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Friday Faves: Baby it’s snowy outside

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Happy Friday Loves.  If you live in the northeast I hope you are trying to stay safe and warm with the recent snow storm.  For all our friends in more southern states…I wish I was there!

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy these good reads from our friends.

Cordelia Calls It Quits – What are you doing just for you?

Money After Grad – If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Fabulously Broke – How Not to Go Overboard This Year

Young and Thrifty – How to Survive Post Holiday Financial Slump

Everybody Loves Your Money – How to Think Like a Money Mogul and Get Richer Everday

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You’ve Got the Potential – It’s Time to Earn the Cash

0ceed1ac53194492b3275e89a480b978You’ve got the degree, the pep and the drive to rake in moolah – you just don’t have any money.

Indeed, aspiration only gets you so far if you don’t push yourself in the job market. You can dress like Erin Brockovich and swing your fists more commandingly than a judge swings a gavel, but you’ve also got to sell yourself like you were a deluxe car in the showroom of the gods.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few tips to propel you in your career – and see your bank balance soar.

Top up your degree

Whether it’s in humanities or science, you’re probably mighty proud of your degree. All that sweat, toil and years spent confined to the library, all to accrue a level of knowledge that will make you an invaluable asset to a workforce.

But you should be learning something new every day, and your degree isn’t the be-all end-all of your education.

To ascend the career ladder in style, top up your initial degree with a BA business management. Provided it’s from a trusted distance learning provider, it’ll show that you’ve got the drive to be an effective leader, and that a promotion won’t push you out of your depth.

Schmooze better than the rest

You’ve seen the schmoozing, Don Draper-lites puckering up to your boss as though they were trying to get lucky on a first date; and you’ve probably rolled your eyes at their desperate simpering.

So, how can you befriend your boss without looking like the biggest brownnoser in Brownnose City?

The answer is deceptively simple – be a nice person.

Find common ground without forcing the issue, and develop a rapport without seeming like a promotion-hungry mollusc sticking to a dollar-shaped rock.

Your boss is a person too, even if they don’t always seem like one. Have a chat, keep a cool head under pressure and stay friendly. You’ll be a shoo-in come promotion season.

Get yourself connected

There’s an entire industry outside of your workplace, and it’s buzzing for strong professionals able to strike out on their own.

So, it’s time to network.

With the internet, connecting with new business opportunities is as easy as flicking a switch. You simply have to head to LinkedIn, the world’s largest social network for professionals, set up a profile and connect with the managers and companies you think could give you some help.

Some people, however, prefer to do their work the ol’ fashioned face-to-face way – and the internet can help you with that, too. Have a quick Google for business networking events in your area. Then just don your best interview gear and present yourself as eminently employable.

Soon, you’ll be riding high on the big bucks and seeing your potential fulfilled in a career you love. Good luck!

Weight Loss Step One: Start with your food

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Good morning Loves.  I have to be honest I don’t really know how my weight loss is going by the numbers because my scale is broken and I have yet to replace it.  However I can tell you that my skin is clear (some may even say glowing), I feel better in my clothes and my body appears to be taking a nice hourglass shape.  Of course there is still A LOT of work left to be done but that’s O.K. because this is just the beginning.

Why my weight loss is different this time

I’m 34 years old and that means I’ve been trying to lose weight for at least two decades.  The truth is I’ve already done it a couple of times.  When I first became a vegetarian in 2009 I lost almost 20 pounds in anticipation of a family trip to Spain, but after the vacation I really had no reason to keep up my new healthy habits – other than actually being healthy – so I fell back into my old bad habits of eating too much sugar a way too many carbs.

This time I am going to stick to my weight loss because I want to lose weight.  Truth be told I like how it makes me feel.  No I don’t like the fact that I can’t eat chocolate whenever I want to and I would die for a piece of banana bread right now, but I’m happier when I don’t eat junk food.

Eat smaller portions

My pet peeve is when someone says “This year I’m starting a new diet.  As of Monday it’s only salad for me.”  That’s just ridiculous, unless you legit only want to eat salad for the rest of your life and I don’t know many people who do.  I believe weight loss can be achieved by eating what you want…in smaller portions.  If you cut all your fave foods out in one shot why the hell would you stick to your diet?  It will suck!  You won’t like it, you won’t be happy and you’ll probably be starving.

Substitute the worst foods with healthier ones

Over the last few weeks, and by few I mean five, my weight loss probably hasn’t progressed as quickly as it could and that’s because I haven’t been eating smaller portions and I haven’t been making smarter food choices.  I have been going to the gym, but the second half of my healthy living a.k.a. my food intake just wasn’t good.  I mean it was good tasting, but not good for the body.

As I said I don’t like to live without, especially without things I love.  If I stop eating all the delicious foods I love it may last a week and then that will be the end of that.  Instead of making drastic changes I’m trying to eat less “bad food” and smaller portions all around.

I know that for every one person who thinks something is bad for them another person says it’s good, but for general items like French Fries I think everyone agrees they aren’t healthy.  So I still eat Mexican food, just once a week not every day.  And I still eat sandwiches I just substitute the side of French Fries for a salad.  That’s it.  One step at a time.  Once I’m set in eating smaller portions and making healthier choices I can move on to the next step – cutting bad food out altogether. Stay tuned!

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Mediating Corporate Governance

Your Masters in Conflict Resolution will prepare you to mediate a multitude of conflict types. You’ll likely find that the corporate world is rife with conflict as the relationship between corporations and courtrooms becomes ever more tenuous. In our latest infographic, learn the advantages of mediation in these situations, and how you can be prepared for whatever comes up:

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