Freelancing is a growing occupation in all developed countries right now. Emerging tech companies, online journals, social media marketing and more majorly fuel this growth. As a freelancer myself I know the downside of the job as well.
Creating your own schedule, working when you want is very nice, but sitting in bed doing work isn’t the best way to improve productivity. Coffee shops are a little better, but the internet is usually too bogged down to really get things done. The biggest problem is the lack of co-workers. We’ve hosted an infographic on 11 Incredible Reasons to have Friends at Work before and it really made me start looking at other work environments.
I found a solution, and many tech-savvy cities will have one for you. It’s called a co-working space. We have over a dozen here in Austin, and after plenty of research and I’ve recently joined one about two months ago. The space is awesome – full kitchen, blazing fast internet and a location close to my house, but the people I work with are better. We have small start-ups, freelance designers, photographers, artists, students, developers and writers. Every helps each other out on different projects that ends up fostering some amazing creativity. [Via]
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The cost of being obese is increasing, and affecting our daily lives. Not just financially, but our health as well. I know this is a fact from personal experience; I am classified as an obese person. It is not something I planned or wished on being. Over the years, inactivity and just plain denial has led to being obese. A new year is starting and therefore means a renewed effort in my obesity fight. I do not want to live this kind of life, and have promised myself a change.
This infographic shows trends of obesity in children and adults, and some of the steps to fight obesity. One of the startling facts is that one-third of children and more than one-third of adults in the US are obese. What can you do to fight obesity? You can find programs that promote eating healthy and exercise. The beginning will be hardest, but just keep going to reach your goal.
I have pledged to be more active in the coming year. To fight the urge of being a couch potato and become healthier. Walking will be my starting point in fighting my obesity. Will a health crisis or how you look in the mirror push you to fight obesity?
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With the economy back in full swing, and jobs falling off job land’s job trees, dropping jobs like bombs, you don’t really need to try too hard during job interviews anymore. Just kidding, it’s all lies! Jobs are still hard to find, and the economy pretty much still sucks! If you’re able to get an interview, you better study hard and be prepared for anything. What are your strengths and weaknesses? They’ll ask – well, what are they? Are you going to go classical, and spin off an old weakness you’ve overcome? Or be honest and say you may not be the best at something, but you’re willing to learn? Are you going to sell yourself as the very best candidate? You better.
Check out the tips below for an edge on the competition, because you better know you’re not the only one fiending for this position. The girl before you just hit a home run, and you’ve gotta follow it up with something better. How many times have you spellchecked your resume? Not enough. Are your references up to date and willing to talk wonders about your skills and work ethic? Take them out for lunch, and make sure they remember why you were such a good employee and why they should take the time out of their day to talk you up to a future suitor. [via]
Check out the Seven Big Lies Interviewers Tell Job Candidates.
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At a quick glance, a lower age of consent for sex seems to correlates somewhat with lower teen pregnancy rates. A close look at the developed parts of the world will show that it is actually sex education and access to contraception which attributes to lowered pregnancy rates. The first-world-countries with lower ages of consent usually have a more rigorous standard for healthy sex education and contraception access.
Looking at countries like China and India throws us for a loop though. With similar populations and geographic placement their pregnancy rates couldn’t be more different. China has had stringent one-child-policies for a while now. This lead to the unfortunate increase in abortions of female fetuses. China’s policies and attitudes are changing for the better now – and they’re able to keep teen pregnancy at bay as well. India on the other-hand has had extreme population booms the last few decades much attributed to the lack of sex education and contraception for small village populations.
The USA isn’t much better – our age of consent varies state by state. Sometimes as low as 14 years of age, other 18. Our sex education and contraception access also varies drastically across state lines. Some states have almost outright abandoned abortion access, and supply no help for young women on contraception costs.
What today’s infographic does tell us is that teen pregnancy is a health hazard for both mother and child. Access to education and medicine are crucial to keep women healthy no matter their county’s poverty level. [Via]
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Christmas – a time for love and laughter, family and friends, food and good times, holiday music and movies, and of course, presents. Whether you asked for money, clothing or the newest gadget, your wishes contributed to the average American spending $781 on Christmas gifts.
I spent more money on gifts this year than ever before, and I’m not sure how it happened. If there is one thing I love most about the holidays, it’s putting thought into homemade or personalized gifts. Granted, I might be that relative you get frustrated with for giving you yet another handmade present instead of that Target gift card you wanted. But I speak for the homemade gift-givers when I say that so much love and time went into that present, so treasure it.
Anyway, let’s get back to the cold, hard Christmas facts. Did you know that American farmers harvest 17 million Christmas trees each year? I can’t even wrap my brain around that fact. No wonder I have such bad allergies in the winter. As for holiday entertainment, it’s no surprise that How the Grinch Stole Christmas is everyone’s all-time favorite movie. What I never expected was that Kenny G’s holiday album would top the list. What are your favorites? Do they appear on this infographic? If your favorite movie isn’t here, check out this list of holiday movies, and snuggle with someone special to watch a few before the season is over.