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6 apps and tech innovations that could help you find your dream job – Northumberland Gazette

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There are a multitude of apps and tech innovations out there designed to help people find their dream job. (Shutterstock)

Looking for work can be a stressful experience, and may even end up feeling like a full-time job in itself.

With a global pandemic throwing the nation into a recession, job hunting has become quite a lot harder for many. However, there are a multitude of apps and tech innovations out there designed to help people find not just their next job, but their dream one.

One such innovation is Ready For Business (R4B), a digital platform created by techentrepreneur and ex Silicon Valley executive, Dave Evans, during lockdown.

The platform specifically helps people from deprived backgrounds come together with business experts who can mentor, motivate and guide them in their chosen career.

Whether it's the music industry, life sciences or manufacturing, R4B aims to provide a vital link between aspiring, talented youngsters and accomplished professionals.

R4B was also co-founded by Laura Jordan Bambach, who spearheaded Barclays Life Skills.

Barclays Life Skills is a digital source for all things self improvement, offering three main hubs to choose from, including the educator hub, the young people's hub and the business hub.

It also has a section for adults, under the title changing worklife, which provides articles on skills for the workplace which are aimed to help you find tips and guidance in order to improve your career prospects.

It also features a CV builder to help you ensure you are putting your best self forward in your applications.

LinkedIn offers a sleek all in one job-search, giving you the chance to virtually network with people in your industry, discover industry related news, keep up to date with specific companies job postings through tailored notifications, as well as searching for jobs more generally.

However, the tool is also widely used by recruiters, so they can find you, instead of you doing all the hard work.

After setting up your account, make sure to add your CV history to your profile and change it to open to job opportunities, which will make you visible to recruiters and allow you to be sent news of opportunities straight to your InMail box.

When you are unemployed you can sometimes feel like you are on a tight deadline to get your next role. Hirewire is an app that aims to get you a job in 24 hours.

Hirewire has worked to streamline the job hunting process and make it as efficient as possible.

Instead of asking you to merely upload a CV, it asks you to build an interactive profile to let employers check you out, and gain a fuller picture of who you are. It also has built-in tools for scheduling interviews, and video and text chat with local businesses.

CareerBuilder.com is a digital platform which facilitates the job hunt, and it also has its very own app.

With an easy to use interface, the app gives users instant access to millions of job postings where they can filter searches by a range of needs, such as qualifications and salary expectations.

It is compatible with Android and Apple devices, and can be downloaded from the App store or Google Play store.

Indeed.com is a well known job searching website that also boasts its own app. The app has proved popular among job seekers with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from nearly 1.2 million reviewers in the App store.

Its functions are fairly similar to the website, giving users the ability to search for millions of postings in seconds with the use of a keyword and location, and the ability to apply for a role with the click of a button.

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Wellness By Nina Odongo

Like a financial audit, a life audit is a way of taking stock of our lives. It helps you see what youre doing with your life, where youre headed, and how that ties in with your goals and dreams.

Start by determining what areas of your life you want to audit. Examples could be family, health, skills, productivity, relationships etc. Basically, any part of your life can be audited.

Compile your data using a list of questions you can either prepare yourself or find online. There is no one way of doing it but ultimately you want to score yourself on all areas. You can ask a friend to co-audit you if you need to.

Life audits often reveal more than one area that need addressing so once you have determined what these are, it is important to create an action plan, prioritizing the most important and laying out specific remedies.

Life audits can be daunting but ultimately the goal is self-improvement through self-reflection. What's your favourite type of weather?

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Grupo Bimbo May Be Coming Out Of Hibernation, As Improving Market Share Can Drive Better Margins And Stock Multiples – Seeking Alpha

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Grupo Bimbos (OTCPK:BMBOY) (BIMBOA.MX) mascot Osito may finally be coming out of hibernation, at least in the U.S., as recent market trends indicate that the company has regained some pretty meaningful share in the last couple of quarters. Whether that lasts, though, and allows the company to drive long-awaited margin leverage in North America is still a big question, and theres still a lot of work for management to do to improve its Latin American business outside of Mexico, to say nothing of driving enough share growth and volume in other geographies to justify the investments made there.

These shares havent done much since my last write-up, which is basically what I expected, and they have lagged the likes of Gruma (OTC:GMKKY), Flowers (FLO), and Mondelez (MDLZ) over that time. I still have pretty mixed feelings about the company. Although the ROIC has been pretty reliably in the double-digits, the companys growth by M&A strategy has produced mixed results at best, and progress on various self-improvement initiatives has been slow. If management can get FCF margins back into the mid-single-digits on a reliable basis, I think theres value here, but thats still a work in progress.

The changes in consumer patterns that have accompanied COVID-19 have benefited Grupo Bimbo, as consumers stay at home and eat and load up their shelves with comfort foods.

Revenue growth has accelerated from a 2% contraction in the fourth quarter to 7% growth in the first quarter, and 20% growth in the second quarter, with U.S./Canada the main driving force (with revenue up 36% in the second quarter). Granted, currency has played a significant role there, but sales were still up more than 11% in the second quarter in local currency, with the company seeing high single-digit volume growth in the first half of the year.

What I find encouraging is that the Bimbo seems to be benefiting from more than just an overall shift in consumer spending. Nielsen data has shown significant share growth, with Bimbo basically doubling the growth of the underlying bread, baked goods, and cakes in the second quarter. That outperformance has slowed since, but Bimbo is still gaining share. Ive seen some speculation that when people feel nervous they stick to (or go back to) brands they recognize and have long personal histories with, and I suppose the data support that. The big question, though, is whether Bimbo can hold that share growth after COVID-19 fades the companys market share had been weakening through 2019, and Bimbos core products arent exactly in keeping with the healthy eating and low-carb trends that are supposedly still popular.

In the near term, at least, Bimbo is leveraging this improved volume into better margins. There were still some opportunities left for Bimbo to optimize its supply chain and logistics, as well as introduce more automation into its plants, but as you might imagine, COVID-19 has put those plans on the back burner for the time being. Still, the added volume leverage did boost gross margin by three points in the second quarter, helping to drive better than 50% EBITDA growth and a 150bp improvement in EBITDA margin. The U.S. business is still far less profitable than Mexico in terms of operating margin and EBITDA margin, but better is still better.

While Bimbo seems to be benefiting from a shift toward comfort food in the U.S. and Canada, the business has faced greater challenges in Mexico (where the company still generates almost 30% of its revenue). Revenue in Mexico rose 4% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 6% in the first quarter of 2020 before declining 1% in the second quarter, and EBITDA margin has fallen from 19% to 17% over that time.

Although they dont help, I question whether new labeling laws (which highlight the elevated calories, sugar, salt, and fat content of many of Bimbos products) in Mexico are making much of a difference. Instead, I think the weakness in channels like foodservice, vending, and convenience stores (FEMSAs (FMX) same-store traffic was down 24% in the second quarter) is likely the bigger driver. The Mexican business is far more leveraged towards sweets and snacks than the North American business, and I think Mexican consumers behave more or less the same as Americans do we may exercise discipline in the grocery store, but our self-control fades when its late afternoon and we pass a vending machine or a rack at the gas station.

I also believe there could be a modest economic impact here. Bimbos products are more luxuries than staples, and Mexicos economy is struggling, which may create some demand destruction at the margin. Still, Im not concerned about this business on any sort of long-term basis, and I expect volumes to start recovering as movement restrictions in Mexico have meaningfully eased.

Outside North America, theres a lot more work to do. Margins are still weak in Latin America (ex-Mexico) and Europe, with operating scale and operating leverage an issue in both regions. Bimbo still has fairly weak SKU breadth in Latin America and its distribution/logistics remains quite inefficient as a result. In Europe, the company just doesnt have all that much traction the company has a couple of brands that have some value here and there, but its still more of a hodgepodge business, and one that doesnt generate attractive margins at this scale.

I think the companys real problem areas are likely to remain so for a while. The company has given no indication that theyre seriously considering pulling out of any markets (or not to a meaningful extent), and its going to take time to build brand value. Along those same lines, I dont rule out the possibility (or risk, depending upon your point of view) of the company doing more deals to acquire more brands and improving operating scale/leverage in Europe.

Im looking for Bimbo to generate revenue growth on the lower end of the mid-single-digits. I do still see share growth opportunities in Latin America and Europe, as well as some incremental growth opportunities in North America, though product development/innovation will be essential to generating real organic growth above underlying volumes in the U.S.. I do expect Bimbo to generate better margins over time, but Im not going to give the company full credit for whats possible at this point until I see sustained improvement. Even so, mid-single-digit FCF margins can drive double-digit FCF growth.

With mid-single-digit revenue growth and mid-single-digit FCF margins (a roughly 150bp improvement over the trailing decades average) Bimbo looks priced for mid-to-high single-digit annualized total returns, and the shares look more undervalued on an EV/EBITDA basis, even with a lower multiple than I use for Gruma. I dont really love Bimbo, but I do think theres a fair price for almost any going concern, and with Bimbos market share growth and long-term FCF growth opportunity not fully reflected in the share price, there could still be some opportunity in this relatively defensive name.

Disclosure: I am/we are long FMX. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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Opinion | There’s more to Daddy Issues than meets the eye – The Breeze

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The term daddy issues is common in pop culture today to describe a person, typically a female, who has a poor relationship with their father and is now an adult dealing with those repercussions in their current love lives. However, daddy issues arent the only relationship issues that may have ties to the past.

Its inevitable that as children grow up, they experience heartbreak in some capacity, though some people end up in repetitive cycles of toxic love much more frequently than others. The repercussions of childhood trauma and poorly learned emotional behavior manifests itself in many different ways. It may seem as if romantic relationships are present and future problems, but the truth is that many issues with heartbreak repetitive or not are rooted in the past.

The sooner young adults realize this, the sooner they can manifest something closer to the fantasy relationship they wish they had. Learning how to choose people that are good for you or learning to love what you know is good for you is more effective than falling for the next person youre simply attracted to. Looks fade, but relationship styles and coping mechanisms normally stick with a person.

The formative years are crucial to how people will form emotional bonds as adults. Children learn through example, and the biggest emotional impact on children are parental relationships. This isnt just the relationship between the adult and the child but also how the child experiences the way the adults in their lives interact. Children are sponges; they truly do absorb everything around them as a survival instinct to help them cope. The things people learn as children can create either healthy adult problem-solving and relationship techniques or can cause an adult to unknowingly seek out toxic situations to match the relationship style they were accustomed to as a child.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network reports that 78%of children reported more than onetraumaticexperience before the age of 5.Couple this with the fact that the divorce rate in the U.S. is nearly 50%, and it results in the average child having some sort of negative relationship-oriented experience. Grant Brenner, a psychiatrist andpsychoanalyst, said, It is not uncommon for people traumatized by key caregiversto end up with friendships,romantic relationships, and evenwork settings, whichare not good for them. They find people who fit their traumatic identity, even when they are trying to make different and better choices,leading to re-traumatization through repetition of the past.

Theres nothing wrong with creating standards for dating, and emotional coping skills should be one of them. Its better in the end to start with someone less broken than to try and fix them along the way. This goes the same way for oneself. Its easier to grow and evolve as a person when single and focusing on oneself than trying to grow alongside someone who might not have the same goals in mind.

Ive realized that so many people in college had unhealthy home lives growing up. At the end of the day, I'm sure most people love their parents and can accept the way they were raised, but for others, childhood memories arent all camping trips and pancake breakfasts. No matter how perfect or imperfect a childhood might have been, experiencing relationship issues or a string of unhealthy relationships may be the time to turn back the clock and examine the relationships one experienced as a child.

The National Institute of Health explains common unhealthy habits adults receive from their parents. If parents rarely displayed acts of love or kindness toward each other, it may be difficult for one to know how to show affection or love toward significant others. If parents yelled and screamed during arguments instead of having calm discussions, thats how the child experienced problem solving and may see that as the go-to way to display unhappiness as an adult. These habits can be hard to break and even difficult to recognize as a behavior that was ingrained as a child.

The faster college kids get serious about dating and ditch hookup culture, the sooner they find out relationships are hard and take work. Everyone brings something different to the table, and if that contribution is trauma, its better to start working on that now so it doesnt continue to work against the relationship or any future relationships.

Another way to examine the type of human bonds people form as adults is to understand what kind of attachment one had to their parents growing up. The four attachment styles are secure, avoidant, anxious and disorganized, according to the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center.

Evergreen said, Adults with these attachment styles differ in a number of significant ways: how they perceive and deal with closeness and emotional intimacy, ability to communicate their emotions and needs, listen to and understand the emotions and needs of their partners, modes of responding to conflict, expectations about their partner and the relationship (internal working models).

Daddy issues arent the only parental relationships young adults should recognize. Noticing the possible side effects of the relationships that were molded as a child is helpful with self-improvement and current relationship issues. No one should be ashamed of these issues because its so common for children to pick up unhealthy coping mechanisms. Everybody grows up differently and comes from different backgrounds. Childhood has a profound impact on who we become and who we choose to spend significant amounts of time with. Understanding your past can be the key to your successful love life in the future, not just for your significant other, but also to model good emotional behavior for the next generation.

Rebecca is a sophomore media arts and design major. Contact her at cutsinrj@dukes.jmu.edu.

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The Great Bed Making Debate: Are you a make-every-day or do you love the nest? – ABC News

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To make or not to make ?

In a statement for R U OK? Day Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth spoke about how helpful it can be to set yourself achievable goals and stick to some kind of routine to get through lockdown.

One of the simplest things you can do in the morning, and this was said to me once at a leadership seminar by someone who is a very good leader, is make your bed," said the Dr. "It sounds so simple, but... structure can be very important to keep you on track."

This has led to some important conversations across the country.

Aside from the important mental health side of things, his comments raised for me and Michael Hing a discussion where he revealed hed NEVER ONCE made the bed, said Hobba, who prefers his sheets tight, taut and freshly made each day.

Who cares about making the bed!? said Hing. NO ONE NEEDS TO MAKE THE BED! Hings argument seems to rest on the fact that a) whos got the time? b) no need to be messing around with hands down the sides of beds c) it makes zero difference to him whether its done or not. Hing! MAKE YOUR BED, you ANIMAL!!! Rach from Indooroopilly

I'm a nurse and I've made hundreds of beds...I definitely don't want to make mine. Liz from Logan.

Even Hacks Political Reporter Shalailah Medhora weighed in:

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And so Lewis took it to the triple j app, and put a poll up for Michael Hings self-improvement. (You just need to know that this is a sick thing to do!)

63% for unmade beds!!! With 57% of respondents saying they make their bed every day.

So Hing won the poll. But that was yesterday. And today is a new day.

"Turns out that it wasn't just me tossing and turning on those results," explained Lewis. "The results themselves tossed and turned because we forgot to take the poll down. (Classic bit of professionalism from us). And it changed overnight..."

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NTCA Names 2020 Tile Setter Craftsperson of the Year Awardwinners – Floor Focus

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Flowood, MS, September 10, 2020-The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced its 2020 Tile Setter Craftsperson of the Year Award in both the residential and commercial categories.

On the commercial side, the winner is Ferid Hasic of Grazzini Brothers & Company, Eagan, Minnesota, while the recipient in the residential category is Leo Reynaga of Visalia Tile in Visalia, California.

The winners receive round-trip airfare for two to Coverings 2021, scheduled to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida next April, as well as hotel accommodations for a three-night stay. They will be recognized at the annual NTCA Awards Night during the show.

Rod Owen of C.C. Owen Co., Mike Micalizzi of Custom Building Products, and James Woelfel, consultant, scored the commercial entries. Jan Hohn of Hohn & Hohn, Inc., William White of Ardex, and consultant Nyle Wadford judged the residential entries.

Judging criteria for the awards included the following factors:

15 years or more setting tile, and continuing to set tile as part of job today

Technical correctness of tile installations, 25%

Craftsmanship/artistry, 30%

Ability to resolve tile installation problems, 20%

Self-improvement/continuing education, 15%

Mentoring/leading others, 10%

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Self regulation code adopted by Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and other OTT platforms could either be a – Business Insider India

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It could either go the way of Facebook and Twitter where the self-imposed policies are in place, but enforcement, loopholes, and biases, has many wanting for more accountability.

Any failure to comply with the same can lead to future government intervention, Rajat Prakash, a managing partner at Athena Legal told Business Insider.

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The code provides for a self regulation framework, and as such will not have legislative force. However, a self regulatory approach is not unprecedented and has been successfully adopted by several other industry sectors in the past, like advertising, said Tanu Banerjee, a partner at IndusLaw.

What is the self regulation code adopted by OTT platforms in India?The self regulation code came into effect last month on August 15. It proposes a set of guidelines with respect to age classification, content descriptions, and access controls. All the OTT players who have signed the code are expected to adhere to the same guidelines.

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An overarching advisory panel will also be set up consisting of an independent member one who has no association with the OTT platform. This panel will advise the internal committee on decisions and issues.

What does the government want?With theatres closed and nobody looking to step out of their house more than they have to, movies are being released directly onto OTT platforms. This means they are not required to have a Central Board of Film Certification, hence no rating, which is why the Information and Broadcast (I&B) Ministry has been pushing to take over jurisdiction from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

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MeitY, on the other hand, argues that the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 and its intermediary guidelines governed the conduct for all third party content already overseas content pushed by OTTs.

OTT content does fall under the Information Technology Act of 2000, however, there is no separate regulation for OTT contents. The act does have provisions that allow the government to apply penalty and imprisonment for publishing or transmitting obscene and sexually explicit material, explained Banerjee.

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"In order to make a complaint no legal notice is required, a viewer can make a complaint giving his details and nature of the complaint against specific content," explained Prakash.

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Why Americans Really Go to the Gym – The Atlantic

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No matter how they package it, these businesses arent just selling physical activity; theyre providing people with a way to adhere to expectations that the industry itself helped set. Exercise, and especially public exercise, came to signify mental, emotional, and even spiritual health and virtue, Marc Stern, a historian at Bentley University, wrote in 2008. In return for the effort, gym-goers attain the type of body that proves their virtue to all who see them.

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That these physical standards are difficult to achieve is the point. We live in a culture in which being industrious is highly, highly valorized, Petrzela, the New School professor, who is working on a book about fitnesss place in American culture, told me. Many people want to be perceived as people who value exercise, because it shows theyre committed to self-improvement, and to hard work. Above and beyond movement itself, part of the satisfaction of gym-going comes from performing those values around other people who share them, and from achieving what that community regards as success.

This psychological cycle of work and reward means that theres all the more to lose when gyms go dark. If you spent hours every week in Pilates class or carefully monitoring your protein macros in pursuit of gains, where do the energy and care put into those rituals go when youre asked to stay home? Those kinds of things really do matter to people, Stern told me. Many people view the gym as that space where theyre able to demonstrate their own willingness to try to control their life, and its especially important in a time when that kind of control is really absent. For some people, exercising alone in their living room doesnt grant that same sense of role-fulfillment. Proving something to others is often a big part of proving it to yourself, and thats difficult to do when no one else can see you.

Even for people who would be physically satisfied by a solitary run, the gym can provide a clear advantage, after six months of lockdown: Its not their home. They might be eager to return to the gym just because its an opportunity to spend an hour away from the family members theyve been cooped up with for far too long, and because they see fitness as something they do only for themselves. The home is not the place where I relax. Its a place of multiple obligations, McKenzie said. If youre a working family, and you have kids on Zoom school, thats your priority right there. She said that for a lot of people, starting a whole new at-home exercise routine is a psychological bridge too far. For many people, time spent working out before the pandemic was me time, an experience that cant be re-created at home if your kids are watching you do a yoga video.

In some ways, though, the desire to return to the gym is as much about the presence of others as it is about a focus on the self. A lot of people who are missing the gym are not just missing exercise, but theyre missing having another institution in their social life, Petrzela said. Theres a certain pleasure in being a regular somewhere, no matter where it is; McKenzie referred to it as the Cheers effect. Some people have regained bits and pieces of those social interactions as certain types of local businesses have reopened. I, for one, cant quite account for the level of excitement I felt when I first saw Beatrice, my favorite bartender at my favorite wing place, when the restaurant finally reopened. For some people, their Beatrice is at the gym. A lot of us really come to enjoy a particular instructor, McKenzie noted. The minute the gym closes, you dont see that person who may have been tremendously influential in your life. Even if those instructors have been teaching online classes to bridge the gap, the connection just isnt the same.

For people who had built a gym routine before the coronavirus changed everyones life, there is comfort in regaining one more psychological tentpole of normalcy, even if the circumstancesmasks, lines, acrylic partitions, and fewer gym-goers allowed insideare far from normal. You can watch all the guided yoga routines in the world, but the YouTube-famous instructor onscreen is never going to be excited to once again see your smiling face at six in the morning.

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If meditation is a foreign or intimidating concept to you, youre not alone. Resting in complete stillness with your eyes closed is something most save for sleep, but there are many benefits to doing it awake. And did you know you can actually meditate while walking!? There are many misconceptions about meditation and the type of people who practice it. In reality, it is actually very simple and, while it takes a lot of practice to get good at, can benefit every single person.

The aim is not some magical erasing of the mind and transcendental spiritual breakthrough. The goal is to simply take your attention away from all the chatter Did I pay that bill? What will I cook for dinner? Am I safe in my job? Im so ticked off at ______ and direct it to your breath inhale, exhale. Anyone, anywhere, at any point in your day and at any stage in your life can meditate. It doesnt have to be some grand production of incense burning and floor pillows, though many meditate in a scenario like this. You can start with five minutes in a room alone.

According to an immensely useful and thorough intro to meditation on mindful.org, there are five reasons to meditate: Understand your pain, lower your stress, connect better, improve focus, and reduce brain chatter. To get an expert and very real perspective on mediation, we chatted with Kate Wilke, a certified meditation instructor at Flourish Meditation in Nashville, TN.

Kate, pictured, walks us through her experience with mediation in easing physical pain and stress and how it connected her to herself again. Image: Submitted

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After I checked into the ER with rhabdomyolysis, an injury as a result of over-exerting my muscles in a workout, I was in the hospital for a week. I realized my inability to be self-aware and mindful during a workout ended up severely injuring me. Thats when I knew I needed a way to practice mindfulness. I signed up for MindBodyGreens online 200-hour meditation [training], and through my certification, I was able to practice meditation daily and begin working out with self-awareness and mindfulness.

The biggest struggles I faced at the beginning were my desire to open my eyes, check my phone, or check to see how much time was left in my meditation. Sitting still was hard for me. Eventually, I learned to lean into the discomfort and see what it had to teach me.

I think meditation is intimidating because there is a stigma that you have to be a certain type of person to do it, or you have to have a certain expertise to do it. I remember teaching in-person classes and students knowing even more about meditation and techniques than I did! I can see how it is intimidating, but thats why I love advocating that meditation is different from person to person, and it is whatever you need it to be.

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There are misconceptions that you have to be perfect to meditate. That you have to shut your brain off and sit perfectly still and hold a mudra (hand position). You can move around, open your eyes and reset, give up and try again tomorrow, and you can practice a walking meditation if you need to. There are days that I resist my meditation practice so much, and sometimes I end it before I mean to. But as long as you set the intention to meditate, and you start, youre already making a huge step toward self-improvement.

The biggest benefits of meditation that I have personally experienced are living daily with greater self-awareness and always knowing I have a choice when it comes to reacting. I know I have the choice to think before I react. Overall, I feel a sense of control over anxiety. The breath is always there as a way to ground me and help me.

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Both meditating alone and in a group are powerful in their own ways. When I meditate alone, I enjoy not being guided by anyone but letting the silence provide answers to questions I seek. It may take me several minutes to find a quiet mind, but when I do, there is a beautiful, blissful state where wisdom shows up. In a group setting, led by a teacher, I enjoy the experience of stepping into a new visualization that is profound, creative, enlightening, and most importantly, calming. There is something powerful about sitting with others, all working together to better ourselves and find peace in a world of constant stress.

I always recommend starting simple. Notice each inhale and exhale through your nose. Repeat for several minutes inhale, exhale. Or you can count your breaths. Something simple to keep your mind focused on your breath.

MindBodyGreen has some great beginner-friendly meditation courses. As a teacher for Flourish Meditation, I highly recommend our digital studio with new classes every week from a variety of our teachers, and for beginners, a must-read is Ten Percent Happier by Dan Harris. Personally, I started with the Calm app and loved it.

Thanks, Kate, for chatting with us and opening up our minds to meditation.

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SJM says first Grand Lisboa Palace recruitment drive attracted 2000 job-seekers – Inside Asian Gaming

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Macau concessionaire SJM Holdings says it attracted almost 2,000 local job-seekers to the first major employee recruitment event for its US$5 billion integrated resort project, Grand Lisboa Palace, last month.

Due to open before the end of the year, Grand Lisboa Palace represents SJMs long-awaited foray into Cotai with its offerings set to include 27,000 square meters of gaming floor, 75,000 square meters of retail and 1,900 hotel rooms across three luxury hotel brands. The company has already stated its intention to move around 1,000 staff from peninsula property Grand Lisboa to its new Cotai IR.

But there appears to be plenty of interest in remaining roles with SJM claiming almost 2,000 applicants were present at its first recruitment drive on 21 to 23 August. Of those, 600 were offered initial selection notices onsite.

Available positions were across 30 different departments, the majority being non-gaming, SJM added.

The recruitment event was jointly held with the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, General Union of Neighbourhood Associations of Macau, Macau Gaming Industry Labourers Association and Macao Gaming Industry Employees Home. Fresh graduates from local tertiary institutions were also invited to participate.

SJM said that all interviews were arranged by pre-appointment due to ongoing COVID-19 guidelines.

SJM gives priority to recruiting local talent for job openings and is dedicated to promoting career advancement for local employees, said SJM Chairman Daisy Ho.

As a milestone development of SJM on Cotai, the Grand Lisboa Palace is organizing a series of recruitment activities in preparation for its opening. Through multi-channel promotions and collaboration with various organizations, we aim to reach diverse groups of job-seekers in the community.

SJM highly values the development of local talent. In addition to creating job opportunities for society, we devote great effort in providing training courses for our employees to encourage self-improvement, which effort has not been suspended even during the pandemic.

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SJM says first Grand Lisboa Palace recruitment drive attracted 2000 job-seekers - Inside Asian Gaming

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September 9th, 2020 at 10:57 am

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