Saturday, August 31, 2013

Busy, Busy

Busy, Busy!

Since I finished up with my former employer, my stress levels have reduced dramatically, and without the daily 'you're not good enough' message being drummed into us, I'm starting to really appreciate no longer working in such a toxic work environment.

I'm feeling more energetic, and am enjoying my life again.

My blood pressure has returned from its dangerous level back to a safe and normal one without me needing to be put on medication.

And since 'becoming unemployed' I have never been so busy in my entire life - including when I was running around after three young kids!

I'm currently upgrading my Training and Assessment qualification to the new Training and Education one, because from July 1, 2013, in order to deliver accredited training and assessment, trainers must have the new qualification.  So, I enrolled in the Upgrade modules, and am now busily working on completing one (very large) assessment, because once deemed competent, I will be issued with the updated qualification and can start teaching and assessing - woohoo!

I've also been gaining work from a couple of sources.  The first is with a Registered Training Organisation, who have kindly been providing me with occasional 'bits' of trainer administration work, to help reduce the stress on and workload of the RTO's existing trainers where they can (there is more that I can't do than what I can, until my upgrade goes through, but I am enjoying getting the work and learning about the new industry).  The second is with a former employer, doing Accounts and Administration. Again, the work is only in 'bits and pieces' but this is freeing me up to pursue my own interests and goals while simultaneously earning some money to live on.

I've been busily setting up the Char Mesan Job Coaching blog, and have a number of posts that I look forward to writing over the next couple of weeks.  I have a bit of spare time on my hands left to also work on the Char Mesan Reviews blog that I set up some time ago but haven't really done anything with, until now.

I'm loving this busy-ness, and I realised the other day my dreams and aspirations of gearing my career more towards writing than employment consulting is actually happening.  This is both an exciting and scary thing, following your dreams!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Product Review: Sunrider SunSmile Fruit & Vegetable Rinse

When you buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the supermarket or produce market, you sort of assume that because you are buying fresh food you have no 'processing' or 'manufacturing' to worry about.

But most of the fruit and vegetables that we buy are smothered in dried chemicals to preserve their shelf life.  So, even the most healthiest eater who purchases organic fruit and vegetables and avoids processed foods is still consuming large quantities of potentially harmful chemicals within their diet.

None of this was important to me until I tried Sunrider SunSmile Fruit and Vegetable Rinse.

I had been purchasing Sunrider products for a few months, and when I could, I would try out products I hadn't tried before.  One day, I came across the rinse, and decided to purchase a small 'sample' bottle. I was on a health kick earlier this year, eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and avoiding processed and convenience foods, so I was testing the rinse not really believing - or probably more accurately, not really fully understanding - the need for me to rinse my fruit and vegetables prior to cooking and eating with any but water as I had always done.

The day my order arrived I had just bought fresh broccoli and a punnet of strawberries, and excited by having a new product to test, I wasted no time to snip a portion of the broccoli and rinse it in a solution of my new Fruit and Vegetable Rinse.

The broccoli was a deep green, with a slight milky haze over it.  But after I had dipped and swished the broccoli portion in the bowl for a few seconds and then removed it, the broccoli's colour change was immediately noticeable.  It was now a vibrant deep green, and all traces of the milky haze had disappeared. I rested the cleaned broccoli on some paper towel for it to dry off, and the colour never faded.  And I have to admit, it went from looking drab and un-appetising to being vibrant and definitely what I was going to cook as part of dinner tonight!

The now empty bowl contained little bits of dirt and fallen off miniscule bits of broccoli but was otherwise still the way it had been before I had dunked the broccoli into the SunSmile Fruit and Vegetable Rinse, so, having secret fun cleaning my vegetable from its former non-visible impurities I pulled the carrots out of the vegetable basket, and decided to see if the carrots would come up looking cleaner and the colour more vibrant.  And bingo, the carrots transformed with renewed life too.

In my bowl, I next cleaned a tomato and a couple of apples.  Each time, the bowl ended up with more bits of dirt and the water was starting to go milky but the fruit and vegetables came out looking brighter, fresher and more vibrant than before its bath.

I wish I had of taken photo's of my experience - but I was just out impressing myself not worried about sharing this amazing product with other people.  The benefits of removing all the harsh chemicals off my food before I cook and eat them became immediately apparent to me that day, and I have been a regular rinser of my fruit and vegetables since that day. I guess, when I next buy fresh fruit and vegetables, I could always take before and after photo's and update this post to give you a visual of how much hidden dangers are removed just by using this one product.

Information from Sunrider:
  • Thoroughly cleans produce in just minutes-even herbs and other delicate produce.
  • Uses edible, biodegradable cleansers made from cornstarch and coconut oil.
  • So concentrated, just one capful is needed per gallon of water.
  • Enjoy healthier, cleaner produce the way nature intended.

The product comes in two sizes

- a 1 fl. oz 'tester' bottle, which I highly recommend you try

- and an economy 16 fl. oz bottle, which is what you'll end up going back for.

Happy Fruit and Vege Rinsing!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Blog

Sorry I have been really quiet on the blog post front over the last two months. I became inundated with work which was not good for my health in the slightest. I have now finished up with that last employer and after spending two days at home catching up on sleep and housework, I am feeling rather revitalised, and have embarked on the journey of working for myself again doing what I love: teaching and inspiring jobseekers and encouraging people to gain necessary skills.

I'm pleased to report that I am already starting to pick up contract work as a Typist, Resume Writer and Contract Vocational Trainer.

The most page views on this website have been in relation to my book and product reviews, and any time I relate things to Harry Potter.  But the pages that are most returned to are the ones where I share my knowledge and insights for job seekers.  And this got me thinking...

I've accumulated a lot of valuable knowledge about resumes and job searching over the last ten years, so, I decided to create a blog which I have entitled Char Mesan Job Coaching to help people with their job search.  Let's face it, people will always be looking for work at some point in their lives, and not being experts, often make all manner of mistakes trying to figure things out on their own - many times getting things wrong which stops them gaining work.  I've only just created the blog yesterday, and some of its pages are still under construction, but if you want to check it out, you can find the blog here.

Update 25 August 2013.  I have just written my first real post for the Char Mesan Job Coaching blog.  You can check out my post "3 Application Mistakes Job Seekers must avoid".