What’s Really Important to You?

What’s Really Important to You?

Our family recently experienced a rather unexpected and sudden loss. My husband’s 38 year old cousin suddenly passed away due to complications of pneumonia. It’s never easy to lose someone, but when they are so young, vibrant, and seem to have so much ahead of them it feels especially hard. She was very close to my age, so it really hit home. I’ve spent some time reflecting on just how precious my time on this earth really is and the importance of savoring all I have right now. I happened to recently hear the song 100 Years by Five for Fighting on the radio and it echoed this sentiment.

If you’ve not heard this song, or haven’t heard it in a while, the words to 100 Years are really powerful. It’s worth a listen.

The song chronicles the various “seasons” of life, beginning with age 15 through 100. The main theme is that we’re always chasing the next place in our lives instead of really enjoying where we are right now. When we finally arrive at that next place, it’s just for a moment and we don’t fully experience it.

Have you ever thought, “If I could just…” or “If only I had done (fill in the blank) then I’d be happy; or then I would have a better direction; or be able to pursue my greatest ambition?” But that someday never comes. No one sets out to get to the end of their life with a song still in their heart, with words left unsaid, or a dream unrealized. We are just so busy living and existing we sometimes forget what’s most precious until it’s gone.

Enjoying each moment, incorporating your purpose and passion, and living a significant life can seem like an unattainable goal. I’m here to tell you it’s NOT! It is possible! But there is no quick fix. It’s more of a life journey than an end point destination. The journey begins by taking some time to be still and reflect on the top 1 – 5 things that matter MOST to you. If you were 99 years old looking back on your life, what would make you feel as though:

-you made a difference

-you impacted others with your skills and talents

and really counted?

-what dream or injustice do you long to achieve or right?

-what is the legacy you want to leave your family or the world?

Jot down the 5 things that matter most to you and then answer the following questions for each one:

-How will I feel when I achieve this?

-Who, besides me, will this impact?

-What’s the cost of NOT striving for this?

-Who do I need to be in order to succeed?

-What’s one step I can take today towards this goal?

With any journey, there is a first step, and I encourage you to take it. Please don’t end up at “..99 for a moment. Dying for just another moment…dreaming and counting the ways to where you are.” Every day IS a new day. An opportunity to be who and what you’ve always dreamed possible.…

The Value of Continuing Education Courses

The Value of Continuing Education Courses

Education is something that never depreciates. It is one of the most valuable aspects of one’s life and career. To be successful at something you need to be a master of what you do. The easiest way to ensure this is by continuing your education. No one knows everything, but the more you know about your profession, product, and clients, the better off you are. Many professions require a certain type of continuing education courses to be completed every 1-2 years. For instance, insurance agents must complete continuing education courses either online or in a classroom every two years by their compliance deadline. Other industries do not have a specific requirement, but many individuals take courses online to stay current with trends, rules and regulations.

Continuing education can also be done at local community colleges or Universities. Most offer both online and classroom courses. Many adult students choose online courses because they are flexible and easier to complete than attending an actual campus. For someone who is not working full time classroom courses may fit their needs. Some students prefer an instructor teaching the classes as opposed to participating in discussion board postings online.

One of the most important reasons professionals’ complete continuing education classes are for employment reasons. Typically, the more education one has the better. Someone with a master’s degree will have an edge over someone with a bachelor’s degree when competing for the same job; everything else being constant. So when an individual is looking to gain employment or move up in a corporation education is one of the first things taken into consideration. Many view education as an investment. The more you invest in yourself, the more it will pay off in the future. No one can ever take your education or degree away from you.

In summary, whether taking classes online or in a classroom education is extremely important to everyone. It doesn’t matter your job title or profession. The more knowledge you have, the bigger an asset you are to your boss, your company and yourself. So whether your company or industry requires continuing education or not, it is recommended to take classes every year or so to stay up to date on current trends. Also, make sure to check with your employer about tuition reimbursement. Many companies will help pay for their employees to go back to school! That’s how important education is to them.…

Changing Careers – Becoming an IT Technician With the A+ Certification

Changing Careers – Becoming an IT Technician With the A+ Certification

Thinking about a career change? Why not consider a career in IT? As companies expand, they rely on computers more and more, thus there has been in recent years a real need for IT technicians. Taking the CompTIA A+ certification – the only certification in the industry that does not just focus on Microsoft technologies – will enable you to take that first step towards an IT career.

The latest version is the 2009 CompTIA A+ certification. Every few years a new version is released, as technology changes so rapidly. IT qualifications are regularly updated as changes occur in the IT industry, thus, an I.T technician must always keep up to date and aware of changes. The A+ certification tests the subject’s current knowledge in order to state that the IT technician’s knowledge is accurate and up to date. Training as an IT technician will not only validate your knowledge, but will demonstrate your commitment to your career – something which employers really look out for.

The CompTIA A+ certification is built by the best in the industry. A number of professionals, from the private, public and academic sector have all contributed to this qualifications making. Made by the best out there, the A+ certification is guaranteed to challenge you and test your ability to the highest level. This certification is considered to be the most favorable qualifications by many in the IT industry, as it is an academic and vocational course.

Employers, when hiring an IT technician, look out for the A+ certification. It will show to them that you are not only knowledgeable on current technologies, but you are more likely to adapt to new technologies much quicker. Already, many employers have declared that qualified IT technicians are much more efficient and can deal with more enquiries, than a non-certified technician. With this in mind, a qualification in IT will get you very far in the IT industry. It may also fast track your career, as many certified professionals get those promotions much quicker that the non-certified professionals.…

Get Creative To Land The Job of Your Dreams!

Get Creative To Land The Job of Your Dreams!

Many people don’t understand the benefits of creating their very own website. The myth that a website is used purely to make money online is most definitely false in today’s climate. Don’t get me wrong, you can make a lot of money online by creating and monetizing a website correctly. However, that is not the only reason that more and more people are looking for a presence online.

For example, the job market is not in the best shape. Applicants are finding they have to go the extra mile just to stand out from the hundreds of other people targeting the same positions. By creating your own personal website, you can make a huge impact on a potential employer. You see, its not uncommon for a potential employer to check you out on the internet. The chances are, that one of the first places they will find you, is on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter. What would that mean to you? Do you really want a potential employer to find you in this way? Or perhaps find reference to you in someone else’s page? Depending on how you or very often your friends behave online, this could be a disaster.

However, you can stop this from happening by creating your very own personal website and attaching the domain link to your resume or CV. Its a fantastic way to promote yourself in a good light and make you stand out from the crowd. You can fill your website with everything you would want a potential employer to see, such as your qualifications, experience and your interests and pastimes. Perhaps you can add some video or photographs to back up your claims or attach some examples of your work.

By creating your very own personal website, it means that potential employers don’t have to search the internet or find you by chance somewhere you’d rather they didn’t. It will show that you have gone the extra mile to promote yourself and can give you the edge over other less creative candidates by providing that extra impressive information.

So before you apply for that next job, give yourself a fighting chance and learn how to create a website today. Its not rocket science, you can secure your domain name and have a website up and running for just a couple of dollars a month! Most web hosting companies will provide you with professionally designed templates where you literally just fill in the blanks.…

Useful Info and Advice About Accelerated Nursing Schools

Useful Info and Advice About Accelerated Nursing Schools

One of today’s most sought-after professions is nursing. Over the past few years, the demand for more health care workers, particularly nurses, never ceased. Having been aware of this, the academic institutions have sought for ways to further develop and improve the quality of nurses they produce. Also, they have devised innovative changes to the programs of study for aspiring nurses. Nowadays, there are accelerated nursing schools which offer fast-track nursing courses that help provide the needed number of nurses all over the globe.

Nursing courses at quicker pace are now made available at certain colleges and other institutions for higher learning. Because there are a great number of individuals who want to enroll, the requirements are usually enforced rigorously; not to mention the strict curriculum that was designed to guarantee the quality of the future nurses from an accelerated nursing program. Accelerated nursing schools aim to produce nurses that are not only equipped with theoretical knowledge but most importantly, with practical applications.

There are some accelerated nursing schools who only accept applicants with completed bachelor’s degree from some other field of study. With other programs, they require interested applicants to have credits in biology or science related courses. These would include microbiology, human growth and development, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, physics, chemistry and statistics. However, criteria may vary from school to school.

Accelerated nursing schools concentrate in teaching the fundamental facts of nursing. This would cover physiology, pharmacology, biology, anatomy and health care essentials. While students learn the basic knowledge of nursing, they are also exposed to real-time circumstances so that they can easily understand what it is that they are studying about. Working at hospitals and medical centers allow them to interact with real patients and professional doctors and nurses guide them there. This is the secret on how they get to learn all they have to learn in a shorter time span.

So before enrolling in accelerated nursing schools, you should bear in mind that trainings will be much more rigid due to its shorter time frame. Just imagine how a typical 3-year nursing course would fit in an 11- to 13-month accelerated program. You should expect to have larger workloads and longer class hours as well. You must therefore be prepared, both physically and mentally. Make sure to keep track with your lessons even when working long hours at hospitals. Proper time management is indeed very essential in this case.

Accelerated programs in nursing are really of great advantage to the students and even to patients. This could satisfy the needs for more nurses. Others who have graduated some other field of study who want to pursue nursing can take much advantage with the speed up pace of lessons in these kinds of program.

Not only do accelerated nursing schools offer BSN or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, they also offer MSN or Master of Science in Nursing. The latter usually takes about three years in order to complete the program.

Being a nurse is a fulfilling and at the same time, a well-paying job that countries worldwide are after. To become a part of the nursing profession in mush lesser time, sign up in the programs of accelerated nursing schools.…

Get Out of a Career Rut – A Creative Way to Figure Out Career Possibilities and Find Meaningful Work

Get Out of a Career Rut – A Creative Way to Figure Out Career Possibilities and Find Meaningful Work

I was just watching the movie “Sydney White” and something grabbed me at the end of the film. I got excited, teary-eyed, it just hit me. I thought about why I was feeling this way and I realized that it plugged into my own desire to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of many people. I loved the feeling of winning a competition, being able to create positive change, and create better lives for millions of people.

As an unemployed trailing spouse, or even a person simply wondering what to do with your professional life, I thought that there might be something to this “movie grabbing” technique. If you are stuck knowing that you want to do something meaningful with your life, but unsure what to do, or how to do it, figuring out what inspires you is an excellent way to get out of this rut.

So, I’d like to offer you a few steps to try and get in touch with the source of your inspiration through watching movies!

Watch a movie! Any movie – new or old. Pay special attention to the parts that make you feel uplifted, happy, inspired, emotional – the parts of the movie that grab you.

Bring a notepad. I like to strike while the iron is hot – so bring a notebook with you, or if you’re watching a movie at home, have a pad of paper, and a pen handy. Jot down the parts of the movie that hit you – what was the character doing, saying, where were they? Write down all the details you can.

Take a deeper look at WHY these parts of the movie inspired you. So, in my example – the character Sydney White won an election, appealed to everyone’s “inner dork”, and presumably helped thousands of people get in touch with their inner confidence and aspire to their goals and desires. What are the traits and accomplishments that appealed to you in the movie you just watched?

Jump up and down excitedly! You’ve just taken a great step towards figuring out what inspires you, and have enabled yourself to start doing it!

Now, start thinking about the ways you can accomplish your own desires! How do these goals and desires translate into your life? With my example, I could run for office, reach more people with coaching through workshops, book-writing, and seminars, or make a list of all the causes that I can contribute to. What can you do?

Go do it! Take what you learned and put it into action!…

Web Writing – When Can You Quit Your Day Job?

Web Writing – When Can You Quit Your Day Job?

Are you making enough money from your web writing to quit your day job? If you’re surpassing your current income, it may be time to make the jump. However, this is an important decision, and one you’ll want to consider carefully.

Here are several steps which will help you to make the decision.

1. Audit Your Career to Date: Clients, Projects and Testimonials

Your first step is to work out exactly what’s happening with your web writing. How much money are you making in an average month? Ideally you will have been writing part-time for at least a year.

The more information you have to look at in your overview the better.

Open your spreadsheet program and make some lists: clients, projects, and testimonials. (Testimonials are vital. They help you to build your career. If you don’t collect testimonials, start doing that now.)

2. Your Day Job: What’s Your Income, and What Are Your Prospects?

Next, consider your day job. What is your current income? What are your expenses? What are your prospects? Write down all this information.

Big tip: if you’re undecided about leaving your day job, that’s a good indicator that you should stay where you are for a while. It’s important that you feel secure, if you don’t you’ll find that the quantity and quality of your writing suffers.

3. Nitty Gritty: Medical Insurance and Your Mortgage

You need to cover your everyday, essential outgoings. Work out how much money you have going out every month. Include all insurance payments (medical, household etc) and your mortgage.

You must secure these essential outgoings in addition to your living expenses, and be quite certain that you can cover these expenses with your web writing. Remember too, that you’ll need to have money left over for discretionary use, and to build up your savings account.

4. Get Advice: See an Accountant Now

Now that you have some idea of the big picture, it’s time to get professional help. If you’re not already seeing an accountant, get one now. You need be sure of what’s happening with your finances before you contemplate leaving the security of your day job.

When you’re ready, make the jump to a full-time web writing career.…