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Awesome Infographic: How the Customer Life Cycle Differs in Real Estate

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November 17, 2014

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Transitioning from Stay-at-Home Mom to Healthcare Professional

Once the kids have gone to grade school, some stay-at-home moms decide to return to the workforce. Returning to a job after being away can seem daunting, but it’s very possible with the right preparation. If you were a healthcare professional, like a nurse, and you’re looking to start up your career again, here are a few tips to jumpstart your journey.

Research the Industry

When you go back to work, practices, patient care, and data implementation will have changed. Depending on how long it’s been since you worked in the healthcare industry, the changes may be small or they may be significant. Prepare for this by doing research. Ask your friends who still work in healthcare what has changed, or brush up online to make sure you don’t need to get any new certifications or training.

Consider Online Class

If you want to change careers or give yourself a leg up when reentering the work force, online class is a great place to start. You may just want to take one or two so you’re current with the industry, or you may want to go in for a whole new degree. If you’re a nurse, try looking at online DNP programs. A new degree can help jumpstart your career or change your employment direction after time away from nursing.

Prepare for the Interview

Going to a job interview is nerve-wracking for everyone. Learn about the job and the company before entering the interview. Prepare for questions relating to your time spent away from the workforce. Demonstrate current knowledge of the industry and clear reasons for wanting to return to healthcare. Project confidence, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the job or the company when the time comes. Remember not to be discouraged, either. The job market may be a little tougher than you remember, but the right preparation and perseverance will take you far.

Try Telecommuting

Perhaps going back to an office or a hospital doesn’t sound appealing. Medical transcription, consulting, data entry, and management over the phone are all possibilities. Some jobs will require you to come in for a few days a week and allow you to telecommute for the rest. Oftentimes, positions organizing case files or working with patient data can be done from home, so check the job postings for your local hospital and clinics.

Make Family Time

Your kids are probably in school all day now, and with a new job, it might feel like you go from seeing your family all the time to not seeing them enough. Sit down with your family and set aside family time. Perhaps a family outing every Saturday afternoon, or two nights a week when everyone is home for dinner. 
Before you start applying for jobs, decide whether you want full-time or part-time work, and consider the logistics of transportation as well. Change can be hard, but just remember why you loved your healthcare job in the first place, and reignite a passion for disease prevention or patient care.

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May 7, 2014

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Work, Work, Work

Hello. Remember me? Yeah, I’ve been hiding. Behind a desk in a cubicle, that is. It’s a long ways away from that garden and kitchen renovation work, let me tell you. But a gal’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. And even though I’m definitely a “do it yourself” kinda gal, there are some repairs and renovations slowly starting to pop up that I’m not going to touch, like the roof. When I was younger, I had no qualms about skipping over the asphalt shingles with hammer in hand. But I’m a bit older now, and I’ll let the roofing experts manage that job.

Here are a few other updates that might interest you.

1. YES, Livvy is still with us. Here she is as her usual, charismatic self:

Livvy not pleased

And looking cute in the warm laundry:

Livvy in da baskey

She hasn’t acclimated to my working schedule, yet. She’s very clingy and wakes me up VERY early every morning. Ugh.

2. We have been fixing a few odds and ends around the house, but nothing major. We sided the exterior part of the house (where we’d installed the new kitchen window a few years ago). We painted window trim, and finished the bookcases with trim. There’s still a lot of the kitchen that needs trimming. The husband would like us to finish all these small projects before undertaking the next large one.

3. Our next large project will probably involve converting our garage into living space. And then we have yet to gut and renovate the upstairs of the house. I think that my demolition/renovation days are over, but I will rather serve a supervisory role as the offspring do all the work. Oh yeah, and I’ll be working so I can pay for all of this, too. :-p

So blogging has really taken a down turn for almost a year now. I shut down almost all my other blogs. Who knows what else I’ll dismantle! It’s been a fun ride, but a gal’s gotta eat. :) Making money through blogging was a blast, but short-lived. Onward!

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March 18, 2014

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A Cowhide Rug Adds Natural Beauty And Luxury

Home decorating can be a tricky process. Deciding on an overall look as well as the details of your intended look is not particularly easy. Many people aim for décor that is warm, inviting and yet sophisticated at the same time. One of the best ways to achieve this aim is with the use of […]

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March 1, 2014

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Cabin Fever Daydreaming

I know I’m speaking to most of the folks in the United States when I say this has been one long winter. I love this season, but when even I am sick of the brutal winds from the Arctic Circle and the never-ending trickle of lake effect snow from the Great Lakes, you KNOW it’s […]

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February 5, 2014

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The Walipini

The name sounds a little weird, but the concept is AMAZING! It’s a walipini! Have you ever heard of it before? This solves a lot of problems for us in the Northern Hemisphere. A walipini is an underground greenhouse. In general, it’s a wide trench, six to eight feet deep, with a slanted, plastic roof. […]

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November 10, 2013

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Find the Kitty Friday, Again!

Betcha it will take you a minute. Did you find her? By the way, did you happen to notice my beee-yoo-teeful bookshelves? I can’t remember if I bragged about them on this blog or on the social networks *blush* but we are so very happy they actually turned out OK! Miracles do happen!! And we […]

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November 7, 2013

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Winter Cleaning Prep: Tips For a Sparkly, Holiday Home!

This post brought to you by North American Property Services. All opinions are 100% mine. Winter is here, and it’s a great time to do some deep cleaning to help keep your home germ-free. North American Property Services, one of the top janitorial service companies in the United States, has ten key tips for cleaning […]

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October 25, 2013

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Find the Kitty Friday!

It’s cooooooold. So where do you think she could be?! Look a little closer. Ah! Yes, of course! If you like this post, please share it!

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October 12, 2013

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Harvesting Apples

Am I the only one who finds grocery store produce bland? For years, I never noticed how bland and uninteresting that shelf-laden stuff is until I planted my own stuff. I just ate it (or my dad forced me to eat it!) and thought nothing of it. But what a difference your own produce makes! […]

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