Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Writing a Resume

Sometimes the hardest part about landing a new job, is simply getting your foot in the door. One thing opens doors faster than anything else, and that's a good resume.

A lot of people make resume writing mistakes that they are not even aware of. These little mistakes will cause your resume to be deleted or thrown into the trash bin.

Check out my latest article written for Fastweb. "Tips for Writing a Great Resume" will show you how to write a resume that gets you called for an interview.

Before you send out that next batch of resumes check out this article.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paying for Graduate School

When looking for a new job, or to make a career change, a lot of people decide to go back to school.
If you are thinking about going to school for an advanced degree, there are many options available to help you to pay for it.

Scholarships, grants, and financial aid, are not just for undergraduates. Check out this article over on Fastweb for more information on ways to pay for graduate school.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This Time-Last Year

Where were you last year, at this time? What progress have you made since then? What setbacks have you encountered?

As the year gets closer to winding down, it's always a good idea to take stock of where you are in regards to your goals. There is still time left in this year to begin something new, to pick up the resolution you let go of in the second week of January, or finally say yes to something you have been avoiding.

Last year this time, I wrote a post about a piece of art that inspired me to break free of everything that had been holding me back. I'm happy to report that this year I have broken free, and continue to break free!

Last year, I also wrote about effective ways to cope with stress. We all face stress on a daily basis. Life can get especially stressful during the upcoming holiday season. It's a good idea to revisit this post to make sure you are dealing with your stress in a healthy way.

Can you share something about where you were in your life last year this time, in comparison to this year? What have you accomplished? What has changed?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Guest Post--5 Ways to Makeover Your Diet and Start a Healthy Lifestyle

Most of us could stand to eat a healthier diet. Yet many of us get so caught up in our busy schedules that we don't have the time or the motivation to do more than run through a drive through on the way home or to throw a pre-packaged meal in the microwave. Fatty, processed foods start to make up the majority of our diet and fresh fruits and vegetables start to become little more than garnishes.

If your diet looks like this, it may seem too difficult to change it now. However, there are several easy changes you can make to your diet right now to start making it over for a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few ideas:

Eat Three Meals a Day

Skipping meals -- especially breakfast -- can send your blood sugar crashing, intensify cravings for unhealthy foods, and slow down your metabolism, making it harder for you to burn off excess calories. Make sure you eat three meals a day to give your body a slow and steady release of energy throughout the day, and to ensure that you are able to make informed choices at every meal and reach for healthy options rather than grabbing at whatever is available because you feel out of control from hunger or cravings.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Rather than focusing on everything that you CAN'T have, just focus on adding the things that you CAN have -- like all the fruits and veggies you want. Add fruits and vegetables to every meal and snack. You'll fill up on these healthy foods and feel less of an impulse to eat unhealthy foods. And even if you're still reaching for a bowl of ice cream after you've eaten, at least you can be sure you'll eat less ice cream than you would have if you had not already filled up on the healthy stuff.

Drink More Water

Drinking plenty of water can help you regulate your blood sugar levels, control your appetite and keep your energy levels up -- all of which will keep you from reaching for unhealthy foods out of boredom or because you have strong cravings. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day,  or more if you are active (which you should be anyway).

Eat More Whole Foods

Processed foods are convenient, and they make meal prep much easier. However, they are also loaded with excess sodium, sugar, and fat, as well as chemicals, additives, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavorings. Choosing unprocessed, homemade versions of your favorite treats is a simple way to make them healthier. Make foods yourself with whole, natural ingredients, and you will get more nutrients and less harmful chemicals.

Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is toxic. It contributes to hormonal imbalances, chronic health problems, and even disease. While some sugar is OK as an occasional treat, far too many of our foods have hidden sugars that lead to an excess of it in our diets. Cut out as much sugar as you can be eliminating known sources of it in your diet and looking for hidden sugars in foods by reading labels. You'll not only lose weight, but you'll also improve your overall health.

It need not be overly complicated or difficult to make over your diet. You can start with these five simple changes that will have a big impact on your health.

What changes have you made to your diet to make it healthier? Share your tips for a diet makeover in the comments!

Sarah Rexman is the main researcher and writer for Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Florida State, with a degree in environmental science.  Her current focus for the site involves researching bedbug pesticides and online guides to extermination.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Accepting Yourself As You Are

A week or so ago I saw a picture posted on Facebook of a person wearing a turban and some jokes underneath it. I scrolled past the picture because I really don't like it when people take pictures of others without permission for the sole purpose of posting it online and making fun of that person.

A day or two later I saw an article written about the person who was in the picture. I learned that her name is Balpreet Kaur.  Kaur, is a student at Ohio State University. The picture that was plastered online was taken by another student and intended to be a nasty joke. Kaur learned about her picture being online and people in the comments section making fun of her looks.

Rather than cry or hide, as if ashamed of her looks, she spoke out! Not only did Kaur comment to the person who posted her picture and the people who made mean comments, but she did so with love.  She explained her Sikh faith and inspired other people to see themselves differently in the process.

Now in her post on the Huffington Post she writes about, "Turning Ugliness Into Beauty Through Interfaith Leadership".

Kaur has been an inspiration because she accepts herself as she is.  I hope that we all can do the same.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fight Cancer- You Could Save a Life and Earn Some Money

In an effort to get more people to become donors to help out blood cancer patients, Do is giving a scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

 All you have to do to be entered to win the scholarship is send five friends the information on the Give A Spit campaign.

You could save a life by becoming a part of this campaign. It's as simple as finding a blood drive, and having your mouth swabbed. Your results will be entered into a national database to see if you are  match for a patient who is waiting for a donor.

Visit Do, and find out more about how you can help.