MKE Monday Juice
By Jeneanne Collins
We are approaching the last of the year and entering a new decade. Are you ready for the new you? I know you have been working hard, planning and building to find and produce balance within your life. I think 2020 will be your year of truth, authentic glitter, gold and shine.
If you have worked towards any of your goals in anyway then you are one step closer to your destiny. Your Weight loss, Celebrating You & the new decade; More than your wardrobe your glitter, your gold and your shine.
Your new wardrobe, your health, exercise routine, your love or career etc. are all moving you to the next level one day at a time.
I know clothes are to cover just the body but sometimes they are a clear reflection of who you are on that day, in that moment or in a season some of the good, bad or great in our lives.
As you re-evaluate www.amazon.com /wardrobe evaluation: A great your personal style, your job, your family and your existence look at your own fashion story and make the changes in every aspect of your life. You should decide what you need, the items that are too small, to large or you haven’t worn in five years or more then donate them to a workforce development clothes closet, swap with a friends that may need casual clothing or have a new career and find some online stores or websites for those gently worn shoes and boots. www.verilymag.com (how to upgrade your wardrobe check list)
The items that you would like to keep re-purpose or repair, dry-clean to rebuild your closet and your new/updated self. www.zips.com
Take a picture of yourself today, start the journal and cross off the next few items of your timeline and bucket list. www.michaels,com, www.personalexcellence.com (bucket list ideas) continue to invest in yourself, your journey and know that your clothing is just apart of the whole you and living #therebelliouslifestyle for your Happy 2020 and beyond.
The original ball itself was once 700 pounds of iron and wood. It was later reduced to just 400 pounds of iron before they switched to an aluminum frame in 1955. The now 11,875 pound ball didn’t get its new look (and materials) until the millenium when Waterford partnered with Philips Lighting to create a shimmery LED display.
If you are watching the ball drops on tv or in person, have fun, be safe, set real goals with changed behavior. Happy holidays and new year to all.
And just like that; we are less than 48 hours away from the new year. 2019 was absolutely incredible for some and terrible for others. Some people lost loved ones dear to their heart. Some gained a member to their family. Some people “leveled up” and some took losses. Either way a great way to go into the new year is speaking great things into the atmosphere.
Speaking positive affirmations daily can attract great things into your life. Whether scientifically or biblically proven, it works. Hearing positive words programs your mind to believe it. When you believe it you achieve it.
So without any further ado let’s get to it:
I am worthy
I am enough
I am strong
I welcome peace into my life
I welcome love into the atmosphere
I love myself
I care for others
I am grateful
I am blessed
I am healthy, energetic, and optimistic
I am wealthy
I am surrounded by people who love me
I am kind
I was born with purpose
I thrive everywhere I go
Blessings are finding me
I attract money
Success is mine
I feel secure
I trust myself
I make better decisions
I am growing
I am a phenomenal parent
I give freely
I am healed
I forgive others
I forgive myself
I am free
I am happy
I am confident
I am beautiful
I have more than I need
I am at peace with my past
Helping others brings me joy
I am successful
My business is successful
My family is well
This is my year
I welcome elevation into my life
I welcome support
I am bold
I am courageous
I am worthy of happiness
I deserve to be happy
I deserve the best
I am my best
I am better
I am all that I need to be
I am content with what I have
I am greatness
I see abundance everywhere
Have you ever had an interview and, in one way or another, once it was over you felt like you completely bombed it. You ever went on an interview and you were so nervous you could barely answer the questions properly? What about the times where you thought the interview went just fine but shortly after they let you know that you were not the chosen candidate? Has that ever happened to you?
Of course it has. It’s happened to most of us at least once or twice. Almost all of us have experienced a rough time finding employment at some point. It’s completely normal simply because job interview etiquette is rarely taught in school.
As a professional development fanatic and former coach I’d like to offer a few suggestions for making a great first impression on an employer.
Believe it or not the very first impression an employer gets from you is your resume. It has been said that 80% of resumes never make it through the employer electronic system after submission solely due to spelling errors and formatting. With that being said, making sure that your resume is where it needs to be is a must. If you are not good at creating resumes use an affordable resume service. It holds a lot of weight.
Let’s say you were invited in for an in-person interview after filling out an application. Do not underestimate the interview just because your resume looks good; for your resume can only get you to the door. The in-person interview isn’t put into place to see how you’ll respond to questions. They want to see what kind of person you are and whether you would be an asset to the company or a potential hindrance.
While you go on an interview keep a few things in mind:
Granted employers typically will have your resume and application printed out prior to the interview, make sure you bring extra copies of your resume in a folder, preferably with a cover. Have your ID and social security card just in case you need it. Being prepared speaks volumes to an employer.
Also, know something about the company. Do your research and learn the mission statement and something the company is known for or stands for. This allows you to stand out amongst those that arrive in need of any job vs the job at hand.
Dress for Success
As much as we would love to dress down for a job that’s not in the office, you should never dress down for an interview. Always dress one step above what’s required for the job. For instance if you know you will wear a uniform at work at least wear slacks or khakis to the interview. Business casual is often times acceptable. Other time business professional may be required. Either way be sure to dress for success out of respect for the interviewer. If you have questions about dress code ask or do your research.
The Interview Starts as Soon as You Arrive
Be conscious of how you speak to the front desk. Be friendly, patient, give firm handshakes, and SMILE. Small talk with the receptionist is optional but could go a long way.
Use Eye Contact
Eye contact often times can make or break you. Employers want to see eye contact and lots of it. It lets them know you’re confident in your responses. It always shows seriousness.
Beware of Your Body Language
Body language tells a story within itself. If you are nervous try your best to get comfortable in a professional way. Feel free to talk with your hands but not so much that it comes off aggressively. Sit straight with your hands in your lap.
When responding to questions often times consider the question behind the question. Many times employers ask questions to see how you will respond rather than what you will say. Lots of times they’re asking to find out what kind of person you are, what you can do for the company, why you want to work for the company, and are you worth the risk of being hired. Understanding the interview from the employer’s standpoint is key.
Also, be conscious of the length of your responses. It’s easy to miss out on your opportunity because you answer the questions too short. Being short oftentimes insinuates that you have something to hide. It also doesn’t leave them with much room to make a solid decision on you because you failed to articulate your strengths and weaknesses. Vice versa it’s easy to talk yourself out of an opportunity. Being long winded can easily be a turn off. In your responses make the connection and move on.
Ask the employer questions at the end. This shows them that you are very interested and also gives them an opportunity to take a glimpse into your values. It’s always good to ask questions about the work environment, duties, and qualifications. You can ask questions about company culture, struggles, and company values. There’s no limit but be sure to ask at least 3 questions.
These tips can help your interview go a long way. Be sure to practice before you arrive and seek help if you feel it’s needed.
It has been a great Holiday season and I know you have been busy but you have one more holiday party to go. Your budget, your time and your body cannot look through one more rack of clothing, accessories or shoe boxes. It is time to pull out the Holiday Kit which may include your little black dress, your favorite earrings and shoes or possibly your favorite holiday color. This year, I’ve seen lot of red/ black, gold, green, burgundy and variations of pink.
In my customized kit, I typically have a black dress and/or black pants, sweater or jumpsuit ready by the end of the year for that last gathering, my community cookie exchange, having holiday drinks with friends or my church’s Christmas eve program. My favorite black dress is from Banana Republic. www.bananarepublic.com , $149.00. It is made from brushed wool and fully lined and it has lots of stretch. It has a plunge neck line, a built in bandeau in the waist line. It’s plain but it works well with any body type. The sleeves are long enough if you have long limbs or are tall (like me). In addition, Banana Republic has great specialty sizes for petite, curvy and tall women. I love to add a signature accessory to my look; a statement necklace from www.paparazzi.com , www.hm.com or of course thrift shops or boutiques, a cute leather or patent clutch purse, and a great holiday stockings either with a hue of the season or patterns like fishnet, lace of cable knit tights. I know you have a variety of items and you have the rite to pick from your wardrobe without pressure. Pick a color scheme, gather pieces from your closet or storage area and just sparkle with more joy and cheer this season and beyond.
I have added some pictures of color coordinated kits with a variety of options to mix/match and pair with any part of your wardrobe. They give you an idea of the way you can add color and your own personal touch to your outfits without breaking the bank and you get a chance to wear all those items you bought for special occasions and have never worn. I’m excited for you closing out the year on your own terms, with your own unique style and sharing that beautiful light with others. I see you, continue to shine and be creative with your clothing and just being you, the wonderful Rebellious Beauty that you are!
As we know, across the country, many cities are experiencing a complete decline in homeownership, as it relates to millennials. Since the recession in 2007/2008 it seems young people aren’t too anxious to purchase their own home. They say student debt is far too high for them to afford to purchase their first home.
Meanwhile, boomers and past generations still question whether buying a home is even a priority anymore. They can see that millennials are perfectly fine with living with their parents. Granted we all would love to never grow up and experience real life, the question becomes why. Is it still a matter of priority, safety, or are millennials just flat out broke?
After speaking with several millennial families and recent college graduates the truth is ALL THE ABOVE. Right now, student loans are at an ultimate high and still rising. While college graduates are in debt anywhere from $34,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans, it’s safe to say their bank accounts can not afford to factor the lifestyle of a homeowner.
To them, being a homeowner isn’t as important as chasing financial freedom. According to CNBC, last year about 46% of millennials had less than $1000 in their savings. This tells us that even the majority of working, young adults are living paycheck to paycheck at minimum.
Not only are they saving less and less, as the world changes, it seems perspectives of life are becoming new. Millennials are taking a different approach when it comes to house shopping. They would rather pay $1800 a month for a rented condo than to buy it at $500,000. It seems more practical, less responsibility, and in hopes of moving, less stressful.
This brings an interesting point to my attention because if millennials aren’t saving up to buy homes, what will that trigger for the market itself? It has also been said that baby boomers who were expected to downsize in retirement years, instead are keeping their homes. This changes the narrative for real estate as a whole.
It makes me wonder who’s up next in real estate. Granted less responsibility sounds good, it also lessens the opportunity for complete control and ownership. It’s scary to think about how some millennials don’t value home ownership.
Although bills and student debt can be through the roof, how can we teach millennials how to plan for buying their first home? Since it seems that their funds are extremely tied up, due to what was meant to put them ahead, how do we teach and initiate true life savings?
It’s partially a matter of financial education. But how can we grab their attention in an area that they have no faith in. I believe free workshops in colleges and churches would be a start. Many times millennials need other millennials to prove importance. Therefore it’s also important for millennials in real estate to stand up and make it known that it’s cool to own your own.
As a 30 year old single mother college graduate, I feel the concern from both sides. For me, owning a “starter home” isn’t the first thing on my priority list, but investing in property, that can create revenue surely is. Yet, eliminating student loans and credit restoration is the first task at hand.
I personally believe the teaching of how property could work for you would be of interest to this generation. As millennials, we like to see and calculate ROI, rather than investing in what will ultimately be another set of bills out of our check.
I believe it’s going to take a little longer for millennials to grasp the importance of owning real estate but I believe when it begins to click, millennials will then begin to make a way out of no way. Real estate has many aspects and options. It’s important for more millennials to begin to talk about it.