Tag: College Plus

A Reflection on Happiness and Joy

About two weeks back, I hosted brunch for a few good friends.   All of my girlfriends are beautiful, gifted women, but I want to focus on Nadine today because she is so different from me. She’s Jamaican and I’m a Caucasian American mutt. She’s loud, expressive, and free. I’m reserved, cautious, and hold my emotions in check. She wears flowy dresses, with colorful flowers and wild designs. I like my muted, solid T-shirts and dark blue jeans. When Nadine sets her mind to something, she just does...

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Just Do It

At times, we all find ourselves struggling to do the things we know are the best for us. You know, the things like exercising, eating healthy, and working on assignments well before the due date. We have a strong desire for the outcome, yet, we find ourselves procrastinating or being lazy and thus failing to accomplish the goal or task.   Why is it so hard for us to find the motivation? What is Motivation? Essentially, it’s the driving force that helps you complete things. Motivate (v): to...

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Outer Banks History: Shipwrecks, Swashbucklers, and Swizzlers

For the past four years, my husband and I have taken an annual summer trip to the Outer Banks NC to visit his father.   The white beaches, warm aquamarine waters, and sunsets over the Pamlico Sound always leave an indelible mark in our memories. Before my visits, I’d never thought of it more than just a beautiful beach destination. Over the past few years, however, I’ve learned something new about the rich and interesting history each time I go. So, as summer winds down, and I wistfully remember...

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10 College Plus Tips for Better Time Management

What is time management? Time management is a set of skills involved in managing your time around planning for the future, setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and monitoring where your time actually goes. NOTE: This is a skill, not an innate ability, which means it is learned and developed. Why is time management important? As a new school year approaches, so does the stressful task of juggling work, classes, homework and social calendar.    It’s not uncommon for College Plus students to ask...

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Public Worthy

Our blog this week is written by guest blogger Emily Vincent.  Enjoy! The idea is that people are all Public Worthy until we try to be somebody we aren’t. The idea of Public Worthy applies to all of us. Public Worthy is primarily viewed as what does the public want, and how do they view us? It also applies to how you want to be viewed. Something you may not be aware is that the world is more inquisitive about people who do not fit the status quo. People will get most questions about their...

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How You Can Help End the Silence

Mental Health Awareness Month The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month.  As an organization that advocates for individuals with mental illness, let us tell you why it’s important. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Approximately...

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How To Build a Bridge Like the Incas

My husband and I love learning about culture and history, so we enjoy ambling our way around museums and stumbling on interesting new facts.  On a recent trip to Washington D.C., we stopped in the National Museum of the American Indian.  After a few hours of wandering around a maze of exhibits learning about various Native American cultures, our aching feet and weary eyes begged us for a rest.  Yet, we found ourselves getting sucked into exhibit after exhibit. One such display was about the Q’eswachaka...

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Super-Bloom

So what’s the big deal about wildflowers?  Well, wild flowers bloom in the California deserts every year, but a super-bloom occurs only once every 10 years or so.  The term aptly describes the eruption of flowers blossoming in the middle of the desert at a much greater rate than the normal spring growth.  So that’s what all the fuss is about – the spectacular and rare transformation of the desert. What’s particularly fascinating to me is that the conditions have to be just...

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Blending of Diversity: A Life Lesson from Coffee

One of the (many) things I love about my husband Ben is his enthusiasm for coffee.    Since meeting him, my knowledge and appreciation for coffee has grown greatly.    Gone are the days of medium Dunkin Donuts with French Vanilla cream!  Gone are the days of sipping cup after cup of diner coffee, blissfully unaware of how terrible it was!  No, Ben opened my eyes to really good coffee and there’s no turning back. Most people won’t give much thought to their coffee other than the taste of the final...

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Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride

Within the past nine months, I received two speeding tickets on the roadway near my home.   It infuriated me, not only because of the hefty fine, but also because they forced me to drive more slowly. Those that know me will tell you that I am a stickler for efficiency, focusing on the quickest way to get things done.   I evaluate the order of how I will do things to make sure that no time is wasted.  I’ll load the laundry into the washer, then pop the chicken in the oven for dinner, then focus...

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