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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – TO BE, OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION

Who else isn’t a big fan of losing an hour of your life and having your routine completely rocked? I thoroughly enjoy the daylight and take great pleasure in knowing that it won’t be pitch black at 8am anymore. If there’s one thing I dread, it’s Daylight Saving Time (DST), because in all reality, it defies reason. We aren’t “saving” daylight; the earth’s rotation doesn’t speed up or slow down. It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon and today science says that there are eleven hours and thirty-five minutes of sunlight and tomorrow we’ll gain another three minutes.

Daylight Saving Time “maximizes sunlight hours during the longer days of the year by taking an hour of morning sun when many are sleeping, and adding it to the end of the day,” according to National Geographic. The most popular explanation and common myth for DST, is that it’s meant for to help farmers. Many believe that the extra hour allows for farmers to properly tend to their crops and livestock during the summer months because they get more daylight. But the original idea behind this theory was to conserve energy and reduce artificial light.

Regardless of what DST does to the actual time of sunrise and sunset, I certainly feel that it’s not needed anymore. It’s no longer helping us to conserve energy due to the overwhelming amount and the many forms of technology people use every day. In addition to the lack of energy reduction, the springing forward and falling back of the clocks may be putting people at a greater risk by taking a toll on our overall health. Being tired can decrease productivity, concentration, and general well-being. Losing an hour of afternoon daylight, after setting the clocks back to standard time, can trigger mental illness, including bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder, also known as winter depression. Just like losing an hour of sleep can have a negative effect, gaining an hour can do the opposite, as heart attack rates normally decrease after the fall transition.

Today, there are many proposals to eliminate DST entirely and there are also proposals to keep it year-round. I concur with the year-round possibility a lot more because it would mean keeping that extra hour of daylight during traditional “awake hours.” Reportedly, evening light has some extremely positive health benefits with more time for physical exercise and other external activities. The United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and continues to increase, so I truly think this would do our nation some good. But one common concern is that once individual states start toying with time change, the zoning could become exceedingly complicated. Where do you stand on daylight saving time?

Posted in inspirational, Psyche

Halo vs. Horns Effect

If you haven’t seen the show Brain Games; I highly suggest you watch it. I’ve learned so many fascinating things from this show, but one of the most intriguing is the halo vs. horn effect. The halo effect is the positive first impression which comes of a person, brand, or any entity because of certain historic past traits. The horns effect is just the opposite phenomena. It’s when one’s perception for another gets swayed by negative traits. Both of these effects are attributable to cognitive bias, a mistake in cognitive processes like reasoning and memory. When you have a cognitive bias, you hold onto your beliefs despite evidence to the contrary. Once you form an overall impression, you may work very hard to manipulate new evidence to fit your impression, whether it fits or not. It’s a “mental shortcut” or “illusion of the brain” and because our entire lives are encompassed by these judgements, they affect the very structure of our society today.

When forming a first impression, the halo effect can take hold in various forms; observing an initial attractive feature such as beauty or strength can make the person appealing, making it difficult to revise that impression based on new or opposing information. An attractive individual may also be perceived as interesting, ambitious, or funny.

The term was established by psychologist Edwin Thorndike in 1920. Thorndike asked commanding officers to rate soldiers on physical characteristics such as physique, and personality traits such as intellect, loyalty, and leadership. He discovered unexpectedly strong correlations between superior physical characteristics and superior personality traits.

Whenever individuals present themselves for interviews when seeking job opportunities, it is usually those who are impeccably dressed and can express themselves more clearly, that tend to be considered or given the job. The Pursuit of Happiness movie is a prime example of that. Another example is when a consumer’s love for a certain product may prompt them to choose the item with the same brand name when faced with two options, even when the knock-off version is far less expensive than the known brand. When an initial perception creates a negative aura around a person or product, the halo effect may then be referred to as the “horns effect” or the “reverse halo effect.” For example, if you hear your new boss criticizing an innocent employee on your first day at a new job, you may form an overall negative impression of him or her. Even if he or she later apologizes to the employee or has other redeeming qualities, you may still continue to believe that the individual is a poor boss.

It’s truly agreeable that social perception plays a vital role in individuals’ everyday lives. I believe that the factors that contribute most to an individual’s perception of another are based off of how a person is dressed and how they express themselves. Meaning, people tend to think highly of others who are well-groomed, as well as those who are able to communicate more clearly. This perception also gives credibility to the fact that a person can affect how others perceive them. Like I mentioned in my last blog, tattoos in the workplace are one of the biggest misperceptions people have, especially when proving the halo vs. horns effect.

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In conclusion, we’ve all experienced the halo effect, where we judge another person either correctly or incorrectly based on a single attribute. But being more self-aware of this can help you break such a subjective lifestyle. Not only will you make more informed, fair-minded decisions, but you’ll be a better person for it too. I honestly believe this is something we must all work on!

Posted in Debatable, inspirational

Microblading vs Ombre Brows

  Beauty trends change quite rapidly, but thanks to social networking it’s easy to stay up to date with the latest trends. Currently, the natural-looking, dense, and thick eyebrows are a big thing right now. The most popular treatment to achieve that look is microblading. It is already a very well-known term in the beauty industry. However, besides microblading, there are other techniques, such as ombre brows, which give a slightly different brow result.

  I have been using the microblading technique for the last two years and I absolutely love it. It’s so nice to not have to worry about my eyebrows or trying to make them evenly perfect. Eyebrows are a super important facial feature because of the numerous tasks they perform. They aid in the framing of the eyes, shaping of the face, and play a powerful role in communication. Not everyone is born with perfectly manicured brows, so to achieve an aesthetically appealing look, your eyebrows should be routinely trimmed, shaped, and filled. Try not to go overboard like I did, because once they’re gone, it’s very difficult for them to grow back. I can’t stress enough to not overpluck your brows, but if you do and you need someone to help fix them, choose an artist who’s certified in the field and very experienced. You want somebody who takes pride in their business and boasts a lot of happy clients, as well as someone who comes highly recommended and displays plenty of website photos exhibiting their work.

  This is the before and after photo of the first time I tried the microblading technique. My eyebrows were extremely thin and did not fit my face one bit. The treatment cost me $500 at Lusting Expressions in Sioux Falls, which has a much larger clientele.  It was certainly a different feeling, since it’s on your face, but truly an amazing experience. She made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed on what she was doing and why she was doing it throughout the whole procedure. Callie is a very professional aesthetician and I highly recommend her.

Before & After – 2nd microblading session

  My last treatment was done here in Watertown, by an equally incredible and skilled aesthetician, at Brows by Allison. My expense was $250 and I was every bit as pleased with my results. She too made me feel at ease and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. I wasn’t worried about the money, but I do love a great deal. So, getting them done for half the price and without having to travel was an added benefit.

I get my eyebrows touched up yearly and typically around the same time. But this year I was thinking about switching it up and trying the ombre look, since my brows now have a good shape to them from the last couple years of microblading. Both ombre brows and microblading are semi-permanent treatments, meaning that after some time they will fade away. So, I could always return to microblading if the ombre look isn’t my thing.

The techniques are done differently and give different results. Microblading means manually creating micro incisions on the surface of the skin and filling them with colored pigment. Every hair is created separately, resulting in natural-looking brows. The process is perfect for people with dry skin, while those who have oily skin should opt for the ombre look. It’s also ideal for those who want more solid brows or want an entirely new look. The ombre powder technique resembles brow tattooing, since it involves the application of thousands of tiny dots of pigment inserted into the skin. However, unlike traditional tattooing, this procedure is done on the epidermis layer of the skin, therefore making it less permanent. Result is solid looking brows that look fuller and powdered, yet still very defined.  It is called ombre because the tail of the brow is always darker than the head. Also, if you choose this procedure, your eyebrows will always look as if you are wearing makeup.

Whatever treatment I choose, I’m sure I’ll be happy with it, since they both result in natural looking brows. I hope you have gotten some useful information out of this blog, especially if you’ve thought about trying either one of them. In the end, it’s worth every single dollar and the time you’ll save from not filling them in every day. Good luck!

Posted in Debatable, inspirational

Why Tattoos Should Be Allowed in The Workplace

  This is an extremely personal topic for me as I have a full arm sleeve, amongst many other tattoos. Granted they’re all beautiful images and nothing offensive, there are still people who don’t look at them like they should, as an artform. While tattoos have become more and more prevalent in today’s society, it’s no secret that they’re still not deemed as “socially acceptable,” especially in the workplace. It’s an incredibly frustrating and confusing concept that the most qualified person may be turned down from a job, due to the simple fact that they have one or more visible tattoos on their body. Don’t get me wrong; I fully understand that some tattoos can be inappropriate or unacceptable for specific professional settings, but tattoos are not an indicator of talents or abilities an individual has, to perform his or her job. Back in the day, body modifications, such as tattoos, were largely associated with tribes, gangs, prisons, and the military. It wasn’t the typical social norm a few decades ago, but today tattoos cross every socioeconomic status and have destroyed previous stereotypes. From doctors, to lawyers ,to cops, and so on, you never know who you’re judging when they’re not in uniform.

  Tattoos are also a fundamental part of some religions and cultures, which legally intermixes personal discrimination lines with religious discrimination lines. It is a well-known fact that discrimination against gender, disabilities, sexuality, and race is not tolerated in the workplace today, as there are a variety of laws that protect individuals against such types of prejudice. I find it hard to believe, especially in today’s society, that it’s illegal to turn someone away from a job because of their skin color, but perfectly legal to turn someone down because of a tattoo. Discriminating against an individual with tattoos should be treated no differently than discriminating against an individual who identifies as gay or bisexual, who has a different color of skin, or someone who has a disability. How you act towards someone with a tattoo makes a huge difference in your character and how others perceive you. A vast majority of people have come to the realization that there is no difference between someone with different colored skin than themselves, so the fact that people still view individuals with tattoos as lesser than those without, is utterly ridiculous.

  Tattoos are undeniably a form of art. A painting on a canvas is art, drawing is art, coloring in any form is art, and putting ink in your skin is art, just the same. And to some people, like myself, this art holds a great amount of personal meaning and significance.  People shouldn’t feel like they can’t put “their own version” of art onto their body because it will not be accepted in a professional setting, nor should they have to choose a different career because of their decisions.  I repeatedly contemplated on if I should even continue with my degree in Business Administration and Human Resources, for this same reasoning. I opted to push forward; I will not be forced away from something that means so much to me. While there is allegedly no room in the workplace for discrimination, it still occurs, and unfortunately, tattoo discrimination is a large part of that. In my heart, I know there are businesses out there willing to accept my incredible skillset and equally incredible personality, together with my depiction of art. If a product or service is of quality, then it doesn’t so much matter if a tattooed or non-tattooed hand delivers it.

My aspirations for the future workforce are optimistic, but we must keep fighting for what we consider to be fair across all platforms. Everyone needs to feel accepted and safe in a working environment, communication is essentially the key here. When colleagues can agree to disagree on personal opinions, but still work together without judgement- then that is a positive working environment. We are workers and we also have our personal lives and identities outside of work. The focus should be on the ability and the willingness of the employee, and not the ink they choose to wear.

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MONEY OR HAPPINESS?!

  There’s a strong correlation between wealth and happiness. Affluent nations tend to be happier than impoverished nations, and rich people tend to be happier than those living in poverty. Money’s impact on happiness isn’t as great as people believe it to be. If you have a job, clothes on your back, food to eat, & a roof over your head; then more money has only a small effect on your sense of well-being. People tend to get caught up in their everyday efforts and overlook the simple pleasures in life. Life is a gift and it should be treated as such. We are only given one life; it’s what you choose to do with it that creates a lifetime of happiness or a lifetime of despair.

  We exist in a society which prioritizes money over happiness from time to time. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with money, just as there’s nothing inherently wrong with material possessions. It’s when we put money and material possessions first; we lose sight of our real priorities, of life’s true purpose. Buy more experiences and fewer things, because material goods decrease in value. Experiences, on the other hand, don’t.

  In a 2018 issue of the Review of General Psychology, psychologists looked at years of research to determine what contributes to long-term happiness. They found that about 50 percent of our happiness is biological, determined by a sort of happiness “set point.” Roughly 40 percent of happiness comes from the things we choose to do, like exercising, setting goals and building friendships. Only around 10 percent of our happiness is actually based on circumstances like age, race, gender–and, perhaps surprisingly, financial status. Although your financial situation plays just a small part in your overall happiness, it certainly affects it.

  Wealth and happiness mean different things to different people. That’s why the road to financial happiness begins with identifying your values. When you know what you believe and are focused on your highest priorities, you have control. You can earn, spend, save, and invest in effective and efficient ways. You can manage your money so that it reflects your energy, imagination, and passions in life.  The secret to happiness is to lower your expectations.  If you can’t be content with what you have, you’ll never lead a rich life, no matter how much money you earn.  This equals true happiness.

FIND WHAT YOU TRULY LOVE TO DO AND DO IT!!!  NOBODY CAN STAND IN YOUR WAY, BUT YOU.

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One of my all time favorite concerts!!!

If you read my first blog, about music, then you would know just how much I appreciate everything about it. In this blog, I wanted to tell you about one of my all time favorite concerts, Metallica, that I had the pleasure of attending last year. This has always been on my bucket list and, thankfully, they didn’t disappoint. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, then you are seriously missing out on some amazing stuff.

I think it’s only fitting to bring this up, as I will be attending another concert in a couple of weeks. It won’t be the same band, but it’ll be a great birthday present. Attending concerts and shows is something I love to do and that will never change.

Metallica is an American heavy metal band know for their astonishing guitar rips and influential lyrics. The band was formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1981, by lead vocalist and guitarist, James Hetfield, and head drummer, Lars Ulrich. Both of which are still, original, members of the band today. It’s crazy to think that they have been together for almost 40 years, now. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicality made them one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer. They are beyond inspirational, not just as artists, but also as human beings. So if you ever get the chance to see them live and in concert, take it!

They put on such an amazing, mind-blowing show with tons of older music, which made them who they are today, but also added some of their newer stuff. I have been a fan of Metallica since I was in the womb, I swear. 🙂 I was born into the rock and roll world and I am so glad to have grown up with it and still appreciating it today. My dad is the main reason why I fell in love with it. That’s what was on the radio when I was young and now it’s what I choose to listen to, amongst other music, as an adult. I truly hope this style of music, especially Metallica, never dies.

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To me music is . . . .

  Music is a part of our culture and it undeniably plays one of the most important roles in my life.  It can be found anywhere in the world and it’s used for a variety of things.  I couldn’t imagine my life without music.  Some people say that music doesn’t mean much to them and I truly feel bad for them.  It’s just something I cannot fathom.  I couldn’t imagine living my life without music being intertwined.  I would certainly be a very unhappy person without it, because it’s a release unlike any other. 

  It doesn’t matter whether you’re a music teacher, a composer for movies or commercials, a lead singer of a band, an instrument player, part of a church choir, an orchestra member, involved in your school band, love singing karaoke, or even if you just like whistling tunes in the shower, music has a way of bringing people together.  It can tell you a lot about a person.  It not only gives us a way to express ourselves and who we are, it’s also a way of communicating how we feel.  Without it, life would be boring.

  Music is in everything around us and starts from the beginning of our history.  It’s what makes you feel a certain way and what can make or break a moment.  It’s a complete emotional outlet.  It can improve focus and can cause us to feel more uplifted in our everyday lives.  Music connects us all and there is something out there for everyone.

Music influences our culture in many ways.  It can set moods and help create atmospheres.  Humans are behaviorally influenced by the way we feel.  That’s why we throw on an upbeat playlist while we’re working out or hit the dancefloor when a song we appreciate comes on.  The thirst for music is something that begins to take shape when you’re a child and continues to grow with you throughout your entire adult life.  I was brought up on what I consider to be the best music of all time, which is better known today as classic rock.  The 50’s through the 80’s are some of my favorite musical eras.  There are way too many to name, but my ultimate pick would have to be “The Beatles”.  I mean seriously, who doesn’t love them?

 Music cleanses the understanding, inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. – Henry Ward Beecher

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Intro

Blogging gives you the opportunity to connect and network with likeminded individuals who share the same passions. It’s your personal journal or diary, where you can be yourself without any judgement, and what’s not to love about that.

This blog is going to be my version of a lifestyle blog. I will be using this platform for voicing my ideas, thoughts, and feelings covering a variety of topics. There isn’t anything I won’t speak my mind about. Everything and anything goes. I’m an open book and that’s why blogging is the perfect release. I hope to inspire at least one person throughout this journey. I hope you enjoy my raw sense of humor and my super fun personality. 🙂