Posts Tagged ‘teaching’
Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world. Did you know that on average people worldwide are living six years longer than they were 20 years ago? Thanks to improved medical advances and declining tobacco use the average life expectancy for women in the United States is 81 and male life expectancy is 76.
So now that you’ve got more time, what are you going to do with it? If you are nearing retirement or have retired what creative and inexpensive activities would you like to do in your golden years?
Getting together with friends or neighbors visiting cultural sites, libraries, historic homes or museums or how about taking a Yoga or Tai Chi class to increase your flexibility.
Volunteering your services, participating in church or religious groups are also other great options. A lot of people actually fear retirement thinking they are going to be bored, but trying something new or doing something that you’ve always wanted to do can be both fun and exciting.
Have you ever wanted to write a book, sing, act, paint, or learn to play a musical instrument? Perhaps you would enjoy sharing your knowledge by teaching, writing a blog or in specialty cooking and baking. Local travel to neighboring states discovering what is in your own back yard can also be an inexpensive adventure.
No matter what you choose, if you start making a list now while you’re still working you’ll have more to look forward to when that great day actually arrives.
What is the one activity that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time?
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Welcome to the Weekend – oh, how I love the sound of that word…weekend…weekend…weekend! I know that I previously stated that I was going to enjoy each day to the fullest and not live solely for the weekend, but it’s so hard not to especially in the summer! Can you believe we are already at the end of the first week of June?
By now most of you have probably already seen or read the reviews for the #GoVoxBox from Influenster, so I am not going to go into great details, however, I did want to share my opinion on a few of the products.
Did I hear somebody say they don’t know about Influenster?
“Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. VoxBoxes are boxes filled with complimentary products from your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) brands. Not all Voxboxes are created equal: some programs feature an assortment of products while others will spotlight one awesome brand. But make no mistake: All VoxBoxes are created awesome.”
Their words not mine, but if you want to be a part of this community go to www.influenster.com and sign up.
Now on to the #GoVoxBox Review
PROFOOT Triad Orthotic – I haven’t tried them yet, however, I have used orthotics in the past with great results of foot pain relief – no rating
Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons – I am in menopause and have no need for this product so I gave it to my girlfriend’s daughter – no rating
Aqua Spa Relax Body Cream – the lavender fragrance is so calming and the lotion is not sticky or greasy. I love putting it on my feet after a pedicure bath and on my body after a shower – A
PROFOOT Pedi-Rock – this pumice is by far the best I’ve ever used. It is soft and large enough to handle well, removes calluses without a lot of effort, dries quickly and can be used either wet or dry – A
Blue Diamond Almonds Blueberry Flavored – a double Super Food which is rich in Antioxidant Vitamin E, low in sodium at 35 mg and a great mid-afternoon snack – A
The VitaminShoppe Next Step Meal Replacement Shake – is by far the best that I have ever tasted. There were 3 flavored packs, French Vanilla, Swiss Chocolate and Berry as well as a 20oz JAXX Shaker Cup. I used a pack, added 8 oz of water and ice and it kept me full until dinner with no hunger pangs or in-between meal cravings. A coupon for $5 off the Next Step purchase was also included – A+
Speaking of coupons the #GoVoxBox also contained one for a free container of Muller Greek and Corner Yogurt, which I got from Shoprite right before my blogging class. I don’t particularly care for Greek yogurts but with the added fruit it actually tasted good and filled me up, which is what I needed because I had missed dinner – A.
BTW – the Blogging Class was great, thank you DE Money School!
Which product would you most want to try?
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!
Last week was an emotional roller coaster filled with both highs and lows. Monday, I taught a Blogging 201 class:Monetizing Your Blog, and it was a full house despite the torrential downpour of rain.
Everyone was enthusiastic, asked questions and participated in lively discussions, it was one of the best classes to date. Thank you again Money School of Delaware for giving me this opportunity not only to share knowledge but to sharpen my skills and expand my base.
Teaching again is helping to lay the foundation for my 5-year plan leading up to retirement/encore entrepreneurship.
My outfit of the day was a black pencil skirt with floral embroidery thrifted from Goodwill, a sleeveless mock neck tank also thrifted from and faux snakeskin pumps via Target.
On Thursday, I wore another black pencil skirt but this one was from JCPenney and the striped top is from Old Navy.
I broke up the classic black and white combination with a pop of red in the Caliente pumps from The Shoe Dept and a red plastic bracelet from Rugged Wearhouse.
The polka dot scarf was a recent purchase from Avon. By the way, if you are looking to update your fragrances or cosmetics Avon has some great deals going on, some even includes FREE shipping, click here for more information.
Thursday was also my sister’s birthday, had she lived, she would have been 51 – Not A Day Goes By….
Although, I am thankful that I had her 29 years, I still feel that she is gone too soon – Rest in Peace Lil Sis!
Your turn, what are you thankful for this week?
Hello Friends and Happy Monday
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are now in the midst of a stress-free work week. Teaching has always been my first love, but the last time I actually taught consistently was in 1983, it was third grade in the Caesar Rodney School District. I loved teaching and even as a child played school with my sister and cousins, but after 1 year I left in pursuit of more money in Corporate America. I’ve always missed the classroom but never returned although it was my grandmother’s dream for me to do so.
Fast forward 30 years and guess what? I can now once again be called a teacher, I have returned to the field of education…yes, ladies and gentleman, I am now officially an Instructor for The Money School of Delaware (applause…applause…applause!)
Thanks to the overwhelming positive feedback from the previous classes I was offered the opportunity to become a regular (volunteer) instructor and I couldn’t be happier. I will continue working my full time job and will only be teaching once per month but this works well with my personal and professional life. #blessed
The Money School was established in 1999, and it offers over six-hundred free community-based financial education classes annually. Classes are scheduled on a wide variety of subjects and are taught in a hassle-free manner by more than 100 volunteers, all experts in their financial fields.
Money School instructors can hold classes at work sites, conferences, or religious and community organizations. I enjoyed teaching the Blogging 101 ~ The Basics and Blogging 201 ~ Learn How To Earn with Your Blog classes, but the Dress for Success on a Budget class wasn’t so popular so it’ll be put on the back burner for now.
If it weren’t for my two girlfriends attending the class I would have been all alone in the room. Oh well, I tried to float that balloon and it fell flat, “Move on Mary…Move On!
Thank you Cecily and Lynette for supporting me!
Thank you Money School for allowing me to return to my 1st love!
Last week I taught another class, this one was “Blogging For Your Small Business” held at The Bear Public Library, in Bear, DE. It was the second blogging class that I had an opportunity to teach thanks to The Money School of Delaware. There weren’t as many students enrolled in this class which allowed us more time for questions and answers as well as to do a little networking.
Blogging for Small Business
Enjoying teaching the class
In attendance, along with her mother was Kayla Williams, a 9 year old who is the owner and designer of Kay-Luv-Kreations Jewelry. Kayla showcased her current line of jewelry and has already participated in several vendoring events at Churches and local Craft Shows. This young lady is a lovely entrepreneur and her mother is certainly proud of her. Kayla can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynette Oliver, The SewLadi, creates and sells adorable Handmade Gift Items including Hats, Scarves, Dolls, Key Chain Holders, Money trees, Business Card Holders and Cotton Dish Cloth Dresses. Lynette also conducts sewing, knitting and crocheting classes and has an Etsy Shop, www.etsy.com/shop/thesweladi. Lynette can be reached at email@example.com.
Regina Redden, Consultant/Educator is a very passionate woman when it comes to the upbringing and educating today’s youth. Helping early childhood educators provide building blocks for a strong foundation is her motto, and she can be reached at Edu1Consultants@hotmail.com.
Also in attendance was Carla Shipman owner of Declutter Enterprise, LLC, who I had previously met at The Money School’s Green Tie Event. I will definitely be enlisting her services in preparation of downsizing our home over the course of the next several years. Carla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rasheeda Demby-Chenault is the Owner/Stylist/Aesthetician of Demby International Beauty Studio located in Wilmington. Rasheeda can be contacted at email@example.com.
Carla Holland, is a Training Coordinator and Business Advisor for the University of Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center. If you require additional information about this program, feel free to reach out to Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only male attendee in the class was Willard Williams, of Gemstone Real Estate Group, who kept me on my toes with his many questions. As an educator it’s job satisfaction when you can share your knowledge with others especially to those who are eager to learn. If you are in need of housing services, rentals, lease or purchases, Willard can be reached at email@example.com.
Listening to the questions
I would like to once again thank The Money School of Delaware for giving me an opportunity to be a guest instructor. I know that it is a stepping stone leading to something great for my retirement years…yes, I’m putting it into the atmosphere!
Have a fantabulous day – Smooches
Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday.
Remember when I told you about the opportunity that was presented to me by The Money School of Delaware to teach a Blogging 101 class? Well, it happened…I did it, I taught a class last Wednesday at the Bear Public Library.
In 1983, I received my BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State (College), but only taught 1 year of 3rd grade before leaving to work in Corporate America. This was the first time since then of being back in a classroom…teaching…doing something that I’ve always loved to do.
I was on pins and needles for months in anticipation, reading everything I could online and from fellow bloggers as well as from the “Blogging for Dummies” book. I was super excited to share what I had learned and prayed that all would go well.
The class was full with 20 people registered, however, there were several no-shows but the walk-ins took their place making it a total of 18 participants. “Not a bad turn out for a new class” stated the Library’s scheduler, which made me feel good.
I was a little nervous only because of the traffic delays that I had encountered trying to get there before the start time and upon arrival there were already 3 people seated. After setting up the laptop with my PowerPoint presentation, I downloaded some Smooth Jazz from Pandora and waited until the start time of 6:30 pm. to begin.
Do you know that saying, “I hit it out of the park”? Well I did…it was an awesome evening, a lively and engaging group of woman ranging in ages from 15 to 60, mothers with daughters and small business owners all eager to learn the basics of blogging. They asked great questions, participated by sharing stories and overall made this a memorable experience for which I’ll forever be grateful.
It was my grandmother’s wish that I would someday return to teaching, so I know she was looking down on me with a smile. Next month I’ll be presenting “Blogging for Small Businesses”, so it’s off to read and learn more, create a new presentation, download more Smooth Jazz and prepare to meet some new students.
Have you ever had an opportunity to go back and do something that you truly loved to do?
Hello Friends and Happy Back to School 2013!
Today my son starts his last first day back to school, entering as a HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR!!!
I watched the young kids in the neighborhood wait for the big yellow School Bus and had a lump in my throat because this is how it used to be on my son’s first day back to school…
….now as I watched him leave this morning on his last first day of school the lump in my throat reappeared but for a totally different reason.
Traveling mercies son!
Speaking of going back to school, I too will be heading back, but this time for just one day. I will be returning to the classroom to teach a Blogging 101 class on Wednesday, September 4th sponsored by The Money School of Delaware.
Money School Classes!
Outlook and Opportunities
Tues., Aug 27 Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Kirkwood Hwy Public Library
Steven Lucas, Edward Jones
Understanding Your Credit Report
Wed., Aug. 28 Time: 6-7:30pm
New Castle Public Library
Whitney Singer, Clarifi
Scams & Schemes: Dodging Financial Predators
Tues., Sept. 3 Time: 6-7:30pm
Whitney Singer, Clarifi
Lunch and Learn: Social Media 2013
Wed., Sept. 4 Time: 12noon-1:30pm
Claymont Community Center
Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development Group
Building Your Financial Future
Wed., Sept. 4 Time: 5:30-7:15pm
Rod Hausmann, Primerica
Investment Success without a Guru.
Wed., Sept. 4 Time: 6-7pm
William D. Starnes, CFP, MST, ChFC, Mallard Advisors
Wed., Sept. 4 Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Antionette Blake, DEDivahDeals.com
Take Stock in the Market
Thurs., Sept 5 Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Kirkwood Hwy Public Library
Steven Lucas, Edward Jones
You’re Getting Divorced – Now What!
Mon., Sept. 9 Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Susan Lehnerd, Mallard Advisors, LLC
Mon., Sept. 9 Time: 6-7:30pm
Lisa Spellman, Department of Justice
A Mortgage Acceleration Review
Mon., Sept 9 Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Rosehill Commuinty Center
Jenine Mills, AGLA
Here’s to a wonderful Back to School year for all of us – Smooches!
AND GUESS WHO WILL BE TEACHING THEM?
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This exciting opportunity was offered to me by The Money School of Delaware in April at The Green Tie Event and I have been over the top excited ever since. I haven’t taught since 1983, and am really looking forward to returning to my first love.
My grandmother would also be super duper excited and I know she will be watching over me.
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