Monday, January 24, 2011
I will disclose more soon but this is soo funny, and makes exercise a DELIGHT! Who would have thought that I could say something like that!
Look. I am not running or doing formal strength or flexibility work here. But I do a bit of cardio, of flexibility and strength. I am building the foundation for more.
So I have a two days streak already!
Friday, January 21, 2011
So I was in the tub. With my iPhone (I'll get to that later). I had just gotten in the tub and, although i could have just relaxed, I did not have my headphones to listen to the theta meditation (and since i had already done it in the bus...) So, I grabbed the Spark and started reading. Lots of great stuff- darn! no highlighter. I folded the pages' corners. After a while, it felt like there was already too much stuff i wanted to integrate and was loosing attention. So i grabbed the iPhone instead and began playing. And since I resolved my puzzle on the first try (about once every 200 games), I shut the game. It would be a sacrilege to not let that last impression, last. At least a little. And because I like long baths, I had to find more stuff "todo" ;)
So I looked up jobs with Indeed app. Nothing new since this morning. Ok lets put the iPhone down (but not before i check email - typical isn't it...) Nothing new there, last email was that of my aunt.
(you could have skipped the first paragraph I guess...) Her email was about the Millionaire Mind Intensive next week-end I invited her to attend to. She was asking if she could crash at my house. Funny, her son had written me on Facebook to ask the same thing and if there was going to be simultaneous translation. I had replied Yes and NO to him but he had not confirmed whether he was coming or not. As it often happens to me, started a little imaginary conversation jumping between him an I and her and I:
Him: No I don't think so. It's gonna be to complicated to follow if its only in English.
Her: I don't know if I will understand. Why does it always have to be in English
Me: Because most of the self-growth and other gurus and motivational speakers are doing it and producing it in English. Because most the literature is available in English.
Her: It does not anger you?
Me: I'm perfectly bilingual (Feeling a wave of gratitude that I am and can have access to these courses and subliminal program such as John Assaraf's )
Her: Right, it's easy for you.
Me: It has not always been! I remember I used to have headaches going to conferences.
Him with a pout: English is hard
I hated to learn English. But I liked good grades. So I had good grades for my written English and was forced to take the advanced program in 4th grade of high school. It was an horrible year. I had to spend more time doing English homework than other subjects together. In 5th grade they allowed the students in the advance program to choose which courses they wished to continue in the advance profile and which they were to take in the regular. I was going to switch when my English teacher suggested it would be ashamed that all this years efforts would have been for nothing, that I had improved so much that the regular program would not bring anything to me and that the curriculum had been revised to be more manageable. I took my courage and a leap of faith and continued with the advanced 5th grade English course (which was basically the same difficulty level than my mother language 5th grade French course.) At the end of that year, I won a french literature contest and the prize was a trip to Valley Forge Pennsylvania to attend a seminar... in English LOL.
Quickly more memories of the past 23 years raced in my mind... When I went to Japan and got to use English with people from a great variety of countries (and accents) such as Australia, Austria, Norway, UK, Brasil, many USA States.. and Japanese people of course - Japlish ;)
That boyfriend I had at National Teather School of Canada, an acting student from Toronto who knew no words of French and who would bring me to "chili and music" evenings where him and his friends played the guitar and sang and spoke English.
When I lived in Florida or California, when I visited Hawaii and Hong Kong.
When I participated to an online surrogate community when I pursued the dream of becoming a surrogate mother and where I met my two best friends... The whole community was composed of mostly English speaking people.
That other serious boyfriend whom got to learn to be patient when we were arguing as emotions would hinder my communication skills in ENGLISH...
I adore writing in my mother tongue. But I cannot resent or feel ashame to speak in English, or to use tools only available in English, despite my mother's nationalist advocacy that I should boycott companies unwilling to serve us in our mother tongue.: Iput so much effort into mastering English and it opened doors, cultures, skies that others only dream of...
Yes, English was hard but I am so thankful to myself that at one point in my life I had the courage to learn it and I am grateful for all it has brought into my life.
To my cousin: Yes, English is hard, but it is such things that require efforts and dedication that are worth it and that bring greatness into our lives, not easy. Easy is binging on bonbons in front of the TV, nothing positive and great will remain memorable of this in a decade, maybe just excess weight... but that's not greatness.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Of all the things that need serious fixing in this society. But let's be specific. Peace, hunger etc is not what I'm looking for here but rather programs or companies that need to be put on the right trail..
I will add a link here later when i finish setting up an online list but meanwhile put your ideas in comment to that blog entry.
Here is one i discovered this morning. This organism (lecentredetransition) is searching for an employee willing to work every week-end plus some week days, able to write reports, make interventions. The work setting: to be supervising parent-children visits in a context where the parent lost custody. 40 hours a week. Students in their last year in social services studies welcome. 10$ per hour (minimum wage here is 9.50$, taxation levels are high and so is living and housing).
My soap box: GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. It is beyond me. They expect a 18 years old kid to have authority over a delinquant adult (if the custody was removed must have been serious cuz they don't remove custody nowadays). To make proper interventions, guidance and than write reports. The salary offered is ridicoulous. Of course its going to be underqualified or newbies that will take this job. Most likely the reason why new social workers are burned out within 2 years and abandon after 4 years study and the related schooling debts!
In order to know what is appropriate, and how to make a diagnosis and an intervention plan with the parent, the social worker/visit supervisor would need a minimum of experience and some maturity relevant to parenting. At an age where the student has not yet finished his own maturation process (anticipation and consequences evaluation required for good parenting skills only fully develop around 25 y.o.) we trow them in the zoo? THIS IS SICK AND IT ENRAGE ME!
If not a student in social services, the next potential candidate for this job will be mrs smith who's been raising her kids and now has to go back to work. Or has been on welfare and is looking for a job back on the market. She has parenting experience but no social intervention and analysis skills and expertise. She might be a good person with good values but her social status indicates most likely that their will be deficiencies in the self confidence, education, proper behavior and child care (nutrition, hygiene, etc) skills to guide others in the first place and might not hold very well on the role model department either. Of course I am aware that there might be exceptions. But who would accept such a stressful job for 10$ per hour working all week-ends and without the proper training to face the challenges ahead. No wonder the turn over is constant!
So the thing to be fixed here is to stop making rehab programs without qualified workers. We confide the most vulnerable people of society to underpaid and underqualified workers! It is unacceptable that a rep that sells dog food makes 6 figures and a child visit supervisor makes hardly 18k per year!
Such job should be paid 18 to 27$ per hour, depending on experience. And expectations should be high in terms of plan of intervention.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Except for the last 3 days where I went overboard with eating stuff I don't even know how many calories there are (and lost weight?! what's the deal here!) I have started C2 on a steady course, taking my two shakes a day. Of course 2# does not show much difference on picture but here it is, for the records
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