Hey, Congrats on Becoming a Parent- and an Important Target Group for BS!

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When you first become a parent, you automatically become a target group. It kind of blew my mind because I had always lived outside of mainstream popular media fed society and was oblivious to such panderings. Companies immediately consider you fair game and try to tug on your heart strings, fears and aspirations as a parent for profit. Advertising screams “Buy this, or you are a bad parent without your child’s best interests in mind! Watch our show to ensure your child’s peak development! Only use this, listen to this, wear this as long as you spend spend spend and everything will be fine!” It is overwhelming, especially for one who is not used to being yelled at all the time in such a way. It is easy enough to avoid, really. Just don’t acknowledge it and realize that in a culture where everyone wants to make a buck, nothing is sacred and be prepared to throw on your deflector shield. Research products on your own and decide what is really the best option. Continue reading

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5 Things About Having Your Blood Drawn That the Lab Needs You To Know.

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Hello all! Let me begin by telling you that I am a phlebotomist, which means- I draw blood via venipuncture and collect and process other bodily specimens for lab testing. I am confident and upbeat which is the perfect personality type for this job because most people groan or grimace when they see me. Not many people enjoy having their blood drawn but the ones that need it on a regular basis really appreciate me, because I am good at what I do and always strive to be quick, efficient and painless- as does any good phleb. So, now that you essentially have an idea of what my job is as a health care professional, allow me to begin with…

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Dear Real World: The Position You Applied For Has Already Been Filled.

So, I have decided to blog whenever I feel like I am a complete loser in the adult world because at least I am doing something. There is something satisfying about the tangibility of words when the rest of your life seems to be out of grasp.

Can’t seem to get the hours I need at work that fit my availability, even though I am a competent health care professional of 5+ years? Blog about it. My countless resumes dropped into countless inboxes for countless companies that might as well have  “dead on arrival” for the subject line?  Blog it out. Still can’t figure out how my 8+ years as an exotic dancer can serve as relevant work experience in highlighting my negotiation & manipulation and people skills without being stigmatized as a #$%^ or leaving a gap in my job history? Blog. Blog. Blog. Continue reading

The Positive Benefits of Social Networking

When I was a little girl, I used to fantasize about what it would be like to live in the future. Now it is here. We are living in the future! Perhaps the cybernetic implants and teleportation devices are scarcer than I had imagined and glamourized in my mind at a young age but the means of communication surely has evolved beyond fantasy. In a downward glance, at the click of a button, we can transcend distance almost as if we were teleporting and connect with another person. The electronics are not implanted into our bodies but our hands willingly create and utilize countless machines, which keep getting smaller and more efficient, easier to transport. It is almost if they are cybernetics with how often they touch our flesh, they might as well be implanted in our bodies.

One thing that has stayed the same here in ‘the future’ is the innate human desire to connect with other people and maintain good relations. There is a reason for the desire… People who have good social support are less likely to become either physically or mentally ill. (Cohen, 2004) Countless studies have shown that people with positive social ties are happier and a lot less stressed which invite more relationships in turn.  (Baumgardner & Crothers, 2009) Misery may love company but so doesn’t joy, you become a beacon for others who wield the light as well.

So what constitutes a genuine social tie or bond, one that strengthens subjective well being and happiness? Continue reading

Just because I am not on the Right, does NOT mean that I am on the Left.

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It is a popular dichotomy. Just as it was on the playground while in elementary school, “If you’re not for us, you’re against us,” has permeated modern day politics and the verbiage of those who affiliate with either of the two major parties currently destroying our country today. Why is it so hard to believe that there are many of us who choose not to affiliate with either side? …and do you blame the growing number of “us” for NOT doing so? Continue reading

The First Blog of a “Thirty-Something”, Ready to “Live in the Future.”

I am a child of the 80’s. I found CBs to be fascinating, the fact that you could instantly talk to anybody outside of your usual environment (though they were usually lonely truckers, or creepy guys looking for a victim that matched my description) and used to peruse the phone book finding victims to prank call or even just to have a chat and was always grateful when somebody would take time out of their day to indulge me in a random conversation. I always ached for something outside of my usual environment, to engage with people who had a life different than my own rural girl upbringing and utilized every low tech means of that time that I had to “reach out and touch someone”- much to the annoyance of many people who were perfectly fine with not being “touched” in such a way. Continue reading