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Make Your Life Better!!!

p1070064I found this site, and thought you might like it if you want to make you life better!!!http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-hard-ways-to-make-your-life-better.html

10 HARD Ways to Make Your Life Better 

Some of the most worthwhile things in life aren’t easy. One of the things I dislike most about “power of positive thinking”-style personal development philosophies (such as “The Secret”) is the implication that if you just have the right attitude and the right state of mind, the rest will just fall into place. I think it causes a lot of hurt and disappointment in people who invest their time, effort, and of course, money into these systems and find themselves, one or two or five years down the line, exactly where they were before.

“You must not have wanted it badly enough,” the authors of these philosophies seem to be saying. “There must still be something wrong with you.”

I don’t think that, ultimately, God or the Spirits or the Universe or the world “provides”. I think a lot of times the world puts obstacles in our way, and no amount of positive thinking makes them go away. And I think that a lot of the people who are “successful”, by whatever standard you want to use, have as much “wrong” with them as a lot of the ones who aren’t successful. Maybe more.

In any case, wherever the motivation comes from, the things that really make our lives worth living can be quite difficult. (And who knows, maybe thinking positively helps take some of the edge off of doing the hard stuff?) What’s more, they can take a lot of time to do, and even more time to get right. But I think that doing is the important thing, not the result — throwing yourself into something with all your heart, mind, and soul is the success, not the “growing rich” part.

Here, then, are ten things that are really hard to do but which have an incredible power to make your life better.

1. Start a business

My dad, who has been self-employed almost all his life, used to tell me that “Only jerks work for jerks.” Working for someone else puts you at their mercy and subjects you to their whims — and often their poor management skills. Not only that, but the profit of your labor goes into their pockets.

Starting a business puts you in control of your work life, and your money. It’s hard — small businesses fail every day. But the rewards of even a failed venture can far outweigh the risk. Just knowing that your failure was the result of your own choices — instead of a decision made at a corporate office a thousand miles away — can be liberating.

2. Organize a group

What makes you passionate? Chances are, being around other people who are passionate about the same thing would make you even more passionate about it. Often the only thing keeping you and them from coming together is that nobody’s put out a sign saying “Come and talk!” Getting a group going is a tremendous challenge, and very often the personality of the founder leaves a tremendous mark on the group as a whole. Seeing a group grow and take off can be tremendously awarding — but even failing can teach you important things about leadership.

3. Volunteer

I don’t mean spend Thanksgiving at a soup kitchen, though that can often be challenging enough. What I mean, though, is to make a long-term investment in your community by joining school committees, donating three hours a week in a shelter, hosting a monthly read-along at the library, tutoring at-risk children after school, teaching adult literacy classes at a local prison, or any of a million ways to play a role in the lives of people who need you. Perhaps the most pressing need in our society is for people to take an interest in and engage with their communities.

4. Take an active role in your children’s’ activities

Pick one thing your child does and commit yourself to it. Coach their team, become a Brownie leader, spend a weekend day in the workshop with them, buy a bike and ride along with them — make their passions your own. Don’t crowd them — especially if you have

teenagers

— but show them that you value something they do by giving them your time and interest.

5. Start a family

I don’t mean have kids. That can be all too easy! Make the decision to have a family, which means to give of yourself fully to another person or several people. Risk being vulnerable by sharing your fears, quirks, and failures with someone else; you might find it makes you stronger than ever before.

This transcends marriage and parenthood. There are lots of people who can’t marry because the law prevents it. There are people who can’t have children. These are not the essential ingredients of family. The essential ingredients are love, mutual respect, trust, and open giving. Find (or make) someone you can share that with.

6. Write a book

It feels really, really good to see your name on a book cover, but it feels even better to know that someone, somewhere, might find his or her life changed by something you’ve written. Share your particular expertise, whether it’s story-telling or woodworking, with the world — or just your family. Time isn’t the big issue (though it is an issue — don’t let the positive thinkists tell you otherwise!) but if you commit yourself to a page a day — a couple hundred words — within a year you’ll have a pretty decent-sized manuscript. That’s something to work with!

7. Learn an art

Take painting lessons, a pottery workshop, a music class, whatever — learn to express yourself and you might find a self worth expressing. Don’t settle for being a “Sunday painter” — devote yourself to an art and master it.

8. Run for office

The world needs smart, dedicated, and upright people to take care of all the fiddly details of making things run. As it happens, running for local office isn’t as challenging as you’d think (which isn’t to say it’s easy) — Michael Moore, the filmmaker, ran for school board while he was still in high school. Just for kicks. And won! It’s fine to have your heart set on the White House or Capital Hill, but try your hand at city councilperson, county registrar, or something closer to home first. And be clean — run for the experience of putting your community on a better path, and not for the power.

9. Take up a sport

Enough with the

working out

already! Sure, you want to be healthy, but the whole treadmill-running, iPod-listening, 45-minutes-after-work thing is a little anti-social, don’t you think? OK, you want some solitude once in a while — fine. But at least add a sport, something you do with other people. You’ll be spending time interacting with others, while also developing team-building and leadership skills. And, you might learn something from your fellow players.

10. Set an outrageous goal — and achieve it!

The nine tips above are only a handful of ideas about how to make your life better. Maybe you want to record an album, climb a mountain, make the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), see 20 countries — don’t just settle for tiny goals, push yourself all the way to the edge and figure out how to make the craziest thing you can think of happen. Yes, you’ll have to learn a lot along the way, and plan months or even years in advance — that’s what makes outlandish goals worthwhile.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To Text, or not to Text?

Believe it or not there are people out there who do not like to text, including myself. Texting was one of those things that was just a total waste of time for me. I mean time wise I could say what I needed to say in seconds with talking. Whereas with texting you spend almost two to three times as longer to say the same thing. You know the drill; open your phone, go into message icon, put in the number and start the message. Just way to long for me and I hated it, especially with the regular number pads on cell phones. Sure predictive text helped a bit, only on certain words. Is there help for those people who hate texting, is there a better way?
There are ways to make texting a more enjoyable experience. For those who hated texting as much as I did. Yes I said, as much as I did! Using predictive text is a great option but you will find at times it will pick other words, than the one you want to say. However, for those people who hate texting this option does not make texting any better. All we want is texting to be easier and faster for us. It really doesn’t help us that we have to press a lot buttons, up to three times to get to a certain letter. Like pressing the number five, three time to get the letter L. I would really get frustrated pressing a button that many times, and be like OMG!!!!! OK, I wanted to say a lot more than that. It’s just that OMG’s letters on the keypad where a lot closer than the other phrase options that I wanted to use. Ok, so I’m now getting off topic but I think I ‘am getting closer to the answer.
The answer: a full QWERTY keyboard. So it was time for me to get a new phone. I shopped around and really wanted a Blackberry (BB), but the one I wanted had really bad reviews. I had seen the phone in action a couple of times and saw how bad it was. From there I started the research for a new phone all over again. All BB’s have QWERTY keyboards so I though why don’t I try a phone with that full key board thing. Which brought me to the Palm Treo Pro, and I have to say I love it to pieces. The QWERTY keyboard is amazing, I received a few texts when I first got and wanted to see if it would do the job. Oh who am I kidding, I ‘am a guy with a new toy!!!!! I played with my new phone and all its options. I used that QWERTY keyboard for; texting, e-mails, trying to type things out on mobile office anything, and everything. I could not believe how easy the keyboard was to use. That’s when I realized, hey wait a minute I’m texting a lot more??? I sent more texts in one sitting with the new phone than I had with the old one. What the hell am I doing, I hate texting, but this keyboard thing is so quick and easy to use.  I was like OMG I think I like texting. I was a little confused. My new phone has made me see the light. I ‘am a born again texter, and I like it!

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April 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Baker Twins

 

Shannon and Shauna Bakerwww.thebakertwins.com

never give up

never give up

 

 

March 24, 2009

 

When I was at the Gathering our voices Conference located in Kelowna BC, from March 17th to the 20thof 2009. I had the great opportunity to get an interview with the twins who have their hands full with great things.

 I asked the Baker twins to share to the youth of today to let them know what they should do to get to the dreams they have in life.

The advice they both had to give is to move ahead no matter what anyone says and sometimes it might be your close friends and even the People who love you telling you that you can’t do it. Only listen to the positive words and you shall succeed. People will tell you negative things and you should not ever listen to what they say, they will say things like, No, you can’t do it, No its impossible don’t even bother, but forget about them, just keep going and never give up. If you want it bad enough it will happen and if you think positive then things will work out in your favour.

 

A lot of people don’t know this; Shannon and Shauna went to school and if it wasn’t for them going to school and having the educational background they wouldn’t know how to market, promote, and manage their selves. Shannon went to school for business management and Shanna went to school for marketing, sales and accounting. The twins promote their selves by: MySpace, face book and their website.

www.thebakertwins.com

And the bt guys website is  www.thebtguys.com”

Currently, the twins are working on solo projects and they will be filming Trail of Tears filmed in LA, the girls will be playing the bad guys, basically the girls will be ghosts kill People. And the twins are working on their BT Calendar. If you want to apply to be a BT Girl you have to apply and go to

http://www.thebtgirls.com 

, they have a couple of celebs and couple of cast members of the show twilight. For the solo projects, Shannon is filming a movie in Vancouver and Shauna is working at Style Magazine, it’s a Canadian Magazine. Shauna is doing featured articles on designers in Canada and Shauna Hosts a TV show called City Lights.

 

As you can see the BT Girls are going ahead and not stopping anytime soon, so keep your eye open for the TWINS

 

Thank you for your time and consideration

 

Yours truly,

 

Carmelita Abraham

 

Miss Takla and Blogger of the North

March 24, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices, Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Astronauts!

To be an astronaut is very hard work, but how cool would it be to go into space? You need to have a minimum of a bachelors degree in engineering, biological science,physical science or mathmatics. Most astronauts have more advanced degrees. Pilot astronauts have to have 1,000 hours of pilot-flying time. It takes patience, hardwork, a lot of time and experience, depending on what type of work your doing…you could just be a photographer. “Astronaut” is from the greek words that means “space sailor.” There are also requirements like, passing the physical NASA class, distant visual acuity, your blood pressure in a sitting position, and your height should be between 58.5 and 76 inches. Those requirements also differ on what field your in though. Training is hard too, you would have to train in emergency prepardness, they also get to try out microgravity on a kc-135 jet aircraft, which is also known as the “vomit comet.” They recieve classes on technology, math, geology, meteorology, guidance, oceanography, navigation, orbits, astronomy, physics, and much more. You must be vary committed if this is your goal for a career, but it would be worth it, but you would have to be willing to take the risks along with it. This is only a little bit of information on astronauts too, theres so much more, but heres the basic info.
take care.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Ashlee Richardson - Careers in Science and Technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Telecentre.org

Telecentre.org
Silvia Caicedo
Aminata Maiga Fofana
Fernando Portella Rosa

Telecentre is widely known, their challenges are: locally relevant contents and services, learning opportunities, networking capacity, and research to improve their practises. A telecentre is where people get together and do things that are relevant to their lives. “Learning never stops.” Services provided in telecentres are; ICT training, internet access, digital photo, VHS to cd or DVD, design and print, content dissemination, digital libraries, digital games. It also provides assessment of telecentres, training, mentoring, distribution list and websites, online help desk. Telecentre management course, the mission is support development and sustainability. The course has 5 modules, it is 150 hours, the point is to help telecentre operators accomplish their mission. “ 1 person or 1 organization will not do the job, the ICT summit is about COLLABORATION.”
Fernando Portella Rosa

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Roslyn Chambers

Roslyn Chambers
Records Manager

Roslyn is a very achieved woman. She has her CRM, CDIA, BSc, and BAdm. She is an award winning certified records manager and has 20 years experience in the records and information management field. She has experience in all types of organizational data. Roslyn was a very bubbly person and was fun to listen to because she was so happy and explained things in such detail that it’s hard to sum it all up into a blog. The objectives; availability of information/quick retrieval, protection and preservation, meeting legal requirements, control, and cost effectiveness. She explained the rule of thumb 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. 1/3-destroyed,1/3-historical,1/3-review of all documents and files. There is different ways for records management, there is codes used like numeric, paper, microfilm, and electronic I.T IS IMPORTANT, you have to have computer literacy. I didn’t know how important management was for filing until I went to her workshop, I thought that people just did it their own way, but to be fully educated in records management is very useful and makes things 100 times easier, knowing what to discard and what is important. I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite workshop that I went to. All of them were happy environments and nothing was hard to understand.

Roslyn Chambers

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Neskie Manuel

Neskie Manuel

Neskie is a physics student at Thompson Rivers University. Neskie works with GNU/Linux and other open source projects. Through this, he is learning Secwepemctsin, by starting to translate computer applications into his language, unfortunately this is only in his spare time, although he wishes to work on it a lot more in the future. He has twenty years experience with computers and learned to type on a game called King’s Quest. He knows many different languages such as; English, French, Japanese, Math, and a few others. He was self taught on what he’s working on now last year USING GOOGLE! Haha. Neskie enjoys biking, juggling, school. He uses Ubuntu, there is 80 languages available on there, very interesting, Neskie’s language that he works on is Secwepemec. There is 33 latin character accents and 6 acute accents. On the website there is an educational paint program for kids, kids word game, and more. After watching both of Marisa and Neskie’s workshops, I realize that it doesn’t have to be hard to rekindle our languages, it just takes energy, desire, and a little bit of hard work.

Neskie Manuel

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Never get lost again!

Navigation on SmartphoneYou have heard about them being offered as options in your car, that’s right navigation systems.  Now I like the thought of getting maps and turn by turn directions, its cool right.  What if you don’t have a car can you still get this option on the go, of course you can.  Smart phones are getting to be an everyday item which has many of options.  These small multipurpose gadgets having gps navigation is amazing!  You can see just the map of where you are or just like the car navigation it also gives turn by turn directions, so you know exactly where to go.  Smart phones also give you the weather and traffic alerts.  All major carriers and smart phones have these capabilities of the GPS navigation.  So, if you have a smart phone or are thinking of getting a smart I suggest you check out all the options they have, such as; navigation, facebook, msn messenger.  You want to know what they can do, so you’re not stuck with a phone that has all the options you don’t need.        

February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Computer Scientists

Computer Scientists and database administrators can work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. This is determined by their level of theoretical expertise, and their ability to create or apply to new technology. Computer scientists and database administrators usually work in offices or laboratories and about 40 hours a week, although evening and weekend work may be needed for deadlines. Computer scientists and database administrators held about 542,000 jobs in May 2006 and about 58,000 were self-employed,these jobs consisted of detailed occupations such as,network systems and data communications analysts-262,000,computer specialists,all other-136,000,database administrators-119,000,computer and information scientists,research-25,000. For technically complex jobs people who have a graduate degree are preferred, most computer scientists positions require a Ph.D degree. Having a bachelor or master’s degree makes them very limited for advancing in their position. Any job in technology is very important, technology is the present and the future!

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Want Constant Updates on New Technology?

Have you ever wondered if there was a site that kept you updated in the technology world? Well, I’ve got news for you! There is in fact a site that will keep you updated with what’s going on in the world of technology; it’s called techlivez.com!

Techlivez.com has a large array of topics you can indulge yourself in; example, Technology, Gadgets, Gaming and Mobiles. I like to look through techlivez.com just to see and read about on the new trends or competition gadgets between companies, it’s always interesting to see what each other has to provide, techlivez.com gives you articles on each and every gadget introduced on the site along with photos.

It was just recently that I discovered techlivez.com; so far I’ve found this site to be pretty informative on some of the hottest gadgets hitting the market! A few of these gadgets were purchased previously for the High School I attended.

Techlives.com will continue introducing you, the consumer, to new and advanced technology and gadgets. If something new comes out, they introduce it!

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment