Start Every Day Happy in 2018

It can be hard to start every day happy.  Some days we wake up anxious about the challenges we'll face, and other days we oversleep and feel like we've failed at something before we even walk out the door. I'm not a huge fan of New Year Resolutions per se, but the New Year does... Continue Reading →

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How I found my Mojo

It was 'all systems go'.  I had a business plan, complete with a strategic phase flow-chart, time-lined objectives, a rather long to-do list, and even a detailed work-flow manual. The latter had been pieced together, written and re-written during months of trial, error and practice.  I had the education, skills and experience, and never felt... Continue Reading →

Desperate for a place to call Home

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell. Rarely have I ever been so angry...  My daughter and their partner have been living rough for almost three years.  Not on the streets, but not with the security of a place to call Home either.  Basically, they have been couch-surfing; staying in the spare rooms of friends or relatives while they... Continue Reading →

“An integrated approach to workplace mental health seeks to simultaneously prevent work-related harm, to promote the positive aspects of work, and to manage mental illness as it manifests in the workplace.”

Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

Kerri O'Donnell

Everyone loves when rock-stars donate their time and skills to help people out, right?

Best-selling author (and generous mentor), Mark Dawson, is one such rock-star, donating all proceeds from his current novella to fund his friend’s breast cancer treatment.

All his professional team (editors, designers, formatters, etc) worked on it for free. Writers and readers around the world are also uniting to spread the word – and I’m proud to be part of such a group.

PLEASE SHARE.  #fightforphoenix 

And if you’d like a copy, click below. My Kindle pre-order was just $2.39 AUD.

Emma has been battling with cancer for five years, and funds raised will provide access to an experimental drug that is showing great promise.

More information about Emma and the novella project is at http://www.fightforphoenix.com.  

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Mom: All Attitude

I think a lot about my mother, and what an excellent role-model she is, in her humble and unassuming way. She is the epitome of resilience, taking whatever life throws at her and turning it into good – always for the greater good of others.

After the deaths of her husbands (yes, two of them), she worked so hard to make sure we never felt poor or neglected in any way. And her generosity was always extraordinary, even though we never measured anything in terms of cash or material possessions:

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Whatever little she earned throughout her life has always been used to make our lives easier in some way or another, but the thing she made sure she had and shared abundantly, was her time.  She has always had time for us.

Even now, at 70 years old, she is full-time carer of her own mother, and any days that she is relieved are spent caring for grandchildren or visiting her 99 year old former mother-in-law to ensure she has company at the nursing home.

My mother is a Good Person. The best I can be, as a person, is more like her.

Nancy Roman‘s beautiful description of her own mother reminds me of why I always choose a single scoop of icecream.

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When people talk about “Attitude.” they are usually referring to a bad one.

I know what that means. I was told often enough that I had a “Bad Attitude.” Usually by a boss because I showed a lack of tolerance for a stupid decision. But that was early in my career, and it was quite true. But I learned. I learned that I couldn’t make every decision for my company, and even decisions that I disagreed with may actually work out. And I learned that my co-workers were mostly just like me, trying to pay their bills and make it through the week. So I kept my bad attitude for big stuff – immoral or unfair behavior – both at work and in my personal life. Which meant that, overwhelmingly, my attitude was tolerant and happy. My attitude was kind.

And so I became my mother.

I cannot be more…

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You Wouldn’t Know by Looking at Me

It takes a lot of courage and patience to articulate truth when wider society is so adept at, and chronically intent upon, "criticizing, finding fault as if there were a reward for it" (Zig Ziglar). Robin was invited to share the following work with Resilience 101 because it is an eloquent and deeply personal expression of the... Continue Reading →

When are all your Assignments due this term?

Kerri O'Donnell

No matter how well-intentioned your study timetable is, you are unlikely to follow it for long if it does not also include other regular activities that take up your time (such as work and sport) as well as those that make you happy and reduce stress (such as hanging out with family and friends, and your favourite hobbies).  Include them all in your timetable, so that you break up the work periods with things that calm you, clear your mind, or allow you to stay fit and healthy.

As soon as you find out the due date of each Assignment or Test, for any of your subjects, enter it into this Template Assessment Planner so you can see at a glance all your deadlines for the term.  Remember to also include any special events, such as weddings, birthdays or other occasions that are special throughout semester.

If you have more than one…

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How will you fit your Homework in this week?

Kerri O'Donnell

I’m convinced that the largest part of academic success is about being organised.  And it’s not just a matter of having a timetable – it’s about how you structure your time to take best advantage of your peak thinking times, and so on.  And it will be more helpful for the long-term if it is not just all about studying.

Use this Template Weekly Timetable to schedule regular study periods for each of your subjects – and also make time for your personal commitments and fun activities.

STEP 1:  Fill in the times that are non-negotiable.  EG times you have to go to classes, work, church and/or other regular commitments.

STEP 2:  Pencil in the times when your thinking is not at its best.  (Be serious about this part – it’s not helpful to just pencil out the whole rest of the week!)  We will return to these times later.

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Scholarships Open: ACFE Global Fraud Conference 2017

The deadline is April 12, 2017 and the number of scholarships is limited.

If you are interested, submit your application today!

Kerri O'Donnell

A limited number of student scholarships to the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference are available.  The conference will be hosted in Nashville, TN, June 18-23.

The scholarship includes free registration to the Main Conference (June 19-21) and two ACFE polo shirts.

  • In return, scholarship recipients are required to assist ACFE staff in various areas for a minimum of five hours during the conference.
  • Every effort will be made to assure minimal conflict between volunteer sessions and the conference sessions and networking events the students wish to attend.
  • Scholarship winners are responsible for their own travel, lodging and dining expenses outside of the meals provided at the conference.

To be eligible, the student must be an ACFE student member with anti-fraud related academic and career interests and submit the following documents by April 12, 2017:

  • A statement of 400 words or less describing the way in which their…

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What should I learn about Racism?

This is one of my current projects, which I’m hosting on my personal site.
Please participate, if you wish, by including your comments at the end of the original post. Thank you.

Kerri O'Donnell

I am writing a book about racism.

‘Why?’ you might ask.

Well, not because I have any expertise on the matter.  Not because I want to.  Not because it’s easy.  Not because it’s comfortable…  It’s none of those things.  And there are a bazillion easier ways to get a cookie, so it’s not that either.

To be clear up front, I am a a middle-aged 9th+ generation Tasmanian beige-skinned woman who grew up not even knowing there was such a thing as race.  I have not personally suffered anything on the basis of my race.  Ever.

But racism is my problem anyway.

3It is my students’ problem, my friends’ problem, my relatives’ problem, my country’s problem, my online community’s problem; and, thanks to various political influences, it is likely to get poked with a stick more and more often.  I am part of all those mini-worlds, and the greater world around them…

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Physical Recovery from Emotional Trauma

A review by Dr Kerri O'Donnell. The importance of movement to discharge of stress is very clear, but I was very interested to read Dr Bessel van der Kolk's description of its importance as a first step to recovery for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  At the beginning of an interview with Krista Tippett... Continue Reading →

Nervous about Public Speaking?

  by Dr Kerri O'Donnell The difference between excitement and nervousness is that excitement is knowing what to expect and nervousness is not knowing what to expect.   Many people dread public speaking. The secret to overcoming this is to prepare for the worst.  Then, when you are prepared, you are free to achieve your best.  That's... Continue Reading →

Poll: website sign-ups

When signing up to websites or for software downloads, etc, do you read the Privacy, Terms & Conditions and EULA info in full? Honestly? Answer this one-question poll and see if others do the same as you.

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For Every Child & Every Parent

by Bert Fulks ...I still recall my first time drinking beer at a friend’s house in junior high school—I hated it, but I felt cornered.  As an adult, that now seems silly, but it was my reality at the time.  “Peer pressure” was a frivolous term for an often silent, but very real thing; and... Continue Reading →

How to Set Realistic Financial Goals

Having a close look at where our money is going each month is a great first step toward taking control of the money leaks we don’t even notice happening.

After reading Caitlin’s post, I recommend having a look around her blog at Born Again Minimalist.  It is refreshing, and not at all what I expected!

 

Born Again Minimalist

The most effective way to achieve your goals is to set 90-day objectives instead of looking at a looming annual goal or even a 5-year plan. You need to take small action steps so you don’t get overwhelmed and lose your motivation. This applies to anything from losing weight to planting a garden to renovating your bathroom to planning your finances.

I’m a huge proponent of Dave Ramsey’s baby steps program, which includes saving for emergencies (steps 1 and 3), paying off your debt (step 2), investing for retirement (step 4) and kids’ college funds (step 5), and paying off your home early (step 6). The reason this program works is that it breaks things down into small steps. You need to focus your energy – and money – on one goal at a time. People have their consumer debt paid off in an average of two years using…

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Why Lecturers Irritate Students (Part 1)

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell I was recently packing up my office at the university, preparing to move on to a different adventure, when I received an email newsletter from University World News that included an article titled "What do students find irritating about their lecturers?" [1].   Of course I opened it.  The list of student... Continue Reading →

Your happiness depends on it.

Thriving Under Pressure

Most people fight against what brings them despair instead of openly receiving what brings them joy.

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Shift your focus. Change your life.

Consciously receive (accept) the good that already exists in your life.

Your health. Your freedom. Your Vision. Your voice.

Accepting what is does not lower the bar.

Quite the opposite.

Acceptance opens your eyes to all the favour that exists in your life. 

Your relationships. Your home. Your creativity. This moment.

And it’s that good feeling that motivates you to strive for more of what’s right for you.

Instead of fighting against what’s wrong for you.

Begin by accepting what is.

Moment by moment.

Your happiness depends on it.

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 Applying this Post in Everyday Life

  1. The 3 to 1 positivity to negativity ratio is one way of applying this post in your everyday life.
  2. Specifically, each time you criticize something about yourself (or any…

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Resilience 101 Values   A strong sense of community engenders strength.  If you have ideas for future content or collaborative opportunities, please provide your suggestions to us via the Contact form. You are encouraged to participate in discussion about site content by posting to the Comment areas included beneath all articles. It is acknowledged that all problems... Continue Reading →

Privilege is a counter-productive word.

by Dr Kerri O'Donnell Today I stumbled upon a short illustrated story about privilege, On a Plate, by Toby Morris.  The story was touted by Brightside (host website) as "The Simplest and Most Perfect Explanation of Privilege I’ve Ever Seen". Well, I certainly appreciated it.  It is a good start.  But it is not the whole... Continue Reading →

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