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Age is more than a number!

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There’s no better teacher than experience and people are social creatures who learn by doing. As the job market approaches another grad season I encourage you to embrace the wisdom that has come with your age and remind you that a fresh perspective is not a trait reserved for young folks. Another form of diversity that is not talked about is age. Everywhere companies are looking to diversity via gender, race, ethnicity and other orientations when there is another one—generational diversity. The latest IPA Census reports the average age of an employee at a member agency is 33 years old. In the creative industry that number is even lower. A post on LinkedIn by Creative Director Louis Loizou said, “I’m not 54, I’m 22 with 32 years of experience” (full article below). Loizou argues that ageism is very prevalent in the creative industry and we should value experience as much as we do expertise. Interestingly enough the fetishism or glorification of the young is a Western societal trait that began with the Greeks and Romans. Ironically, 80% of the wealth in the UK is held by people over fifty yet 80% of marketing budgets are spent on those eighteen to…

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Safer than a safe

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Nowadays people trust banks enough to keep their money there regularly. The use of cash has gone down tremendously since the advent of the credit cards, Samsung and Apple Pay, and money sharing apps like Venmo, CashApp, etc. the current U.S. economic expansion, which started in 2009, is on it’s way to being the longest since the end of the second World War. That being said, what goes up must come down. According to an article by Bankrate, there will be a down turn by the end of the year. The conclusions were drawn using a survey as we are at the end of the first quarter.  The survey consisted of chief economists who were asked whether the risks to the outlook seemed balanced, on the upside or the downside. 76% said they tilted to the downside. The article also reported that, “Employers in February added the fewest amount of new positions to their payrolls since September 2017, signaling that hiring might have peaked, the Labor Department reported last week. Meanwhile, U.S. retail sales in December plunged by the most in nearly a decade and were revised down even more on Monday, questioning the confidence of the American consumer. Global…

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Working remotely

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It seems that working from home has always been the dream for many folks. Making your own hours and being productive at your leisure does sound tempting, but could there be a downfall to blurring the line between work and play? I came across an article recently that suggested that working from home might not be all it’s talked up to be. You have to be strict and try no to feel isolated. Keep yourself connected. The perks like limited distractions is evident, but lack of face to face interaction can wear on you as well. On the opposite side of the spectrum you have to know when to disconnect. It’s easy to work until the wee hours of the night, but you need to have a plan to disconnect as well. And while distractions at the work place are one thing, there can be distractions at home too. Kids, pets, chores etc. tell yourself it can wait until you officially clock out. According to an article by Ryan Hoover originally posted on LinkedIn, Remote working from home among the non-self-employed workforce has grown 140% from 2005 to 2018. Today, 63% of U.S. companies have remote workers”. That means the…

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Basic Economic Terms

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Here are a list of some common economic terms and meanings: Economics: The social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services Gross Domestic Product (GDP): The total value of all final goods and services produced in the economy during a give period, usually a year Inflation: A rise in the overall level of prices Deflation: A fall in the overall level of prices Business Cycle: The short-run alternation between economic downturns, known as recessions, and economic upturns, known as expansions Exports: Goods and services sold to other countries Imports: Goods and services purchased from other countries Price Controls: Legal restrictions on how high or low a market price may go Scarce: In short supply; a resource is scarce when there is not enough of the resource available to satisfy all the various ways a society wants to use it Tariff: A tax levied on imports Recession: A downturn in the economy when output and employment are falling; also referred to as a contraction Labor Force: The sum of employment and unemployment; this is, the number of people who are currently working plus the number of people who are currently looking for work Call today to…

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Importance of clean water

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The fortunate part about this post is that most people accessing it don’t have to worry about how and where to retrieve clean water. Although many Americans prefer not to drink their faucet water, that luxury of choice is not prevalent for much of the world; it’s estimated that about one billion people have serious limitations regarding the accessibility to clean water (the actual number according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization is 844 million). For some, the walk to a water can be miles long and still the source can be contaminated and lead to sickness. Fortunately more developed countries are working towards finding solutions and some have aid along the way. One example is P&G Purifier which separates the drinkable water from suspended matter and 99.99% of waterborne bacteria via flocculation and coagulation. From that P & G launched a non-profit called Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program which would propagate their interests by partnering with other organizations who focus on the wellness of kids in over ninety countries. Partnerships are effective also because they raise awareness. Walmart International reported on March 4th that they would be partnering with P&G in order to support the “1 purchase =…

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Cable Cutting

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It’s more common now to meet people who don’t have cable. It has become an overpriced commodity and Americans are tired of being weighed down by a monthly subscription to 300 channels and only watching a hand full. Cable companies have made a fortune in selling internet, phone, and cable services in bundles therefore limiting a customer’s option of picking and choosing what works for their home. With the onset of streaming devices like Firestick and Roku, cable consumers have switched over to these devices making use of applications that stream their favorite shows at a fraction of the price of cable services. As a user of a Firestick, I can’t imagine myself ever going back to cable. I am convinced like Blockbuster and such, cable will be obsolete in the next 10 years. In this age, it is important to remain innovative or the next “big” thing will come along and replace you. Cable has been part of the American home for decades without competition and now, finally, we have options. Even within the limitations that cable companies offered us, we were not given options to which provider to use as there are restrictions for what is available in…

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VIP

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Village Industrial Power is an organization run by two partners who have dedicated their life work to creating affordable and sustainable energy solutions to be applied to agricultural industries around the world. Partners Felicity Lodge and Carl Bielenberg founded VIP and are based out of Vermont. There are offices in both India and Kenya. Their website (link below) advertises an increase in crop value of up two ten percent. They are able to make this claim because the Village Industrial Power’s plant enables farm workers to get the most from their crops by using the biomass from agricultural waste (such as cobs from maize, pits from mangoes or coffee parchment) as fuel which produces electrical, mechanical and thermal energy. The VIP 10-10 offers the lowest cost for electricity in its class and is designed to be robust, meaning able to be applied a number of ways. The steam engine can be used to process or sort through maize, dry mango drying (it’s reported that mango production will exceed one million tons this year), fish drying, water purification, irrigation, sugar cane and dairy processing. All and all, their team is comprised of thirteen staff and three adviser board members. Combined Heat…

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Camping

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As spring approaches, it’s time for you to start considering when and how you can spend some time away from work. Studies show that those with the ability to take a vacation (even just a few days out the year) are happier and more productive in their working hours. A nice way to do this would be to go camping. It’s less expensive and nature has a multitude of therapeutic advantages. The fresh air, open spaces, organic setting, and night sky can infiltrate your mind and spirit leaving you rejuvenated. Those who go camping and look into star lit sky moonlit body of water report feeling small in a way that makes them feel a part of something larger. In Virginia, there are many places to consider for you overnight nature adventure included the Chesapeake and the Shenandoah. Camping is a more cost-effective way to vacation because you won’t be spending money at a resort or restaurant, on expensive food and experience (room service is out of the question) and there’s certainly no need for valet parking! You can consider white water rafting, canoeing, archery, and other endless outdoor activity. You don’t even need to know how to pitch a…

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Peace Corps

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The Peace Corps has three main points on their mission statement: help people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, help promote better understanding of Americans on the part of the people’s served and help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Not only do they impact and transforms the community they serve but also the volunteers they invite to do so. Many who people who work for the Peace Corps site this opportunity as transformative to their everyday life as well as career trajectory. The Peace Corps is a government agency that was established in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy. The director is appointed by the President of the United States and serves for three years. In the field there are ways to measure the impact Peace Corps volunteers are having. They fight infectious disease and viruses, hunger, protect the environment, and improve access to technology. It began shortly after Presidents Kennedy’s impromptu speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor nearly sixty years ago. The speech urged the audience to serve their country and their world by challenging them with a question: would you live abroad…

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Types of Wine

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The other night I was enjoying a glass of my favorite white when it occurred to me that I had no idea what it meant for some wines to taste different. We know there is an extensive aging process, some are white, and others are red with a few in the middle of course. Some are sweet, and others are dry—but why? I took to the internet in an effort to learn a few things. I learned there are nine main categories and how they are made, but knowledge beyond that is just outside of my scope. The first refers to full bodied red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Frac, etc. These are made with thick-skinned dark red grapes. These types have more tannis and you can tell because there’s a dry or grip like sensation near the back of your mouth, generally associated with a higher alcohol content. They are kept in newer oak barrels and in warm places. Next is are the medium-bodied red wines like Merlot. These are lighter and can be paired with almost any foods as far as wine goes. They are made from lighter grapes with thinner skin. Lightest bodied red wines like Pinot…

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