Old School Tech vs. New Age Tech

How has new-age technology impacted us? We can see, feel and experience it’s impact in our daily lives – increased violence and desensitization to violence, decreased empathy, little-to-no family interaction – when was the last time your family sat down at the dining room table for a meal? Or enjoyed a family game night? – among many, many other things.

Technology has also helped society in very positive and life-changing ways – better medical care, interactive and innovative teaching tools, keeping people connected, etc.

All of this has got me thinking…what would happen in a world-wide apocalyptic situation? Would we be able to keep in touch with our neighbors? What about world-wide communication? Are CB radios still a thing…how do you even use a CB radio?

This is definitely food for thought and something we should all be thinking about as the world continues to become a massive desensitized place of violence.


Study Tips for the GRE

I’ve decided to take the plunge and apply to grad school. And, for me, that means taking the GRE. …commence freak out.

I haven’t studied for a test like this since 2006-7 – when I took the SAT 3 times and the ACT 1 time trying to get my goal score. Do you know how expensive those tests are?? And, I took 4!

I can’t afford to retake the GRE a million times – I don’t have the money or time to “spend” on it, even if it means a better chance of getting into school.

So, I started researching 3-month study plans for the GRE. And you know what I found? There are a few million resources out there (Google reports 174,000! Still way too many for me to use.) and they all basically say the same thing – follow our boring study outline and you’ll do great.

The problem with this? It’s boring. Boring beyond boring. Netflix binge-watching is definitely WAY more interesting. So I brainstormed…how can I make studying not so boring? Here are a few things I came up with:

Izzie’s Fun Study GRE Tips:

  • Develop a study plan that works for you. I planned 3 months of study, with each month devoted to a topic – Math, Verbal and Analytical. Assign tasks for each day, keeping it simple and light!
  • Complete the Sudoku in your daily paper. This keeps your mind sharp and helps with analyzing patterns and combinations.
  • Complete (or attempt to) the Crossword in said daily paper. This will help your vocabulary, word association and analysis skills.
  • Read the Comics (political cartoons are optional) in the paper. I find that reading the comics is a good way to allow your brain to decompress in a way. It’s practically one of the best times during my work day (except for morning coffee and afternoon tea).

And there you have it – 4 fun tips to studying for the GRE!


Be Thankful

There is Always Something to be Thankful For

Photo courtesy of http://simplereminders.com.

Every year during the month of November people share what they’re thankful for. These things can range from their faith and trust in God to family and from having a job to general good health.

I decided I would keep this tradition alive and share a few things I’m thankful for. 🙂

  • My Family – without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t have the courage to seek the best out of life.
  • My Health – while I’ve had my ups and downs in this department, I would consider myself to be in good health overall.
  • My Job – I am extremely thankful that I was able to land a job within 3 months of graduating college AND one that related to my major! I find that this is something rare among millennial college graduates who often settle for jobs they can get.
  • God’s Grace – In all things I seek His guidance and advice. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for prayer and listening to their answers.

What are you thankful for?

The DOs outweigh the DON’Ts

I’m putting this here so I’ll always remember – the DOs outweigh the DON’Ts.

Why I DON’T want to lose weight…

  • I like food…greasy, carb-y, so-not-good-for-you food…smothered in gravy.
  • I don’t have time to workout. I mean, I have TV to watch, Netflix to binge on and LOTS of eating to do!
  • Changing my diet is way TOO hard! And expensive! I just bought 10 boxes of mac n’ cheese on BOGO – I can’t just throw it all away!

Why I DO want to lose weight…

  • I need to LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE. Find out what the risks of fat are, here.
  • I want to TAKE CHARGE. I’m tired of being a backseat driver – I want to live my life without feeling limited by my size!
  • I want to LOOK & FEEL better – inside and out. Health starts from the inside, out – can you imagine what that must feel like? To accept yourself and heal from within??

There are like 1,000+ more reasons that could placed in either category…these are just a few that are circling around in my head.

*Opinions expressed above are solely my own and in no way represent the opinions or viewpoints of others. No harm is intended by this post – everyone’s weight loss journey is different and stems from different motivators! 🙂

Your Diet Starts Now – But Not With Food

Each time I think about changing my diet, my first thought is this – what can I cut out of my diet? Every carb, sweet and processed thing I’ve eaten in the past month runs through my head…pizza…cupcakes…candy…and on, and on and on.

And when that happens, so do the negative thoughts.

For as many times as I’ve started and stopped a diet and exercise regimen you would think that I would know being successful starts with your mindset and everything else comes second.

You have to commit. Zero-in on what you want to do with a new lifestyle and what you want to do differently. Because this is a lifestyle change – for you and your family and friends.

Why are you saying “YES!” to a healthier lifestyle?

“Me” Time

The older I get, or rather the older I FEEL, I’m beginning to understand the TRUE VALUE and IMPORTANCE of “me” time.

I, like many people I know, have a problem with stress. Must more importantly, stress management. I recently read in article in Shape magazine about iceberg stress – how we’re only really aware of a fraction of the stress we have and like an iceberg, there’s a whole lot more going on just under the surface.

They key to managing this kind of stress and not driving yourself crazy in the process is to first actually determine what you’re stressed about. I find that writing down ALL of the things I’m obsessively thinking about helps me actually SEE what’s going on in my head – without me even realizing it!

The second thing to do is find a stress management system that works for you! I enjoy photography, journaling, meditation, yoga and exercise, as well as a good old-fashioned nap! Sometimes these activities last an hour or more, and other times I just need a quick 5-10 minute meditation session to help clear my mind.

By doing these simple things, we can begin to understand what’s going on in our life a little bit better.


What’s REALLY lurking beneath the surface? (Photo courtesy of StressExperts.)

So – how do you deal with stress? Meditation and yoga? Do you go on short walks during the day to clear your mind? What works and what doesn’t – I want to hear!

An Open Letter to the People who Broke my Heart:

Everyone has a moment in their life when their world is COMPLETELY shattered by someone or a group of people. This could be a bad break up, a failure at school or work, or even just a plain old series of unfortunate events. At that moment, and for several moments after, you feel as if your life is broken and will be forever changed, in not in a good way.

There are two reactions to this – either you can give in to these feelings of hopelessness OR you can acknowledge how you feel and do what you can to move on.

A little over a year ago, a group of people maliciously conspired to end my relationship with my SO. My approach to healing and moving on after this is to address what happened with this open letter and pray that God gives me the strength to forgive them.

So, here we go:

I wanted to write this letter so that I can begin to seek closure and put an end to the chapter you have in my life. 

I have tried to understand what your motivation was for cutting me out of your son’s life and I have been unable, even after all this time, to come to a conclusion that is even remotely rational. All I do know is that I must possess qualities, unknown to myself, that you sincerely take offense to. And this, combined with the malicious intentions of others, led you to your decided course of action.

For anything that I have done to offend you, please know that it was never my intention to do so and I am truly sorry.

I don’t know if I will ever be able to understand your malicious nature or why you were so quick in your execution. I can see now that cutting off my relationship was something you had thought about and what I once saw as a hair-trigger reaction was instead a well-thought-out plan.

My hope is that one day you will be able to recognize the pain you have caused to innocent people because of your selfish actions. I continue to pray for you.

I want you to know that I forgive you and in some respects, I am grateful that you have had such a profound affect on my life. Because only by forgiving you can I forgive myself and only by acknowledging the pain you’ve caused can I begin to heal. 

I shall always remember the life lessons that you and your family have taught me.

Regards, me.