Category: Every Thing


I have a Master’s of Science. It is good and bad. It is good because it taught me how to communicate what I learned in undergrad. It is bad because I do not have that much professional experience. My having a lack of experience is often a red flag for supervisors who may not even have a Bachelors. If you have a  Bachelors, think long and hard before going to grad school. You may spend time and money on an education that you may not need. I’d even encourage you to wait a few years before pursuing one.

This includes a Juris Doctorate too. I realized that since I would probably not be practicing law, I do not need a JD to get where I need. Many law schools offer Masters and professional certificates that can fill in the gaps to get you where you need to go. Consider those options before you have to pay $400 for a seat deposit and $800 to take the bar exam. If in doubt when it comes to grad school, don’t do it unless you need it. PLEASE

I wish I had known this back in 2012 when I applied to grad school. Luckily I feel like it’ll eventually pay off for me, but it’s going to take some time because I am only 27.

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I was sitting here going through job postings that include salaries that I’d like to eventually earn. Something that came to my mind is that some jobs pay you to train, some jobs require you to pay for your training, and other jobs want you to train before starting work. I don’t think that the last one is a good idea, but I can sort of see how the first two options work. I favor getting paid to train though.

I favor getting paid to train because the training is often during a forty hour work week. Most people can’t afford to drive back and forth to training for free. At the same time, I see why training wouldn’t be free because we pay for college. I prefer paid training because you are already in the environment to learn the culture of your workplace. An example of the two differences is law enforcement. Some law enforcement agencies pay you to train while others require you to pay tuition. It’d be a mess if the military decided to do something like this, but I hope they wouldn’t. I have had a job where I had to train for free before even starting. It was a security job, and I had to watch videos at home while taking quizzes. I’m pretty sure that I spent at least twenty hours doing this training, and they should probably cut me a check. What do you think about training? Do you think that you should be compensated for it? Do you think that you should pay to be trained?

I’m just going to go on a short rant to warn people of debt relief scams. There are advertisements telling people that they can consolidate their debt and/or get rid of their student loans. Do not sign up for one of these services. What the services do, is go over your student loans to try to put you on an income based plan. The issue is that you usually have to pay them around $150 to sign up. Then you pay the service $150 for 6 months while your debt is deferred. After that, your student loan will go in to repayment. The stupid thing is, if you are already struggling to pay student loans then why would you pay someone else to fill out your paperwork?

If you are interested in income based plans or payment deferment, contact your lenders directly. Federal loans can be deferred up to 3 years. Private loans can be deferred on a case by case basis especially if you can prove that you are facing hardship. It is better to communicate with your lender than to default on a loan facing collections. I understand that certain lenders tend to have attitudes when it comes to student loans. If the lender is behaving in a way that is unprofessional, contact the attorney general’s office of your state of residency to see what you can do. I’ve had a student loan lender call me 6 times a day to collect on a loan that was in deferment. It’s a good thing that I pay attention to my credit report. I just don’t want anyone to get ripped off by these companies that promise debt relief. Handle your own business, and keep others out of it.

book

Origin by Dan Brown is a book that is based on a scientist who is unsure about the existence of God. His life’s work was dedicated to figuring out where humans came from and where we are going. Of course this is a Dan Brown book, so the story isn’t that simple. Dan Brown brings back Robert Langdon as one of the central characters of this story. This story explores elements such as aliens, religion, artificial intelligence, murder, politics, and homosexuality.

The book itself is unpredictable, and the end seems to rush. It took over 300 pages to get to the climax. After the climax, the book ended like the drop of a roller coaster. I don’t think it will age well because it mentions technology such as Twitter, wifi, and artificial intelligence. It has dated itself. The book builds up to a feeling of doom only to end in a feeling of hope. I have mixed thoughts about the ending. I recommend this book for those who are fans of Dan Brown and fans of artificial intelligence. It does show the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

This morning I was researching educational programs that’ll best fit my career growth. I have previously applied for JD programs, but now I realize that I may not need that. I may be able to just receive another masters or receive a certificate for what I want to do. This revelation will save me so much money and prevent me from potentially going further into debt with student loans. As I was thinking this the words, “Be still and know that I am God” came into my mind. This line is from Psalm 46:10. Here is the whole verse. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” I think this is God’s way of telling use to get somewhere and sit down.

This verse comes from a passage that basically says that we will go through things, and to let God take care of it. I wouldn’t say that I’m going through anything, but I will say that my path isn’t completely clear. I just got my foot in the door, and I need to get somewhere and sit down.

Maybe there is a time in your life where you may not know where to turn next. There may be a time where you have done all that you can to make progress, but you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. That is the time to get somewhere and sit down. Let God work on the things that you can’t see so that all of your preparation will later make sense.

mask

Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is great for people who have cystic acne, breakouts, and inflammation. The mask itself is sort of grainy so there is slight exfoliation. One of the ingredients of the mask is tea tree oil which does cause slight burning on skin areas that are inflamed. I do not recommend using this everyday because it does exfoliate, and it dries out skin. I do recommend this for those who suffer from acne especially black heads and skin tags. Tea tree oil and charcoal both purify so it helps treat those things. If you have large, oily pores, you may see oil seep out looking like blackheads. This just show that your pores are being cleansed and tightened. If tea tree oil makes you nauseated, do not use it. It does have a strong tea tree oil smell to it. Another option is to only use it on problem areas instead of all over. This can be found at The Body Shop and places that carry Body Shop products.

drops of youth

Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate is a solution with ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera. I received this in a Body Shop gift set, and I was skeptical of it. I was skeptical because I figured that it was an anti-aging product. I also thought that it would possibly be thin. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is basically a moisturizer. I think the aloe helps to moisturize while the glycerin seals in the moisture. I’ve used it after washing my face and/or after using a mask. It has prevented my skin from peeling where it normally peels. I’d recommend this to anyone of all ages who tends to have dry or combination skin. This is especially good during the winter months because while the skin absorbs the product, the product doesn’t seem to wear out. It doesn’t burn. It has a light scent that’s sort of like most unscented lotions. Alone it is about $38 at the body shop. I got it in a gift set with others products for about $49. The gift set also had an eye liner, lip stain, body scrub, body butter, body moisturizer, face moisturizer, and a body wash. It was purchased at TJ Maxx. If you want to use this, try to find a bargain to save money in case you do not like it.

Get Your Resumes In Order

As we can see, so many institutions are crumbling due to misconduct. People in charge are the ones getting caught up in their drama. Politicians are perjuring themselves. The FBI has indicted people tied to political parties. Actors and directors in Hollywood are being investigated for sexual assault. Banks are getting in trouble for their predatory practices. I feel like the medical field will be next since the criteria for high blood pressure has been lowered. This brings me to the realization that a lot of positions are about to be vacant.

The vacancies in medicine, social science, entertainment, and political science fields will happen because of how many people are getting in trouble. This is why I say to get your resumes in order. Even if someone already in those organizations move up into the vacant leadership positions, the entry level positions will be open. This is the perfect time to see how you will get yourself in the door. If you qualify for a higher level job, then by all means apply for it. If you feel as though you don’t qualify for a certain position, still apply for it. Watch God work miracles as you move on faith. This is your time if you have been genuinely trying to make that next move. Remember success if when preparation meets opportunity. You have to be ready for your blessing. Here are links to stories of things hitting the fan.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/15/us/cards-against-humanity-land-grab-trnd/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/18/media/harvey-weinstein-accusers/index.html

Living Intentionally

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I feel like I should be writing this from an antique plush velvet lounge couch with a mink shawl draped luxuriously over my shoulders and a long cigarette holder from the 1920’s effortlessly dangling between my fingers, because people…I feel so stinkin’ cultured after this weekend.


Just call me Holly Golightly.


But before I get into that, just a quick announcement that is super exciting! I had been getting some feedback that the download process for my ebook, “My Blogging Tips” was a bit cumbersome. So — it is now available on iTunes!You can get your copy here.
OK – back to my Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

This weekend, my best friend and I went to The MET – The Metropolitan Museum of Art – in NYC. I’m going to be super honest with y’all. I live down in the village, and honestly, I never leave my little corner…

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I finally have a storefront of my Teespring campaigns. These items are a mixture of jokes and inspiration. Just in time for Christmas. More to come in the following days.

Teespring Storefront