Archive for November, 2012

27 nov

Making the Decision to Live a Healthy Life

JennaSmithIn today’s hectic world, making decisions to live a more healthy lifestyle can be easier said than done. After all, most people barely have the time to cook dinner for their families let alone take strides to live healthier, and it doesn’t seem as if this is will slow down anytime soon. Making the decision to improve your diet and exercise regimen can dramatically elevate your quality of life, however, and is more than worth thinking about. While it may seem as if transitioning towards a more healthy lifestyle would be difficult, there are plenty of ways you can go about doing so by taking small steps. Consider the following tips, each of which can help lead you towards a healthier lifestyle.

Avoid Processed Foods

One of the most important things you can do when trying to improve your lifestyle is avoid processed foods. A lot of people don’t realize just how detrimental fast food and other processed foods can be to one’s health. Not only are they loaded with sodium, saturated fats and artificial colors, they tend to be very low in nutrition. The result is a meal that may leave you feeling full initially, but you’re often hungry within an hour of eating. This can lead to becoming overweight, and is generally taxing on the body. Processed foods are everywhere in America, although you can avoid eating them by simply cooking at home and shopping the perimeter of your grocery store (where fresh items tend to be situated).

Begin an Exercise Regimen

Exercise is an essential element of any healthy lifestyle. The modern world has made it so many people live increasingly sedentary lifestyles, getting less exercise than ever before. Sitting too long can not only cause discomfort, but in the long run can be bad for your cardiovascular function. While it’s true that starting an exercise regimen can be incredibly challenging for those who are used to being sedentary, the importance of doing so cannot be overemphasized.

Start by joining a gym and striving to get at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times per week on a treadmill, elliptical or similar machine. You can begin to ramp things up once you become more comfortable with the routine, although it’s important to avoid pushing yourself further than the body can handle. Over time, however, you’ll find that regular exercise will not only give you more energy, but will help to relieve stress as well.

Take the Right Supplements

Many people aren’t quite sure where they stand on supplements, and for good reason. After all, a lot of nutrition can simply come from eating healthy, in which case supplements may not always be necessary. There are certain supplements that can improve health that are next to impossible to get in diet, however. Fish oil, for example, is extremely beneficial to both brain and heart function, and you’d have to eat a fair amount of fish to get enough in your diet without taking a supplement. The same can be said for vitamin d, which can be difficult to get during the winter. Big Apple Rx and other, similar stores sell supplements of all kinds, making it possible for you to tailor a regimen specifically to your needs.

Making the decision to improve your health can be stressful, and doesn’t typically happen overnight. That said, you’ll benefit greatly from embracing a healthier lifestyle. Start by eating healthier, followed by embracing an exercise regimen. Once you have these two things under your belt, consider adding supplements to your diet for a three-pronged approach to a healthier, more productive you.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on November 27th, 2012 in Diet and Fitness, Health | No comments

18 nov

Actual Freedom While Still Having an Actual Job

JennaSmithWorking at an hourly job or in a corporate structure can be a real drag. You have to come into work when someone else tells you to. You have to wear the clothes they demand. You have to take their rate of pay and if you don’t like it, you can quit and not have a job at all. But, there are some jobs that give you far more flexibility. There are jobs that let you be your own boss, in your own time and where you want to be. You can even set your own pay rate in these types of careers. They are not for everyone because there is not the stability of a steady paycheck and sometimes there will be some lean months, but if you are a free spirit and have had enough of working for the boss, it might be time to explore other options.

Massage Therapy

One of a number of very flexible types of careers is that of a massage therapist. With a few months of massage therapy training, you could be well on your way to a career that allows you to set your own hours and be independent. But, be aware that it may take some time to establish regular clients and there are some drawbacks to this line of work. Some people still have the wrong idea about massage therapy in general so you might have to deal with a few bawdy suggestions and winks. You may have to invest in a portable massage table which can be pricey as well as bulky. But, it is well worth having the professional appearance that the table will give to you. The amount of money that you can potentially earn will vary depending on your location and the number of clients that you have. Marketing and other expenses will have to be considered as well.

Freelance Writing and Other Work From Home Jobs

As a freelance writer, you can write from home or from anywhere that you have an internet connection. Projects come in with a deadline so you can budget your time in your own fashion. Other options including data entry and customer service jobs which you do from home using your computer, your home phone or Skype. These jobs will range from fairly low volume to higher traffic and the pay will depend on how much work you actually do. Choose a reputable company to work with, preferably through an agency which can help ensure that you are getting jobs that will actually pay you. Writing assignments will depend on your skill level and education.

It is a fallacy that you do not have to pay taxes on this type of work. Like any other occupation, you do have to file your own taxes based on the income that you earn. Like any other type of work that you do independently, the amount that you can earn will vary depending on how fast you finish projects, how many projects you can get and how well you do them. So do your research, and figure out what you really want to do, then get out there and make it happen.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on November 18th, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments

17 nov

Back to School: Making the Decision

JennaSmithThere are many reasons for heading back to school to further one’s education, with plenty of opportunities to match. After graduation and working in a certain field for and extended period of time, some come to find that there is a lot of room for professional advancement, pending the completion of an advanced degree program. While working hard at one’s current position may be stable and sufficient enough for the everyday expenses, a good amount of people recognize that they are capable of more, even management roles and beyond. Choosing to invest the time and money into pushing on to the next level can be challenging in itself, but the rewards and benefits far outweigh the negatives.

In order to take pressure off deciding whether or not to expand upon prior education, choosing a degree in something practical will be a wise choice. This provides people with a peace of mind that their newly acquired skills will not be in vain or a later regret. Of course, an individual must first figure out what type of higher level positions are available and if any of the degree programs match up well.

Leadership and management based courses are great for those looking to get into the managerial level positions and even venture into entrepreneurship. For example, a typical project management masters degree would be a great choice for these types of people. Learning to manage employees as individuals and as a team are things directly related to careers in marketing, advertising, business administration, human resources, public relations, finance, and other similar fields.

The workload that comes with being a project manager includes overseeing multiple facets of project and defining what type of strategy will be implemented for success. Rather than a direct, hands on role, the project manager is responsible for the coordination of the teams, assigning tasks, general troubleshooting, defining goals, and assisting wherever necessary.

In terms of the value of an advanced degree, it has the potential to more than pay for itself when implemented correctly into one’s career path. For a project manager, a higher wage or salary is only one of the benefits that come with the territory. Leading different teams successfully through projects allows the project manager build amazing communication skills, expand his/her knowledge of different team dynamics, and become better prepared for unplanned situations. It is in these cases, after experience with the new field, that these project management degree holders can start thinking about taking their careers to the next level.

After learning about, and taking on, the different roles of team members, these higher skilled workers may decide to take those skills and talents with them and go into business for themselves. Freelancing has its benefits and allows more freedom on which projects they want to get involved with. When it comes time to start his/her own company or project, they will have a better understanding which team positions will be needed to grow. Although it is difficult to see the road ahead when starting on a new educational path, the value of that higher education is priceless.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on November 17th, 2012 in Career | No comments

07 nov

Giving Back

JennaSmithWe as human beings need to look out for each other. There are a lot of minorities in the U.S. and people from these minorities have stepped up in order to give back to the society. The minorities in the U.S include black Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Latino.

The Chinese American Hero, Morgan Chu is a well-known name in the world of law. He is an intellectual property attorney and is also one of the first Asian Americans to lead a major law firm in the U.S. He is also included in the list of ‘Top 100 influential lawyers’. He has made a reputable name by winning major cases regarding disputes between big companies like Samsung and Microsoft. He was also elected to Harvard Board of Overseers in 2009 for a six-year term. He has handled some cases without any fee and does what he can in order to give back to the society. He wants to help as many people as possible to receive the justice they deserve.

Another famous minority figure is Maya Angelou. She is an African-American author and poet. Her work has awarded her with numerous honors and more than thirty honorary doctoral degrees. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barak Obama in 2011. She has been an inspiration for many women writers and has displayed the life of African Americans. She has done a lot of work in order to make her community better. She has been honored by universities, government agencies and many literary organizations. Her poetry has allowed people to look at how African Americans live and what troubles their women have to face.

Joe Baca is a Hispanic American who has been serving since 2003 as the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district. He has received many honors because of the public service he has done. He has received the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President’s Achievement Award. He also has two local parks named after him.

The above three names are only few of the many people who have worked hard and are now giving back to the society, in one way or another. These people serve as living examples for the future generations of the minority and influence them that they too can make a difference in this world if they work to achieve their goals. They will continue to give back to the society in the upcoming years.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on November 7th, 2012 in Career | No comments