Life/Advice

A Job-Seeker’s Guide to Successfully Completing State Job Applications

This post is a little different from what I was expecting to write. But for working moms who want to change their jobs or are looking to apply for jobs with the State of California, I hope you find it useful.

Every time I look up the State Jobs website, I get overwhelmed with the application process. It looks very daunting and frankly, very...

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DIY-etc, Self Care & Wellness

How to sneak in “me-time” with your busy schedule

To stay sane, we all need quality time for ourselves. This “me-time” does not have to be spent alone, however, it means shutting out everything else and doing what you want to refresh your mind, body, and soul.

That first year when my daughter was born was the hardest year of my life!

If I could go back and change anything, I wouldn’t,...

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Life/Advice

A few favorite TED videos

In this post, I will share some of my favorite TED videos.

TED talks are a great way to learn and develop yourself. All you need to do is to sit back and watch a video that will most certainly teach you something amazing!

The following videos are about 15 minutes long – and I promise you that you will laugh, learn, and think (a lot) after seeing them.

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids without over parenting

I really liked this video. It discusses the concept of over-parenting. Yes! You heard it right. Over-parenting our kids, and how we as parents try to dictate or mold every aspect of our children’s future instead of having them enjoy the free-play of life.  How we as parents can help our children develop a sense of self and build self-efficacy, and become successful in life.

As a parent of an almost 3 year old, I have been very protective of my daughter. I guess partially because she is still very little. However, I want to say that this overprotective behavior is like DNA in many parents, some created by culture and others by situations of life. this behavior of mine has quickly become a habit which I am slowly changing now.

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

 

Steve Jobs wonderful commencement speech at Stanford University. It is quite entertaining and inspiring. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking”. I really love this quote shared by him.

We all know how we want our lives to be however, we often fail to fully achieve that life. Why? Because we are afraid of making the change necessary to get where we want to be. Because we are well-settled in our comfort zones. And because we fear failure and are trapped in the success only mindset instead of staying adventurous.

These things are easier said than done. And I get that!

No one wants to quit their job in a heartbeat to pursue what their heart desires. We all have responsibilities, and families and of course the bills!

What we can do is start small! Start today and do something that makes you feel alive, and happy!

 Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

This was a very interesting video. It discusses how we perceive stress and how that perception is related to our body’s response to stress. We are always told that stress leads to several physical issues such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, etc. But, it is not the stress itself but how our mind handles the stress that makes it harmful to our bodies. That is a very interesting notion!

Our lives are often run by stress. No really!

Stress related to work, home, family, money, health and many other things. We worry, and stress about things beyond our control. You may have been told to strop stressing but we all know that it is easier said than done!

This video tells us that if we view stress as a helpful thing then we can change how we feel about it and additionally, how our body feels about it. “How you think about stress matters”

And get this, stress also makes us social! Yep – the video tells you why and how?

 Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

I absolutely love this video! I have watched it several times already. It is witty, entertaining, and quite interesting.  It discusses how we give academic achievement priority and how in today’s world, a degree does not guarantee a job thus rendering a degree worthless!

Growing up, we are steered towards practical degrees such as math, engineering, science etc. Something that was believed to create a job opportunity for us the moment our diplomas were handed to us. But in today’s world of “academic inflation” an MA is required for jobs that were once available for BA graduates and a PhD for an MA.

So why do we use academic abilities to measure intelligence and success?

This video advises why we should rethink how we educate our children. This does not mean getting them a private school education but to look beyond the academia towards their creative skills, personality and who they are as individuals.

I hope you enjoy these!

 

 

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