Advance Your Career with STEM Education

My love of technology has inspired a lifetime career in STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To be successful in a career in STEM you need to have a desire to work in these fields. One of the myths about a career in STEM is that you need to be an engineer, a nerd or a geek. STEM professionals come from all walks of life. It is our passion for the work we do that keeps us interested in learning and growing in STEM careers.

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A successful career in STEM requires teamwork and analytical skills. STEM graduates have many different job titles such as a Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, IT Manager, IT Support Manager, IT Trainers as well as Accounting and HR positions. STEM education provides long-term careers that offer opportunities for innovation and job growth

Regardless of the STEM major you choose, you need to consider your personal interests and the skills needed to succeed in a career path in STEM. There are several questions you need to ask yourself, specifically: What are your personal interests? Do technology trends excite you? Do you have analytical skills? Are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy science or engineering? Do numbers appeal to you? Are you passionate about technology trends? Are you interested in taking a role in innovating future technology trends in your community? The answers to these questions will help you identify your personal interests, abilities and work values in order to know the potential STEM jobs you might want to explore. Most importantly, you need to expose yourself to STEM subjects by participating in programs that prepare you for a career in innovation

STEM careers are vital to the growth of the global economy and to helping maintain an innovative future. For Latinos to succeed in STEM they need a degree in Information Technology or another STEM field and several essential skills. These include excellent communication skills, decision-making skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills and technical skills. You need these skills because you need to be able to work well in a team, write detailed reports with your findings and recommendations and analyze data. You also need to provide solutions to problems. If you are bilingual in English and Spanish, this skill set may also work to your advantage when seeking career opportunities.

As Latinos, it’s important for us to help shape the future of innovation. Even if you currently have a career, you can still pursue your passion through an education in STEM. I would like to see more Latinos developing innovative applications, playing a role in making existing tech products better and leading large technology projects. The STEM fields are adding jobs every day and I want to see more Latinos preparing themselves to enter these fields with confidence. A career in STEM will enable you to pursue a range of interests that make a difference in innovation and enable you to live a well-balanced life.

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pursuing an Information Tech Degree as an Adult

There are many benefits to pursuing an Information Technology degree as a working adult. Advantages include flexible degree programs, affordability and the ability to grow in your career while pursuing your degree.

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Flexible Degree Programs

As a working adult, you can earn your Information Technology degree by taking courses online or on campus. A flexible IT degree program lets you plan your education around your work schedule while you are building your technical skills. This is a great option for IT students who need to balance work and family obligations while pursuing higher education. A flexible degree program supports your academic and career goals without sacrificing your other priorities. You can continue in your profession while pursuing your career goals and plan course schedules based on your personal needs. Also, with a flexible degree program, you can take more courses during times that work best for your schedule to speed up completion of your degree or reduce your course load if needed.

My sister and brother-in-law obtained their master’s degrees via online programs while working full-time jobs in order to advance their education. One of the things they loved about the online degree program was the flexibility and ability to work while still pursuing higher education. With three children, they were able to maintain full-time jobs, care for their families and pursue degrees together as a couple. After they completed their degrees, they immediately obtained higher paying jobs in STEM fields. Their degrees paid off for themselves personally and enabled them to succeed in their career goals.

 

Affordable Costs

An adult Information Technology degree program can have the advantage of affordable cost, because of scholarships and reduced commuting costs. Since you don’t have to drive to school daily, you don’t need to pay for a parking pass, gas or increased maintenance on your vehicle. If your employer offers tuition assistance or reimbursement programs, they can pay all or a percentage of the costs related to your degree program. Most importantly, you can still earn money on the job while obtaining a degree in IT.

 

Grow in Your Career While Pursuing Your Degree

One of the greatest opportunities available to adult college students is the ability to pursue your career as you pursue a degree. As your knowledge of a particular topic grows, it opens the door for your job responsibilities to grow. With a flexible degree program, you can balance life, work responsibilities and acquire technical skills and apply them to your job.

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

22 Frida Kahlo Quotes For Creative People

Creative people are passionate, rebellious, extrovert & introvert, humble & proud. A little strange, but a tremendous spirit.  Are you creative?

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When I think about creative people I think about Frida Kahlo.   Here are 22 Frida Kahlo quotes to inspire your creative soul:

  1. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.
  2. I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.
  3. Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing
  4. I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.
  5. Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly.
  6. I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.
  7. I paint flowers so they will not die
  8. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
  9. Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.
  10. Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.
  11. There is nothing more precious than laughter.
  12. I love you more than my own skin.
  13. At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.
  14. You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.
  15. I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
  16. I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.
  17. Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.
  18. My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently.
  19. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It’s not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can’t.
  20. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.
  21. No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
    fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.
    pine green, pink glass, eye,
    mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.
  22. There is nothing more precious than laughter.

Lily For Target Launch Site Crashes #LilyForTarget

 

Lily Pulitzer for Target launched their new collaboration on Sunday morning with record online sales. The collaboration immediately trended with shoppers tweeting their favorite finds, but within minutes the site was reporting problems. Social Shoppers looking to score online finds were sadly disappointed to find out that they couldn’t check out their carts or that their favorite finds were sold out within minutes.

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Lily For Target Online Shopping Experience

Some social shoppers reported that the site crashed several times. Other social shoppers tweeted their favorite finds within the store. Unfortunately, none of the items I wanted were available online and when I found an item I was unable to view the cart as I received an “Internal error 500” message, the worst thing that can happen when you are trying to purchase online. Eventually the Target website went completely offline.

 

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Lily For Target In-Store Shopping Experience

The next morning I headed out to the local Target stores and sure enough EVERYTHING was sold out. As I headed out the door of the final store I found a yellow scarf that a customer discarded in the wrong aisle. Lucky me!

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When I got home I checked online sites and found my favorites online for $200 instead of $20, $30 & $40 dollars. I wasn’t surprised and didn’t give in to buy marked up items. Instead I went to the real Lily Pulitzer website where I found all the comparable items on the site were actually affordable!

If you missed out on the sales don’t buy the marked up items, shop smart and go buy the real stuff.

 

Lily for Target Launch Live Blogging & Shopper Reactions

 

Love,

Eva-TFL

Spring: A Time For Renewel And Restoration

Springtime is a time of renewal and restoration.  For me it’s a time to take an inventory of everything around me and identify projects, commitments and hobbies that add value.  It’s also a time to prioritize tasks and get rid of things that consume too much time and don’t add value.   Most importantly, it’s a time to take some quiet time to restore my soul by spending time with loved ones and “me time”.

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The symbol of renewal and restoration for me is a flower garden.   Similar to springtime renewal a flower garden requires attention and care to bloom.  Flowers also require watering to keep the flower stems and leaves healthy.  Flowers also require pruning to remove old, dead and decaying leaves and stems to  help the flower garden grow and bloom.

I hope you will take time during the Spring to take an inventory and prioritize things and people that add value to your life.  As you take stock of all the things that matter don’t forget about some “me time” and take some time for YOU.  YOU are the most important asset YOU have.

 

Eva-TFL

World Health Day 2015 | From Farm To Table, Keep Food Safe

The World Health Organization observed World Health Day to educate people globally about the importance of Food Safety with their, “From Farm To Table, Keep Food Safe” slogan.

What do the words, “From Farm To Table” mean to you? In my local neighborhood it means I can buy locally grown fresh organic produce free from microbes, viruses and chemicals while supporting economic growth of my community. It means I can be worry free about the way the food is handled, cleaned and stored.

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However, with globalization it also means that not all the food we purchase and eat is locally grown. It also means that if food handlers in developed and developing countries don’t take precautions with food safety we may come into contact with unsafe food. Everyone deserves safe food that is free of viruses and microbes.

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5 Things To Know About Food Safety

  1. More than 200 diseases are spread through food. Millions of people fall ill annually as a result of eating unsafe food. Diarrhoeal diseases alone kills an estimated 1.5 million children annually, and most of these illnesses are attributed to contaminated food or drinking water. Proper food preparation can prevent most foodborne diseases.
  2. Contaminated food can cause long term health problems, including cancer and neurological disorders.
  3. Foodborne disease affects the most vulnerable people, specifically the poor, children, pregnant women and the sick. Foodborne disease may be fatal.
  4. Food contamination affects society as a whole.
  5. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. Women groups, educators, public health officials, government officials and everyone in between is responsible for ensuring our food is safe.

World Health 2015 Resources

Visit World Health Day 2015 through out the year to obtain a preliminary report on global food safety across the entire food chain supply, learn more about the challenges of unsafe food and opportunities to do our part to ensure we have safe food globally. Also review the documents Protecting Yourself from Food Poisoning and Foodborne Outbreak Tracking And Reporting for additional details on keeping food safe. You can also follow #WorldHealth2015 hashtag online to follow the conversation via social media.

Let’s do our part to support global food safety and our children’s future by educating ourselves and spreading these resources.

Eva-TFL

 

 

 

Cinderella Red Carpet World Premier

JCPenny invited me to attend the Disney Cinderella Movie Red Carpet premier in Hollywood, California as a VIP guest.  It was a spectacular event with a glam ball, private pre-reception ball in a huge enclosed victorian renaissance ball themed decorated tent, live music, food, dancing, trumpeters and revelers on stilts welcoming guests.  We also viewed the world premier of the Cinderella movie.

My fairy godmother (JCPenny) sent a horse drawn carriage (Lincoln Navigator) for me and I was whisked away to the VIP JCPenny glam ball to prepare for the evening festivities.     We arrived at the glam ball where all the princesses gathered for refreshments, hair and make-up touch-ups and accessory styling to complete our princess look before our presence was requested at a private pre-reception at El Capitan theatre.  I saw Princess Katherine, Princess Jill and Princess Sylvia looking as lovely as ever in their gorgeous gowns and JCPenny accessories.   We were also showered with lots of kindness from prince charming, refreshments and well wishes as we prepared to depart to the ball. It was a magical experience.

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Princess Eva Smith, Princess Katherine, Princess Jill and Princess Sylvia at the VIP JCPenny Glam Ball

 

My good-hearted fairy godmother also provided makeup and JCPenny accessories at the glam ball.  She touched up my makeup and gave me a natural look with smokey eye shadow, black eye-liner and red lipstick.   She also provided me with a lovely sparkly black crystal clutch and earrings to put the finishing touches on my red carpet look.   The fashionable crystal clutch was the perfect size for my iPhone and charger and met my techie needs during the premier.

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JCPenny clutch put the finishing touch on Princess Eva Smith’s red carpet look

After the glam ball prince charming escorted me to the private pre-reception ball at El Capitan theatre for a walk on the red carpet.  On our way to the red carpet it started to rain, but there was nothing to worry about because our fairy godmother gave us umbrellas and within a couple minutes she waved her wand and bibbity bobbity boo it stopped raining!

As we entered the red carpet pre-reception trumpeters and revelers on stilts welcomed us to the festivities.   I enjoyed the live quartet, live ballroom dancing, sword fights, food & wine and silhouette artists.  It was truly an amazing experience.

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Princess Eva Smith walking the Cinderella premier red carpet

 

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Princess Eva Smith with revelers on stilts

I also had the opportunity to celebrate in the festivities at the Cinderella premier and see several movie stars I admire including Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Octavia Spencer, Josh Gad and Grumpy Cat.

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Heading home before midnight on a horse and carriage (Lincoln Navigator)

After the festivities, my horse and carriage arrived in time to get me home just before midnight!  I look forward to watching the Cinderella movie over and over again, especially on March 13 when it is released in theaters nationwide.  Cinderella will always remind me of this magical day sprinkled with pixie dust.

So Thankful to  JCPenny & Disney for a spectacular night!  I didn’t lose a shoe and look forward to sharing the interviews with the cast of Cinderella tomorrow.

Eva-TFL

Business Entrepreneur Feature: Initials Inc

I recently attended the Initials, Inc West Coast tour launch.  Initials, Inc was founded by two moms, Britney Vickery and Ivy Hall,  who wanted to be there for their families, but also wanted to have successful careers.   They created a handbags, personalized products and home organization company that has rapidly grown into a multi-million dollar company within 8 years.  Their passion for entrepreneurship launched a nation-wide company that is slated to be a 400 million dollar company!

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After their success in the midwest and south, the company made a decision to bring the product line and business opportunity to other women and launched a direct selling business.  The company grew so fast they decided to bring the products to the West Coast.

As a Social Entrepreneur I can definitely relate to their story of a passion to connect others and building  a successful  entrepreneurial dream.  After finding out about their story, I decided to create the “Business Entrepreneur Feature” on the blog to feature other women and men who are doing remarkable things to build businesses.

It was great to meet Pat Sheehan - National Field Development Director at Initials, Inc

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The products at Initials Inc are durable and trendy.  I especially love their Initials, Inc Signature bags and scarfs.   I am also in love with the quality of the materials the products are made of as well as the affordable prices.  There were many women from Southern California present to learn about the business and how they could start a home-based business as well.

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Absolutely loved this scarf!

 

Since the business is in its early stages in the West Coast, women who join now will have the opportunity to grow their business rapidly.  This year Initials Inc celebrated it’s 8 year anniversary.

 

If you are looking to build a flexible business on your own, make sure to take a look at Initials Inc.  Visit Initials Inc Corporate Offices online  to view the Style Book, Host A Party and/or  to start your own business at Initials Inc.

To celebrate the launch in the West Coast, Initials Inc is offering one of my readers an Initials Inc Signature Collection bag.  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

 

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Five Safe Teen Driving Tips

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Did you know that 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among other teens? I’ve never witnessed anyone I know texting and driving, but if I did, I would tell them it can wait.  Texting and driving can be fatal, but too many people ignore it.

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According to statistics over 100,000 accidents occur every year as a result of texting and driving. When most people hear about the statistics, many ignore the facts because it doesn’t affect them. However, as parents and teens who share the road it is an issue that does affect all of us.

AT&T has partnered with several champions to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving via the It Can Wait  website.  Since the It Can Wait movement was launch in 2009, more than 2 million pledges have been logged via the website, social sites, facebook and events.   The movement has made a difference in saving lives.  The website has a lot of resources to help teen drivers and adults understand the risks of texting and driving.  

Here are 5 steps parents and teens can take to become safer drivers. 

1. Read the stories of real people affected by texting and driving.

2. Watch the videos of people whose lives were changed in an instant.  The people in the videos are not actors.  The incidents described in the videos really happened.  The videos are available in english and spanish.

3. Take the Pledge.    Go to  www.itcanwait.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.  

4. Get Involved.  You can also share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.

5. Spread the word.  No text is worth the risk.  Take action to educate others about the risks of texting and driving.  If you are having a hard time sharing your concerns about texting and driving with friends and/or family, share these resources.   It can wait.  

I decided to get involved with this campaign because I want to help educate others about the risks of texting and driving.   If these resources change one life it will make a difference in the safety of everyone around us. I’m looking forward to standing along side you to make a difference in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  Did you visit the website and take the pledge? Will you share the resources with people you know?

Ford EcoBoost Challenge in Pasadena, California

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Have a need for speed?  I got my fix the other day during the Ford EcoBoost Challenge at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  It was part of their 13-city tour across the nation where Ford challenges drivers to put their cars up to the test with their competitors.  Bold move Ford.

Since I don’t know how to drive a manual transmission, I took 2 loops around the Performance Academy Track in a Focus ST with a professional racecar driver.  Can you say, WAHOOOO?!!!  (By the way, thanks for the new hairdo.)  I fell in-love with this spunky little car for its smooth comfortable ride and great torque.  The Focus ST took command of the road as we sped along the track, hugging each corner tightly with ease.  I was equally impressed with its ability to pick-up speed.  This engineering comes from the 2.0L EcoBoost engine paired with a 270lb peak torque and 252 horsepower.

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Following the Focus ST thrill ride, I smoothed my hair down while strolling over to the EcoBoost Challenge.  All four cars I drove in this round were automatic, so I drove myself.  First off was the Honda CR-V, which was okay.  It struggled to wrap the corners and it had a sluggish acceleration.  Then I slipped into the 2014 Escape – it was without a doubt a much better ride.  Again I noted similar results when driving the Toyota and comparing it to the 2013 Fusion.  Out of all four cars tested, I enjoyed the 2013 Fusion for its ability to hug cornerners unlike the larger profile vehicles.  Clearly, I love smaller cars – with fabulous torque!

Moving on to the Hypermile Challenge, I sat behind the wheel of the incredibly quiet C-Max Hybrid. Vroom, vroom?  Fuel efficiency is high on my “must have” list.  Unfortunately some hybrids still don’t measure up to the strength that its gas loving counterparts excel in.  As with the other vehicles, the EcoBoost technology is the same in the C-Max Hybrid giving it an added bonus of fuel efficiency with a 47 MPG city/hwy.  Wow!

The Ford EcoBoost Challenge is open to the public for FREE!  All drivers have to do is sign-up, here.  Below is a list of the next Ford EcoBoost Challenge:

• August 17 – New York City, Citi Field
• August 24 – Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway
• September 7 – Atlanta, Turner Field
• September 7 – Dallas, Cowboys Stadium
• September 14 – Orlando, Orange County Convention Center
• September 14 – Houston, Sam Houston Race Park
• September 21 – Miami, Gulfstream Park
• September 21 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park

Put the pedal to the metal and have fun!!

*Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own.  Information referenced is based on Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge event program and website.

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