I Get it from my Mama: 12 Things I’ve Learned from Her


I get it from my MAMA! Her smile, her walk and her intelligence. As we spend today celebrating our mothers, I want to take this time to highlight a few things I’ve learned from watching my mother work her magic over the years.

1. Dance when you’re happy, dance when you’re sad.

Dancing is rejuvenating and I’m glad my mother taught me how to move my feet. When was the last time you came across an angry dancer!? Think about it

2. Treat everyone equally and with respect.

I mean from the President to the homeless, everyone deserves respect because everyone is a human being.

3. Have 1 on 1 time with God.

I was raised in a religious home. However, my encounter with God didn’t really take place until I was in my late teens; that’s when I realized that I was not in control of my life as I thought I was. Whenever I’m in doubt, I just reach for my Bible just like she taught me.

4. Be Grateful and don’t  apologize for your blessing.

Know when to say please and thank you. My mother has taught me, that no matter how big or small the gesture may be, you must always say thank you.

5. Tunnel Vision 

She’s always reminded my sister and I to focus on what we’re doing, and not what everyone else is doing.

6. Have YOU Time

Treat yourself, take care of yourself and make sure you enjoy your company. If you don’t, who will?

7. Sacrifice is part of Life

I’ve watched this woman go from having an Engineering Degree, a successful  career in NGO’s, and switch over to the Medical field when we moved back to the States.  She manages to keep both her professional and  family life in line. She’s always been about the next move and as I’m writing this, she’s currently planning her Bakery Business Plan. (Need I say more?)

8. Be Optimistic

No matter how bad things may seem, there is always a new day around the corner.

9. Wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you.

It doesn’t matter if you bought the most expensive outfit or the cheapest, it all depends on how you let your personality shine through it.

10. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Both my parents believed in me and taught me to believe in myself and I love them for that. When I had trouble in school, my mother found a way for me to remember my citations by singing them to me.

11. Do not let anyone else dictate your happiness.

“Nope not even your mama!” she will say.

12. Be Classy at All Times

When people compliment me on my sense of fashion, ambition, poise and craziness, I say thank you but in reality, I want to tell them to thank my mother and all the beautiful women that raised me.  From time to time I would peruse her album and get ideas, asking her,  “ Why didn’t you save these dresses for me?”

A holiday cannot begin to compensate for all the sacrifices our mothers have made, so remember to always celebrate your loved ones, not just on holidays but everyday.

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Four Websites Every Job Seeker Should Know About

job-searchI’m sure you all have heard someone say before that job searching is like having a full time job. And for those of you who are in the process or have been through the process, I am sure that you couldn’t agree more. I mean, it takes as much ambition and consistency as to going to work everyday. That being, said here are three websites that can help you be more efficient and keep you motivated during your search.

LinkedIn.com

If you’re job searching, don’t hide it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of; in fact that’s a great way to start. The first step is realizing what you’re truly passionate about and once you know, tap into your network and let them know that you’re looking for new opportunities. Reaching out to an alum is a great way to catch up on and also tell them about your search.

The Muse.com  

From cover letters/resume templates to career advice, the team at TheMuse.com have got you covered. They provide short, relatable and  straight to the point articles that will definitely open up your eyes to the job search . All you need to do is subscribe to their account and use their resources.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning tool that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. As a job seeker, Lynda helps you freshen up your basic skills, with step by step videos  accompanied with exercise files. This tools  is used by both universities and companies  for training purposes.

Check in with your university to see if they offer the program for free to current students and or alum.

Wordle.net

Yes, I know what you’re saying, but let’s think outside of the box for a few second. Wordle is a system used to generate “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Wordle can help you with your job search in the following ways:

1- Helps you determine the important elements of a job description and incorporate it to your resume.

2- Paste your LinkedIn recommendation in to see what others think your strengths are.

3- Helps you determine what your resume says about you.

 

A LITTLE REMINDER

The new year is right around the corner and as many of us look back at the goals we jotted down last year, please remind yourself that it’s never too late to accomplish them.

Check out this cool infographic from Funders and Founders below showcasing when some of our favorite CEO’s started their business. For more  click here

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