personal development, self help

How to build your network when you’re feeling alone


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Wanting some spiritual direction?

Lately I have become a penchant for solitude, quietude and practicing a lot of mindfulness. There are a lot of books out there on learning how to use your quiet time to reflect on what is more important in life. For example, taking the time out to read a novel or the bible when no one is around, and its just you in the room. I have really been into podcasts lately, and also will post a favourites post in the future of what I take my time to listen to!

“How to pursue your dreams when no-one is around you”

When you feel like you are alone and have no one to share your life-long goals and dreams with and feel like nobody cares, the first thing you actually need to do is to spend time with yourself before you can create a group of friends or network support.

So, how do we go about this?

Let me share with you my tips on when I have my own quiet time and take the time to renew, and rejuvenate my lifestyle.

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Courses, personal development

FREE ONLINE COURSE – Genealogy – Researching your family tree course – Week 1


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In Week 1, our focus is on the nature and importance of documentary evidence.

We’ll start by considering the importance of finding and using actual sources to fill in your family tree and explore the differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources.

You will begin to understand why the government, church and other organisations created documents in the first place and how knowing this can help you get more out of what you discover. We’ll cover the varying amounts of information that different types of documents can provide. From there, we’ll consider what transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and find out how providers of online databases actually go about creating these.

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Courses, History, personal development

GENEALOGY COURSE: RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY TREE with UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE


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Welcome to the course – OVERVIEW

Welcome to ‘Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree’

a six-week online course being run by the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Tahitia McCabe, Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde, will be leading us through the six weeks. Graham Holton, Principal Tutor in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde will also be teaching on the course.

If you use social media you can follow them on Twitter @FLgenealogy and use the hashtag #FLgenealogy to follow the conversations.

They would also be grateful if you could complete the pre-course survey to help them  understand more about who’s taking the course and what they can do to improve it.

In Week 6, they provide a downloadable list of the linked resources (websites, blogs, etc.) mentioned on the entire course.

Throughout the course we will be following the development of a beginning family history researcher called Chris. Future Learn open the course a week at a time to enable them to reflect on the progress she has made and also to give you time to digest the material. We also don’t want to spoil research discoveries made in Chris’ story by giving too much away too soon.

However, here is a week by week overview of what will be covered on the course:

Week 1 Analysing Documents

We will start our course by considering the different types of records that genealogists use, major issues that impact on what they contain and how much a researcher can rely on the information within them. We also provide a short guide on how to begin research for the complete beginner. After completing this week, you should begin to be familiar with:

  • The importance of basing your research on documented data rather than hearsay.
  • The differences between primary, secondary and derived primary sources and why knowing this can help your research process.
  • The importance of knowing who made the documents you are using, why and how they were created and why this can be useful to know.
  • What transcriptions, abstracts and indexes are and how they are created.

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Week 2 Effective Searching Techniques

You begin to think about how to define what you are actually searching for and we’ll introduce some key ways to think laterally about searching for your family information. Topics to be covered are:

  • How to create a research plan and what an effective search looks like.
  • Different ways to approach research: FAN/cluster techniques and mind mapping
  • Getting to grips with spelling and name change issues
  • What primary source databases are and how get the best out of searching them, including wildcards.

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Week 3 Using Major Source Types

We’ll introduce the main source types used by genealogists including civil, church, census and military records. While some country specific sources will be detailed, primarily we’ll give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them in your research. We will also ‘visit’ a local archive and explore what they (and other archives) have to offer. A review of major international and some more local and specialised databases will be shared and we’ll consider how to evaluate databases.

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Week 4 Genealogical Proof and DNA Testing

Genealogists need to be sure they have found the ‘right’ person and we will cover some of the techniques used to decide on the best match. Also important is how to know when you’ve done enough research to come to a reasonable decision on a match. We’ll also introduce the use of DNA testing in genealogical research. Topics to be covered are:

  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard
  • How to establish proof
  • How to evaluate evidence
  • An introduction to genetic genealogy with some case studies on using it to break down brick walls.

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Week 5 Putting your Research into Context

Week 5 sees the focus shift to sources that put the flesh on the bones of the family skeleton. It’s the historical and social context coming from using secondary and other sources that bring an ancestor to life. This week explores the sources that help genealogists provide this context; considers their quality and how to find them. Topics to be covered are:

  • Useful types of secondary sources: local histories, ‘regular’ books on history, historical magazines, film, etc.
  • Other sources of context: newspapers, maps, images
  • How to assess the quality of these types of sources
  • Finding these sources; useful online databases.

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Week 6 Documenting and Communicating your Research Results and Sources

Week 6 introduces the main types of tools used by genealogists to store, track and analyse data along with an overview as to why such tools are useful. Paper based resources, genealogical software of various types and online tools will all be explored. We will explore what types of reports and charts are commonly used, different approaches to writing a family history and some specialist tools. Ways to protect your physical records and digital data will also be explored.

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Genealogists need to provide evidence that the statements and assertions they make are based on documents and other types of resources so the use of referencing in genealogical reports and charts will be explained and we’ll discuss various systems of genealogical referencing.

We’re very happy to welcome all of you and hope that exciting discussions are generated throughout the course. Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners and don’t disclose anything information of a private or confidential nature.

Get extra benefits, upgrade your course on FUTURE LEARN

When you complete this course on FUTURE LEARN you get a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation: To help you demonstrate your learning they will send you a Certificate of Achievement or Statement of Participation when you become eligible. Find out more

 

Note: I have basically copied and pasted the overview notes from the Future Learn website, so that you can learn a course just by clicking on my blog. I will be posting this weekly so that we can learn together, and you are welcome to write your notes in the comments section. I haven’t planned in advance so, if there are tests, or multiple questions, I may not be able to upload or create one on this blog. I may do it manually, and I will do my best to make it engaging, and educational as possible. I will be posting weekly at the same time I do the course myself. Feel free to open conversations about topics or the course in general in the comments section below.

 

 

Celebrities, Lady, personal development, self help

7 Ways to find your purpose in life


I recently bought a new magazine…… and I am IN LOVE with it…… I am basically copying from the book, but this is practical, and a huge guidance for you if you want to find purpose in everything that you do. Whether you’re a full-time working mum, single entrepreneur, starting your own small business, or creating ideas for a future business, or even if you want to find out anything about yourself when applying your own qualities to life itself.

Below you will find the link:

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“Empowering Women to become the BEST version of themselves.”

By supporting small business owners, entrepreneurial women, Shar Moore is the CEO and founder of the magazine.

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Devotionals, Lady, personal development, self help

Open Hands, Humble Heart


Open Hands, Humble Heart

Written by Laura Story

When you worship what is your posture of choice? Hands raised, eyes closed, head bowed? As a worship leader, I have seen about every expression of worship you could imagine from worshipers kneeling in reverence to God in pristine chapels to teenagers at youth rallies, dancing with the joy and abandon of King David.

I believe God delights in the diversity of expression of praise, but the scriptures tell us there is something of greater concern to this Triune God we worship: the posture of our hearts. In Psalm 51, one of David’s most vulnerable and penitent prayers, he asserts that the Lord does not delight in sacrifice, and that he is not pleased with burnt offerings.

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Devotionals, personal development, self help

Giving the gift of appreciation


Give the Gift of Appreciation – It Heals

Written by Mark Virkler

How to Be Emotionally Free! 

Thanksgiving is a time to remember to be grateful.

How much healing do you think you need for your spirit, soul and body?

The Bible Commands an Attitude of Thankfulness

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Col. 3:15-17 NASB).

“Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;” (Eph. 5:20 NASB). “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NASB)

Not only does thankfulness bring health to your heart, it also releases the provision of God into your life. When Paul and Silas were in a tight spot (i.e. had been thrown in prison – Acts 16:23), their response was that at midnight they were “praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Wow! Thankfulness in the midst of unjust treatment. Look what this provided: release, freedom, supernatural intervention, and salvation of the heathen (Acts 16:24)!

So thankfulness not only heals your heart, it also warms God’s heart as He sees that we love and trust Him and call upon Him in faith and belief when the forces of evil appear stacked against us. This brings Him to our side to minister supernatural grace to us.

A Wound in Our Souls Is Healed When Thankfulness Flows…

People ask, “How can I know for sure that I have forgiven them (or God or myself) from my heart?”

A hurt is healed when I can see the gifts God has produced in my life through the experience.

Since God causes all things to work out for good (Rom. 8:28), I ask God to show me all the good things He has brought forth through this experience, and I journal out His response to me. I then post this list at eye level, so every day I can say, “God, I thank you for these wonderful gifts you have produced as a result of walking with me through this experience.”

This thankfulness in my heart and soul releases me to receive God’s healing power in my life and opens the path for restoration. Now healing power can flow unhindered into my life and being. Now I can experience healing in my spirit, soul and body. Now my blockages of anger, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness and judgment have been removed through a heart of thankfulness, because NOW I am LOOKING ONLY at the gifts God has produced in my life through the experience.

Here is God’s warning from Scripture concerning neglecting joy and gladness and the ways it cuts one off from the flow of God’s grace:

“Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you. (Deut. 28:47-48)

So every morning and evening we thank and praise the LORD (1Chron. 23:30; 16:4; Ps. 28:7; 54:6-7; 86:12,13; 145:10; Matt. 15:36; Lk. 17:15-19; 2 Cor. 2:14; Heb. 13:15; Rev. 4:9; 11:17)!

Prayer: Lord, may I never grumble or live discouraged, but may I strengthen myself in Your Spirit, always giving thanks in and for all things so that I might glorify You, and Your power, provision and healing might be released in my life.

 

Daily Exercises in Thankfulness

Thank God for the wonderful day.
Thank and appreciate those around you.
Thank God for His blessings in your life.
At the end of the day, ask yourself, “How do I feel?”

 

Additional Resources

A Greateful Heart is a Healing Heart – blog exploring heart coherence in more depth

Counseled By God is a training package which will restore faith, hope and love to your heart and soul so that you can live in a positive mentality, and with thankfulness in your heart to the Lord.

Counseled By God can also be taken as a CLU college course which ensures that you fully internalize the truths and are transformed by them.

Go Deeper – Get Healthy!

Check out this entire blog series on Vibrant Health!

Working through this series on health is ideal for both individuals and groups. The more we take responsibility for ourselves – spirit, soul and body – the healthier we become!

 

Here is another article on 5 Ways To Give The Gift Of Appreciation by Huffington Post

 

 

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Devotionals, personal development

Quick Devotion on “How to be Still”


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Trust can be an impenetrable thing. We like to be in control of everything ourselves, some of us more than others, “Being still” before God means that we quiet our anxious thoughts, we put our phones down, we eliminate all distractions, we get alone with God and we pray. We wait. We trust. It’s an act of relinquishing and consecrating all to God control of our lives. When you give your life to Him, He takes care of every detail. This is something that I am learning constantly, and still learning to do when I feel I can’t trust anyone or anything else that is going on.

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A look into “Proverbs 31 Ministries”


Lysa Terkest

Lysa TerKeurst is the leader of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Made to Crave, and 17 other books.
As the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team have led thousands to make their walk with God an energising and faithful journey by doing daily online devotionals, radio programs, online Bible studies, speaker/writing training, and MUCH more.

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personal development, self help, writing

Ten Tips to Help You Write More Words


 

1. Write with instrumental music playing in the background. I recently saw an informal survey that found those who listened to music while writing were able to write more words per day than those who didn’t. I like to write with instrumental praise music or movie soundtracks playing in the background. Some of my favorite soundtracks are Prince of Tides, The Cider House Rules, and Little Women. You can even download the Original Music from the television series soundtrack, Downton Abbey, and there is a CD called “The Ultimate Collection”. It has music from all Six Seasons.

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#Girlcode – The Secret to Success in a digital world


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Social Media Etiquette 

 

Facebook Do’s and Don’ts

 

  • Ensure you set your privacy settings to maximum secuity
  • Do use Facebook to connect with friends and relatives at home and overseas
  • Do use Facebook as means to open communication with long lost friends and/or aquaintances
  • Share information that is humorous, informative, inspiring and inclusive
  • Never use Facebook as a means of cyber bullying
  • always keep private information off Facebook including sensitive news such as a death in the family or a break up. Tell those concerned personally
  • Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • Do not post controversial opinions
  • Do not comment rudely on others’ status updates
  • Do not post images or content that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing in a room full of strangers in real life
  • Avoid posting selfies in an attempt to gain the approval of others. Excessive posting of selfies is indicative of insecurity
  • Avoid posting incriminating images or content of any kind
  • Avoid using Facebook as a soapbox from which to vent religious or political views or to insight racism or conflict.

 

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