Tips When Interviewing…Mind Your P’s!!

Interviewing…we have all been through it at least once in our lives in one capacity or another.

Some people are “interviewing experts” and are naturals when it comes to getting through an interview.
Others…not so much.

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I personally have been on both sides of interviewing (interviewer and interviewee) and from my experiences I have put together this list of basic tips to help you interview better!

Now I am no expert.  So as a disclaimer, any and all information and advice I give in my blog is simply my own personal opinion and comes with no guarantee.  (In other words, you can’t blame me if you don’t get hired!!)

Tip #1: Personality
– Be yourself and let your personality shine through!  One purpose of an interview is to get to know who you are and determine if the job is a good fit for you and if you are a good fit for the job.  It is very hard to determine who a candidate is if they don’t show some of their personality.  If you are sitting there describing yourself as a happy and outgoing person, yet you are not smiling, show no excitement and have no voice fluctuations…How am I supposed to believe what you are saying?!?

Tip #2: Passion
– Be passionate about the position you are interviewing for.  As an interviewer, we want you to want the job you are interviewing for.  If you don’t want it, don’t apply for it!!  If you come to the interview with an attitude and it appears that you really don’t care if you are there or not, I am not going to be compelled to hire you and deal with that attitude every day!  Now don’t go overboard…remember there is always the risk of going too far in the other direction.  It is possible to be passionate and not obsessive.  Find that balance.

Tip #3: Prepare
– Prepare yourself for the interview.  Think about what kinds of questions they may ask?  More than likely you will be asked to describe yourself or your background, your strengths, and your weaknesses.  Do not answer “I don’t know” to any of these questions!!  Have a friend or a family member interview you.  Let them spring questions on you so you get the chance to answer as you would in an interview situation.  Practice makes perfect!  But again, don’t go to the other extreme.  You do not want to sound rehearsed or robotic when answering.  You want the answers to be sincere and natural.

Tip #4: Poise
– Be poised during your interview.  In other words…have confidence in yourself.  If you come in with confidence in yourself that you can do this and would be the best person for the job, then the person interviewing you will get that same feeling from you!  Remember though…confident, not conceited…nobody likes a know-it-all.

This is a short and very basic list of tips, but if you can master them it will greatly help your interviewing skills!
The most important thing to remember is that everybody gets nervous when it comes to interviews.  It is natural to be nervous and the interviewer knows that.  But you can’t let your nerves paralyze you.  You are there to “sell” you and you are the best expert on you so that should be easy to do!
Now get out there and mind your P’s and good luck to you!

Until next time…

Makers and Waiters…which will you be?

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I have noticed in my experiences that there appears to be two general “kinds” of people in life:
1.  Those that make things happen.
2.  Those that wait for things to happen.

I have also noticed, however, that we all fall into not one, but both of these categories depending on the situation.
I, for example, make things happen when it is something that I am excited/motivated about.  But if it is something that makes me uncomfortable or I am not motivated to do, I tend to procrastinate and wait for things to happen.

Does this sound familiar?  Are you picturing your life and different situations you have been in?  What do you do the majority of the time…make or wait?  Which do you want to do?  Which do you want to be known for?

That, my friend is where the lesson lies!  Which do you want?
This is where we need to learn and/or remind ourselves that we are in charge of our lives.  Yes, sometimes “life” happens and there are many things that are out of our control.  However, we can still control how we react and what actions we take.

Are you feeling down and lonely?  Don’t dwell on those feelings…DO reach out and socialize with family and friends or reconnect with long-lost friends!  Don’t have many family or friends…that is ok too.  Time to step outside your comfort zone a bit and start making some new friends!  You can do this.  One baby step at a time.  You just have to start talking to people…you never know who you will connect with!

Are you looking for a new job but feeling like there is just “nothing out there”?  Don’t give up!  DO start researching the field you want to be in and the companies you want to be a part of.  Start networking and make as many professional connections as you can!  Learn all you can and get out there and sell yourself as the great candidate you are!

Do you wish that you had more money?  A different house?  Less stress?  A healthier body?  The list goes on and on!  We all wish for something or for many things!  The trick is to focus on what you want the most, and then look at how you can make it happen.  Get creative, think outside the box, explore all options (even those that seem impossible).  You can do this!

So get out there and start making things happen!

If you are so inclined, please share with us what you have accomplished!  Help share your stories to inspire others.  It is amazing the power that sharing our stories holds!!

Until next time…
Make it a fantastic day!

Balance…

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Being a whopping 34 years old, I have discovered a valuable life truth that all should know and embrace…and yes, I know how silly that sounds as many of you may be reading this and thinking “34…she is just a pup still!”
None the less, I am going to drop this knowledge bomb on you…are you ready?!

Balance is the key to life.

I will take a second to let that sink in…

“Boom!”….I know, right?!

Seriously though, if you can find balance you can and will accomplish anything you want!

Let’s dissect this theory a little further.
How about looking at it through Health and Wellness goggles.  How do you achieve a healthy lifestyle?  Balance.
Balance your calories in and calories out to achieve/maintain a healthy weight.
Balance your work and home life to achieve/maintain healthy stress levels.
Balance your nutrition and physical activity to achieve/maintain healthy blood levels, etc.

Ok, how about Finances?  Proper balance of the amounts of money you are earning, spending and saving can help you achieve sound finances which in turn leads to lower stress levels.  They don’t call it “balancing” your check-book for nothing!

So far so good…

What about looking at faith/prayer versus creating your own destiny?
Some believe that we all have a predetermined destiny and that fate navigates what happens.
Some believe that we create our own destiny and we must make things happen.
I believe that it takes both of those things!  I believe that there is a higher power and that all things happen for a reason, yet we also need to take the bull by the horns and make things happen as well!  The way I look at it, your destiny is where you end up…but the journey is up to you!  Enjoy the journey and make it what you want! 🙂
For example…imagine you are planning a trip to Las Vegas.  Would you rather hop on a plane and fly straight to your destination (your destiny) or would planning a road trip with stops at various attractions along the way be more appealing to you?  Either way, you will end up in Las Vegas…but how you get there is up to you!

I have also found that there needs to be a balance of what and who you know.  You have all heard the saying “It’s all about who you know.”  Or have heard about people getting preference because of their connections, right?  So let’s say you are a college student preparing for the rest of your life…what do you do?  Finish college…get the education you need to be the “expert” in your field.  The knowledge will give you credibility and confidence in your field.  However you want to work the social game as well.  Network, network, network!  If you can find the right balance of these two areas…you are guaranteed to succeed.

Have I convinced you yet that you must find balance in your life…no matter what aspect you are looking at?

Here is to a beautiful day and finding balance and peace in your life!

Small acts can make a big difference…

I woke up the morning of July 18th, got ready as normal and headed to the kitchen to get my cup of coffee before heading to work.  The stack of mail was sitting on the table waiting for me, as it is every morning, and at the top of the stack was a bright green hand-written envelope.  My curiosity sparked, I went straight to the mail pile instead of to the coffee pot first and picked up the green envelope.   I didn’t recognize the sender’s name but it was a local address…figured it was a bridal or baby shower invite of some sort.

I opened the envelope and inside was a Thank You card with a picture of an adorable 16-month old boy, whom I did not recognize.  The card read:

“Lori,

I cannot thank you enough for donating breast milk to help our son Isaac.  He had kidney failure from birth and formula was causing further health problems.  By giving him breast milk he was able to get the kidney transplant he so desperately needed.  We are three weeks post-transplant now and he is doing so incredible!  He’s now started crawling and standing, and even eating!  It’s amazing to watch.  We would not have been able to get to this point without the wonderful gift you have given to us.  I can’t imagine a more self-less thing to do.  You have given health to our son, and I am forever in your debt.  You are an angel on earth.  Thank you!

Kelly (Isaac’s mom)”

My heart was overflowing and the tears began to fall…that note and picture just made my whole day…heck, my whole year!

A while back, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that a friend of a friend (somebody she did not know) needed breast milk for her son who was struggling with kidney failure.  I was so excited to see this message as I had over 300 bags of breast milk stored in my freezer at that time because my son could not use it as he was showing sensitivity (we think to dairy) and would scream in pain after digesting it.  My husband and I had just discussed what we were going to do with it all.  I was not willing to just throw it away for as any mother that has breast-fed or pumped knows…that is hard work to get that stuff and it truly is “liquid gold”!  We talked about donating it, but we didn’t even know where to begin or if it would qualify as I hadn’t kept a food journal of what I was eating while pumping so it had gluten, wheat, dairy, etc. and we weren’t sure how that whole process worked.  But now this opportunity fell into our laps!  I was so excited!!!  I contacted my friend right away and her friend arranged to pick it up from me to deliver to this family that needed it.

Now, months later, I receive this surprise note in the mail that just changed my life!
Something that was so very simple for me to do, meant the world to Kelly and her son Isaac.  Such a powerful reminder that even the small things we do really can make a big difference!

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I am excited to write Kelly back and thank her for her kind words and the update and picture of little Isaac.  As far as I am concerned I now have another son…little Isaac will be in my heart forever now.  I am hoping to meet the family and someday be able to hold Isaac and hug his mom!

Get Creative to Get Motivated…

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Have you ever told yourself (or had a friend, family member or doctor tell you) that you need to “get in shape”, “get healthy”, “lose weight”, etc.?  Do you find yourself lacking in motivation to do anything about it?

Living a healthy lifestyle is overwhelming if it is not something you are already doing.  It is easy and all too common to become highly motivated and jump in with both feet only to get overwhelmed and discouraged very quickly.  Thus making your “healthy lifestyle” venture short and painful in memory due to stress and guilt.

So here is the answer for you…are you ready?
Get Creative!

Ok I know what you are thinking…”This woman has lost her mind…That answer doesn’t help us at all!”

So here is the help that goes along with the answer.

1. First determine what it is that you enjoy doing.
Do you enjoy reading, watching television, gaming, bowling, dancing, competition?  What is something that you feel excited about doing?

2. Now take that thing that you love to do and make it into something fitness-related.
Get creative with this…think outside the box…heck, throw the damn box away (recycle it please ;))!!
I know this sounds silly and may seem near impossible, but I challenge you all to give me activities that you love to do so we can brainstorm together and find a way to make it a healthy activity that you will actually do because you enjoy it!

I will give you one example that I used with one of my clients at work.
She and her husband enjoy bowling.  Any mention of eating better or going for a walk and he (like most of us) mentally checks out and thus is not motivated to follow-through with it.  So I suggested we look for a way to make bowling healthy and a fitness-related activity.  I ended up finding an article in a Philadelphia magazine (Be Well Philly) called “I tried it: Bowling for Fitness at Sweat Fitness and Frames“.  Great article!
Obviously those of us that do not live in Philadelphia will not be able to attend this facility and participate in this program…but we CAN take the ideas and creatively apply them to our own activities.  I love the ideas presented in the article regarding doing jumping jacks and other activities to keep your heart rate up in between frames or while your partner is bowling his/her frame.  Will people look at you funny?  Probably…but who cares!  You are getting healthy and having a blast doing it (don’t tell me you won’t burn a whole lot of calories just laughing at each other and at yourself during this)!

So your challenge is to comment on this blog and give me an idea of what activity/hobby you enjoy doing that we can make into a fitness-related activity.

Ready…….
Set…..
GO!

Until next time…make today a happy and healthy day!
🙂

The Satisfaction a Checklist Provides…

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Hello, my name is Lori and I am a checklist junkie.

I love checklists.  There are few things that provide the same sense of satisfaction that checking items off of a checklist do.  It is exhilarating and motivating and helps me keep my life, my work, my kids, my home, etc. in order.

I decided to do a little research on checklists and see just what resources are available.  Here is what I found:

Real Simple has a very comprehensive collection of checklists on their website.  If you are a checklist junkie like me, you MUST check out this Link!  They also had The Best Free Apps to Simplify Your Life…can’t go wrong with simplifying things!

I found a list of 6 Fantastic To-Do Apps for Getting Organized on Mashable.  I can’t wait to try some of these apps out in addition to the ones I already use.  One of my favorites is the Cozi Family Organizer.  I love it!  My whole family can use it and sign in with their own individual email addresses but the same shared family password.  It will definitely come in handy as the kids get older and have their own calendar schedules happening.  Will keep me sane and in the know!  🙂

I came across a fellow blogger (and also a mother of 4 like me!) and she posted 100+ Ideas to Help Organize Your Home and Your Life.  Amazing list, check it out!!  I also subscribed to her blog while I was there…just saying! 🙂
Another great blog post I stumbled upon was Zone Defense: A Game Plan to Organize Your Home.  Worth checking out!

A good website to browse is Organized Home.  They have cleaning challenges, tips on how to cut clutter and get organized, recipes, ideas for household notebooks and much more! 

So now that you are on top of things and getting organized, how about the kiddos?  Here are some great resources to start early with your kids and keep them organized as well.  That will not only make life run a little more smoothly for you, but will help your child as they grow as well.

The Parenting website has a good (short and sweet) article called Keeping Kids Organized that provides some helpful tips.  A teacher for a specific school created a website for her students and their parents, but it has some great tips that anybody can use.  See her version of 10 Ways to Keep Your Children Organized.

Well looking at all of these checklists and organizing sites has my heart racing with excitement!  Time to satisfy my addiction and put together a checklist or two!

Until next time…make today amazing! 🙂

Patience is a virtue…that I don’t have!

We have all heard the saying “Patience is a virtue.”
When researching this a bit I saw the following explanation that I liked:  “Patience is a virtue because it is developed through difficulties and troubles.”

Wiki Answers also had the following explanation that I was really able to relate to:
It’s only perspective… Patience, or any reaction/behavior, without instruction or planning, unfolding into a positive event that ‘one’ can NOT imagine or make happen with physical intention is also ‘luck’.  Doing ‘nothing’ or ‘waiting for the correct moment’ can be the most difficult thing to do.  Those that do it well… have a greater sense of Peace in appearance. It only seems from another perspective to a worthy quality. The truth is Patience is an illusion… Still waters run deep, and patient people break things when no one is looking. Virtue is something one envies in another and overlooks in themselves. ~Bruce Filmore Dunn

There are more times than not that I find myself thinking about how I lack in patience…
When parenting I find I have a hard time being patient with my little ones.  It is hard feeling like a broken record and having them do exactly what you just told them (10 times) not to do!
When working on a project that I am excited about or when purchasing a car or house I find I lack patience.  I have a very hard time with the “waiting” part of the process.  I have discovered I (along with the rest of our society these days) have a need for instant gratification…I want it done now!  🙂

I just have to keep reminding myself (and you can do the same) that everything happens for a reason and will happen when it is supposed to.  Although the waiting is hard to do, it is just a part of life and we must embrace it and make the best of it…or try what I do…distract yourself!!

So until next time…”Are we there YET?!”   🙂

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