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Don’t cry over spilt milk…or should you?

With exam season approaching, Christmas/Holiday miracles waiting to happen, and the Oscars approaching…I have shed a few tears lately and have taken a deeper look at the process of crying. Various people say various things about crying – “Grown men shouldn’t cry”, it proves you have a soul/emotions, crying is not good for you, it makes you feel better, only overly emotional people cry, blah, blah, etc, etc.

Well – here are some cold hard facts about crying and why, maybe, you SHOULD cry. (when necessary haha)

Why do we feel better after crying?

According to biochemist and director of the Dry Eye and Tear Research Centre in Minneapolis, Dr. William Frey, people feel better after crying because it “is that they may be removing, in their tears, chemicals that build up during emotional stress.” The doctor’s research indicates that tears – just as perspiration, urine, and the air we exhale -rid the body of various toxins and other things negative to our health.

Around 1957, it was also discovered that emotional tears chemically differentiate from tears that occur due to an eye irritation. Emotional tears have more protein and beta-endorphin – one of the body’s natural pain relievers.

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If I die young, bury me in satin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJqUN9TClM

(I suggest you all listen to this song, and then read this post – it will help understand things)

This may all sound rather unsettling, but, it is very relevant.

The first time I heard this song, I was taken aback. I felt a bit unsettled and confused. With that said, this song is soo honest, raw, and brutal in the truths it talks about…but…it also is soo beautiful to listen to; the melody is pleasant and it is somewhat nostalgic. BUT, why am I blogging about it? Well…

When I look around and analyze my life, the lives of people I know and I witness the ‘rat race’ we all seem to be in – contrasted with this song – it puts things into perspective.

Many of us live with secrets, hopes, dreams, goals, hidden truths, a secret love, or something of that variety. So, I beg the question: If we were to die young, or to die tomorrow (hypothetically), those hidden truths and secrets loves and dreams would never be told or lived out; therefore, why wait? It is easy to let our fears control our life and our destiny, but, instead why don’t we take the risk and see what happens? Sure, he may not love you back, BUT, what if he does? Sure, you may not get that huge promotion or internship, BUT, what if you do? Sure, she may not have gone through what you went through, BUT, what if you tell her and she can help?

Long story short – life is too short to not live the way we want, to not feel full freedom, to not live out our dreams and to not love the people we want to love. We should all love deeper than we thought we could, laugh louder, dream more, kiss longer and appreciate our family and friends more often. Just keep that in mind duMOMENT – it may makes things a little bit more interesting for tomorrow.

So, put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls. 😉

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From whiskey to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Articles and Links you NEED to read and check out! Enjoy! (they are such a vast array of -topics)

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“Winston Churchill’s hit album and the Top 10 Songs which are not sung”:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2023382_2023424,00.html?iid=moreontime

These people have dedicated a lifetime worth of efforts (in many cases), yet haven’t won. And…Obama wins for his…vision? Hmm. Interesting.  

(please note: I am not saying these listed people should or shouldn’t have won…I am just playing both sides of the situation…because i can.)

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/10/07/nobel_peace_prize_also_rans?page=0%2C0

“Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and style icon Yulia Tymoshenko is not happy about the new dress restrictions put in place by her rival, President Viktor Yanukovych”:

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/10/06/tymoshenko_blasts_ukraine_governments_new_dress_code

Everyone should know a lil’ something about whiskey:

http://www.gq.com/food-travel/wine-and-cocktails/201003/american-whiskey-history-facts-brands

And you thought you have bad exes:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/10/01/bad_exes

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ThanksGIVING.

As Thanksgiving begins to creep up, just around the corner – several thoughts come to my mind. Of course, the turkey, unlimited amount of laughs and time spent with family and loved ones, the pie, indulgence, etc. – several things to give THANKS for, in “Thanksgiving.”

BUT, what not enough people consider at this time is the GIVING in “Thanksgiving”. Around this time of year, some families cannot give proper thanks, because they do not have enough food to cover their table. Why? They may have to decide between paying their hydro bill and food, or they may simply not have enough money for either. I know this may sound cliche to many of you, but, stop… and truly think about it for duMOMENT….

While you are happy and rejoicing around the dining room table this Thanksgiving, a mother is saddened by the empty table or a husband is embarrassed, as he cannot provide for his family.

I am generally not the type of person to rant like this, and guilt people into feeling things for others….but, I ask you….this week leading up to Thanksgiving, look into your cupboards and see if you have any extra food you can donate to the local food bank or drop off at the local fire station. These resources are in touch with families who could really use that excess food you may not use or need.

Thanks for listening and I hope I have convinced a couple of you to donate – or at least made you think twice.

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INTRODUCING…”Bright Young Things” duMOMENT

The duMOMENT “Bright Young Thing” publication is aimed to highlight the accomplishments of successful up and coming young professionals (within their chosen field).

In my day to day life – on my University campus, the workplace, or through various endeavours I have taken on – I have come across a vast array of extraordinary young professionals within several fields; ranging from close friends, to absolute strangers.

They have experienced extreme success in their chosen field, and my hope is to have their stories inspire other duMOMENT readers.  Highlighting the success of these young professionals may even foster connections between other Canadian “Bright Young Things” – to collaborate and do bigger & better things for Canada, through: politics, art, culture, music, law, athletics and more.

Click on the “Bright Young Thing – duMOMENT” button in the menu above, and see who has been chosen for the October BYT (the first ever BYT duMOMENT publication)

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Head of the class.

As a University student and young professional, I find that one’s resume is a vital part of their existence and thus – should be a masterpiece.

Here are some tips and secrets I have picked up over the last few years, or have read in various places along the way – regarding your resume and how employers think while looking at it:

  • The majority of recruiters and major firms prefer a chronological resume.
  • Most recruiters review a resume for 8 t0 20 seconds.
  • Many business sector employers say that a resume should only be 1 page if you have less than 5 years experience. (I break this rule currently – mine is 2. This is ok, if you display your campus involvement, volunteer experience, skills, etc. – which is wise for a University student to do)
  • 80% of screening and an employers decision happens with the resume.
  • Spelling/typos are the worst thing for an employer to see on your resume.
  • Most employers prefer to see that an employee had kept a job for one-two years before changing positions. (depends on what profession/experience level)
  • Over 80% of employers say that a cover letter is imperative when handing in a resume.
  • Employers always give preference to those who deliver a hand written thank you note (after an interview)

After consulting several educated, professional and (in certain cases) very successful people – I have heard many tips regarding my CV…but, the following website has been the biggest resume helper – of everything.

I know all of you classy individuals will need high class careers to keep up with your hedonistic lifestlye (at least, I know I am speaking for myself when saying this – and speaking verbatim from a newly acquired friend of mine). Hence, why I am sharing this fountain of CV knowledge with all of you!

http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/wharton/resguide.html

CHECK it out!

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