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20 new things go to a new park

Part of my #20NewThings project / challenge was to try and get me to go different places and try different things. As humans, we get stuck in our habits very easily ... in fact, there is a great article by Mona D. Fishbane, PhD titled "Why Change Is So Hard: The Power Of Habit In The Human Brain" that is worth the read on this subject. Without knowing it ... this whole #20NewThings project of mine is actually a great way to encourage and accept change in my life. It's apparently science people ... and it's called Neuroplasticity. So while you read up on those articles ... you may find like I did that this little 20 new things is a great idea. It's also not that hard to do [...]

20 new things - try new food

As part of the 20 New Things Project I created for myself - I decided that trying new foods should be on this list. Not just trying new foods - but actively going out of my way to pick up something strange at the store that I had no idea what to do with. Beyond reading what the grocery store sign said ... I had no clue what I was going to do with the items I bought above. Those 2 new items: Dragon Fruit and Rambutan (or as I learned Lychee) I took these things home and thought ... now what? Okay not really - I actually put out on Facebook a photo of the fruit and asked ... "What do I do with these?" and sure enough my [...]

how to hire a freelancer

So I'm not particularly proud of the title ... but I really couldn't come up with something else that accurately described a basic concept: Hiring a freelancer and how you might be bad at it. The purpose of this post is not to embarrass anyone or point fingers, but rather to help educate those entrepreneurs, businesses and start-ups on ways to creating great relationships with your outsourced companies. Freelancers and I'll add outsourced companies, work with businesses on a contract basis. This helps small businesses, start-ups and even large businesses to scale work on a budget, start new divisions and test market new products. The list goes on for reasons that businesses hire freelancers and outsource to other companies vs. hiring employees. Most people in this day and age have [...]

bo deaf old dog

Well 2014 is ending on a great note! I added to my little family a new addition - an Australian Shepard named Bo! (seen above) Isn't he adorable? This past weekend, the Pet Alliance of Orlando ran a great campaign which allowed anyone to adopt a dog over the weekend for free. How generous was that? Especially since most of these dogs / cats being surrendered had to have vet checks, shots, medication, etc. All that came free if I adopted a dog! (or a cat for others) I had been planning on getting a dog since my Aussie Shepard / Border Collie mix moved on to the farmhouse of dogs in the sky 2 years ago. Still miss that dog (Buffy) greatly. So since I had a new dog [...]

happiness_around_the_world

Many people work to be happy ... happier if they make more money, happier if they have the perfect significant other, happier if they have a new home, happier if that have that job promotion ... the list goes on! Interesting study done by the Happy Planet Index provides the following infographic on the state of every country and it's happiness level. So who ranks as the number one place of happiness? ... not the USA or Australia ... in fact both countries are low on the happiness level. Check out the happiest place in our world and see where your country ranks out of the 151 countries studied: An interesting map from MoveHub reveals how happy people are around the world. Interesting to see that the places that are [...]

Jennifer Stinnett, Santa, Vintage Santa

Family is always something special. You grow up with them, live with them, go through turmoil with them, everything in your life is done with your family around in one way or another. This past month I had the opportunity to spend some time with my grandparents in Wisconsin. My grandmother has been going through old photos and provided me an envelope full of what I like to call ... "vintage memories". Because "Vintage Memories" sounds a LOT better than ... pre-historic Jennifer years. In this envelope she had some of my early and elementary year photos. Like most kids - I was the awkward glass wearing brace fitted misfit in school. Especially in my high school years. It's amazing how one can look back and remember all those "important" [...]

evil personal assistant download

I've been on a mission to improve my time management skills and to incorporate a more balanced lifestyle. All work and no play makes Jennifer a cranky girl. Part of this process has been to locate apps and procedures that can help my productivity and keep me on track! In the beginning of this year I had an iPhone and I loved utilizing Siri to schedule appointments. She was quick, got the information right and scheduled things on my calendar. I have since moved on to Samsung / Andriod. I do prefer Andriod but looking back ... I miss Siri and some of the capabilities. Scheduling appointments namely one of them. So I set out to find an Andriod version of Siri. I found something compatible, but the verdict is [...]

csi, crime scene investigation orlando

Well, keeping with my #20NewThings program I decided to do something a little goofy ... participate in local tourist entertainment. Living in Orlando, Florida you may have expected me to head out to one of many numerous theme parks. Did I? No .. why? because I've been to them and we're doing something new. So over to one of those discount everything sites, I found the local CSI Experience available for a price of $12 to participate. I was excited ... a whole CSI event for $12?? Could it be true? It was ... and it's what I like to now refer to as CSI: Orlando. (minus all the really cool actors) We started by walking into a building that had windows but everything was blacked out. I was always [...]

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