Just because you see me smiling, doesn’t mean I am always happy. Just because you hear me laughing, doesn’t mean my every moment is always filled with joy. I have moments, I have days, and I have weeks, where I just don’t want to do it.  Any of it.

I don’t want to get out of bed, I don’t want to drive the kids to school. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to clean the kitchen, or do the laundry. I don’t want to make sure there’s something for dinner, and that everyone does their homework.

I don’t want to get the mail, or pay the bills. I simply want to pull the covers back over my head and sleep while someone else handles it.  All of it.

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The Path to Leadership is complicated when you,  like me, need to begin with struggling to get your GED. I had no choice but dropping out of the High School, I was 16 years old back then, and it took me more than 3 years to earn a GED certificate.

I’m very proud of being a GED recipient but it wasn’t easy. I failed first, going back to school was a disaster and thankful for being able to follow online video classes from Covcell for my GED prep. If I would live 20 years ago, would not b able to pursue my dream this way.

It took me 5 months to get ready for the GED exam, it was a character changing experience but I did it. Besides the GED diploma, I also got confidence and self-esteem as the byproducts.

My secret source of motivation was the website that pointed out often enough that many famous and successful now people are also GED graduates. Then I decided I want to be a leader, I want to be a nurse and a leader, now my task was to find my own path to leadership.

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As more and more families choose the option of homeschooling their children these days, there has been an ever-increasing acceptance of this choice. As such, the way in which parents homeschool their children has become much easier when complying with individual states’ requirements to teach children at home, thanks to a curriculum that has those requirements in mind. With that issue resolved, the one burning question remaining has become: can my homeschooled child get into college?

First, it needs to be emphasized that the environment in which homeschooled children are in is often a benefit to their mental well-being. The one on one attention children get within the homeschooled environment can be of a great benefit when it comes to helping the individual. Each child has a much better chance of understanding school subjects when they don’t have to ‘share’ their teacher with 20 or more other students.

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I think I know why Facebook is so popular

People are stalkers
They like to know what others are up to.

I am no exception. I like to know what the young and successful entrepreneurs are up to so I can learn from them and be one of them.
One of the main goals of creating this blog is to connect you with those entrepreneurs who have made it so that you can have a taste of what it is like to have the freedom to do whatever you like.

So I’m super excited to be receiving great feedback from one of my first interviews with a young game developer. From that point, I have learned that inspiration is great, but not enough. We all want to learn things in a more practical ways with hands-on tips.
Well, consider yourself lucky!

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Student Health and behavior

One of the most popular approaches to curbing binge drinking on college campuses may not be effective for most students and could even backfire on some students, a new study suggests.

The survey of 14,000 students, conducted in 2012 at 119 colleges in 40 states, centers on how student perceptions about drinking levels affect student behavior.

About one college in nine has in recent years adopted a strategy, called the ”social norms approach,” that aims to correct misperceptions about alcohol use with education and publicity campaigns.

The premise is that students will adjust their drinking levels to whatever level of consumption they perceive the norm to be.

But the strategy is based on an assumption that most students overestimate drinking levels, Harvard researcher Henry Wechsler says. His study, published in the September Journal of American College Health, finds the assumption inaccurate: Nearly half (47%) of college students underestimated binge drinking levels at their schools, whereas 29% overestimated the level, 13% were accurate within 10%, and 12% said they did not know. Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in a row for men, four or more for women.

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Student experience is tapped to teach differences in social and binge drinking

Teens and college-age youths often are not versed in the convention of ”social drinking,” instead favoring a drinking style in which they consume lots of drinks quickly.

A 2013 Harvard School of Public Health survey of 119 U.S. colleges found that almost one-fourth of college students drink heavily and frequently. ”Binge drinking is on the rise,” says alcohol researcher Sandra Brown of the University of California, San Diego.

That’s what 23-year-old Brandon Busteed recalls about college life at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Busteed, who graduated last year, says students who drink often do so with the sole purpose of ”getting trashed.”

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Depending on your career goals, educational level, college budget, and personal responsibilities, a community college or career school may be suiting your needs even better than any 4-year college would do.

If you’re not sure in what way these types of schools differ, read on, and you’ll understand. A community college (also referred to as junior college, city college, or technical college) is typically offering 2-year college degree courses and programs in some majors. On top of these 2-year degrees (called associate’s degrees), some community colleges are also offering vocational training and professional certificates.

Community Colleges are offering their students usually lots of flexibility, both when it comes to the choice of majors and whether you want to attend a part-time, full-time, evening, or weekend program.

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The Internet has turned 19th-century economist Joseph Schumpeter’s gale of creative destruction into a hurricane. Freed from a host of physical constraints, business models that are more code than concrete are being invented and reinvented at head-snapping speed. Hundreds of startup factories and e-business incubators are dramatically shrinking the gestation time for new businesses.

Moreover, the torrent of VC money that has been pouring into favored sectors such as B-to-B hubs and optical networking has radically accelerated the pace of competitive evolution, as a swarm of nascent companies compete for the same market space. The Internet has spawned a Cambrian explosion of new competitive life forms.

And the frenzy will only grow. For a while there is much about the future that cannot be known, this much is sure: We are rushing toward the world in which everyone and everything will be connected to everyone else and everything else. Virtually any piece of knowledge on the planet will be instantly accessible. Narrow-band voice and text will give way to image-rich broadband media. And why is this so terribly significant? Because the pace of economic evolution has always been a function of the number and quality of interconnections between individuals and the ideas they hold.

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Author’s voice can be detected by good readers

If you could spend an hour in conversation with any writer, whom would you choose? What would lunch be like with Stephen King? Would Dave Barry be any less wacky in person than in print? Would George Will come off as engagingly erudite or as a condescending know-it-all? Would Toni Morrison be as passionate in discussion as she is in her novels? How would it be to just sit back and listen as Annie Dillard mused about life?

For most readers, imagining meeting an admired writer is a “daydream” that flows naturally from a reading experience. You feel you get to know a writer as a person – through the prose you get a glimpse of personality. You begin to discern preferences, tastes, attitudes, beliefs. In essence, as a mature reader, you are able to “read” the writer as well as the text.

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So today I put forward a proposal to my company. Here is what it said: I would like to work less, be paid more for each hour I work and I’d like to do all those hours from home.

Here’s what they said. You want WHAT? I explained again that I wanted more money (because I wasn’t being currently compensated appropriately for the caliber of my work), I wanted to work fewer hours (so I could have the flexibility to be with my kids more) AND I wanted to do all of this remotely (home or while traveling with my husband and kids).

For days I’d imagined this moment and kept thinking that they would look at me with an expression that said that “you have SOME NERVE making these demands!”

But instead, they said OK. They thought we could work it out.

What? I was confused. No resistance? NO challenge on the money part? I was almost hoping for some push back so I could do my speech about my worth in the market, my years of loyalty, my commitment…you know, I am woman, hear me roar!

So now, starting September 1, I will be working from home…I just wish I knew what that meant exactly.

Facing Fear With Eleanor

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