May 1, 2011

Freedom Part 1

Posted in Choices, Decisions, Future, Happiness, People, Skills, Society tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:45 am by lemaclellan


I know it has been awhile since i posted an original “Lauren” thought so here it is, long-awaited but epic nonetheless …

It’s official, as of Thursday April 28th, at approximately 9 am I finished my degree. The fact that I have finished my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology still hasn’t quite sunk in, probably when I go for convocation on June 3rd it will be realized. But for now it feels good to be done.

I did receive my acceptance for the Post-Degree Education Program at the University of Alberta… I know its in Edmonton, but I think I’ll survive as I only have to be there for 2 years but the University is amazing up there.  So at the end of May I shall be heading up there with some family members to hopefully find the apartment for which my life will continue on in up there.

This summer I shall be doing the S.T.E.P program through the AHS again which will give me 10 weeks of steady work as I wait for the CFL season to start-up again so that I can see my Stampeders in action before I head to our rivalry city. Speaking of rivalries, I have decided that instead of going outside my apartment to enjoy hockey or football festivities (unless I have a group that will protect me) I shall create my own “C” of Red in my apartment so I shall be protected from Oilers and Eskimos fans.

I am just excited in general, moving on to a new phase in my life, it will be different living on my own in a different city. I say this because I have lived in Calgary my entire life so it is a lot of change, but I have no doubt that it will be quite the experience. Now I just need to befriend some people in Edmonton so that I have people I can do Bikram yoga, watch sports, and other fun endeavours with unless all my Calgary friends want to constantly road trip up to check up on me haha.

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January 14, 2011

Procrastination

Posted in Business, Choices, Decisions, Expectations, GWT, Happiness, People, Skills tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:15 pm by lemaclellan


We are all guilty of it,  some of us have just come to terms with our procrastinating ways and accepted that it is something that though it may be entertaining and feel good in the end it is not beneficial for anything. Yes at the moment I am procrastinating my readings for my classes to write this blog but I the fact is I am conscious of this.

However I do like to be productive and the past couple days i actually have been successful in this feet. I have gotten two leads for my business, gotten information on another possible, worthwhile investment, ordered my business kit as well as a beautiful pendant and chain from my company :

I should be receiving it next week and am ridiculously excited.

My last semester also began this week and looks like it shall be a busy one which brings me back to procrastination, since I shall have lots of readings, assignments, presentations and the like that come with taking 5 senior classes if I procrastinate I will not be in a good place. So I shall try to be vigilant and not procrastinate excessively.

I have not procrastinated however in the matter of application completion for the universities that I have applied to for the post-degree education program. Hopefully I will be accepted to the University of Alberta so that I can stay relatively close to home but also leave Calgary(living wise) for once in my life. Also the U of A is a beautiful campus and fantastic school, my fingers are crossed.

So my motto for this semester I have decided will be “Do or do not, there is no try” to quote the brilliant Yoda from Star Wars because it is true. I like to believe that we as people can do anything we set our minds to it is just a matter of applying yourself to what it is you would like to do.  I believe that is all i shall leave you with for now.

till next time

Ciao

January 4, 2011

New Year Resolutions…

Posted in Business, Choices, Decisions, Expectations, Future, Happiness, Human Nature, Interaction, People, Society tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:32 pm by lemaclellan


Every new-years people create goals and missions for themselves for the coming year. Some will vow to lose the weight they’ve been trying to lose for years and make the same resolution every year without success, others will want to save money, relationship changes, etc.  No matter what your resolution it has to be something you believe in and are driven towards wanting to complete, because if you don’t want it then why should you work for it.

I am by no means saying that you should not make resolutions because I make them and that would make me a hypocrite what i am saying however is to make them carefully and with lots of thought so that at the end of this new year you can say you did it

I pledge this year, 2011, that I Lauren MacLellan will put money into a house fund, get more healthy and active, learn something new (activity wise), and most importantly be myself and not sacrifice a part of it for anyone.  I am also going to invest more in my business so that I can prosper long-term and help with my goals of owning a house by the time i am done my second degree.

That said I am going to join a yoga class either at Mount Royal University or at a yoga studio by my house, I am going to try to find a level two salsa class i can attend that does not conflict with classes, I will only pursue and keep relationships that add positive things to my existence no negative, energy draining individuals. I will be successful and do everything to the best of my ability.

I hope that no matter what your resolutions for 2011 may be that you succeed and that they help you be the best you can be.

All the best New-Years wishes to you all

December 19, 2010

Words That Make Your Resume Suck (via Crone and Bear It)

Posted in Business, Decisions, Expectations, Skills tagged , , , , , , at 2:07 pm by lemaclellan


How you present yourself be it in person, or on paper sets the tone so make sure you “put your best foot forward”

Words That Make Your Resume Suck I remember some time ago reading an article intended to help those seeking jobs by alerting them to certain words or phrases they should not use on their resumes.  The concern was applicants may be using generic language; language that doesn’t specifically demonstrate capabilities.   Over-used, trite, unsupportable phrases make Human Resource Managers cringe.  Six examples were provided: 1.  “Responsible for” — So what?  We’re all responsible fo … Read More

via Crone and Bear It

December 15, 2010

My Approach to Having Good People Skills

Posted in Business, Decisions, Expectations, Human Nature, Interaction, People, Relationships, Skills, Society tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:14 pm by lemaclellan


Interacting with others We all interact with people everyday of our lives be it in person, over the telephone, or digitally and how we communicate greatly influences how others perceive us and how they will interact with us in the future.  In order to sustain positive interactions, communication, and inevitably relationships be they business, personal, or fleeting meetings we must be transparent.

What I mean by transparent is that we should have no ulterior motives, intentions should be clear, and most importantly we should not disguise who we are. By being transparent and genuine others know that we are straightforward, honest, and more than likely they will feel able to trust us because of that honesty.

One other thing that should always be done is to actually listen to what the individual or group you are interacting with are saying. Paying attention and being able to show that what everyone says has value is key in building relationships and interactions. For me I know this is true because if I do not feel like my opinion is valued then I begin to question whether this person really cares what I have to say or about me.

Respect and Trust are earned , and not just given lightly. You must show respect to everyone you interact with that way they will treat you with respect, the only reason to not treat someone with the utmost respect is if they treat you disrespectfully without having the manners to apologize if they realize their mistake. The golden rule of ” treat others as you would like to be treated” is the most important aspect of the human condition. If we treat those around us with respect, honesty, trust, and liking then they in turn will treat us that way and positive communications and relationships will build rather than decay through deceit, and disrespect.

As always if you have any questions, comments, recommendations leave them here or contact me to let me know, they are always appreciated.

Treat others as you would like to be treated

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