Confidence

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It is time again to  re-strengthen my confidence.  I have done plenty in life, finished high school, got a college degree, taken care of myself for many years.  I know I can do it but every, once in a while I have to reboot the system and rebuild my confidence.

What is confidence?

The Dictionary: A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

“Self-confident people tend to see their lives in a positive light even when things aren’t going so well, and they are typically satisfied with and respect themselves.”

https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/5-powerful-ways-to-boost-your-confidence.html

So, what do you do, if you don’t happen to be one of those self-confident people?  How do you make yourself a self-confident person?

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”  So, in other words we need to face our fears and that will improve our confidence.  Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”  We have to take control of our lives.  In doing that we take control of your self-confidence.

Found in a Huffington Post article, here are 8 Tips on How to Improve Your Self-Confidence

  1. Know Your Weaknesses and Strengths
  2. Accept yourself
  3. Remember Your Successes:
  4. Read Positive Affirmations:
  5. Think About Your Future
  6. Create Goals:
  7. Talk To Others
  8. Be Persistent:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stan-popovich/8-tips-on-how-to-improve-your-self-confidence_b_8021946.html

I have also found that it helps to do something that I know I am good at.  An art project, a craft.  The feeling of accomplishment helps me to remember that I can do anything.  Exercise also helps.  Gives your endorphins a jolt and makes you feel better.

So, get out there, set some goals, accomplish some things and improve your self-confidence.

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Girls in STEM

I have a niece living in Australia pursuing a Masters degree in Marine biology.  I am very proud of her.  The entire family has learned about marine biology, but it has been a fun ride.  She has wanted to be a marine biologist since she was 2 years old.  She fell in love with Willie the whale and that was all she could think about was working with whales.  My sister was also very good at helping her dream the dream. My sister has worked very hard to help her see her potential.    She let her know that to work with whales, she would need to be a marine biologist.  They learned all they could about whales and marine life.  Many vacations were to whale watch, the ocean and places where they could watch marine life.  They played science games, entered science fairs and made elaborate science projects in school. It was all fun.  In high school, she took science and math classes that would get her into college.

When it came time to go to college, they researched schools and she ended up at Stetson University where she met many more people that helped her dream the dream as well as helping her broaden her horizons.  She learned how to scuba dive.  She spent a summer in  Bonaire learning about the barrier reef.  A summer in Africa learning about sharks.  In 2016 she graduated with a degree in Marine Biology.

She started school at University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia in March of 2017.  She is doing great and living the life. A life given to her because of science. She also has several girl friends who also have or are working on science degrees.  One is working on her masters in nutrition, others ins Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine.

My purpose for telling you this, is to let girls know they can be anything they want to be. Even in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends can help to cultivate the dream. Do things that cultivate the excitement and thirst for knowledge.  Let them know they can do it. Go to science museums, attend science fairs, look for meet ups where kids can build robots and use the things they learn. There are a lot of things to do.  Just have fun and keep on learning.

Suggestions of degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Science – Clinical Laboratory Technician, Veterinarians and Veterinary Assistants, Environmental Scientists, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technician, Aviation science, Fire science, Nurse, Doctor, Phlebotomist, Microbiology, Psychologist, Epidemiologist, Biochemist, Forensic Science, Anthropologist, Archeologist, Geographer, Botanist, Microbiologist, Neuro-scientist, Herpetologist, Zoologist, Nutritionist, Biochemist, Ecologist, Naturalist, Oceanographer, Paleontologist, Archaeologist, Pathologist, Geographer, Physicist, Chemist, Geographer, Geologist, Petroleum Geologist. Radiology, Speech Language Pathologist, Marine Biologist, Researcher, Astronaut, Astronomer.

Technology – Computer Programmer, Computer Repair, Database Administrator, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Computer Security Engineer, Software Design, Software Analyst, Software Quality Analyst, System Administrator, Web developer.

Engineering – Aerospace Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Computer Engineer, Construction Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Geo-technical Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Marine Engineer, Materials Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Metallurgical Engineer, Mining Engineer, Network Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Packaging Engineer, Petroleum Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Quality Engineer, Sales Engineer, Safety Engineer, Software Engineer, Solar Engineer, Systems Engineer, Structural Engineer. Astronaut.

Mathematics– mathematician Statistical Analyst, Bio-statistician, Assistant Professor (Mathematics), Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Astronaut,Architect, Statistician, Researcher.

Places to find activities:

https://azscience.org, http://www.thebakken.org/science-studio, www.blossomscholastic.org/robotics, https://www.scientificsonline.com, https://www.sylvanlearning.com, http://engineeringforkids.com, https://www.eventbrite.com, http://www.nationalmathfestival.org, http://www.msri.org/web/cms, http://www.madscience.org/special-events.aspx, https://mitmuseum.mit.edu, https://www.childrens-museum.org, http://ashevillescience.org/education/kids/, http://www.sparksfoundation.org/, http://education.jlab.org, http://www.walkingmountains.org/, http://www.citizensciencecenter.com, http://www.fun4thebrain.com/science.html, http://seaaffinity.org/programs/homeschool.html, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fun-with-science-games-16336594/.

Look up on google for many other ideas and online games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Education Is Important

Education is important in society.  It’s the thing that gives us self-respect, allows us to be kind and help others. It makes for a better world.

Check out this article I found on buzz that shows why education is important for a society. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/why-is-education-so-important.html

 

It is our responsibility to get educated, help others get educated and help our nation progress.

 

“… Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.”

US President Barack Obama

How Education Affects Income

Here is a great article that shows how getting an education can affect your income and what kind of life you can have for you and your family.

“Education can change lives — instilling leadership, a life-long work ethic and a global perspective. But it can also change one’s economic circumstances, and the level of income one can earn post-college is perhaps the easiest-to-measure return on investment in education.”

http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2013/06/21/education_income/

 

They also have a great chart showing the kinds of jobs and education and how it affects income.

educations-effect-on-income-infographic

Check out the article at

http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2013/06/21/education_income/

Donations

Arizona Career Pathways is a Qualifying Charitable Organization! That means that when you donate to ACP, you could qualify for tax credits that provide a dollar-for-dollar reduction on your Arizona State taxes. In 2016, Governor Ducey and the Arizona Legislature partnered to increase giving opportunities for qualifying charitable organizations!

This means that you can now donate as follows:

Through the Qualifying Charitable Organizations tax credit; you may donate any amount, depending on your filing status, up to $800. This amount has increased from previous years to $400 for an individual and $800 for married couples.

By donating to ACP you are helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals trying to get ahead through education. The tax credit is available only to individuals and residents who file taxes in Arizona, and donations can be made until 4/15/2017 for the tax year 2016.

For more specific information on the Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organizations tax credit, consult your tax advisor or the Arizona Department of Revenue at (602) 255-3381. Or, visit https://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/QualifyingCharitableOrganizations.aspx

Please remember any amount you can afford is appreciated.