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Michele’s Mantra For 2013…And Beyond

Last year my mantra was “Storm The Bastille!”  I decided on it after listening to a webinar by JT O’Donnell of CareerHMO.com.  She was discussing mantra’s and “Storm The Bastille!” just popped into my head.  Not sure where it came from but it was there and was a good mantra for last year.

This Year’s Mantra

I recently read Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s book “The Impact Equation, Are  You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise.”  I enjoyed the book and decided to implement the ideas.

Then I read Kay Warren’s “Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” and was blown away by what she said.  So I decided to implement what she said.

Then I started toying with the idea of combining the two books into a mantra.  Originally my mantra was going to be “Make An Impact.”  But now I have decided it will be

“Make a Joyful Impact”

I love this so much I decided it will be my lifelong mantra.

Coming Tomorrow – “#1 Way To Make A Joyful Impact”

Updated: Inspirational Quotes Page

Michele’s 2 Biggest Job Search Fears

My friend JT O’Donnell  at Careerealism.com and CareerHMO.com started a new job search program called JSAP.  You can find out more about it here.

Day 1

I watched the Day 1 video and in it she suggests job seekers make a list of their fears.  Well since authenticity and vulnerability are the new buzzwords, I will reveal my top 2 fears:

Not being a perfect match for a company.

That all I’ve learned about grief, job searching and social media will have been in vain.

Odd

All my life, I have been the oddball, the odd man out or just plain odd.  It was always obvious that I never fit in whether it was with a group of friends in school or in the different companies I’ve worked for during my career.

Even at the bank, I knew I was not a perfect fit for that organization.  But by the grace of God, I managed to survive a couple reorganizations and collect enough money to keep management happy for 13 years.

“The Age Of Aquarius”

I attribute the feeling of not fitting in with being an Aquarian as Joe felt the same way.  He only fit in well enough but was not a perfect fit.

Guess that is why it hurt so much when he moved to heaven.  The one person who related to how I felt was gone.

“You’re So Vain”

There is so much knowledge floating around in my head about grief, job searching, blogging and other forms of social media.  I pray I can find a job where this knowledge is put to good use and not go to waste.  It would be a shame if all  I’ve learned is in vain.

But Wait!…There’s More

There is more to Day 1 of the JSAP course but I will not reveal it.  You will just have to click here and sign up to receive the information.

Now if you will excuse me, I am off to “Storm The Bastille!!” (this is my mantra for 2012 – I told you I am odd.)                     😉

Coming tomorrow – Creating Options

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Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s – Extended Edition Some Favorite Recipes

TGIF!

Sorry for the late post but I stayed up to watch Mitt Romney’s speech last night.  Plus my sinus’ indicate the remains of Issac are on the way.  So between the two, I am a moving a little slow today.  But at least I am moving!

Michele and Rommie’s Labor Day Weekend Plans

Rommie and I are going to be reading, writing and doing research this weekend.

So I am going to finish off the Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s with a few of my favorite recipes I’ve published since starting this blog.

Recipe #1

Today’s recipe was published last December during the “40 Days of Joy” series.  It is not only a great dip but a good source of fiber.

I will be making it this weekend.

 

Feta, Beans & Champagne – Oh My!

JT’s Easy Dip Recipe

(from the kitchen of JT O'Donnell)

Ingredients

  • Two small cans of white beans.
  • One bottle of Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. (Available at Marc’s if you live in Ohio)
  • A container of crumbled feta cheese.

Directions 

  • Drain cans of beans completely (no liquid) and then puree the white beans in a blender.
  • Slowly add the Girard’s dressing (about 1/2 bottle) until its smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in the 1/2 have container of feta cheese.
  • Pour dip in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle remaining feta cheese on top.
  • Shake a few dashes of your favorite spices (basil, paprika) on top for color.
  • Serve with pita chips!

Michele’s Notes

I made the dip this afternoon.  It is easy and yummy!  You cannot go wrong fixing this for your holiday get togethers.

I used Navy beans since there were no cans labeled “white” beans.  After mentioning this to JT, I found out the beans are Cannellini.

Also I topped it with Tastefully Simple’s “Spinach and Herb” dip mix for color.

 

Bean, Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette Dip w/Pita Chips

#1 Skill For Job Seekers In 2012

The webinar JT O’Donnell from CareerHMO did today was on The 3 Ways Social Media is Stunting Your Growth.”  During the webinar JT provided a link to Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk.  It is about technology and conversations.  It is very powerful and I highly recommend you click on this link and watch it.

If you are crunched for time at least listen to the first 8 minutes.

#1

The number one skill jobseekers need to learn – the art of face to face conversation.

Impression

Job applicants who verbally articulate themselves well in an interview are going to be light years ahead of the competition.  Being able to have an intelligent conversation with the interviewer is how you will connect with them and leave a lasting impression – an impression that just may get you the job.

Not Up To Snuff?

Feel as though you are rusty on your conversation skills?

  • Take a course on interpersonal communication
  • Join a group whether it is a Bible Study, book club or community organization.
  • Practice by speaking in front of a group where you are engaging an audience in a conversation.

Quit

Quit hiding behind the email, text or instant message and pick up the phone or go meet someone and have a good old-fashioned conversation.

We need face to face conversations in our lives. It’s how deep lasting relationships are not only formed but also maintained. 

Being able to have a face to face conversation does not only apply to job seekers, but to everyone.

If you have real conversations – you will rock!

5 +1 Reasons 2011 Was Filled With Joy.

Scripture:

“Now these things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.”

Looking back, 2011 has been a year of joy.  I will admit sometimes I had to look for joy but it was always there.   The following are the 5+1 reasons 2011 was filled with joy. 

Gourmet Food

I became a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant.  As a result, I have met some wonderful people and look forward to 2012 when we will work together more.  Plus I got in just in time to stock up on the Cool and Creamy Cucumber Dip before it went back into hibernation.

Jackpot!

I was part of a team that secured silent auction donations for a fundraiser.  The event raised over $36,000.00 for golden retrievers, $6,000 more than normal.  Now if that is not worth 2 barks, I do not know what is.

“Celebrate Good Times”

I gave my first public speech. It was at Dad’s Celebration of Life Service.  It was a little un-nerving as I had never given a eulogy.  However as a member of the high school speech team, I did impromptu and extemporaneous speaking competitions.  So if I can get up and intelligently speak on a news event after only 30 seconds to 30 minutes preparation time, I can do a speech under these circumstances.   It gave me great joy and pleasure to share memories with those who attended.

Moving Home

My Step-Mom (A.K.A. Mom # 2) and Dad moved to heaven.   Both were not well at the time of their passing. Both are healthy, young, spry and enjoying seeing each other again. Now that is a joyous occasion.

One More Time

I got Dad to one more family reunion before his passing 17 days later.  This was the reunion on Mom’s side.  He had not been to one in 32 years.  He had a great time and the relatives enjoyed seeing him again.

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I became  a blogger.  It is hard to describe how this blog has affected me.   I was scared because I read Chris Brogan, Seth Godin, JT O’Donnell and Jeff Nischwitz and thought “My writing skills are not as polished and professional as theirs, I must be nuts to think I can do this – especially given my niche.”  But I did it and I do not have one second’s regret.

I met many wonderful people from numerous countries.  Our path’s would not have crossed if it were not for JoyReturns.

It brought back my Christmas Joy.  This was the first season I was really excited about Christmas. I even did decorating.  The excitement was due to putting together this “40 Days of Joy” series.  I got pumped just thinking at what I could write that might bring joy to someone grieving or just beat up due to the holiday chaos.

“So Long, Farewell”

Even though 2011 was joy filled, I am ready to bid adieu to it and take on 2012.   As the former WWE wrestler “The Rock” would say:

“Just Bring It.”

 

Quote:

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world”

Helen Keller

Coming tomorrow – It’s NOT Just Another New Year’s Eve – Sorry Barry.

Feta, Beans & Champagne – Oh My!

JT’s Easy Dip Recipe

(from the kitchen of JT O'Donnell)

Ingredients

Two small cans of white beans.

One bottle of Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. (Available at Marc’s if you live in Ohio)

A container of crumbled feta cheese.

Directions 

Drain cans of beans completely (no liquid) and then puree the white beans in a blender.

Slowly add the Girard’s dressing (about 1/2 bottle) until its smooth and creamy.

Fold in the 1/2 have container of feta cheese.

Pour dip in a bowl.

Sprinkle remaining feta cheese on top.

Shake a few dashes of your favorite spices (basil, paprika) on top for color.

Serve with pita chips!

Michele’s Notes

I made the dip this afternoon.  It is easy and yummy!  You cannot go wrong fixing this for your holiday get togethers. 

I used Navy beans since there were no cans labeled “white” beans.  After mentioning this to JT, I found out the beans are Cannellini. 

Also I topped it with Tastefully Simple’s “Spinach and Herb” dip mix for color.

 

Bean, Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette Dip w/Pita Chips