume ahead of time and practice using it so that you know where everything is located

Do your research on the company and the position that you’re interviewing for

Practice your answers but don’t make the sound rehearsed just focus on hitting the main points

Dress professionally and make sure you are well groomed

Bring any materials you may need including a business card, resume, and portfolio

Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil so that you can take notes or jot down questions

Be on time and allow for extra travel time in case you get lost or run into traffic

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Make a good first impression with a nice, firm handshake

Be friendly, polite, and remember to smile

Display confidence through body language, don’t slouch in your chair or look down when you’re speaking

Speak loudly and enunciate when giving your answers

Always try to frame your answers in a way so that they relate to the job and why you’re the best candidate for it

Be honest- it’s better to turn down a job you’re not a good match for than to try to fake it until you make it

Prepare yourself for curveball questions you didn’t train for- take time to answer them

Ask for some time to think if you need a second to formulate your thoughts

If you are unsure of what the interviewer is asking you, politely request a more detailed explanation.

After the interview

Thank the interviewer for their time

Give the interviewer samples of your work if you have copies for them to keep (also called takeaways)