Saturday, September 11, 2010

Heart of Gratitude

This is another email I got - so I don't have the source but I like the message and wanted to share it with you guys. Sorry for the copying and pasting but the message is a good one... I promise.
Heart of Gratitude!!! 

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. 
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."

I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have.. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. 

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!! Enjoy your day with a heart of gratitude .

How long again?

I received this article in my email from a cousin of mine and thought I'd share it. Read it... very interesting and the headline kind of gives you hope but you will need to read to see what the real outcome is. It was a very interesting story and shows you how data is analyzed .... the different things that can be represented and not just one conclusion drawn. It's all about the "apples-to-apples" comparisons! 

Are Young Women Earning More Than Their Boyfriends?

Yes, but only because they're better educated.

By Heather Boushey
Posted Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at 1:27 PM ET

Note - Sorry I don't have a link to the article so I just copied and pasted it from the email. It was written by Heather Boushey as noted above. 

The news last week was that if you're a young woman without children, you have a shot at making more money than your boyfriend. "Young, single, childless women out-earn male counterparts," says USA Today; "Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top" says Time.

I always enjoy it when the media rediscover a trend: Equality is here! But digging a bit deeper into the data tells a more nuanced tale. Even if you can make more than the cute guy you saw at the bar last weekend, you may not out-earn the colleague sitting in the next cubicle. And, alas, it's the second comparison that really matters.
There are two ways to look at the gender pay gap. The first way is to ask whether equally skilled men and women in comparable jobs are paid the same. That's the way to gauge workplace fairness. Do women with similar credentials in similar jobs earn as much as the men they work with? It's in this context that the answer remains no.

How do we know that? To understand workplace fairness, economists analyze how much of the overall gender pay gap—women still earn 78 cents on the $1 of what men earn—can be explained by the characteristics of workers and the jobs they hold and how much cannot be explained by anything except the person's gender. In other words, they compare workers of the same educational attainment holding the same kinds of jobs—male college-educated electrical engineers and female college-educated electrical engineers. The American Association of University Women tackled the pay gap question this way and found that for college-educated women, the gap emerges as soon as they graduate. Their research shows that a woman earns 5 percent less the first year out of school than a man who goes to the same college, gets the same grades, has the same major, takes the same kind of job with similar workplace flexibility perks, and has the same personal characteristics, such as marital status, race, and number of children. Ten years later, even if she keeps working on par with the men around her—that is, continues to have the same level of on-the-job experience—the AAUW found that she'll earn 12 percent less.

The new headlines claiming that women outearn men come from Reach Advisors, a marketing research firm, which did not publicly release the numbers behind its claim. But from the media reports, it's clear that the analysis compared the median earnings of women and men aged 22 to 30 working full-time who do not have children and who live in the largest cities in the United States. Reach Advisors did not address whether the men and women in the sample had similar skills or experience, or held the same kinds of jobs. They asked: If you're a young, childless woman, do you earn as much as a young, childless man? With the question framed this way, the answer was yes. In fact, Time reports, Reach Advisors found that "in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group."

But young women are earning more than young men because young women are acquiring more skills than the men are. Good for them. But this doesn't mean that they're being treated the same way in the workplace. When you do the apples-to-apples comparison that the AAUW did, young women still earn less than comparably skilled men. What has changed is that there are more women with higher levels of education. Among women aged 22 to 30, a third (34 percent) have some college education and a third (35 percent) have a college degree or more. Among men in that age group, less than a third (30 percent) spent some time in college, and just over a quarter (28 percent) have a college degree. If one group (women) has more workers with more education, then they should outearn the other group. That's what the Reach Advisors study shows—that because there are more young women with college degrees, women now outearn young men.

Which brings us back to that cute guy at the bar. He is less likely than the woman sitting next to him to have been to or completed college. So yes, now we know that if he lives in a big city, he probably earns less than she does. Though Reach Advisors looked only at young workers without kids, down the line, the findings may have implications for how families use their time or for shifting the balance of power within the home. When mothers outearn fathers, it may make more sense for the dads to take off work to pick up a sick child. And higher-earning moms may have more say over household decisions than lower-earning ones.

At the same time, research has shown that discrimination against mothers remains widespread. And let's not forget that the fact that better-educated young women outearn less-educated young men doesn't mean that we've achieved workplace or gender equity. Until women with exactly the same skills and qualifications match their male peers in earnings, there's plenty of work left for all of us.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New "Job"

Everyone kept saying... so how are you enjoying Brasil? What do you do all day? Are you going to work over there? Why don't you look for a job? .... and also stuff like "It's good to get out of the house" "It will keep you occupied" etc. Mind you I was perfectly happy at home doing my own thing, only venturing out into the sun when I wanted to and I was happy like pappy. But needless to say I decided to get off my ass and find something that might be a bit more constructive than my usual daily activities that I grew to love. So I found something and well things over here tend to take a while to organize and get going so after a few months (which I did not mind) I finally started my new "job" on Wednesday. 

So I think I would enjoy my new responsibilities even though I am a bit nervous about it. And based on the last two days - when I go home I am absolutely tired ... so no more time for my internet activities that I enjoy so much - webanswers, hubpages and even my horrible attempts at blogging. I guess once I get accustomed I can start back doing bit by for the last two days - first day I went home with a headache....something to do with noisy kids and then the next day I reached home after 8pm! Hard worker right? :-) 

So today I'm heading home normal time, hopefully minus the headache, but I have lots to do this weekend including all the housework I've ignored this week and cleaning out the fridge, taking the time to cook a decent meal and oh yeah planning lessons for the upcoming week of 'work'. So there you go blog readers out there - I've definitely found something to fill my time!! :-( Let's hope I enjoy it - so far so good! Okay so enough with the questions that I mentioned above cause if anyone asks me anything like that again I'm going to have a mouthful of things to say :-) So BEWARE!!!! 

Have a great weekend guys.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Finally I'm finished TESOL

Okay so you know that course I've blogged about several times already - the one I'm doing with ITTT - the TESOL course.. well I just submitted the final unit - Unit 20. Gosh seems like a long time that I started this course but thank goodness I finished with two days to the deadline! Yay me! Now I get a free course as part of the package but I am not feeling to start on that one just yet. Tomorrow is a holiday in Brazil but I have a very long early morning trip to the airport to do .... then I'll relax and exciting news - I start a new job on Wednesday. I really am terrible at this blogging thing so I am not sure anyone even reads my posts anymore :-( A good blog to follow though guys is The Frugal Buzz   - that one is full of great advice and is updated regularly and written by a pretty great gal! 

Okay so I'm off to go catch up on some television and wait to hear back from my tutor saying hopefully that I passed and the certificate will be in the mail :-) 

Have a great Monday.

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