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See the world

April 21, 2010

Visit Guadi's Sangrada di Familia in Barcelona

 

I hate to say it, but this is my last post. I wanted to leave you with an important message. 

Remember to enjoy life. 

As I mentioned in my rush hour post, it feels at times we are constantly going so often that we forget to stop and enjoy the gift that is our earth. 

In Canada, the workplace is a diverse place. In one office you may have one citizen born in Canada  working there and the rest from places like the Philippines, India, Mexico, Korea, etc. 

Now would you not agree that the best way to learn more about the people we live with is to visit the country they originated from? 

Maybe in some cases it may not be safe to visit, but in others you may be missing out on beautiful cultures and landscapes. 

Travelling will open up your world entirely. Once you start you can’t stop. 

Try to make yourself visit a new country or city every year if you can save the coin. Make the visit last two weeks so you can take it all in. 

Travelling abroad may not be for everyone. But who says you can’t experience cultures and beautiful landscapes in the safety of our own country, Canada. 

The Inuit, Metis, and First Nation cultures are facsinating and provide insight into environmental issues we have been faced with as of late. 

So, remember to take time for yourself and enjoy life. Whether it means travelling or sitting in the backyard with family. 

Being successful is important but shouldn’t come first. 

Thank you everyone for a great year and I will miss seeing you everyday. 

Take care of yourselves. 

Love always, 

Shaniquaa 

Biznewz4u Team 

Go for a Gondola ride in Venice

 

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Help promote public participation

April 21, 2010

My sister currently sits on the board of Edmonton’s IAP2, the International Association of Public Participation.

IAP2 is dedicated to encourage and improve public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world.

Being a member of IAP2 enables you to network with like-minded professionals committed to promoting the practice of public participation.  IAP2 has groups and affliates all over the world including:

  • France,
  • United Kingdom,
  • Ireland,
  • United States of America,
  • Australia, and
  • Canada

The Wildrose is the IAP2 group in Alberta and is recruiting youth as members. Especially young professionals straight out of school.

Who are members of IAP2, you ask?

  • policy makers
  • facilitators
  • multi-party mediators
  • planning professionals
  • project managers
  • citizen activists
  • public affairs and public relations professionals
  • government agencies
  • utilities and transit agencies
  • environmental groups
  • advocacy groups
  • professional organizations

Becoming a member is beneficial for networking purposes and keeps you updated in the field of public participation.

For more information visit http://www.iap2wildrosechapter.org/

And it wouldn’t hurt to mention Teneya Holmberg’s name when signing up as a member, either. 😉

Happy networking

Shaniquaa

BizNewz4u

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Rush Hour

April 21, 2010

As for many of you, this week has been one of the craziest, longest weeks I have ever experienced.

I feel like I rush rush rush through one project to the next, then study one subject, then work on a presentation, just to move on to the next thing.

To make things worse, I have been staying up all night which cause me to sleep in which in turn causes me to rush to school.

RUSH RUSH RUSH!

When will it end?????? WHEN???

Friday, I know!

But, sometimes I wonder if we keep rushing through life at this rate, will we have to time to smell the roses?

I’m glad universities incorporate breaks, but how many of us actually break?

Everyone goes out and parties, or has interviews, or has jobs.

Sigh.

Well, at least there’s a week without anything school related to look forward to.

What do you plan on doing during your week off?

Peace,

Shaniquaa

BizNewz4u Team

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Bloodshot

April 21, 2010

Yes, my eyes are bloodshot.

And no it’s not from the famous 4/20.

My eyes have glared into a computer screen from 1:00 pm yesterday and here I am still staring into the monitor.

I’m turning into the hunchback of Notre Dame from horrible computer posture. All I need is a severe stye in my eye and my face would resemble him too.Just hanging with some of the Biznewz4u Team

With my body changing into a new life form, I wonder: What will happen to me when I start working in communications – FULL TIME?!?

Seriously?

So, I found some helpful tips for us future professionals.

For your posture – bring a Swiss ball or fitness ball with you to work. Sit on this instead of your chair. Not only will you correct your posture and alignment but you will also get a slight workout! BONUS!

Also take frequent breaks for 30- 60 second stretches.

For your eyes – Increase your ‘monitor refresh rate.’ Computer monitors flicker constantly which causes eye strain. By increasing the refresh rate, it will help reduce eye irritation and headaches.

For your hands – Take frequent breaks to stretch your hands, fingers, and wrists. These excercises will reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, ensure your hands are in a natural position when using your keyboard and mouse. If not, change the height of your chair to provide comfortable hand positioning.

These are only a few tips. I want to hear from you! What else can we do to help ourselves through nine hour desk jobs?

Stay cool,

Shaniquaa

BizNewz4u Team

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Family matters

April 15, 2010

Family is my strongest ally.

When I think about them, I start to get a lump in my throat. They have seen me through thick and thin.

Bad breakups, empty gas tanks, empty stomachs, hang nails, deaths, soccer tournaments, band camps (I played baritone, yeeeesh!), dance recitals, graduations, weddings, and some I’d rather not mention. Leaked sex tapes – cough, cough! (Just kidding!)

I still live with my dad and I love it. He is 65 years old, yet acts like he’s 35. We are BFF’s and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

My mom lives two blocks away and we have dinner together at least three times a week. She cooks better than Ramsey. I can talk to her about ANYTHING and I woudn’t want it any other way.

My four sisters range in age from 43 to seven years. Sandy, the oldest,

My family: Mom, Teneya, me, Niki, Dad, and Layla in front. Sandy is MIA.

 taught me how to cross stitch and loves me like I am her own.

Niki is the craziest, loudest, funniest hooligan on the planet. I can count on her for a good laugh any day of the week.

Teneya is sugar, spice and everything nice. She is my very best friend.

Finally, there is little Layla loo loo. Attitude is her middle name. She is a tomboy and a girlie girl all smacked into one tiny brown package. 

And guess what? I wouldn’t want it any other way.

They encourage me to be a better person. The successes I have had and will continue to have, I share with them.

Support systems, such as my family, determine how well you will build and determine the self-confidence necessary for success.

Whether its your family, friends, distant cousins, your pets, a pen pal, etc. support systems enable you to excel.

Maintain these relationships and keep them close. As we enter the working world, these support systems will help you embrace your new lives and create new meaningful relationships.

Shaniquaa

Biznewz4u Team

*I swear this is my one and only sappy post*

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Get with it!

April 14, 2010

Well, well, well… tsk, tsk, tsk!

I have read some blogs belonging to classmates and I keep hearing a simliar line over and over again.

“Because of finals and assignments I haven’t been (insert how you are NOT taking care of yourself).”

Remember your medicine wheel, people!

I know its hard to keep all the balls rolling at once, but right now is an important time to ensure all aspects of your life are taken care of.

Go through each aspect:

  • physical;
  • emotional;
  • spiritual; and
  • mental.

Ask yourself:

  •  “Am I keeping up with my regular routine?”
  • “Which element is lacking and why?”
  • “What else can I be doing to keep balanced?”

Balancing a healthy lifestyle is beneficial during finals.

Each fulfilled element allows a clear, able mind to focus on studying, exams, presentations, and interviews.

Stay fit and have fun!

Shaniquaa

Biznewz4u Team

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Public Speaking or Squeaking?

April 12, 2010

Stage fright getting you down? Don't fret my little lamb!

Well, many of you know that presentations are a part of your life now whether you like it or not.

Some of us can talk in front of anyone and relay the message like it’s nobody’s business. Some of us would rather pick garbage with inmates than get in front of our peers.

There is hope for those who shake, sweat and st-st-stutter. The answer is Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is an opportunity for students, professionals, retiree’s and many others to improve their communication skills. Members learn by speaking in groups and working one on one in a supportive environment.

A typical group consists of 20 – 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour.

Lucky for us, there is a MacEwan Toastmasters club. Their blog is full of helpful tips for public speaking and also provides information on their weekly meetings.

So don’t worry, be happy! Toastmasters will save the day!

Visit www.macewan.ca/toastmasters 

toodle loo,

Shaniqua

Biznewz4u Team