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All posts by America Henriquez

Speeding

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This blog post is a little bit of a tangent and hopefully serves as a reminder that SPEEDING IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. It will not serve you in the long run. Any time saved on the road is marginal with the traffic lights in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Not only is it unsafe, it is unlawful to go higher than the permitted speed limit. Instead, I encourage you to set the alarm five minutes earlier or leave the house sooner. Do not speed, you may end up paying a $200 ticket just to get to work on time. Don’t do it!

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Keeping a journal

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Just like in school when they encouraged note taking, keep a journal and jot down important lessons and revisit it as often as you deem necessary. There’s only one way to get good at something—even life, it takes practice. Don’t make the same mistakes you did yesterday. By all means, move forward from the past, but do not forget it.

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Don’t burn bridges

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A professor of mine advised that no bridge is worth burning—you never know when you could be in need of an old associate. Know your worth and don’t stick around where you’re not valued, but definitely remember: when you do it by yourself you limit yourself. It can be exhausting, always being the bigger person, but like any good exercise, the results are worth it. Practice patience on your route to wisdom as well as responding as opposed to reacting. Developing this trait will serve you well as time progresses. If you find yourself confronting conflict, try to be as disarming as possible. You’ll find that your communication skills will increase exponentially. Look for an opportunity to learn from every mishap! And remember every confrontation has the potential to be constructive.

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Friendly reminder

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When’s the last time you took a mental break? It’s imperative to do the things that feel insignificant because soon enough they will add up to be pretty important. And so, if it’s been weeks or even a month of feeling like life is a never-ending reel of things to do, this is a reminder that it’s okay to take a break. In the long run, it may serve you well. Don’t give so much that there’s nothing left, this applies to you and your wallet!   #fastcashtitleloans #fastcash #titleloansnearyou #titleloans #cash

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A lesson from an engineer

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When faced with a problem there are six major principles that many engineers look to in order to find a solution. This process doesn’t only apply to tasks specifically designed for engineers. It can be used wherever problem solving may be needed. Identify the problem: Ask a question. How do I get from A to B? How can I get there faster, or more safely? Make it as specific as possible remember you can only solve one problem at a time. Brainstorm: Think of as many potential solutions as possible. No such thing as a bad idea (unless acted upon!). Let the visions flow uninhibited. Design: make a well-informed decision from the many you’ve brainstormed. Weigh the pros and cons. Just like you can only solve one problem at a time, you can only formulate one solution at a time. Choose as wisely. This is the planning process. This is the blueprint. Measure twice and cut once. Think about the plans of your solution in detail. Build: Arguably the most important part of this process is to follow through with action. A drawing of a bridge will not act as a bridge. This is the part where hands get dirty…

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Apps that can save you money

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Living in the age of smart phones is proving to be more and more beneficial for our wallets every day. Alongside Groupon are downloadable applications that will not only save you money, but also offer cash back for items you regularly buy. One is called Ibotta and works by promoting particular items and as a consumer you benefit from purchasing those items. #fastcash #titleloansnearyou #titleloan #fastcashtitleloans #loans #va #dc #md

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Healthy Living

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You’d be surprised at how inexpensive it is to live healthier. Can you walk or bike to or at work? Exercising the cardiovascular muscles regularly will aid in circulation, which in turn helps all other functionality in the body. No gym membership required. Eating fruits and veggies are the ultimate fast-foods as they don’t require cooking. Many plants offer the vitamins and essentials necessary to promote healthy regulatory action. Home cooked meals are not only better for you but better for your wallet too.

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Energy saving tactics at home

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In case you don’t have the money to replace your roofing with solar-thermal panels, or double-paned windows, here’s a short practical list on how to make energy savings in your home. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Use a timer setting on the thermostat. If no one is home during the day, there’s not need to temper your house. In the winter when everyone is tucked away in bed, the house doesn’t need to be heated as much. Try to use windows as much as possible during summer months. Wash with cold water and dry clothing outside. Unplug electronics when not in use. Utilize and rely on natural light as much as possible. Seal windows and doors so heat doesn’t escape in the winter Buy and energy efficient appliances and light bulbs #fastcashvirginia #titleloans #titleloansnearyou #fastcash  

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Developing your network

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Understand that every encounter is an opportunity to make a connection. When you learn to live by this mentality, you realize that your network doesn’t have to stop with where you lived, attended school, or worked. Treat everyone with the same regard and respect, especially as the world diversifies more and more. The inspiration for this blog includes a minor anecdote. While waitressing, I was serving a woman with a number of piercing and tattoos, which didn’t exactly suggest she lived a life corporate. As small talk progressed, and she used a company card to pay for her food, she mentioned having to travel often for her job. Naturally, I politely inquired what work she was involved in when she subtly mentioned she was a senior technician for a cyber security company. By the time our conversation was over and her visit to the restaurant was coming to a close, we exchanged emails and made plans to talk further. The point is, your next opportunity could be right around the corner in the place you least expect it.

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Message for recent graduates

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Congratulations on all you have accomplished! Readjusting to the world outside of academia and student-life can be difficult. Especially as you’re relaxing on a Sunday afternoon with that subtle guilt sounding like “shouldn’t I be doing something?!” The answer is yes and no. By all means, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Give yourself a pat on the back, but don’t lose momentum! Believe it or not, school life has prepared you to be a go-getter in the real world. You can already manage multiple deadlines a week, prioritize projects, and perform well during dreaded group-work. The key is to find real world applications for all the lessons you’ve learned over the semesters. Use a planner, and remain organized—don’t simply rely on your good memory. And remember that as you take on entry-level positions, this first job will not be your last. Getting your foot in the door as a recent grad is an accomplishment in and of itself, especially if you’re someone who feels as though you lack connections. Simply keep in touch when the thought of an old colleague comes to mind. Adjust your social life as well as any potentially problematic social media. #fastcash #titleloans #virginiatitleloans #dctitleloans…

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