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I came across this post on Going Bullseye and simply adored it. It matches my perspective perfectly, and makes some incredibly smart points. Breakups are hard, yes, but we can get something out of each and every experience we go through, good or bad.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with things. When some people break up it takes them a while to wrap their head around it. The thought of someone who used to be a huge part of your life now being completely gone from your life, is sometimes the hardest part. You go through different stages of being sad, mad, dramatic, trying to replace them, etc… etc… Some people, however, don't go through this. They just simply let it go. It may hurt t … Read More

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I was shooting a scene in my new film, No Strings Attached, in which I say to Natalie Portman,

“If you miss me, you can’t text, you can’t email, you can’t post it on my Facebook wall. If you really miss me, you come and see me.”

I began to think of all of the billions of intimate exchanges sent daily via fingers and screens, bouncing between satellites and servers. With all this texting, emailing, and social networking, I started wondering, are we all becoming so in touch with one another that we are in danger of losing touch?

It used to be that boy met girl and they exchanged phone numbers. Anticipation built. They imagined the entire relationship before a call ever happened. The phone rang. Hearts pounded. “Hello?” Followed by a conversation that lasted two hours but felt like two minutes and would be examined with friends for two weeks. If all went well, a date was arranged. That was then.

Now we exchange numbers but text instead of calling because it mitigates the risks of early failure and eliminates those deafening moments of silence. Now anticipation builds. Bdoop. “It was NICE meeting u” Both sides overanalyze every word. We talk to a friend, an impromptu Cyrano: “He wrote nice in all caps. What does that mean? What do I write back?” Then we write a response and delete it 10 times before sending a message that will appear 2 care, but not 2 much. If all goes well, a date will be arranged.

Whether you like it or not, the digital age has produced a new format for modern romance, and natural selection may be favoring the quick-thumbed quip peddler over the confident, ice-breaking alpha male. Or maybe we are hiding behind the cloak of digital text and spell-check to present superior versions of ourselves while using these less intimate forms of communication to accelerate the courting process. So what’s it really good for?

There is some argument about who actually invented text messaging, but I think it’s safe to say it was a man. Multiple studies have shown that the average man uses about half as many words per day as women, thus text messaging. It eliminates hellos and goodbyes and cuts right to the chase. Now, if that’s not male behavior, I don’t know what is. It’s also great for passing notes. there is something fun about sharing secrets with your date while in the company of others. think of texting as a modern whisper in your lover’s car.

Sending sweet nothings on Twitter or Facebook is also fun. in some ways, it’s no different than sending flowers to the office: You are declaring your love for everyone to see. Who doesn’t like to be publicly adored. Just remember that what you post is out there and there’s some stuff you can’t un-see. But the reality is that we communicate with every part of our being, and there are times when we must use it all. When someone needs us, he or she needs all of us. There’s no text that can replace a loving touch when someone we love is hurting.

We haven’t lost romance in the digital age, but we may be neglecting it. In doing so, antiquated art forms are taking on new importance. The power of a hand-written letter is greater than ever. It’s personal and deliberate means more than an email or text ever will. It has a unique scent. It requires deciphering. But, most important, it’s flawed. There are errors in handwriting, punctuation, grammar, and spelling that show our vulnerability. And vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say,

“This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more importantly, all that I am not.

– Ashton Kutcher

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Yesterday I was caught off guard by a boy who had the guts to walk right up to me and start a conversation. I was so surprised that I spent the majority of the conversation trying to figure out if I was supposed to know the guy from somewhere, or if I should be totally creeped out. He ended up saying see ya around and walking away, only to have me later realize that I was most likely rather stand-off-ish. But who could blame me? In today’s society a girls gotta watch her back!

So what did I do? I thought about it, and I resorted to Facebook. I remembered that he had stated his name, and where he was from, so I plugged in his first (very common, might I add) name, and home town, and searched through every person who came up. When I found one with a picture that looked like the guy I had spoken to for no more than 7 minutes, I took a shot in the dark and messaged him. Turns out I got the right guy, and we ended up texting.

Now, yes, I’ve made a new friend, and that’s great. But lets look over the situation again, only more carefully:

I was able to find this guy with only two pieces of information. His first name, and where he was commuting from. I also knew where he worked, and what school he attended. We really must be careful what information we give out..had I been someone more threatening, or dangerous, he could have had a real problem. Also, I went looking for this person, who I barely knew, and had I found the wrong guy, and had he pretended to be the right guy, I could have had a real problem. This is why I made sure to covertly test him by pulling a bit of information out of him in our first couple of texts, just to be sure it was him.

Remember that it is important to be open to making new friends, and being nice to everyone around you – but you need to take care of yourself first. Safety is a must. If something doesn’t feel right, get out of that situation right away.

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Learn how to identify and resolve schoolyard taunting
By Sarah Mahoney Posted August 09, 2010 from Woman’s Day September 2010

If you read the news, you’ve seen the headlines: “Mother Blames Son’s Suicide on Bullying,” “Youth Violence, Hateful Speech Expose Dark Side of Social Media,” “Bullied Student Sues School.” Bullying has become such a widespread problem that the government has recognized it as a major mental health concern for kids. And for some of those kids, it has tragic consequences—a truth brought home by cases like that of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old in South Hadley, Massachusetts, who committed suicide in January after being tormented by older teens, and Scott Walz, a high school senior from Johnsburg, Illinois, who committed suicide in March after years of bullying.

And unlike in the past, when kids confronted each other at school, today’s bullying can reach mass networks of people through things like texting, Facebook and YouTube. Sixty percent of high schoolers say they have experienced cyberbullying, according to research by Elizabeth Englander, PhD, professor of psychology at Bridgewater State College and director of The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center.

What can parents do to protect their kids? Turns out, a lot more than they think.

> Hey there Busy & Living Pretty readers! Being a young adult myself and having gone through these sort of trials and tribulations fairly recently, I figured I’d give my input too, just to get it out there. So all my comments throughout the article are in purple, just like my writing here. :)

Read the Clues

Phoebe Prince had reportedly been bullied in her native Ireland, so her mom was on alert when the family moved to the States. And Scott Walz’s mom also knew of her son’s abuse because it had reportedly been going on for nine years. But many other parents are in the dark. Heather McPherson of Studio City, California, remembers the night she innocently asked her then 12-yearold son about his homework. His reaction stunned her. “He started to cry,” she says. Finally he told her that some kids were taking his books in class, and that they’d also called him “faggot.” Heather was incensed. But she also felt guilty that she hadn’t noticed the signs. “I kept asking myself, What did I miss? ” she says. (Photo by Shutterstock.)

“It can be very difficult as a parent to see the clues,” says Susan Limber, PhD, professor of psychology at Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. A big reason? Our antennae aren’t up. With the stress of work and home, it’s not unusual for parents to take for granted that everything’s OK with their kids, especially since some signs of bullying, like moodiness, sadness and anxiety, mimic the ordinary ups and downs of adolescence. As for cyberbullying, a recent Yahoo! online safety survey found that 81 percent of parents know what cyberbullying is, yet in Dr. Englander’s study, nearly 70 percent of teens said their parents either don’t worry or rarely worry about online bullying.

But they should, and kids’ unwillingness to talk about any type of bullying just makes it harder. “About 60 percent of children don’t tell their parents when they’re being picked on at school,” says Susan Swearer, PhD, associate professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a leading bully researcher. Some clam up because they worry their parents will “fly off the handle and make matters worse,” she says. Other kids keep quiet due to embarrassment, or they think they can handle it themselves. So if kids aren’t telling, it falls to parents to figure out what’s going on.

In Heather’s case, her son’s tears spurred her to coax the truth out of him. Once she knew the full story, she fired off an email to the school’s director and her son’s teacher. Both assured her that the bullying would stop. “When I picked Matthew up that day, he told me that the problem had solved itself because the teacher happened to change everyone’s seat,” says Heather.

If you do notice a change in your child’s behavior, even if it’s small, keep an eye out for other red flags. That’s what Carla Ring of Foxboro, Massachusetts, did when she noticed that her eighth-grade daughter was she used to love, and her grades were slipping—all possible signs of a child who’s being bullied, says Dr. Swearer. (For more, see “11 Warning Signs,” right.) Carla soon noticed something else: “She was constantly texting: mad, frenzied texts, like she was putting out fires.”

At first, her daughter refused to open up, but Carla and her husband pressed her. It turns out some girls were calling her names and starting rumors about her—classic mean-girl tactics. “Boys tend to bully physically, while girls are more likely to use relational aggression, like gossiping and shunning,” explains Dr. Swearer.

For Carla, forcing the issue worked. But pushing kids to ’fess up when you suspect bullying isn’t always the best tactic. Demanding answers when a child doesn’t want your help is “one of the most challenging moments of parenthood,” says Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl and founder of the Girls Leadership Institute in Santa Cruz, California.

> This one is right on the money. Kids, especially teens can be straight up assholes. (please excuse my language) It just makes me so mad. I do not understand some people’s need to make others’ lives a living hell, to ruin someone’s day, or to sabotage other things to get what they want. It simply makes no sense to me. People can be sick and twisted, even at a young age, and pushing a kid who knows the “rules” of the school world (which are very similar to the real world), and the hierarchy of things, is not going to help at all. They may be afraid that one mess up in middle school could ruin all four years of high school for them – and at that age, those seem like the most important years of their life.

Your child may say, “Everything’s fine,” but if your sixth sense says otherwise, keep pursuing it, adds Dr. Limber. Just use a light hand. “You don’t want your kids to feel like you’re grilling them,” she says. Start a conversation in the car while running errands together or when you pick them up after school. “You’re not talking face-to-face, which may be more comfortable for kids,” says Dr. Limber. “The downside is that you won’t catch their body language, which can also provide clues.” So find other times to talk as well: at the dinner table and, with young ones, when tucking them into bed.

No matter where you start the conversation, the tricky part will be to get kids talking, especially if your normal way of checking in has been superficial at best. Too often parents limit chats to grades (“How did you do on your quiz?”) or easily-brushedoff questions (“How was your day?”). Encourage kids to share their whole school experience. You’ll gain better insight into their social lives, says Marlene Snyder, PhD, director of development at the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at Clemson University. Ask indirect questions: “Is it fun to ride the bus?” “Who’d you hang out with today?” It’s a lesson Heather learned the hard way. After her son’s bout with bullying, she began asking more about his social life and less about homework.


You have every right to check your kids’ Facebook pages and their cell phones. There are even free Facebook apps, like GoGoStat Parental Guidance and Social Shield, that allow you to set parameters and monitor use. “But be open about what you’re doing,” says Dr. Limber. “So much of the parent/child relationship is based on mutual trust, and parents should try to respect that—without having blinders on.” (Photo by Vanessa Davies.)

Tammi Fitzgerald of Chandler, Arizona, was glad she finally took hers off. She knew that her son James, 16, who is overweight, was struggling with bullies and she’d alerted the school. But one day she peeked at his open Facebook page and was horrified. “There was post after post of cruel comments,” says Tammi. She made copies of the pages—an essential move, say experts, since it proves harassment. But when she went to the school, all her son’s teacher could do was put the online bullies on notice. Since cyberbullying typically takes place on kids’ own computers, it’s harder for schools to act due to privacy issues.

> First of all, in my opinion, a kid shouldn’t even have a social site of any kind (Facebook, Myspace, Hi5, Friendster, Xanga, Livejournal, etc) until they’re at least 15. It’s just too crazy and dangerous out there. You really need to make sure your child is mature and ready for what can happen and what they can and will see our there on the web. Its unfortunate, but true.

> Second – uh, not necessarily. If you’re seriously suspicious of your child either being in a gang, or using drugs, or being in serious danger, then yeah, i guess you can snoop. But unless you want to destroy your relationship with your kid, I highly suggest that you completely exhaust every other option before resorting to invading their personal privacy. This one is a big one among kids and preteens, and a HUGE one for teenagers. Tread lightly.

React the Right Way

Once you’re aware of the situation, your first reaction may be the same as Heather’s or Tammi’s: boiling mad and ready to fight back. Some parents, however, have the opposite response. “They minimize the issue, thinking, Well, kids will be kids,” says Dr. Swearer. Downplaying the problem won’t make it go away. Instead, follow these steps. (Photo by Comstock Images.)

1. Assess the level of bullying. Is it one child saying mean things? A group of kids texting taunts to the whole class? Physical bullying? “All types of bullying should be taken seriously, but how you handle it will depend on the nature, severity and duration,” says Dr. Limber. Jot down the details as your child tells you, noting the dates and names of the kids involved. Make copies of hurtful Facebook pages or texts too. This way you’ll be clear on the facts. And let your child know that you plan to contact his school. “If he pushes back, fearing retaliation from the child who is bullying, explain that usually adults need to get involved, and reassure him that it’s the best way to put an end to the bullying,” say Dr. Snyder.

2. Email or meet the teacher. “Naturally you’ll be upset, but you’ll get more cooperation if you stick to the facts without letting your anger get the best of you,” says Dr. Limber. Your goal is to work together to find a solution.

If the teacher can’t resolve the problem, involve the principal, says Dr. Snyder. “Put it in writing, explaining the steps you’ve taken, and ask that he intervene.” Find out what he plans to do to keep your child safe. “Then monitor the situation,” says Michele Borba, EdD, an educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. “And if you’re not satisfied, meet with the superintendent or, if necessary, the school board.”

> In high school, in most cases, its better to just go straight to the principal. Meet with him/her, be calm, know what you want, and deliver it soundly. Don’t blow up, or you may blow your child’s chances at getting help. If the principal doesn’t see a problem with something you find threatening, then threaten to contact the police. That will either get him/her moving, or you will go get the police and they will help you.

How the school responds will be determined by their anti-bullying policy and disciplinary procedures. Most states require schools to have an anti-bullying policy. (See “Does Your State Have an Anti-Bullying Law?”, right.) Get a copy of it from the principal so you’ll know exactly what steps the school should take.

3. Report harassment to your ISP. One bullying tactic these days is to create fake profiles full of false information or inappropriate photos. “Contact the company that runs the site to have the profile taken off, and report harassment to your Internet service provider,” says Michele Ybarra, PhD, a cyberbullying researcher and president of Internet Solutions for Kids. Encourage your child to do the basics, like blocking harassers and changing usernames or addresses. Also, like Tammi, make copies to show the authorities.

4. If the bullying is physical, call the police. “The police aren’t likely to intervene unless there is a perceived physical threat,” says Simmons. If a bully alludes to assaulting or threatens to assault your child (or worse, already has), contact the authorities. Also call them if the bullying involves intimidation based on hate or bias, coercion, or any form of sexual exploitation. Finally, no matter how tempted you are, don’t confront the bully or his parents. Tempers are likely to flare, which will just make the situation worse, says Dr. Snyder. Leave it to the school or legal authorities.

Helping Kids Cope

“The psychological effects of constant bullying can be very similar to an anxiety disorder or even posttraumatic stress, leaving long-term emotional scars,” says Dr. Borba. Bullied kids can suffer stress buildup, withdrawal and more. Plus, since kids often blame themselves, falsely believing they did something wrong, their self-esteem takes a big hit. “Moving a child to a new class or a new school won’t necessarily heal the scars,” says Dr. Borba. “Depending on the intensity of the bullying, professional counseling may be best.” Typically, however, kids can bounce back if they have someone to help them with three key things—and that’s where you come in. (Photo by Shutterstock.)

Rebuild self-esteem. To counteract self-blame, remind your child that the bullying wasn’t her fault, says Simmons. “Explain that while this sort of thing does happen, it says nothing about who she is as a person.” Point out all her qualities, focusing on her character and spirit.

Create a network of friends. When Marty Wolner’s daughter became the target of mean girls at age 13, he and his wife focused on building her skills as a “floater,” someone who can move from one circle of friends to another. They encouraged her to make non-school pals through her dance and theater classes. “That way, she didn’t have to be devastated if any girls at school excluded her. She had other friends,” says Marty, a parenting coach.

> This would’ve come in handy when I was in high school.

Teach coping skills and assertiveness. Ignoring rude comments isn’t easy, but it is possible. One way to do it: If someone starts to insult your child, she can calmly begin texting another person. This strategy sends the message that the harasser’s words have no effect and ultimately makes him feel powerless. Sometimes that’s enough.

Many times, though, kids need to be assertive to get bullies to back down. Practice a few techniques with your child, like saying, “Leave me alone” in a strong voice. But when it comes to physical bullying, safety takes priority. Tell your child to immediately report any such incident to an adult at school. If he doesn’t, report it yourself, urges Dr. Snyder. And also inform the police.

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You’ve got a killer resume and aced the interview, but according to a new survey, your future boss is judging you on your Google search results, too. Here’s how to make sure that what’s on the Web won’t come back to bite you in the butt.

By Mina Azodi


Early this summer, Katie Couric delivered the commencement address at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her advice to graduates? “Clean up your Facebook page.” Okay, so those words aren’t exactly change-your-life inspiring, but she makes a (very) important point. According to a recent survey of HR professionals, 79 percent of employers review online information about job applicants—and 70 percent say they’ve rejected a candidate based on stuff they’ve found. Yikes. And get this: Only 7 percent of job seekers thought their online rep affected their job search. We asked a top career expert for tips on how you can take control of your online info, so you can get the job you deserve.


Go Private
You already know you should de-tag any unflattering pics of you on Facebook—that means any that show you drinking excessively, dancing on top of bars…pretty much any photo you wouldn’t print out and show to your boss in real life. But you also need to make sure you’ve set your profile privacy settings to “Friends Only” (the other options are “Friends of Friends,” “Friends and Networks,” and “Everyone”). This minimizes the chances that a potential employer (or your current boss) can take a peek at your profile. The same applies to Twitter—make those tweets for your followers’ eyes only by going to “Settings” and clicking on “Protect my updates.”

Still, you’re not totally in the clear. A Facebook status update or photo upload still can pop up on an employer’s news feed, if they’re friends with someone in your network who comments on your post. And with Twitter, any of your followers can retweet what you say, broadcasting it to a whole new network of people you have no control over. That’s why it’s smart to never post anything you wouldn’t be totally comfortable with a higher-up seeing…because there’s always a chance that they will.


Know What’s Being Said About You
It’s pretty much a given that a potential employer may Google you, so it’s crucial that you search for your own name to see what they’re judging. Before you do, be sure to log out of your gmail account if you have one (on the Google homepage, click “sign out” on the top right hand corner). Since Google keeps track of what you click, your results will be different than what an employer sees. By signing out, your results will appear as they would to a stranger who searches your name. Next, you’ll want to create a Google alert for your name to keep tabs via e-mail on any new results that may pop up. You can do this by signing back in and clicking “Settings” in the upper right hand corner of the Google homepage, and then selecting “Google Account Settings.” Next, click on “Alerts” under “My Products” to create one for you. Just type in your name with quotation marks, select how often you want to receive the notifications, and you’re done.


Bury the Bad Stuff…
Okay, so when you Googled yourself, you probably saw a link or two that you weren’t exactly thrilled about. And unfortunately, it can be difficult to get them removed. (You have to ask the Webmaster of the specific site, not Google, to delete the info—and since the site likely owns the content, they get the final say. That said, it’s always worth a shot!) For an even more proactive approach, you can hide those search results by creating new stuff that shows up first in a search. The easiest way to do that is to register for your own Website, like http://www.janedoe.com, or sign up for a blog on WordPress or LiveJournal that has your name in the URL. Almost always your site will show up first in a search, pushing anything negative down the list. You can also take advantage of social networking sites like LinkedIn, Flickr, and Vimeo, since their pages rank high in Google and will be at the top of search results of your name. Simply open an account, input the bare minimum amount of info, and set it so that it can be publicly searched—you don’t have to actively use the site.


…And Pump Up the Good.
When employers search for your name, they’re not just playing online cops—they also want to see evidence that you’re the kind of employee that would be the right fit for their company. So while you don’t have to actively use the personal webpage or LinkedIn profile you created to bury content, those sites are an awesome opportunity to show off what you’ve got. Fill in your LinkedIn profile with details from your resume, publish photos of your hiking trip to Flickr, or post videos from a recent 5K you ran to Vimeo—all of these things let an employer see you as the well-rounded, impressive job candidate they can’t pass up.

Source: Alexandra Levit, career expert and author of New Job, New You and MillennialTweet


source: www.cosmopolitan.com

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Facebook | Wear a dress day


Good morning ladies, or, well, depending on where you are in the world..its morning for me, but good day! (‘course now I just sound like an old Englishman >.<) So Anywho…


Hello everyone!

Ahh, much better. This post is to inform you that Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 is Wear a dressDress Day. Lydia Oppliger created this even on Facebook and I must say, what a fine idea she had. Here is what she had to say about the even on its Facebook page:

Wear a Dress Day is an event of beauty! I and a few friends came up with the idea after talking about how much fun dresses are and how more girls should wear them. So on June 1st 2010 I invite you to get fancy and wear a dress! Tell your friends, sisters, mothers, hair dressers and have fun being beautiful!

And her answers to a few common questions:

Ok so I have had a few questions:
1) Q: What is this event about?
A: It’s about having fun, being beautiful and wearing a dress. There isn’t a cause attached to this event but in the future there may be. Any suggestions?
2) Q: Are skirts ok?
A: Yes, but it’s not really the same is it?
3) Q: Do guys get to join in?
A: If they want to. Or wear a kilt. But if you are a non dress/kilt wearing guy you should do Wear a Suit Day!

suitYou can RSVP to Wear a Dress Day by clicking the link below, or become a fan of the event by clicking the link below that.  Then for your boyfriend, husband, brother, or just a guy friend, there is Wear a Suit Day that same day! The same links are there for that event as well. I’ll be wearing a dress on June 1st, will you?





Facebook | Wear a dress day

Her is a link to the newly created fan page:

*Hey Guys! Here is a link for you: It’s called Wear a Suit Day and is held on June 1st get all suited up and take your lovely lady out on the town!

Facebook ׀ Wear a suit day

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